Today’s post is all about mascara bases because it’s the single most important part of my eyelash routine every morning. While you all know about my loyal allegiance to Japanese mascaras, a lifting and curl-holding primer/mascara base can make or break your curl. I’ve tried various fancy mascara primers and non-fancy primers, and for the most part, all have failed for me. Since I have typical Asian lashes, a heavy or wet formula will do nothing for my sparse, straight lashes. Also, for me, it doesn’t matter how great the mascara is if the curl has drooped.
My two favorite primers are the Kanebo KATE Lash Maximizer Eyelash Plus Fiber Mascara Base and the well-known Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base. Both condition my lashes — prepping them for hardcore Japanese mascaras; and, most importantly, both bases will hold the curl through rain, shine, wind, tears, and humidity.
The Kanebo KATE Lash Maximizer Eyelash Plus Fiber Mascara Base is not readily available, so you’ll have to resort to eBay to find it. Also, since it’s a Japanese brand, it’s almost a no-brainer that it’s built and designed for upholding the lash curl for Asians. As you can see, there are fibers attached to the formula and there’s lots of it. The primer itself is a white-ish color that will disappear once you’ve applied black mascara over it. The fibers are well-attached and won’t drop onto your face throughout the day like some fiber bases/mascaras. For me, the fibers don’t really add that much length to my lashes, but the formula is insane so it’s difficult to remove at the end of the day.
The Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base is my all-time favorite and I’ve been devoted to it for nearly a decade. The base does it all — it enhances lashes with volume, length, and curl with NO fibers. One tube lasts a long time — about 6 months before it starts to smell funny. The gray-ish color of the primer disappears once you’ve applied mascara, and has performed well without issues for such a long time for me. Even when I explore and experiment with other mascara primers, I always have multiple back-ups of this so I will never be without it. The best part of this is that it’s not a struggle to remove it at the end of the day.
I recommend both these primers, but the Shiseido base is readily available and most reliable. I’d recommend the Kanebo KATE primer second; but, it depends on what you prefer — do you prefer fibers or not? I know that some people don’t like the complexity of incorporating fibers in their lash routine — I’ve heard horror stories of the fibers getting into the eyes, messing up contact lenses, and leaving a “hairy mess” on cheeks. I haven’t had a problem with any of that with the the Kanebo KATE base. In the summer, I reviewed the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber , and I’d say that it’s comparable to the Kanebo KATE Lash Maximizer Eyelash Plus Fiber Mascara Base. It’s the same concept; the same idea; both include fibers. However, it’s not really a favorite of mine — albeit it works well and holds the lash curl. If you’ve struggled in the past with droopy and straight lashes, then I suggest one of these primers to help fix the problem. When using these kinds of products, it’s best to have an appropriate eye makeup remover — such as a cleansing oil, cleansing balm, or a bi-facil eye makeup remover. Really, the oilier the better. What are some of your recommendations?