NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Shadow holds tight

By Lynnie | November 12 2010 | 18 Comments

Nars pro prime

Eyeshadow primer is a must-have for greasy-lidded gals like myself. As well as keeping carefully applied eye make-up in place all day (or night) long,  it eliminates that line of errant nastiness where shadow gathers in the crease of the eyelid. I’ve tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion in the past, so when I received a trial size of NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base as a free gift from Sephora (it’s €25 on as a guide) I was keen to see how it’d compare.

This is a powdery feeling liquid of thickish consistency, and it’s white rather than flesh-coloured so it works really nicely as a mixing medium. That doesn’t mean it stands out on the lids when applied all over, though; rather, it maximises colour intensity.

It dries quickly to a matte finish but still manages to retain some slip, which makes easy work of blending eyeshadow – I find that I have to move really quickly with Shadow Insurance before it sets absolutely rock hard which is inclined to make blending difficult and can sometimes be a complete pain in the ass.

I don’t like the applicator wand and can foresee frustration when I can’t reach the last dregs in the tube, and I’m honestly not sure the colour intensity and additional play time is worth the extra spend.

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18 Replies to "NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Shadow holds tight"

  • Kirstie says:

    yeah, I was sent a couple of things from pro prime and wasn’t that impressed which surprised me cos I think Nars rarely gets it wrong. This is OK. And that’s about the height of the praise I have for it really.

  • Aifs says:

    Lynnie – snap! I got the same sample in Sephora in August. I thought it was fine but I’m happy enough with my UD one for the moment.

  • Fiona says:

    After putting it off for aaages, finally took the plunge and bought the Urban Decay primer last month. Purely because it was on special on Aer Lingus flights for €11. Really annoyed with myself for procrastinating for so long. Can’t believe that it actually does what it’s supposed to. Products usually never live up to my expecations.

    It doesn’t, however, stop eyeliner melting off my lower lash line down my face. A fix for this is my holy grail.

  • zeb says:

    Do eye primers actually work? I tried a benefit one for a while and to be honest I didn’t notice any difference at all! Do you maybe have to really splash out and get a good one?
    I use a cheap primer on my face – a Gosh one and there is a noticable difference with it, it does the same as a smashbox one I used to use but I’ve never had any luck with the eyes.

  • Lynnie says:

    Awww, I feel bad for not loving it now that Marcel is looking at me in all his cuteness! Sowwy puppeh.

  • Karen says:

    I got a sample too in Sephora earlier in the year and it’s ok. I’m not mad on the consistency, it’s a bit lighter than UDPP or Two Faced Shadow Insurance. Love using primers though :)

  • Lynnie says:

    Zeb – I definitely think they do.

    Urban Decay Primer Potion or Two Faced Shadow Insurance usually come out on top in any discussion about eyeshadow primers, maybe try one of those? xgirl did a post comparing them a while back – it’s here if you’d like to take a peek.

  • Dee Dee says:

    i just can’t muster up any enthusiasm for eye shadow primers, have a smashbox one but can’t say i notice any difference…… is about as exciting to me as clear mascara is!

  • zeb says:

    Thanks Lynnie

  • Fran says:

    the elf mineral primer is really good aswell

  • BerG says:

    I am using the TaTa For Now concealer from Penneys as an eye shadow primer, following a tip i read recently. Its working brilliantly, the brush applicator much like Touche Eclait is easier to use than the UD primer applicatior. You swipe a little over eyes after using as a concealer then add a light dusting of power. Its brilliant, works like a treat. Was gald i picked up two TaTa’s at the time for the pricely sum of 1 yoyo. Saves a bit of time in the mornings also.

  • baby in a corner says:

    I can’t believe people don’t wear primer. I think it makes a enormous difference to me personally. It really brings out the intensity of the eyeshadow. I’m come home after a 16 hour day and found my eyeshadow exactly the same as before I went!

  • Banjaxed says:

    Isn’t this a coincidence? Was researching eye primers just now (I’ve run out and need to buy a new one) and had just decided on getting the Nars one due to MUA reviews and now I see here that it’s not that good :-(. I’ve always worn the Urban decay one but it’s starting to make my eye lids look a bit creepy and Too Faced was useless on me… Anyone have any other recs? Was thinking maybe the Bare Escentuals one?

  • fuffyhead says:

    Having used UD Primer Potion for a long time I cheaped out and bought the ELF primer – it does a smashing job on my greasy eyelids (how attractive!)

  • BerG says:

    Banjaxed: Try the concealer tip. Its not just the TaTa product that works, but any concealer you have with a light dusting of face powder. I was secptical, but its really working for me anyway.

  • Pinky says:

    You should check out a range that Laura Mercier does. (cant remember the name but should be easily found at the counter) Again, it’s using a wand which does mean there’s a fair bit of wastage, but I find it really really good.

    It comes in a few colours but I use ‘cotton’ which is the palest. It goes on reeeeally nicely and dries to a nice powdery finish.

    I like Urban Decay primer potion too but I was told by a facialist i should only use it at the weekends for night-time make up. She reckoned it was bad to use on your skin every day. Naturally I’m flouting her good advice!

  • Aria says:

    I tried it a few months back, and didn’t like it. For some reason, it seemed to REALLY make it difficult to get an even application of color. ALL of my shadows had that odd streaky consistently that you usually only get with poorly blended matte eyeshadow’s. I didn’t try using it as a mixing medium, though. How do you do that? Usually I just make my own with water and glycerin, and it has a completely different consistency.

  • Banjaxed says:

    Thanks for the tip BerG, tried that yesterday morning. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me, my eye shadow was completely gone within two hours :-(… Was in Brown Thomas yesterday afternoon then and got my hands on the last tube of the Nars eye primer. Have it on today. It’s working ok, not as good as UD primer potion but it’s now 7 hours since I applied my eye makeup and it’s still there, albeit not as vibrant. Pity it’s so expensive!

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