The Sample: NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat (Review & Photos)

21 Aug

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I think we’ve all experienced this: you find a mascara that makes you lashes look fabulous. It’s perfection in a tube–literally everything you’ve ever wanted in a mascara and more. Problem is, it smudges on you halfway through the day, giving you the dreaded raccoon-eyes look. Defeated, you set it aside and go in search of the next best thing. Maybe it won’t volumize quite as well or doesn’t lengthen as much as you’d like, but at least it won’t smudge–right? Well, today I’m here to bring you some good news: now you don’t have to choose!!! Anastasia, the brow-queen, has released Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat. Be excited!

Now, according to Anastasia, Lash Genius “instantly waterproofs, refreshes, and protects any mascara all day, without the typical drying or clumping. Its advanced, lightweight formula glides on smoothly, dries quickly, and gives your lashes a touchably soft lacquer finish that lasts all day.” Being in possession of stick-straight, short, sparse lashes, one would think that waterproof mascara and I are likethis. But alas, I don’t like waterproof mascara–one of the main reasons being that I don’t like my lashes to feel crispy and dry. I have yet to find a waterproof formula that doesn’t make my lashes feel that way, so I was understandably cautious when I went to try Lash Genius for the first time.

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There isn’t much to say about the packaging–after all, it’s a mascara-type product. But I will say that I did like the sleek, glossy black packaging with the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo at the end of the cap. It called to mind the luxe packaging from higher-end brands (like Chanel). The wand has pretty standard nylon bristles in a spiral formation. I haven’t experienced any clumping of any kind with the wand–the mouth of the tube does a good job of degunking. I almost wish there were more product on the wand, actually. I don’t know if this is just me, but I kept getting paranoid that  I didn’t actually have any product on my wand because I couldn’t really see it. I mean, it is clear. I kept reassuring myself by running the bristles against my (clean, of course) hand and then, once satisfied, I would re-dip it and then apply to my lashes…I don’t know, maybe I’m just crazy.

And now for the million dollar question: does it actually work? Yes…but only if you apply it correctly. The first day I tested Lash Genius, I applied it over my trusty CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara and went about my day, which included a long walk with my dog and an intense hour-and-a-half long workout. Afterwards, I noticed that there was some minimal smudging. I decided to put it to the ultimate test and hop in the shower. When I emerged, my lashes that had been Lash Genius’d were completely clean–no more mascara, even though it says explicitly on the box that it would waterproof you lashes and you would need a waterproof eye makeup remover to take it off. All the mascara was now underneath my eyes in what was a severe case of raccoon-eye. But I think a lot of it was the warm water and the steam, because the next day when I re-tested it and ran my face under the cold tap for about 10 seconds, they held up pretty well. There was definitely a little smudging, but nowhere near as bad as it would have been without the Lash Genius.

The next day, I applied an even heavier coat of Lash Genius. By the end of the (very hot) day, there was again some smudging underneath my eyes. I realized that the smudging was coming from the very base of my lashes where it was difficult to get the Lash Genius onto (since, as you know, it’s hard to work fresh product, mascara or otherwise, onto lashes that already have mascara on them). Everything else was pretty well protected except that area.

On the third day I tested Lash Genius, I applied the thickest, heaviest coat of Lash Genius yet. I was really careful and worked the product as close to the base of my lashes and I could. I coated the top and undersides of my lashes, all the corner lashes, everything–top to bottom. I found this made a tremendous difference. The good news? I experienced no smudging whatsoever and even washed my face and my lashes still held up pretty well. The bad news? I had to really layer on the product to get it to stay like that. Fortunately since it’s clear, the clumps don’t look that bad–but still, it kinda looked like I only had about 5 lashes because all my lashes were stuck together (note to self: comb out lashes after using Lash Genius). Also, I’ve noticed it does deflate my curl a bit–but once the top coat dries, it’s hard to re-curl your lashes because the top coat has a very soft, silicone feel to it and it doesn’t take to styling very well. So you’re kind of just left with semi-curled lashes. It isn’t horrible, but perfectly curled lashes are very important to me since my lashes naturally grow in a slight downward trajectory.

