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Prepare to have your mind blown: this waterproof topcoat makes any mascara water resistant. No more having your regular mascara and a separate only-for-weddings-and-watching-The-Notebook mascara. The clear lightweight gel eradicates flakes, drying, and clumping, while the high-tech formula adds a glossy finish to lashes. If you’re a fan of falsies, you can use this formula to help them blend with your natural assets.
Full disclosure, I have a blog and was sent this for free to review a while ago. I have to say that I don't understand why no one thought of this before. I have my favorite mascaras one for volume and going out, one for some volume and definition during the day, etc. And this you can put on top of any of your other favorite mascaras to make them waterproof. It is a thin clear gel like a clear mascara that was easily applied. If you try to put on lots of this, it will make your lashes start to stick together. Make sure you go down too the roots too otherwise you are only partially waterproofing, and in the pool or at a wedding, partially waterproof isn't good enough!5
This is a really cool product which actually enhanced the appearance of my lashes. I received this from a friend who got it In their box.4
I only use waterproof mascara because otherwise I'm guaranteed to look like a raccoon within an hour of putting on mascara. This did help keep it in place for much longer. My eyes are very dry (medical condition) and I often get uncomfortable wearing mascara. This one took a long time to irritate me, which for me is a huge win.5
I adore this stuff! My problem with mascara is smudging and curls that form, but don't last all day. This solves both my problems. It's also a great way to work through clumps in mascara without actually having to apply more product!5
Works pretty good. Still have those little "dots" on my eyelids by the end of the day. Still looking for that perfect waterproof mascara.4
It puts an odd white tint to your lashes making them look grey2
Let me open by saying how surprised I was to see that the sample size (0.11oz) was so close to the full size (0.19oz) product. Super value, for a sample-box product!
Now that I've had a day to fully inspect the product, there's a gentle curve to the Anastasia brush that makes it a snap to apply the clear formula. In order to look that closely at the brush, I had it practically under my nose, and noticed a slightly sharp chemical odor from the product that was off-putting, especially when you consider that it's going so close to the eyes, but reading further into the manufacturer description, I realized it's just the paraben waxes. No big deal, and really, a necessary part of the product when you want a big, glossy, waterproof finish with great separation.
Which is EXACTLY what this product delivers. I applied it over a generi-store non-waterproof mascara after I let it dry for a couple minutes; my eyes are too sensitive to go from poking with Wand A right to poking with Wand B. Two coats of the Anastasia, a quick wait for drying, and then the same splash-test I did when I got the sample Mermaid Box: A little bit of warm water, and a little bit of cold water. No smears, no running, nothing. None of my mascara budged. I know the product says it's waterproof right away, but I still can't think of a situation where you're going to put the product on and then literally, immediately, be wet-in-the-eyes. Even in an emotional situation, makeup is 99% preparation; this is an application-first product. It would reasonably have time to dry before being put to the test.
As a final bonus, it's got true all-day staying power, really. It didn't fade in my initial test, even after repeated splashing and standing over a hot stove, in steam, BUT, it didn't fight my makeup remover too badly, either. (That honor was reserved for my eyeliner!) I'm absolutely buying the full-size once I run out of my itty-bitty.
I will admit, I have yet to use this over mascara - mostly because I wear waterproof mascara. That said, I am a big fan of this as a clear mascara. It gives my lashes a long, defined, very natural, almost "wet" look. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a clear mascara.5
I only wear mascara once in a great while, but part of the reason is that I hate the smudging, so this is a great idea!3
I'd had zero luck with mascaras for years because they would always, always, ALWAYS flake or, at the very least, leave a blackish-gray shadow under my eyes by the end of the day. I went through countless mascaras, destined to be disappointed every time... until now. This product truly is amazing. It idiot-proofs a decent mascara so it just STAYS PUT. I use it with Tarte's Gifted mascara and it never fails me. For the best results (I've learned this from when I'm in a hurry) make sure you let the mascara DRY COMPLETELY first. Then apply some Genius and you're good to go!5