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Looking for a new way to make your face smell delicious? Aren't we all. Natural beauty brand Pacifica recently launched a few new exclusive products at Ulta Beauty stores, including these scrumptious-smelling Essential Makeup Removing Wipes. Facial tastiness aside, I also expect my makeup removal wipes to actually remove makeup, so I had to put them to the test—keep reading to see my results!
"Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes contain 30 natural biodegradable towelettes infused with a bevy of natural ingredients like coconut milk, jojoba, calendula, chamomile and jasmine to gently cleanse and wipe away even the most stubborn makeup as well as excess oil, dirt and daily pollutants. Convenient, portable, and perfect for anytime, anywhere. Formulated without: animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing. FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol, SLS, gluten, peanut oil and other ingredients you don't want on your skin."
Speaking of being free from animal ingredients: All of Pacifica's products are vegan-friendly. Kind of rare amongst mass market brands.
aqua, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract, coconut (cocos nucifera) milk, decyl glucoside (plant source), allantoin (plant source), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, citric acid, coconut (cocos nucifera) water, phenoxyethanol, calendula officinalis (calendula) extract chamamilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, parfum (all natural).
The first thing I noticed was how high up in the ingredients list coconut milk was—I would have been shocked if they didn't smell positively heavenly. (Good news: They do.)
Pacifica Beauty Essential Makeup Removing Wipes are exclusive to Ulta and are priced at $7 for a 30 wipe pack.
Like most of Pacifica's other wipe offerings, these have a standard wet wipe texture. No crazy ripples or textured bits. I found them to be reasonably saturated... they're not super wet and drippy, but not too dry to really wipe grime off.
OK, now for the real question: How well do they remove makeup? I put them to the test against four purportedly waterproof makeup swatches on my arm (top) as well as four non-waterproof ones (bottom). Here are my results after various amounts of wiping:
As you can see, the Essential Makeup Removing Wipes had trouble removing some of the darker swatches. It was pretty good at getting off waterproof liquid liner, because it caused them to quickly flake off and ball up into the eraser dust-like shavings you see above. I rinsed the shavings off my arm with plain water and was left with clean skin where they had been, but you could also use another wipe in a pinch.
One thing these wipes do seem to be decent at is removing foundation and sunscreen. I still prefer oil cleansers for removing base makeup, but I can totally see myself using these whilst traveling as a preliminary cleanser before going in with foaming cleanser. You're going to need a dedicated eye makeup remover or something strong if you wear lots and lots of eye makeup though.
So, would I purchase these in the future? Possibly. They're not the heaviest-hitters in terms of makeup removal, but they smell ridiculously amazing. Imagine jasmine green tea steeped in coconut milk, mmmmmm. I would buy them to keep in my purse just for "freshening up" purposes on hot days. The scent is pretty strong though, so be wary if you have sensitive skin or a sensitive nose.
Pacifica's Essential Makeup Removing Wipes aren't the best makeup removal wipes out there if you're big into waterproof makeup, but if your routine consists mainly of light, non-waterproof cosmetics, they should be fine. Their delectable scent and portability makes them a good option for folks who like to buy products that are 100% vegan and/or cruelty-free.
To purchase Pacifica Beauty Essential Makeup Removing Wipes, visit your local Ulta Beauty store or Ulta.com.
What do you think of Pacifica's Essential Makeup Removing Wipes? Does coconut and jasmine sound like an appealing scent combination to you?
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