Shiseido Mascara Base Review

Lynn from the meetup had mentioned that she uses Shiseido Mascara Base for her lashes to look long and nice and she even mentioned it on her blog. Well of course I had to try it out. I never really use a primer for my lashes bc ya know, never thought I really needed it. Well ladies, if you have short lashes that you would really want to get them long and quick, this is the answer.

I went to Sephora the next day and purchased it and also asked for samples (thx Lynn!) of face primers. haha. Why not try out the whole shebang while I’m at it. =P When I bought something at Bloomies over NYC weekend, she asked me if I had asked for samples and I gave her a stupefied face and said no? haha. So this time I made sure I asked.

Price: $23
Where to purchase: Sephora and get 4% cash back on Ebates!
Size: .25 fl oz.

C11-12 Isoparafin, Dextrin Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Microcrystalline wax, Isostearic Acid, Trioctanoin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl, Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut oil, Methicone, Tetradecene, Iron oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

Consistency: It’s a grayish gel consistency that you just brush over your lashes. Nothing to it.

Scent: There wasn’t a distinct scent to it that I can detect or was aware of.

What it claims: A clear base coat for eyelashes that improves mascara application and wear, as it boosts volume and curl. Adds dramatic definition to the eyes. Contains Multi-Nutrient Factor, an advanced moisturizer. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.

What it actually does: What it says is exactly what it does. I must admit I was more than skeptical of any product these days will live up to the hype but ladies, this does. It was well worth the money spent – more than worth it. This base added definitition to my lashes, it separates pretty well and doesn’t make my mascara clump on me too much. the BEST thing of all, it does not make my mascara SMUDGE on me! Well ok, a teeny, I mean, teeny bit, but still so much better than before where I’m constantly having to check my eyes to wipe off any smudges That never ever happens, I mean never! Sometimes I get lucky like my Maybelline Full n Soft that doesn’t smudge on me but then again, you have to take several, I mean several coats of that to get the desired effect.

Using this mascara base, it took me only 1 coat to get the length that I wanted, which would normally take me several tries any other times. Talk about saving time!! I am a girl on the run so I need something fast and I’m off. So this fit the bill entirely. If you want a more dramatic effect, only 2 coats of your mascara over the base does the trick! The best area to use it too are my bottom lashes bc they are usually hard to get to and harder to make them long. Seriously I am soo excited! haha.

Don’t believe me? Let’s put it to the test, shall we? (Keep in mind that I brought this to work so forgot to bring my lash comb, tee hee)

Bare lashes curled

Mascara base on

One coat of Maybelline Colossal waterproof mascara

2 coats of mascara with base (so dramatic!)

2nd coat of mascara w/o base
pic I took from last review on colossal vs. lash blash

Likelihood of Repurchase: Most definitely! I myself do not buy alot of high-end mascaras bc really you need to throw them out every 3-4 months and that would just be throwing money out. Instead, invest in a mascara base such as this and you can practically use any mascara (at least for me) and you will get amazing lashes without doing much work at all! I will try it on others, but I have no doubt this will work just as well with any other mascaras I use. My lashes were curled throughout the day and best yet I didn’t have to check every time to see that I don’t have smudges on my bottom eye. haha.. Well I do check alot to see how great they look. haha. This is one happy camper! hehe.
Ratings: (5) out of 5 cosmos!!!!


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  1. Great review! I have the Smashbox lash primer and I don’t think it does that much for my lashes but now I’m tempted to try out this one.

    What eyelash curler do you use? I like how your lashes are curved and does not stick straight up (like when I curl my lashes) Haha.

  2. I love love LOVE this mascara base! I’ve been using it ever since Mona reviewed it a few months ago, and it’s amazing =) Only thing is.. i think it dries out rather quickly. So I might have to replace it every 2-3 months. Kinda costly =(

  3. thx! i use shu eumura’s lash curler.. yeah i don’t like it when my lashes are straight up.. haha.. i like them naturally curled. =)

  4. Pretty, fluttery lashes… 🙂

  5. I have mine coming form since the sephora store I went to said they weren’t carrying shiseido anymore and bloomies was sold out =(

    Can’t wait! I’m always trying to have my lashes hold a curl and not have smudges.

  6. haha.. lynn kept talking about it so i had to go buy it. i hope it doesn’t dry out fast!! i loooove it! you’ll love it jenn! haha.. it smudges a teeny bit but like i said soo much better than without it. loooove this stuff!

  7. Your pictur eis gorgeous. The base really does work. Next time you should try pairing it with the lasting lift mascara from Shiseido, just for fun. 🙂

  8. thx preya! haha.. ok i’ll try that next i see it at sephora. =)

  9. Thanks Mel! I can’t wait to start reading more of New Moon today! I hate daily life chores haha

  10. i don’t think i can ever live without this mascara base. whenever there’s a sale, i always buy two! great pics and great review 🙂

  11. Yay! This mascara base is one of my hg products I think that I’ll re-purchase over and over. 😉

  12. oooo you are so pretty 🙂 i def have to look into getting this base!

  13. You have totally convinced me!! Thank you so much for the review!!

  14. I love this! I’ve gone through soo many tube of it and I just cant live without it! haha I just bought one from shu to compare hope it works just as well!

  15. great review! and that looks like a good product!

  16. great review! now u make me wanna try this mel. haha. thanks.

  17. haha.. how come no one told me this until now?! yes it is now my HG too.. hehe.. LOVE it! =) and if you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?! =P

  18. wow!
    it really works well..
    i also dont use mascara base…but now i think i ought to try it too..

    thanks a lot,hun!

  19. kool review. I been looking at that item for the longest. I def have to check that out the next time i go to sephora

  20. haha.. np! def a must try.. i’m still amazed! =P

  21. Great review Mel!! I have extremely short straight pin lashes! LOL!! Before & after is amazing! 🙂

  22. Haha mine’s probably all dried up! 😛 Can you believe all the steps I do for makeup, I find taht using an additional lash primer too much work?! xD

  23. OH WOW MEL!!!! IM GGETTING IT FOR SURE!!! danx for the review!!

  24. great review 🙂 this is definitely going on my wishlist!!!

  25. haha.. ur welcome girls.. hope it helps you as much as it did with me and few others as well =)

  26. omg I DEFINITELY have to try this now!! My eyelashes annoys the **** out of me sometimes! They don’t curl well nor do they have volume!

  27. wow..great review..
    I wonder how that wud curl..??Anyways..great product..

  28. yay mel! im so glad u love it as much as me. i use it everyday and it doesnt dry out and i replace every 3 months. see u tomorrow!! 🙂

  29. I used to use it as well!
    It works sooo well!
    But the downside of working so well, is also removing it!
    Now I am using a cheaper mascara base, but the results of shiseido remain the best!

  30. I actually quite like this mascara look! But I am using now the Revitalash they make your lashes nice and full without looking too fake.