Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic Review

September 7, 2018
Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic Review

Micellar water is one of my favorite makeup innovations in the past few years. It removes stubborn eye makeup without oil, it fixes makeup mistakes without leaving behind a residue and it doesn’t burn your eyes or skin like some eye makeup removers do. Since going vegan in the beginning of the year, I’ve had to switch up my skincare routine to cruelty-free and vegan products. Pacifica has a ton of micellar waters, but this was available when I went to Target. How does the Pacifica Micellar Cleansing Tonic stand up against my favorite micellar waters? Read below!

Pacifica has a whole line of micellar waters with different ingredients meant to give you different results. This is what Pacifica claims the Pacifica Micellar Cleansing Tonic will do:

We make it easy to be good with this simple step in cleansing that requires no water and no rinsing. Fortified cactus, coconut, calendula and grapefruit waters, this powerful tonic helps capture and lift away dirt, oil and impurities without harsh rubbing or over-drying.

I love the way this water smells. It smells natural with a hint of the grapefruit. A little goes a long way to remove my makeup and does so in one or two swipes. Unlike other micellar waters I’ve tried, I don’t need to rub hard to get my mascara off. 

I also love the cap on this product. I can pour out the micellar water easily without spilling or fear that the cap is going to break. The packaging is beautiful, too. The gold accents make this look a little more expensive than it is.

But what I missed here was one key ingredient: grapefruit. Grapefruit and other citrus should not be used on the eyes or face at all. They have a drying and stinging effect, and this micellar water is no different! The grapefruit burns my eyes so bad. I’ve gotten used to it, but my eyes do look drier as a result.

What bothers me the most about this micellar water is that right on the side of the packaging is a warning that this water should not be used on the eyes. Which makes sense because of the grapefruit, but if other micellar waters can be used on the eyes with no problem, why would Pacifica formulate theirs with an ingredient that burns the eyes? I would assume that all micellar waters can be used on the eyes, and it’s frustrating that the Pacifica Micellar Cleansing Tonic isn’t safe around the eyes.

Although this micellar water stings my eyes a bit, I would still recommend this product – just not for the eyes. If you like to remove your makeup before cleansing, this is a great product. However, the other micellar waters that Pacifica offer have grapefruit in them making them awful for the eyes. So in all, great for the face, not for the eyes. I’ll be looking elsewhere for a vegan option.

The Pacfiica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is $12 on pacifica.com and Target.

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