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The Makeup Nourishing Mascara Base by Shiseido

The Makeup Nourishing Mascara Base




Key Benefits:

  • Waterproof
  • Curling
  • Volumizing
  • Not Smudging
  • Longlasting
  • Lengthening


Silica, C11-12 isoparaffin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BHT, Sucrose tetrastearate triacetate, Zinc Oxide, Arginine, Polyethylene, Sucrose Tetraisostearate, Water, Dextrin palmitate, Trimethylsiloxysilylcarbamoyl Pullulan, Isododecane, Ultramarines, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Nylon-12, PEG-20 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Triisostearate, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Polysilicone-2, Macadamia Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters Behenate, Tocopherol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol

Ratings & Reviews

4.690% of 288reviewers recommend this product

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Sephora user
January 15, 2016

Does what I wanted it to!

This mascara base was what I have been looking for and it has been right in front of me this whole time! I've always used the Shiseido eyelash curler, which is a must, if like me you have long but very straight eyelashes, that normally only stay curled with certain waterproof mascaras. This base holds the curl after curling, and then I finish it off with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This mascara is probably a little heavier than most want when looking for the curl, but with the primer underneath I get that very natural feather look! I've even been asked if my lashes are fake! It doesn't allow for a really clumpy finish either, it is very defined. Also, it looks really good once dried if you want just the natural look of no mascara because it does not have the white finish normal primers do. I recommend this to anyone who wants something to help with the curl. « less

Sephora user
January 3, 2011

I will look no further! Found the best lash primer

I will be 54 in a week, trust me I have tried nearly every primer out there, but tis one is awesome!!!It keeps my lashes curled and voluminous.I found it also helps my mascara stay on so long w/ o flaking.I bought the newer Shiseido mascara too so my lashes look false but naturally full and longer.The two products in my opinion work so well I have not bought anymore mascaras but enjoy samples ones which always fail me.I could not be happier with this base and the mascara too....they have a waterproof one lasting lift that I save for days I know I may cry, that is amazing too but waterproof.Thanks for another fantastic product , I justloooove it!

Nordstrom user
August 27, 2010

Ehh...not like the original

As far as primers go, this is ok. However, my review is based on the fact that I was hopelessly DEVOTED to the original "Mascara Base" for YEARS. This new formula (despite whatever added "nourishing benefits" exist) is just not as good. It's much, much wetter than the old formula, which causes a terrible amount of clumping up with lashes. It's nearly impossible to comb through them after you've allowed it to sit for even a couple of seconds. Every time I've attempted to comb through the clumps, it's just made them worse, or tugged out my lashes. Once you apply mascara over top of the base, forget it - you've just got a big, clumpy, spider-lash mess on your hands. There are some lengthening benefits, but the end result is just very unnatural looking, because your lashes are so stuck together. The old formula was fabulous, Shiseido, please, please bring it back!! « less

Sephora user
May 8, 2013

Must have for my extremely stubborn lashes

I have fairly long lashes, but they are extremely straight. I have to use a heated eyelash curler in order to curl my lashes because regular curlers do not work.This is definitely a must have if I want my lashes to stay curled. The inner lashes still fall back down after a couple hours, but the outer lashes stay curled for hours and hours. I don't think it adds more length but it definitely adds volume and curl.I find that using a mascara brush that is lash separating is important because the lashes can get clumpy depending on the type of mascara.

Sephora user
February 22, 2015


I have super thin, stick straight eyelashes that point downward. I must use waterproof mascara in order for the curl to hold after I use an eyelash curler. I decided to try this base, it really is amazing! It holds the curl, when I apply the mascara my eyelashes appear thicker. I do allow the base to completely dry before I apply mascara; sometimes I use a second coat of base, I apply to the tips of my lashes to get more length; the mascara glides on, no clumps and easy to remove.

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