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Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

What it is:An innovative, enhancing mascara base. What it is formulated to do:Give your lashes an XL boost with a mascara base that maximizes the result of any Lancôme mascara for fuller, thicker lashes. The wand applicator features microfibers for an enhanced effect and a triangular brush that promotes lash separation.
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Questions & Answers for Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

Question
Can you use this product and not wear mascara?
Does the white color show when you dont put a layer of mascara on after you put this on?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
jooanne
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
7 answers
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answer 1
No, the white color will show so you do need mascara.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sephguru
(Rosemead, CA)
answer 2
I would recommend using a mascara over it. It goes on white, and stays white. If you just wait 5-10 seconds and throw some mascara on over it, it covers all the white and really boosts your lashes.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
winterstarzz
answer 3
Yes of course the white will show. I would never use this product on its own and I never use my mascara without this primer either :)
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
dmarcu4
(Chicago IL)
answer 4
You would defnitely want to put on mascara after using this, otherwise you have white lashes. I don't think it's meant to be used without mascara, it's more of a mascara base.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
beschutzer
(Mount Juliet, TN)
answer 5
this product is designed to be used with mascara, not alone.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
arkydiva
(cedarville, ar)
answer 6
The base coat has white but allows you to see where you have gotten or need to get still. I love this product. I would recommend this product to any woman who is aging and their eyelashes need a boost, so to speak.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
cherlymama
(Muncie, IN)
answer 7
No, you cannot use this product without mascara, the white does show.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
emilyleigh11
(Roseville, CA)
Question
Which is better, CILS Booster XL or the Dior Maximizer serum and primer?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
aubel
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
7 answers
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answer 1
Definitely the CILS Booster XL!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sephguru
(Rosemead, CA)
answer 2
Cils Booster is definitely better. I just received dior primer and I like Lancome's much better. You dont get that false lash look with dior that you do with Cils booster. Plus you only need one coat of cils booster to get the look compared to dior where you need at least 2 for it to look a little amplified. Dior is just average. I bought this after reading all the hyped up reviews about it. Im going to exchange it tomorrow.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
futuredoc
(Queens Village, NY)
answer 3
CILS by a mile. See my review.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
vegasbabe
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 4
I'm debating between the two too... but the answers to this question depends on which product's page you are asking this question on. The people on the Lancome mascara base say this is better; the people on the Dior mascara primer says Dior is better.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
gaiya
(Austin, TX)
answer 5
I've always come back to the CILS BOOSTER XL. I've tried almost every base out there and they either flake or smudge by day's end. Not this one! I've been a repeat buyer at least 10 times through the past years.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
angelzfyre
(Alabama)
answer 6
I've used Dior's mascara (which is the worst), so I won't try any other eye products made by Dior. THis is just as comparable to Armani's Primer.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Boston)
answer 7
I've tried both and personally I like the lancome cils better. I did not try the dior as a lash growth serum so I can't comment on that. The dior maximizer does make my lashes look longer and fuller, but it has a stickiness to it that makes my mascara go on unevenly after, which does not happen with the lancome cils.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
gradstudent2011
(Bay Area/ Orange County)
Question
Can you use this Primer with a different type of mascara that's not made by Lancome?
I'm thinking about buying Blinc Kiss Me or Too Faced Injection mascara and want to know if this primer can be used with it. Will the tiny tubes be affected by this primer? I've been hearing such great reviews on this product and want to use this primer with a different mascara thats not made by Lancome.
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Melrose07
(IL)
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
7 answers
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answer 1
I agree, it will work its magic under practically any mascara. Personally, I love both:

Two Faced Better than S* Mascara over it, for fuller and thicker lashes; while-

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Folume Mascara in absolute black may be equal in fullness and thickness, minus any [very minor] clumps, and more separation.

It does do what it says, I would say, in terms of any Lancome mascara. with the exception of their 'defencils' line, and for some reason the Hypnose Star... I generally just get excellent separation and lengthening, not so much on the full and thickness...

Blinc gives a nice just straight separation and lengthening,
Clinique the same - separation and lengthening.

I don't know if I somehow purchased an 'old' Benefit mascara, or if it is just dry in general, but I could not even get it to cover the white! Seriously!

Estee Lauder can look nice over, generally.

For gal on a budget NYX Doll Lashes look supa fly when paired with this!
Particularly if you curl your lashes first!

