Mascara is one of those beauty products that finishes a look for me. Even if I don’t wear anything else, I can swipe on some lipstick and mascara and feel like I have a complete look. I love the look of big lashes and since I have hooded eyes, mine can disappear without mascara. I have a couple of favorites (namely Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes) and I have an abundance of minis from promos. Seriously, I probably have several years’ worth of mini mascaras. Unfortunately, most of the samples I receive aren’t waterproof. While I don’t tend to hang out in the rain or go swimming very often, I prefer waterproof mascaras because they don’t budge. Luckily, I discovered an easy way to make all mascaras waterproof. Now my dozens of mascara samples won’t go to waste.
Anastasia’s Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat is a wonderful little product, and just what I needed. It’s a clear “topcoat” that you layer on over any mascara to instantly make it waterproof. And that’s not all it does. In addition to waterproofing, it also keeps your lashes soft and touchable and gives them a lacquer finish that protects your mascara and helps it to last all day without clumping or smudging. I absolutely love this product. I apply my mascara like usual and wait for it to barely set. Then I add a couple of swipes of this and I’m good to go! It really does “seal in” any mascara and keeps my lashes so soft (I love big lashes but I hate dry, crunchy ones). This topcoat is lightweight so it doesn’t make my lashes feel heavy. It makes any mascara I use waterproof so it doesn’t smudge or flake, but it’s easy to take off with any makeup remover. Since it’s clear, it can be used over any color mascara.
I really like the brush on this topcoat. I was expecting it to be a plain straight brush, but it’s actually a nice, curved brush with lots of plastic bristles. It isn’t too “pokey,” so I don’t have to worry about stabbing myself in the eye with this brush (Benefit’s They’re Real, I’m looking at you). Having a bunch of bristles makes it easy to layer this over any mascara- it actually helps separate lashes instead of causing them to stick together like a lot of layering can do.
I’m really happy with this product. I love that I can use it with any non-waterproof mascara and it really does make a big difference. Since I only use it to coat my existing mascara, a little goes a long way and it will last longer than usual. Instead of having to buy waterproof mascaras every couple of months, I can buy one or two of these a year and use up my free samples. Anastasia’s Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat is $21 here.
Do you prefer waterproof or non-waterproof mascara?