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Best Waterproof Mascara and Primers for Oily Eyelids - A Review

Updated on March 11, 2013
This is definitely not my eye or my eyelashes; this is more like the eyelashes that I want!
This is definitely not my eye or my eyelashes; this is more like the eyelashes that I want! | Source

The problem with my eyelashes

You know how some people have those long lovely curly eyelashes? Yeah, I don't have those. I have monolids or single eyelids and i sparse and stick straight eyelashes so that most mascaras end up smudging underneath my eyes. However, with the help of my trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curler, a good mascara base, and a good waterproof mascara, I can usually ensure that my mascara stays on where it should for most of the day. I've tried many waterproof and non-waterproof mascara in my day (from Dior to Cover Girl) and I found that without a mascara primer/base, it always runs. I used to use the lovely Shiseido Mascara Base, but unfortunately, it was discontinued last year! I was devastated. Shiseido replaced with their "Nourishing Mascara Base", but it just isn't the same although I do know that some people like the new mascara base much better than the old one. Read on to see what discoveries I've made when it comes to waterproof mascaras and mascara primers and bases!

Mascara and Mascara Primers: (clockwise from left) Kate Mascara Base, Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara
Mascara and Mascara Primers: (clockwise from left) Kate Mascara Base, Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

Sigh...Why did you discontinue your regular Mascara Base, Shiseido? Why?? The Nourishing Mascara Base is the replacement mascara base for their discontinued formula. I personally loved the old formula, but I know that from other reviews online that people hated how they couldn't wash off the mascara base which I don't disagree with. The old formula was hard to wash off with regular makeup remover unless you had an oil-based one, but that was the magic of it all! The old formulation stayed on your lashes so well and it made any mascara (waterproof or not) stick to your eyelashes for the whole day!

The new formula is much easier to wash off and it doesn't have such a good staying power, but it's definitely more "nourishing" for your eyes and does prime your eyelashes quite nicely and plumps up your lashes for your regular mascara.

-makes your eyelashes feel healthy
-easier to wash off than the old formulation
-plumps up your eyelashes nicely and prepares it for mascara
-wand is nice and small for those with shorter eyelashes

-pricey: approximately $25 CAD or $24 USD
-holding power isn't as good as old formulation so you do have some smudging throughout the day

Kate Mascara Base (with tiny fibers in it!)
Kate Mascara Base (with tiny fibers in it!)

Kate Mascara Base

This is a Japanese drugstore makeup brand that sells high quality eyeshadow. Since they discontinued my favourite Shiseido mascara base, I was on the hunt for a new primer and found some pretty good reviews for the Kate Mascara Base. My eyelids are super oily so I knew I needed an industrial strength primer that would not budge. So far, it's been pretty good (although still second to my old Shiseido primer), but better than anything else I've used so far. What I didn't know that it had those tiny hair fibers in the base that's supposed to plump up your eyelashes. I honestly don't like them; I don't think it does anything and sometimes it irritates my eyes!

-good staying power (better than most mascara primers)
-inexpensive, although not cheap (I think I ordered mine online for about $16)

-you cannot buy this in the drugstore as it's a Japanese brand, but you can order it online. I got mine from a Hong Kong site called AdamBeauty
-hair fibers in the mascara may irritate sensitive eyes
-because of it's good staying power, you would likely need an oil-based makeup remover to wash it off

Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara

If you want volume and relatively good staying power, I would give this mascara a try. Of course, you can find the Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara in most drugstores. The wand is a bit curved so that it pumps up your eyelashes. I think I would prefer the mascara wand to be a bit smaller. Since I have small eyes, it would be easier to apply mascara to the inner corners of my eyes using a small wand, but I can't complain! Overall, it has some pretty good staying power and it builds up volume on my eyelashes!

-pretty cheap ($8 CAD)
-good staying power if you buy the waterproof formula
-wand is curved so that it builds up volume on your lashes

-would prefer the wand to be a bit smaller

What are your favourite mascaras and mascara primers? I'm always on the lookout for that holy grail mascara or primer!!

- Elaine Li


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