I love mascara. It’s one of my absolute must-have products. But finding one that actually delivers on all the promises of lush, dark, curled lashes is hard to come by. After using countless options over the years, I have yet to find one that truly checks all the boxes. If it’s long-wearing, you might lose your curl. If it’s curl-enhancing, you might have to deal with serious smudges. It always seems to be a give-and-take battle where no product ends up being perfect for me, until now. My latest obsession is a topcoat that turns any mascara into a smudge-proof, budge-proof, waterproof option. Check, check, check!
Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat ($22) is a clear, lightweight formula that works kind of like a nail polish top coat. Apply your go-to mascara first, then swipe on this top coat to add a waterproof and sweat-proof layer. Here’s why I am obsessed AF.
It makes any mascara last longer. By far, the best feature is that it enhances the wear of mascaras you already love. You won’t have to deal with midday raccoon eyes (AKA under-eye smudges) because it seals in the color and curl. Whether you’re in spin class or are sitting through a screening of The Notebook, your mascara won’t go anywhere.
It takes five seconds to apply it. The finisher is beyond easy to incorporate into your daily routine. A couple swipes on your lashes after you put on your preferred mascara is all it takes. Don’t forget to coat those bottom lashes too — they’re the real culprits of under-eye shadows.
It’s easy to remove. Even though you will reap the benefits of wearing a waterproof formula, you don’t have to scrub your eyes to clean it off. Most makeup removers (I love using an oil cleanser because it gently takes off everything) will remove it easily.
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