Review: Pacifica Nail Polish in Red Red Wine

Michael Todd Citrus Cream Moisturizer

Brand: Pacifica Beauty
Product Name: 7 Free Nail Color
Formula: Smooth, red liquid
Packaging: Standard nail polish bottle; synthetic brush
Cost: $9 USD, $9 CAD
Amount: 13.3 ml, 0.45 fl oz
Availability: Well.ca
Expiry: Unknown
Vegan: Yes
Cruelty-free: Yes
Paraben-free: Yes
Leaping Bunny Certified: No

I don’t think I’ve fallen in love with a nail polish quite like how I’ve fallen in love with this one by Pacifica. First of all, I don’t really care about packaging too much but this lid is stunning! I was admiring it for a good ten minutes when I first got this polish. In terms of formula, it is excellent. It is pigmented, glides on smoothly and dries quickly. It’s also compltely cruelty-free, vegan and free of 7 harsh chemicals. All over, this is an allstar product.

The only downside is its availability. The only place that I know of in Canada that sells Pacifica products is Well.ca, which is where I got this polish from. I checked their website and they don’t have any physical retailers either so it looks like Well.ca is the only option.

Here is the instagram picture I took of the polish. This really doesn’t do it justice. It looks much better in person when sunshine glare isn’t interfering with seeing how rich this colour is.

PROS
∗ Cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and free of 6 other harsh chemicals
∗ Applies smoothly with no streaks or bumps
∗ Very pigmented; only needs 1-2 coats
∗ Dries quickly

CONS
∗ No Canadian retailer

OVERALL: 5 out of 5
RECOMMEND: Yes
REPURCHASE: Yes

Are EOS Products Tested on Animals?

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE
Do they test their products on animals? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Do they use third party testing? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? They are a private company EOS’ LinkedIn pageCompany Bio
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? No, they use beeswax. Smooth Lip Sphere Balm page Ingredients List
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? Yes, they sell in China. See screenshots below
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? No They’re not on Peta’s Companies Don’t Test list
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

A reader of mine was kind enough to share her screenshots of the emails she had with EOS. They clearly stated that they sell in China, which means their products are subjected to animal testing. I am therefore classifying them as not cruelty-free and will no longer be purchasing their products.

EOS Sells In China

Quick Facts on Animal Testing in Canada

The Humane Society International – Canada produced a Q&A quick sheet to shed light on animal testing in Canada. Many of the resources I find online are about the American market so it was great to come across this.

Quick Facts:
1. Animal testing is NOT required by Health Canada but it is not banned either
2. There are more than 20,000 safe raw ingredients in existence
3. Animal testing has its limitations and are often not reliable
4. More than 40 non-animal tests are available
You can read the entire list here: Q&A: Cosmetic Testing in Canada.

For more information about animal testing check out the following resources:
Humane Society International – Canada
Leaping Bunny

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