Are Lash Primers Really Worth it?

If you know me, you know my holy grail makeup item is mascara. I feel like the effect of long and volumized lashes makes the biggest impact on my overall appearance! Without mascara, I feel like my eyes look super tiny and sleepy, which I of course want to avoid. I have been interested in trying a white eyelash primer for a long time now, but I never really saw the purpose in using one since my lashes are pretty long as it is. Plus, I typically use two mascaras (one for volumizing and one for lengthening) so I never really found it necessary to search for another method to achieve eyelash goals. However, when I was browsing some of the top rated products at Sephora and came across the, “Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base,” I decided to try it for myself to really see what the hype was about.

Lancome, CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, $25.50


It is described on Sephora’s website as,”A lash-conditioning, mascara primer in the same great formula and new packaging that conditions and primes lashes to maximize results—creating even longer and more volumized lashes.” Reading that description honestly gave me emoji heart eyes because I would love bigger lashes, but would especially benefit from having a conditioning treatment while wearing this product. My eyelashes are constantly falling out and I do worry if it’s because I’m not conditioning them properly after wearing mascara every day. 


This formula is infused with micro-fibers and Vitamin E, which is why you achieve so much extra length and volume before adding your standard black mascara over top! I really noticed that my eyelashes looked thick and much longer with just one coat of the white mascara base. Once I applied my traditional mascara over top, it did go on a little more patchy than it does without a primer. I have a feeling it’s because my natural lashes are brown, so I’m not able to see the gaps that easily, but with a white base, you can really tell the exact places your mascara isn’t coating. With that said, once the black color is built to your desired intensity, it does stand out really well from being applied on the white base, which was a pleasant surprise I never saw coming! Yay!


I wish I could answer my the title of this post and tell you whether this was worth it or not, but I honestly don’t know?! I can’t make up my mind on whether or not I need this product in my life, or if it’s just an extra step that prolongs my getting ready process. Ugh, these are real problems people! I guess I would say that no, you definitely don’t NEED this, but what makeup product does one even “need” anyways? If you have short or sparse lashes and you can’t find a mascara to give you the full effect you’re looking for, then yes, totally get this Lancome mascara base because it will make a difference and I definitely think you’ll enjoy the results! For me personally, I’ll continue using it, but I don’t know if I’ll repurchase! I love the way my lashes look once the process is complete and I really enjoy how much longer my mascara stays dark and vibrant by using a primer! However, it does take awhile to apply the base, then go in with my mascara and make sure all of the white is covered up! If you’ve been on the fence about trying an eyelash primer, then I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot because it really does work great! I also wanted to mention that I used my Sephora Collection “LashCraft” black mascara along with the Lancome mascara base and that combination worked really well for me! I mentioned that mascara in my recent August favorites, so definitely check out that post for a separate review on that product! 


Thank you so much for reading this post! Let me know your thoughts on eyelash primers/mascara bases! I want to know the best strategies on applying as well, so if you have any tips or tricks, please let me know! 

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