Wow! If you have stick straight lashes that have trouble holding a curl you need to try this! Prior to discovering the Pmel Essence Mascara Base, I’ve always had to use waterproof mascara to hold the curl. While I liked the look, it was very time consuming to remove. Also, I was surprised to learn that the waterproof formulation is drying for my lashes. I would only reserve it for special occasions because I felt like the heavy-duty removal process was too much stress on my lashes and lids.
Unfortunately, if I used non-waterproof mascara, I’d spend a great deal of time warming up my eyelash curler with my hairdryer. Then curling it by giving it a few pumps at the base, middle, and finally the tips. All this effort is wasted as soon as I put on the mascara. The lashes fall back to its stick straight downward state. Very frustrating! Oh, the joy of Asian lashes!
I learned about Pmel Essence Mascara Base from a YouTuber. I actually forgot about it until one day when I was at Candy Doll Beauty (K-Beauty and J-Beauty supply store galore in the Bay Area) with my daughter and she mentioned she really wanted to try it. It was about $15 so I figured it was cheap enough to give it a try. If you don’t have one near you, you can also find it on Amazon.
Resist the urge to apply a thick coating. This stuff works. It’s like lacquer for your lashes, so a light application is all you need. It will get clumpy if you get overzealous with it. After the base, you can use any regular mascara and the curl will still hold up beautifully.
According to the packaging, the essence nourishes your lashes with amino acids, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and hydrolyzed protein. That sounds good to me!
As for removal, I use a mascara remover as part of my normal routine but have to make sure the water is warm enough–40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) to remove the essence base off.
If you’re looking for a lash serum, see my review of GrandeLash-MD Serum.