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Looking for a surefire way to enhance the look of dramatic lashes without the hassle of falsies or the commitment of extensions? We suggest introducing a mascara primer into your makeup routine.
Like foundation and skincare primers, mascara primers work as an extra step to lengthen the wear of your favourite formulas while also giving your lashes the definition, volume and curl you want and need with just one or two coats.
And while there are now so many mascara primers out there, beauty enthusiasts everywhere continue to rave over this cult-favourite primer formula by Lancôme. Enter the Cils Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $27
Perfect for both makeup beginners and pros, this lash-loving product is specially formulated for sensitive eyes. Like most mascara primers on the market, Lancôme's primer offers a white base with microfibers to enhance both the colour and the length, curve, and thickness of your lashes. Cocktailed with nourishing vitamin E, the microfibres effortlessly coat each lash to help visibly beef up and strengthen lashes once mascara is applied. And with more than 1,300 reviews on Nordstrom’s website to back up the hype of this primer, we strongly believe it is worth a try.
“I first tried this because it was in a free gift. Little did I know that Cils Booster XL would end up being one of my favourite must-have products. It really makes my lashes look thinker and longer. No need for pricy extensions or a cream that takes months to grow,” raves one five-star reviewer.
Another five-star reviewer says she uses it with a growth serum.
“First Latisse, then Cils Booster XL! What a combination! Gigantic lashes all the way! Love the effect it gives to my lashes. Baby Doll Mascara on top to make them even bigger,” she says. “Don't think twice if you want a huge lash effect! Go for it! Worth every penny!”
“This product does so much of the work, very little mascara is needed. The formula is good for your lashes as well. Sometimes I apply it before bed and sleep in it (A Lancôme consultant suggested this), adds another. “People always ask me if I have false eyelashes on.”
For the best results, the brand suggests applying one or two coats, working the brush from lash base to tip in a zig-zag motion. Follow with several coats of any mascara. And because of its nourishing ingredients, it can also be used as a nighttime deep conditioning treatment for your eyelashes.
Looking for more options? Because we’re huge fans of mascara primers, below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite formulas that we know you’ll love too!
SHOP IT: Sephora, $35
MILK MAKEUP KUSH Lash Primer
SHOP IT: Sephora, $32
SHOP IT: Amazon, $9
SHOP IT: Tarte, $29
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $5