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