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Review: Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara (Supernova)

If I could use only one decorative cosmetic item for the rest of my days, I would choose mascara. While the appearance of a clear and even visage that foundation lends is daily necessity for me, and a bold lip cannot be discounted as a game-changing component of an overall look, nothing makes quite as strong of an impact on my face as long, dark lashes do.

From Pacifica’s webpage:

You will fall in love with our long lasting, nourishing, natural mineral mascara. This amazing formula is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens, strengthens and adds volume. Apply for a natural look by day, or layer for more volume with our super plush 100% vegan brush that provides effortless coverage. 

Ingredients:

aqua, glyceryl stearate*, cetearyl alcohol*, hydroxyethylcellulose*, sorbitan olivate*, glycerin*, citric acid*, acrylates cross polymer, xantham gum*, tocopherol* (vitamin E), jojoba esters*, panthenol (vitamin B)*, arabia/acacia gum*, potassium sorbate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, chamomilla (chamomile) sativa fruit extract, algae extract*, cucumis sativus fruit extract*, macrocystis pyrifera (brown kelp) extract*, hydrolyze oriza sativa (rice) protein*. May Contain: iron oxides, CI 77499, mica. *Plant or plant derived.”

When I began dabbling in clean cosmetics over a decade ago, naturally, the first product I tried was a mascara, the name of which I have long forgotten. Not only did it do nothing to define my naturally long, but fairly pale lashes, but it turned me off of green beauty all together, because what I experienced was an ineffective, watery, and expensive nightmare. Over the years I certainly did learn that I was wrong about the efficacy of natural cosmetics, but I was, and excuse me for being a little dramatic here, totally traumatized by this disastrous experience, and believed that while many clean products could certainly perform as well as their counterparts, my mascara would have to remain an ‘exception’ product for me. Then, by some stroke of fate, a girlfriend of mine introduced me to Pacifica Stellar Gaze, which completely altered my opinion of how well a natural mascara was capable of performing.

Upon application of my very first coat, sometime circa July 2014, I wasn’t totally thrilled. “Not enough oomph,” I thought, before conceding that even with conventional mascaras, I never apply just one coat. I slapped a second coat on, and already, things were looking up. The one thing that struck me was how glossy this mascara made my lashes look, but a slight sense of scepticism remained. I went in for a third coat, and that’s when I realized, this product might just change my mind about natural mascaras.

To my astonishment, this mascara held up beautifully through a balmy Arizona summer day, and to my excitement, it washed off like a dream come bedtime. I needed no further confirmation– Pacifica has made what I thought was impossible, a reality. And for only $14 a tube! Nearly four years later, this product has remained a staple in my routine.

Now, I will admit there are a few things I do to really make this mascara work for me: for one, like most mascaras I have tried, it seems to get better with age; as the product begins to thicken up from exposure to air, and also mixes with the various powders that find themselves on my lashes (think: setting powder, eyeshadow, etc.) pre-mascara application, it turns into a solid performer, one that could easily compete with my favorite conventional products on the market (I am looking at you, MUF Smokey Lash).

Secondly, this is something I do with most mascaras, but would recommend caution be exercised in the event that you give this a go yourself: I mix 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil into the tube, typically as soon as I open it for its first use. Then, a month or two down the road, when I notice the mascara is drying out a bit, I mix one additional drop of oil into the formula, for a total of no more than three drops of lavender oil per tube. I find that I lose less lashes when I do this, and it also ensures that my mascara applies clump-free every time.

In sum: with a little help, Pacifica’s Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara has the power to amplify the volume of your lashes, while simultaneously lending an inky black sheen that is unlike any I have experienced from other brands, natural or otherwise.