Pacifica Desert Princess Nail Polish Review


Last week I treated myself to a mani/pedi at a local eco nail salon. For my toes, I selected a Pacifica polish mostly out of curiosity; I'd never tried their line of nail products before. I really liked how it turned out, so that night I looked up what other shades they had. I was super intrigued by their fun topcoats, Unicorn Horn & Rainbow Gloss (hello holo!). Obviously I got them, but I was most interested in this beautiful rust shade, which I haven't really seen in nail polish before.

Desert Princess is described as a "brown" on Pacifica's website, but it's really more of a mid tone dusty coral, even a red-orange. Rust is the best way I can describe it. It's that perfect alternative to the millennial pink that's been so popular for the last couple of years. I think this shade is really flattering on my light-medium skin tone. It really brings out the warmth and looks so chic and put-together. I've really fallen in love with this shade; I even mixed and matched swim separates from different brands last year to make the ultimate dreamy rusty bikini (full disclosure: I got this genius color combo idea from Marianna Hewitt, bless her):


counting down the days 🏖

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The brush is pretty standard as far as nail polish goes - nothing special. It's similar to what I remember of Essie's brush. The metallic gold print on the handle is consistent with Pacifica's elaborate brand design and is a nice touch that differentiates the line from other brands on the shelves (again: Essie).

While the brush is standard, the formula is outstanding. I was really impressed with how opaque and smooth it is. I wasn't paying too much attention when my nail tech was doing my toes, but I did notice that it was pretty quick compared to my manicure. That's probably because this formula is opaque in only 2 coats. It was seriously a dream to work with. The pigment was easy to control which meant very little clean-up was required at the end.

Before a topcoat, the dry-down finish was semi-matte, which is different from what I'm used to. It looked a little dry, but I never wear polish without a top coat, so this doesn't really matter to me. Just thought I'd mention it for good measure.

I can't attest to the longevity quite yet, but my pedicure is still going strong. I'll update this post after a couple of weeks with how this mani is holding up. I'm actually testing a couple of different top coats on either hand with this manicure. I topped this hand off with AILA's Better Than Gel top coat. If you're interested, you can follow along in my Instagram stories.

Another positive about this polish is the clean ingredients list. Pacifica polish is 7-free, cruelty-free, and vegan (including the brush). It's free of many of the common chemicals found in most traditional, mainstream brands. No polish is ever going to be 100% clean/organic/non-toxic, I mean, it's paint your for nails, but this one has a pretty good ingredients list.


Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Oxides (CI77499 / CI 77491), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 11 (CI 47000), Titanium.

I purchased this shade, along with the top coats, online from Target. It retails for $8.99, but if you have a REDcard, you better take advantage and get 5% off your purchase. Target's beauty department also has frequent promotions. I took advantage of a "$5 giftcard with a $20 beauty purchase" promo that is still good until 5/19/18!

I'm so pleased with this purchase and can't wait to wear this color into Fall. I'm excited to try the top coats I got, too!

I'd like to try out Pale Blue Eyes next but I'm not sure if it'll work with my skin tone. Have you tried Pacifica polishes before? Any favorites I should check out?

- Mayette