In short: yes it works…that is, if you apply it correctly and thoroughly coat every bit of your lashes, which can be a little difficult to do. All in all, I think it’s a pretty decent product. It’ll definitely seal your mascara and keep it from smudging for the most part and would probably hold up okay through some light drizzle. But when you need some serious, extremely waterproof lashes (like perhaps if you’re expecting to brave a hurricane or are going to break up with you boyfriend later that night…), I would probably just go with a waterproof mascara. Is Lash Genius a completely necessary item? Definitely not…but it will be a nice product to have handy for many. It also can be used on its own for a softer substitute to clear mascara. Anastasia also states that you can use this after applying false lashes to really blend your lashes and the falsies together for a natural, seamless look.

Pros: goes on colorlessly; really makes your lashes feel silky and soft; easy to remove (though that’s not necessarily a good thing since it’s not supposed to be easy to remove–but still, I hate having to scrub waterproof mascara off my lashes); does protect your lashes from water…if you coat it thoroughly; formulated without parabens; can be used on it’s own or to blend your real lashes with falsies. You could probably even use it on your brows, if you so desire–but I haven’t tried it this way, so I don’t really know how well it would work

Cons: seems to slightly deflate my curl; it’s a little difficult to cover your lashes entirely without completely overloading your lashes with top coat; doesn’t completely waterproof your lashes–with enough warm water and steam, it comes off easily. It also was easily removed with my Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

»»Pricing: $21/0.19 oz.

»»Availability:, Sephora, Ulta

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a product to waterproof their favorite, non-waterproof mascara

»»Overall Rating: B


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

28 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat (Review & Photos)”

  1. Sunny August 22, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    This is the kind of review of this product that I’ve been waiting for. Good job Becca! I remain very curious about the product, though I have found non-waterproof mascara that doesn’t smudge on me. In the climate I live in I very seldom need waterproof mascara, but still I think the idea is genius!

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 12:23 am #

      Aw thanks Sunny! Yeah I definitely love the idea of this product–it’s really nice if you’re someone who LOVES how a mascara looks but not how it wears. This stuff makes your lashes so soft and silky–it’s pretty cool actually. I think it’s a great product for everyday wear–but not so much for extreme weather conditions (when I tested this and it smudged on me, it was VERY hot and humid outside).

  2. Joyce August 22, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    it does sound like a cool product! I don’t know that i’d use it enough to warrant buying it though :( I am not much for complicated mascara processes or too many steps lol. Glad it is working out for you!

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 3:49 am #

      LOL yeah–I think for most people, this will be an unnecessary extra step, but if you have a mascara that you absolutely LOVE but can’t get to stop smudging, Lash Genius would be great

  3. trishie August 22, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    I often have the same problems with mascara smudging under my eyes. So annoying! This product sounds very interesting.

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      It definitely is! I’m not sure I would actually have gone out and purchased one personally, but now that I have it, it’s handy to have around :P

  4. svetlana August 22, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    alas… the search goes on for me…

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      This wasn’t doin it for you, huh? :P

  5. Makeup Morsels August 22, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    Glad to hear this stuff comes off easily! I find that most mascaras which hold up well on me take forever to remove. It sounds like a good thing to have in your stash, and props to you for testing it out so thoroughly!

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 3:51 am #

      Thanks MM! I was definitely happy that it wasn’t difficult to remove, but I DID have to dock points for that since technically, it wasn’t supposed to :P

  6. Memoiselle August 22, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    I heard the brow pencil from Anastasia is a must try, have you try it? Sorry its a bit out of the subject :-p

    • becca August 22, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      LOL–that’s ok. Yes, I’ve tried the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil. It really is very good! I like it because it’s SO incredibly fine and also not too soft, so it creates a super natural looking brow. Plus, the Medium-Ash color is a really good match for my dark hair. I highly recommend them! They also have amazing brow powder too for an even softer brow. I love Anastasia’s brow products!

