Bunnies don’t need to wear mascara, so why are companies still testing it on them?? Do your part and try out cruelty-free companies like Pacifica and Too Faced the next time you are in need of a new mascara! Did you also know that crushed up fish scales (guanine) is commonly found in mascara? Ew. I don’t need to be putting fish scales anywhere on or near my eyes! Needless to say, today I will be reviewing two completely cruelty-free and vegan mascaras that actually work!! If you are looking to make the switch too, keep reading! 🙂
I purchased the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara (whew that’s a long name) a little while ago when I was first making the switch to vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. I am a huge fan of Pacifica Beauty and they were the first company I saw that had a waterproof vegan mascara. At first it took me some time to get used to a different formula but I found that it worked just as well as any conventional mascara. It also has pretty safe ingredients too! I tend to reach for this on days where I know I will be outside, in the water, or expecting an emotional time (hello chick flicks) because this stuff STAYS on all friggin day long. Dare I say, it is even tough to get off with makeup remover! So if you’re looking for glue, look no further. I really love the silicone wand applicator because it really helps spread your lashes and lift them without putting too much product on. The tube is a generous size as well so you can be sure to have enough product to last you a full 3 months. I do find that this flakes a little if you are someone who touches their eyes often, but it doesn’t transfer by the end of the day to under your eyes. I am very pleased with this mascara and it’s durability. Pacifica also has another type of mascara “Stellar Gaze” and they have two different shades for both, I am currently using Aquarian Gaze in “Black.” Check it out online or at your local Target!
After testing Aquarian Gaze out for a while, I started to experience some itchiness around my eyes. In fear that it may be the mineral ingredients irritating me, I decided to pick up on the hype about Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. Before committing to a full size bottle, I purchased a smaller “sample” size at my local Ulta to test it out. Since Too Faced is a higher end cruelty-free brand, this stuff aint cheap. This mascara is confirmed vegan but I do want to make note that vegan does NOT mean it is all natural. Many of these ingredients are still chemicals and synthetically made. I think that is a common misconception when people hear the word “vegan” associated with products so I wanted to make sure that was clear. Yes, I do prefer to use more naturally derived products, but you will also hear me reviewing vegan products that still have man-made chemicals in them. This mascara definitely compares to other high-end brands I have tried such as Clinique, Estee Lauder, or Mary Kay. It smells like a typical mascara and applies like one as well. I think the fluffy brush applicator is what makes this such a fan favorite. It definitely clumps and gives the appearance of thick full lashes, which I love. I do find a lot of fall out with this mascara and it does transfer to my under eye by the end of the day. I am a contact lens wearer and I rub my eyes often out of dryness/itchiness so this mascara hasn’t been my best friend. It is also a little difficult to remove by the end of the day but is not as waterproof as the Pacifica mascara. Will I purchase another tube of this? Maybe a small one, but I would like to try other mascaras first. I am not completely sold like others seem to be. Too Faced also has a few other mascaras you can check out too online or at your local Sephora & Ulta.
For the record, it turns out the Aquarian Gaze mascara isn’t what was irritating my eyes because I have worn it a few times since then and had no irritation. Although it is common to experience some sensitivity to mineral mascaras so just be wary. Be sure to always change out your mascara every 3 months as the bacteria can build up quickly in the tube. Even if your tube is still full of product, it is better to be safe than sorry! You can end up with some serious eye infections that are not worth it. Be safe!
Want some other cruelty-free mascara options? Check out e.l.f. cosmetics, Wet n’ Wild, Physician’s Formula, Pixi, & Lily Lolo just to name a few. All are companies that are cruelty-free and offer vegan options (just email or check their site for them).
What is your favorite mascara currently? Have you tried these mascaras before? How do you feel about them? Leave a comment below!
Note: All products were purchased and reviewed honestly by me.