What It Is:
Anastasia Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Anastasia was founded by Anastasia Soare, brow guru to all of Hollywood’s brightest stars. In the past couple years, her cosmetic brand has really taken off and now I’m happy to review their latest offering, a waterproof mascara topcoat! I think this is a fabulous and overdue idea; you can instantly make any mascara waterproof with this topcoat. My personal favorite mascara doesn’t come in waterproof, so this little guy is perfect for when I know I’ll be in a waterproof-required situation. For example, this would have been ideal at the screening of Titanic 3D where I was hysterical.
Anastasia promises her Lash Genius “instantly waterproofs, refreshes, and protects any mascara all day, without the typical drying or clumping”. Let’s see how it performs!
How To Use It:
The instructions for this product on Sephora.com suggest to “carefully apply one or two coats on top of mascara to waterproof and refresh.” At first, I was a bit confused about the “refresh” part, but now it totally makes sense; not only does this waterproof your mascara, it gives your lashes a glossy sheen! I found that waiting until my mascara fully set (about a minute) ensured that I wasn’t rubbing it off when I applied Lash Genius. Other than that, it’s fairly fool-proof!
CC Rating: A+
I was a bit hesitant about this at first; one of the reasons I don’t buy waterproof mascaras is that I find them to be SO harsh on my lashes. My lashes literally fall off when I use certain waterproof mascaras, and I was afraid that Lash Genius might turn my beloved mascara into my greatest enemy. However, my fear was unfounded and Lash Genius has now become a daily staple in my makeup bag!
Everyday around 2pm, I used to notice that my mascara from my outer lashes had migrated onto my face and lower lashline, giving me this semi-raccoon look. It wasn’t attractive, so I always made a point to check out my face and clean-up the mess. With Lash Genius, I can literally put on my makeup and mascara at 8am and not worry about it melting off. Some of my days at the school go from 9am-9pm and Lash Genius holds my mascara strong until I’m home and ready to remove it.
It’s also held up to a brief cry (it was The Notebook people!) splendidly. My mascara was waterproofed and didn’t leave me looking like a hot mess.
I highly recommend Anastasia Lash Genius to everyone who opts for a non-waterproof formula. This stuff is absolutely “genius” and holy grail status in my opinion. You can pick it up at Anastasia Beverly Hills’ website or Sephora.com for $21.
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