  7. Larie August 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Hmm, intriguing! I feel like it would be more useful to me if I had that HG mascara that did everything perfectly but still smudged, lol. Alas, I have not found that :*( Also, this would probably have to be replaced every 3 months or so too, huh? It seems quite pricey :/

    • becca August 23, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Yeah…definitely not the product for everyone. I definitely don’t think it’s a must have, but I have read some rave reviews on this too. I guess it really does depend on if you’ve found that HG mascara or not

  8. Tina @ My Highest Self August 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    This was a great review! For me, it’s not something I would need but I enjoyed reading your experience. However, I must say I’m tired just reading that you worked out for an hour and a half!! What type of workout do you do?

    • becca August 24, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      LOL–I start with a “warm-up” by walking my dog. Then I go out for an even longer walk on the trails for about a half hour to 45 mins. Then I do a little routine that I’ve perfected that consists of switching off between lunges, squats, stairs, crunches, and curls with my 5 lb. barbells. A lot of times my workout is shorter, but I was feeling really intense on that particular day and needed to get some aggression out :P

  9. Tracy@Beauty Reflections August 24, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Cool! I think this is a really great idea. It would be great to take on holidays when I need my mascara to last all day.

    • becca August 24, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      It’s definitely a good one to have during the summer or on vacation! :)

  10. Lily August 25, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    You know what sucks? Reading reviews like this and Anastasia is nowhere in sight in my country. Shipping costs a bomb…
    Back to this topcoat, a little too much work for a lazy bum like me. LOL! Thankfully, mascaras don’t smudge that much on me ;-)

    • becca August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Aw that sucks that you don’t have Anastasia available there :/ I hate being curious about a brand and not having it readily available where I am…and if it is, the prices are ridiculously jacked up (hint hint–Suqqu and Addiction!!!). But you’re def right, this product is by no means necessary. and you’re lucky if your mascara doesn’t smudge on you!

  11. Helz Nguyen August 25, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Seems like a lot of work for a mascara! Too bad that it doesn’t hold up your curls well, I know how you feel :) that’s one of the things I require a mascara must do for my stubborn lashes

    • becca August 25, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Isn’t it such a pain to have lashes like that? I just hate that waterproof mascara is the best thing to hold a curl, but I HATE wearing it because I can never freaking remove it all!!! :P

  12. Liz August 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Oh man, too much time commitment. I can barely put on mascara properly but to work this on top… I can’t. Really wish all humans were bald on the eyes – would save us all a heap of trouble. LOL

    • becca August 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      LOL–what sacrilege is this?!? I love having eyelashes, thank you very much–so if you don’t want yours, can I have them? :D

      But seriously, yeah…it’s a bit more trouble for a mascara then I’m used to. I don’t think I will repurchase…

  13. Toya August 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Agree that it seems like a lot more work than it’s worth Becca! Though I admire that you really gave it a full trial – great review :D I do like the idea of a topcoat to waterproof when needed (vs a waterproof mascara which is hard on the lashes). There’s a similar product by Clarins I’ve always wanted to try, I wonder how it holds up?

    • becca August 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Thanks Toya! And I didn’t realize Clarins had a top coat product too?! Now I’m kinda curious to see how it compares…though I know I would probably never touch it again after testing it :P

  14. kat September 3, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    I got this as a sample, too. Tried it but didn’t really work on me.. As you mentioned, maybe because of the heat…?

    • becca September 3, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      I think the main reason for me is that it’s just a little bit difficult to get right into the base of the lashes when you already have product on–so that exposed/uncovered part starts to melt in the insane summer heat and you see smudging. The parts that WERE covered seemed to hold up pretty well! That’s just my experience with it though. :/

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