Hope was of help! :)
answered 1 week, 2 days ago
ajimama
(Racine, WI)
answer 2
YES defiantly i use it with the too faced lashgasm mascara and i find it works amazing. its just an all across lash booster that can pair with any mascara. I love it and its super easy to use, a must have for me.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
NYCMARTINE
(NYC, NY)
answer 3
You can use this primer with anything! It just thickens your lashes with a coat of primer that will grab onto your mascara and enhance the way it looks. Enjoy!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
MKay8
(Schaumburg, IL)
answer 4
Yes, i use this primer with Boxom mascara.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sephguru
(Rosemead, CA)
answer 5
Cils can be applied with any mascara. I use it with defincil by Lancome but also used it with Fairy Drops. Be aware that there are fibers in the Cils.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
stillno
(WI)
answer 6
I've used it with everything from drug-store brands to several different brands in the "lash stash" sampler, I've had wonderful results everytime. This makes any mascara better.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
laurief
(Kirksville, MO)
answer 7
This is great to use under any type of mascara. It helps make your eyelashes long and thick and allows you to use less mascara so you don't get clumps. I've used it with many different types of mascara and it works great!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
sumner
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How do I apply?
I've never used a primer before but I'm very interested in trying. Do you put it on and then immediately use mascara? Or do you let it dry first?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
moopoint
(Edmonton, AB Canada)
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
I apply it, then immediately use mascara.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sephguru
(Rosemead, CA)
answer 2
Apply the booster and then apply mascara. Allowing it to dry is okay but it could clump depending on the quality of the mascara.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
stillno
(WI)
answer 3
I tried to put my mascara on before it dried, and it ruined the mascara. I'd wait until dry. I don't have any patience either ;o)
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
michot
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
i like to let mine dry first because i don't want to mix the primer and my mascara together.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 5
The choice is all yours. Some like to let it dry and some apply their masacara while the primer is still wet. Either way, Cils Booster XL enhances the benefits of your mascara.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
Lancome
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Yes, you put it on first, then put on the mascara. In my opinion, this doesn't do anything for me but to each his own.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ThreeCrazyCats
(San Leandro, CA)
Question
Do you have to use mascara with this product?
I don't typically wear mascara, do you have to put mascara over the top of this?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
elesha78
(Joplin, MO)
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, I do believe so. The mascara is white and will not automatically turn the color of your lashes unless mixed with mascara.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sephguru
(Rosemead, CA)
answer 2
Cils booster is a wax. If you apply a white wax to dark lashes it will show up. Even a light coat of brown mascara would be better.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
stillno
(WI)
answer 3
Hi,

You do need a mascara over this. Although it did nothing for me, I can see that it may work for other people. What's really important is that you wait until it's definitely dry before applying mascara so it doesn't mix with the mascara and end up in the mascara tube (via the mascara wand/brush).

Follow the directions for best results.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
dreamyone
(SPRING IS COMING TO THE SOUTH)
answer 4
yes since this is not a clear color it's white.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 5
You definitely want to wear mascara over this as it is a light washed white color on your lashes.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
ddboop
(Chino Hills, CA)
answer 6
YES!! Cils is white n color and stays that way, so you must apply mascara after wards;
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
superbee
(Schenectady, NY)
Question
Do you wait for this to dry before applying mascara?
Or should you apply mascara while it is still wet?
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
ssault
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
Cils booster is applied and when both eyes are done start putting your mascara on. No need to wait. If you do wait you may cause clumping depending of course on the quality of the mascara you chose.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
stillno
(WI)
answer 2
I don't let mine dry - I usually wait a couple of seconds but not enough to really let it dry, just enough time for me to find my mascara on my vanity and apply it. I like the way it looks without letting it dry, and I find that it's difficult to apply the mascara if the primer has already dried.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
lissathecocoa
(New York, NY)
answer 3
yes, wait like 15 seconds.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 4
I apply my mascara right after applying the base. If you wait too long it dries and gets a bit hard, at least it did for me.
answered 5 years ago
kerclaw
(CT)
answer 5
I do apply the cils booster xl and let it dry before I apply mascara.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
ddboop
(Chino Hills, CA)
answer 6
I prefer to put my mascara on immediately after...though if you do wait it is not a problem, but I like the look of my lashes better when put the mascara on right away.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
superbee
(Schenectady, NY)
Question
How long does the CILS BOOSTER XL last for?
I really wanted to know how long the CILS XL mascara is good till, does this have more usage life incompare to other mascaras? Also, does this condition the lashes as well?
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
MD786
(Orange County, CA)
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
If you use it everyday, about 3 months.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
berly5464
(West Palm Beach, FL)
answer 2
The Cils is a base coat so it stays on as long as the mascara you have applied over the top stays on. It washes off easily if you have a washable mascara. This is applied each time you apply mascara. It does seem to condition the lashes and it certainly doesn't hurt the lashes.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
stillno
(WI)
answer 3
Mine last forever and don't really seem to run out, though they definitely work better when they're new. For safety's sake, I try to replace mine at least every 6 months. I don't know whether it has any lash conditioners, but since this works so well, you probably won't need them. ;)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
bonnie521
(Washington, GA)
answer 4
It definitely outlasts a new tube of mascara. The product says it conditions and helps them grow, but I have never noticed it. I just love it because it adds volume to my lashes.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
trixiie
(Newbury, MA)
answer 5
I use it daily. It last for 3 months. Would probably go longer, but I toss it when I renew my mascara at 3 months.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
seasoned
(Highland, CA)
answer 6
I treat my mascara bases the same as my mascaras themselves. The lifespan is never any longer than 6 months, which is usually when I run out as well.

