NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Shadow holds tight

By Lynnie | November 12 2010 | 18 Comments

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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 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 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

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