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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.
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
This is an AMAZING product and I can't believe it took this long for someone to figure out how to do it! Now I can wear all my favorite mascaras in the heat and not worry about it smearing due to sweat!! I put on as 1-2 coats of my regular mascara, wait a couple minutes for it to dry, then add a coat of this waterproof topcoat on top and bottom lashes. It's perfect! This might be TMI, but I sweat like a pig...always have! And if my makeup isnt waterproof, I'll quickly look like a dirty raccoon. This topcoat keeps me looking civilized even after 2hrs of sweating it up at the gym!! I love it and I'm probably gonna order more so I don't run out. It's not cakey, flakey, filmy, heavy or anything! It goes on clear and stays that way. My new favorite product...GENIUS!!!5
I live in a really hot, humid area, so putting makeup on in the morning can be a futile exercise, to say the least. Whenever I buy mascara, I try to get a waterproof version, but some of the nicer brands and styles don't have one. In comes this amazing product. It works great as a waterproofer -- my mascara does not come off until the end of the day when I want it too. Bonus: it separates clumps super easily.5
I thought that it was going to make my mascara stay on more, but over all it's not bad. I just have noticed a bit of mascara smear under my eye after sweating- Im a server and run around quite often.3
Does what is says washes off easy ... bought this for a vacation and I had no racoon eyes at all...definitely recommend
Used this everyday on my honeymoon in FL. It was at least 90 everyday and my mascara stayed perfect with this topcoat. Through swimming or sweating, this product stood up!!!5