NARS is one of my favourite highend brands and I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve tried from them, and when my Urban Decay Primer Potion ran out, I decided I wanted to try the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base as I’d heard such amazing things about it.
Value for money wise, the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base contains 8 grams of product and costs £19.50 and the Urban Decay Primer Potion contains 10 grams and costs £16, so the NARS primer is £3.50 more expensive and contains two grams less product.
The NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is described as being a lightweight primer which prevents smudging, creasing or caking as well as acting as the perfect canvas for your eyeshadows. The formula contains a polymer and mineral-powder blend establishes a firm grip on colour, and is fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract for maximum smoothness.
The NARS Eyeshadow Base can be used both on the eyelids, and on the eyebrows which is something I’ve never seen advertised on a primer before but it makes perfect sense to help keep your eyebrows in place.
The consistency of the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is unlike any other eyeshadow primer I’ve tried as it doesn’t feel slimey like the Primer Potion, but instead it feels like more a moisturiser which when blended into the eyelids, it mattifies the skin and makes my skin look really even in tone. To apply the primer, I just swipe the doe-foot applicator across each eyelid and then blend it in with my fingertip and then smudge any remnants left on my fingertip, along my lower lashline too.
I really do love the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but because it’s a little tacky, I find that I have to apply some translucent powder across my eyelids before applying any shadow but with the Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base, it has a powdery finish and powder shadows apply beautifully. I find that my eyeshadows look a little bolder too, with metallic shadows looking a lot more shimmery and it locks my eyeshadow (both powder and cream) in place all day long, without any fading, creasing or smudging.
I always thought my eyeshadow looked nice and vibrant when using the UD Primer Potion, but I realised after using the NARS Primer that it hadn’t worked as well as I thought it did as I’m only left disappointed when I revert back to my Primer Potion so this has very much become my new favourite. The only downside which isn’t even a downside, but the packaging of the primer is completely rubberised which attracts fingerprints like a magnet but it’s nothing major, and is definitely the best eyeshadow primer I’ve tried.