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Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Lushest Lashes- New Secret Weapon

Using Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
In my never-ending quest to find the perfect mascara, I have stumbled upon mascara base gold!  As I have previously mentioned here and here, I have barely visible lashes.  Therefore, I covet luxurious and opulent lashes to no end.  As it turns out, I am still on the hunt for THE ONE mascara, however, I am very impressed with the results of utilizing Shiseido's Nourishing Mascara Base under the mascaras in my current rotation.
Shiseido claims the product:
  • Intensifies volume, length, and curl
  • Conditions and makes lashes more supple
  • Provides an elegant glossy finish when worn alone
After over one month of continual daily usage,  I concur with these statements (although I have never worn the product alone, it does make your lashes glossy prior to mascara application).  The base is a clear gel consistency- which I adore as other primer/bases that I have tried in the past have been white and often dilute the color effect of black mascaras to more of a gray finish.

When using this under my mascara, my lashes are full and long and the curl holds all day.   It makes my best mascaras appear more dramatic (which I LOVE).  I have paired this with a number of mascaras, including: YSL Faux Cils, YSL Singulier, Maybelline The Falsies, and DiorShow Iconic.  So far, I have discovered that I get the best, most dramatic results when I pair it with L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black (as used in my first shot above).

As far as my application technique, I simply swipe Shiseido's Nourishing Mascara Base all over my clean lashes and let it set for about 10-15seconds.  I then apply a second coat of the product and simultaneously push my lases into place.  At this point, I can visually see my lashes are curled and look much longer (and they are glossy).  I wait another 10-15 seconds and apply 2 coats of  L'Oreal Voluminous on top.  Shiseido's website does not specify if you should wait until the product is completely dry prior to mascara application.  I have tried waiting a minute or so and I ended up with crunchy lashes and therefore only wait 10-15 seconds before putting on my mascara.

The price for the product is $23 and I will happily re-purchase again and again.
Note:  I have never tried the original Shiseido mascara base and cannot offer a comparison.

I hope this review was helpful.  I do recommend you give this product a shot if you crave over-the-top lashes as much as I do!!  Has anyone else ever tried this product?


  1. whoa!!!! u make me wanna try that too!!! I am all about lashes!

  2. great review, your eyelashes look fab xxx

  3. I need to try this!! I don't want to get my hopes up because of what happened with the MUFE base, but your picture has completely convinced me. Your lashes look incredible!

  4. wow your lashes look great! I am defo putting this on my xmas list! thanks for sharing :)

  5. Rinz-I think you should give it a shot!!

    Jo-Thanks hun!

    Elise-Thanks doll, I really like the product- best results are if you use 2 coats and don't wait for it to dry-I think you should give it a shot sweets!

    Pretty Wonderful-Thank you sweetie- I hope you get it!!

  6. I would love to try this as well:)

  7. wow, the shiseido one looks amazing on you! I must try it...