In May, I headed off to Minneapolis Comic Con, and we made a stop at the Mall of America. This gave me the chance to stop at the Bare Minerals store and pick up the Locked & Coated Waterproof Lash Topcoat that I’d heard of a while back. The mascara does exactly what it sounds like. Layer it on top of your existing mascara, but will it make it budge proof?
I’ve been spoiled with L’oreal’s Beauty Tubes mascara. It’s waterproof but relatively easy to wash off, even without the primer. Although, I’ve tried to use the primer with other mascaras, it didn’t help the staying power. But sometimes I want to wear other mascaras because I like the look. It was this hunt that turned me on to this topcoat.
Rather than add a layer of primer beneath the mascara that can be difficult to cover evenly and can make lashes crunchy and stiff, this is a clear coat that obviously goes over the top. You don’t see the topcoat and it leaves lashes springy and flexible, which I really like. However, it’s not perfect.
For starters, the bristles on the brush are just so short. It’s rather difficult to coat the entire lash, which is obviously what I want to do for the maximum effect. I may opt for a disposable brush instead.
I suppose one of the down sides of waterproof mascara is that while it stays on during the rain and even in the pool, it’s terrible to remove. At the end of the day with this topcoat, my mascara will smudge. Even using makeup remover, I need to scrub and scrub and scrub at my eyes. Washing my face, using cloths and separate makeup remover is not enough to remove the residue. It’s insane. I would much rather rinse away with soap and water like I can with tube mascaras.
And while some people would call that a “win” because it is waterproof, it also only looks okay for a short period of time. Smudging is inevitable, and it’s also one of the reasons that I don’t love most regular waterproof mascaras — and I’m a heavy sweater so that makes it happen that much more frequently. So I’m very torn about this product. It does what it says, but it’s a bit misleading because water proofing also leads to several negatives.
I think I should have tried e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Mascara Top Coat to begin with. It’s cheaper — $3 compared to $12 directly from Bare Minerals — and easier to find. I wish I would have seen that you can buy it on Amazon for less than $5. That’s the better way to go. That’s what I would recommend to someone looking for a product like this. As for me? I think I’ll look for more tube mascaras.