And I took photos to prove it.

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This Primer Pumps My Eyelashes So Full of Volume
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I love makeup, but I haven’t been a huge primer user over the years — I had never found one quite worth the extra makeup-application step. Some I’ve tried had such a globby consistency that it was actually hard to cover up all the white residue on my eyelashes with mascara, no matter how blackest of black, and I’ve sampled others that just don’t seem to do anything at all. Or worse, they make my lashes kind of slippery and harder for mascara to grab onto… a.k.a. they worked in the opposite way as intended.

Maybe the buzzy word “collagen” first drew me toward LashFood’s Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer, but the results have me hooked. I am officially a primer convert, and I now revel in the two-step process to enhance my peepers, languishing in the transformation from delicate wisps to Disney-princess lashes.

The first time I used the primer, I wasn’t really anticipating how much of an impact the beauty product would make — but then I nearly smudged my mascara into my eyebrow because of how short the distance became between my lash tips and my brow line. My lashes were so full of body, in fact, I decided to take pictures after applying mascara over the primer (I used L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise).

This Primer Pumps My Eyelashes So Full of Volume
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While plumping eyelashes in the immediate term, LashFood’s $20 primer also conditions for the long haul. Infused with a nono-peptide complex, this cruelty-free product coats your eyelashes with thickening micro fibers so they look fuller right away and harnesses collagen to nourish and strengthen lashes over time.

The brand recommends pairing the Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer with its nighttime treatment, the Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer, if you want to maximize your lash-growing potential. If you’re on the fence about investing in an eyelash-growth serum, though, this primer is your most efficient way to get the same falsies look. For a beneficial primer that brings the look of your lashes to new eyebrow heights, this is $20 well spent.

LashFOOD Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer
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