Clear coat is a must-have when you’re doing your nails. We use the same concept for hair color and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never have a color without it again. But, does it do the same thing for your lashes? Some companies say it does and their satisfied customers agree that the newest addition the cosmetics family, mascara sealer or topcoat, is the greatest thing going on the market today.
Mascara sealer came about as an alternative to waterproof mascara. The theory is that you can continue to use your favorite brand that produces the kind of results you love even when you’re swimming or about to have a good cry-fest because the top coat mascara acts as a sealant (much like waterproof mascara does) that holds streaks, smudges and smears at bay. These sealers also are touted for their ability to add shine, length and volume by pumping up the shaft of your lashes – now who doesn’t want that!
Women who love this new product say that it delivers on every count. One shopper said that her mascara always ended up smeared right under her brow bone because she doesn’t have deep set eyes. Once she started applying a mascara top coat she no longer had the problem. For those with wimpy lashes, the added texturizing that sealers can give is an added benefit to the strength and smudge-free wear. And almost everyone agrees that these top coats make your mascara waterproof even to the point of not being able to remove it.
As with any product, especially a new one, there will be those who love it and those who hate it. Those who are not so pleased with this new addition to the mascara family (and even some who love it despite its flaws) all agree that these clear coats are hard to remove, even with the eye makeup remove included in some kits. One consumer said that even after using a great eye makeup remover, she still had to wait two days for the sealer to wear off. She said she loves it so much that she just knows she’ll be using it every other day while she waits for the remover to do its job. Other complaints are that it made lashes clumpy and that it never really dried so lashes were tacky and stuck to mostly each other but often to the skin around their eyes.
Because it is made out of polymers there is some debate about possible health risks to your eyes should the product get inside. Many unhappy consumers also reported that because the product is so difficult to remove, they actually lost lashes trying to get back to clean lashes.
The bottom line is that you’ll have to try it to really know if it’s right for you. Mascara sealer could be just the right thing for you. However, if you already have a waterproof mascara that you’re satisfied with, you might want to consider yourself lucky and stick with what you know and like and can get off your lashes.