To me, bases are just another tube of mascara that happens to be put on first. :) Not sure if there is an actual, appropriate lifespan but this is what I've always done and no problems yet.

And for conditioning, no, I do not feel like this product conditions at all.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
Iriment
(San Francisco,ca)
Question
What size? Clinique lash primer vs. Lancome?
How many oz.?? What do you think will be better - Clinique primer or this primer?? Thanks.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
missca
(California)
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
Personally I cannot use Clinique products, they cause irritation. I would go with Lancome. Next time your local store has a gift, with purchase, see if the Cils Booster is one of the gifts and try it. Or go to your local Macy's (or other fine store) and ask for a sample of both.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lorrainen
(Ferndale, MI)
answer 2
I've never tried Clinque Primer. Lancome always worked great for me and there was no need to try a different product.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
trixiie
(Newbury, MA)
answer 3
Lancome is the best. Hands down :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
aquarius86
answer 4
Lancome, definitely.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
pinktorridora
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 5
Lancome primer - #1 hands down!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Summerson
(Vista, CA)
answer 6
Lancome's primer is the best on the market. However, Clinique's primer is a good alternative if you don't want to spend quite so much money. I have used both primers and would recommend either one of them, but Lancome is definitely the superior product. As for size, neither Sephora nor the individual brand's websites mention how many ounces are in each product, but I would think that they are similar, if not identical.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
jamielyn
(Davis, CA)
Question
mascara fibers
Is this the mascara (primer) that leaves the little fibers on your lashes to lengthen them and give them more volume? And does is really work well?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
This product does not have those little flakey fibers that fall off AND this product really works. Hint: I do love this product a little more once it gets older( like a week or so) I do find it very wet when it is fresh, but I still love it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
flawless26
(Wildomar, CA)
answer 2
Yes to both. It adds fibers to the ends of your lashes, lengthening them more than mascara alone. It is easy to apply, works well, and comes off easily. And it doesn't make your lashes clumpy.
answered 3 years ago
Anonymous
(Toledo, OH)
answer 3
Yes it really works well and instantly adds length and volume to your lashes. You only have to use a little of this under your mascara.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sunnyski
(Fremont, CA)
answer 4
Works wonders!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
pinktorridora
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 5
In the past, I've tried other enhancers with fibers and they were horrible (clumpy, goopy, and would end up in my eyes) CILS BOOSTER has none of that. So easy...just preps the lashes for mascara - Definicils preferred!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
gsgirl
(VISALIA, CA)
answer 6
YES! it works wonders!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
makeupjunkie83
(Seattle, WA)
Question
would this make mascaras harder to remove at the end of the day or does it not make any differnce?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
MichelleCh
on CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
6 answers
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answer 1
I have used this product for years. I think it's harder to remove mascara without it, but it doesn't make mascara run at all.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
scentster
(Scranton, PA)
answer 2
I have not noticed any difference in removing my mascara at the end of the day
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
frankar
(NJ)
answer 3
I just use my Sephora eye makeup remover as usual and it comes off fine.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
Link
(Los Angeles. CA)
answer 4
It probably makes a difference because it makes my mascara last longer. But it is still easy to remove anyway.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
pinktorridora
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 5
My eye make-up always comes off easily with either Cetaphil or CeraVe cleanser. This product does not make any difference regarding ease of getting the mascara off!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
SarahT23
(Winston-Salem, NC)
answer 6
It doesnt make mascara any harder to remove. I just use my facewash and it comes right off
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
katrinap
(costa mesa, ca)
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