Apr 25, 2012

The Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Mascara by Anastasia

Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat by Anastasia Beverly Hills - $21

A colorless topcoat with a silky light weight texture, it instantly waterproofs, refreshes, and protects any mascara all day with a long-lasting hold and a waterproof film without the typical drying or clumping.  Hypoallergenic and formulated with jellified triglycerides, silicone resin, and high-melting point wax for high-definition, longlasting effects.

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use
Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use

The Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat will be available in Sephora starting May 2012, and yes, yes, yes, I got a sneak peek and a nearly month-long trial run with :D  A pretty simple idea but not something I have seen before, it's a topcoat for regular mascara - use over your regular/favorite mascara to make it instantly waterproof.

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Eye Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use

This looks and works just like regular mascara - except that the product is a clear jelly-like substance instead of the black goopy product that I usually have on my mascara wand.  If you have ever used clear mascara, this would be quite similar.   I like the wand - shorty bristles = easier, nonsmudgy application, imo, and even though this goes on clear, I really wouldn't want my lashes all clumped.

My Experience With the Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat


Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Eye Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use

I am a firm believer in the virtues of water-removable mascaras.  They are easier to remove, go on much less clumpy (okay, I agree that might just be my biased opinion), and generally are all I need in a mascara.  I don't go swimming, and I rarely if ever watch crying-buckets kind of movies.  Every once in a while, though, I do wish my mascara was a little bit water-resistant, like when I get caught in the unexpected light drizzle, and that's when a product like the Lash Genius fits in.  I don't have to be stuck with a waterproof mascara that I would hardly ever use, and I don't have to worry about different formulations.  All I need to do is sweep this on over my regular mascara, and I am ready to face the water!  And, oh my, this is WATERPROOF....and budgeproof..and smudgeproof, and here's the proof: (I saw this on THIS blog and had to try it out for myself to believe it!)
Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Eye Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use
I have used swatches of ELF black eyeliner.  The swatch on the right side of the photo has a layer of Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat applied over it.  I waited a couple of minutes for it to dry out (it isn't meant/recommended for waterproofing eyeliners - this is just for a test) before I proceeded to do a water test on the swatches. 
Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat Beverly Hills Mascara Eye Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Ingredients Use
After holding my hand under water for a bit, I used a towel to wipe off the swatches.  If you have ever used the ELF liner, you would know that thing is just looking for an excuse to disappear, so I wasn't really surprised that the swatch on the left vanished without a trace.  I was quite shocked, though, that the swatch on the right with the Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat on it seemed to be still hanging around quite determinedly despite repeated scrubbing with the towel.  I used coconut oil and soap to get it off my hand finally.  And all that scrubbing left my hand quite sore too :|  Again, please don't use this product to waterproof your eyeliners; I just used it for the demonstration.  It's meant to be used for mascara.
It does a fabulous, FABULOUS job of waterproofing - no doubts on that.  Here's a couple of things I would like to add about the Lash Genius Water Proof Top Coat:
  • Use it to waterproof your regular mascara.  Goes on clear and clump-free and dries clear and invisible in no time.  I prefer using it before my mascara dries completely, but it works just fine even if you decide to use it after a while.
  • The Lash Genius Top Coat also does a fabulous job of keeping mascara from flaking and leaving pesky flakes on the cheeks (not naming names here, but certain people..ahemm..me..tend to hang on to mascaras long beyond the toss-out times and occasionally get the pesky flakes :P :P)
  • You absolutely need to have a waterproof makeup remover to remove this.  If you don't have any other proper makeup remover, coconut or olive oil would work just fine.

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat - Ingredients


Overall, it's a useful product to have in the bag, especially if you are someone like me who is obsessed with the nonwaterproof versions of mascara.  I love that it gives me the freedom to get waterproof only when I want to!  Since I didn't really put up any photos of myself, I am adding in this video I found about the product - for all you people who find a talking human much more understandable :D

Product featured in this review was provided to me at no charge.