pdc – Pmel Essence Mascara Base Review

The YesStyle Beauty Lab

Who else has short and thin lashes that annoyingly point straight down? I’m sure plenty of women can relate as we’re not all miraculously blessed long, thick eyelashes.

Even with the rising popularity of eyelash extensions, I’ve never been convinced to try them, though I know they would help thicken my lashes. No offence to anybody who loves eyelash extensions but I just don’t find them necessary. I prefer to do things the old-fashioned way: with mascara.

Unfortunately, after years of experimenting with different types of mascaras, I’m still struggling to find the perfect one for me. I’ve tried them all – lengthening, curling, volumizing, lash defining, thickening and combinations – and none can keep my eyelashes curled all day.

What I hadn’t tried before is a mascara base, which helps enhance the effectiveness of mascara. So I decided to test out the Pmel Essence Mascara Base from pdc.

This Essence Mascara Base comes in a simple baby blue tube with a white mascara wand and spoolie. It claims to keep your lashes curled all day and is resistant to sweat, water and oil. It doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances, artificial colorings, mineral oils or alcohols, and is infused with ingredients that help nourish eyelashes. You’ll find four main components: amino acids, sodium hyaluronate, jojoba seed oil and hydrolyzed silk, which respectively help to repair, moisturize, smooth and protect your eyelashes.

How to use the mascara base? It’s simple:

  1. Optional: Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler.
  2. Starting at your eyelash roots, apply a sufficient amount of mascara base to your lashes.
  3. Let dry before moving on to your mascara.

If you need an extra lift, I suggest starting with an eyelash curler. I use Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler – it’s one of my favorite tools and the only curler that keeps my curls in place.

The Essence Mascara Base comes in the form of a clear gel. One important tip: Don’t apply too much of the mascara base or it will clump your lashes together. Besides that, it left behind a white coat on my lashes that was very hard to conceal even with a black mascara. This is the mistake I made the first time I tried it.

The second time around, I made sure to apply one very thin coat of the base. So remember not to get carried away!

This is what happened when I didn’t use an eyelash curler and applied waayyy too much of the base:

Clear – applied mascara base – topped with mascara

And here’s what it looked like when I used an eyelash curler before applying a sufficient amount of the base:

Curled with eyelash curler – applied mascara base – topped with mascara

The same effect as the above, shown from the side:

Without curling – Curled with eyelash curler – applied mascara base – topped with mascara

As you can see, an eyelash curler makes a huge difference! The curler definitely opened up and brightened my eyes more, and the mascara base kept the curl in place. I topped it off with a waterproof lengthening mascara to finish the look. Don’t use this product if you already have eyelash extensions or you’ll end up ruining them!

The mascara base is long-lasting; my curled lashes managed to stay put throughout the day. This product is also surprisingly easy to remove. Simply use an oil cleanser and rinse with lukewarm water.