I’m not one to wear a ton of makeup when I work out, but if I do go down that path, it’s usually in the form of eye definition. Having strong brows and lengthy lashes makes me feel a bit more pulled together when I roll out of bed and head to spin class, but dreaded raccoon eyes are almost inevitable.
Even when I wear waterproof mascara and a long-wearing brow product, I still have to deal with the post-spin smudges — and it’s not cute. I stumbled upon e.l.f. Sweat Resistant Mascara & Brow Duo ($6) and was initially skeptical of its smear-free claims, but decided to give it a try. If it worked, my beauty game was about to be forever changed. It did, and now I’m obsessed AF.
Despite the small price tag, this dual-ended product offers big results. The mascara is inky and brings a flattering touch of color to lashes without ever clumping up, and the brow gel is clear (so you don’t have to think about shade matching) and has a strong hold that doesn’t feel stiff.
After sweating up a storm in spin class, I was happy to see that my mascara hadn’t budged a bit — living up to its waterproof claim. The formula even locked in the curl, so I still looked bright-eyed after an exhausting class. When it came to my brows, I was impressed that the shape I’d created pre-spin was still intact, even though I’d wiped my face with a towel about a million times during the course of my workout. The clear gel has just enough hold to lock down unruly hairs but doesn’t result in that tight feeling. If you’re low-maintenance but want a little polish at the gym, give this duo a go.
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