Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base review and photos.

Nars Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

What makes an eyeshadow great?  Is it the color, the texture, the brand, the packaging?  No…it’s the eyeshadow primer/base!  Regardless of eyeshadow brand, an eyeshadow primer makes any powder or cream shadow/liner last longer, colors more vibrant and allows shimmer formulas to adhere more securely to the skin.  Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24 US/ 8g) is one primer that delivers beautifully on all accounts; just like my Amex card, I will never leave home without it!

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

The Pros:

  1. Clear formula allows for a variety of colored shadows to be used.
  2. Smooth lightweight formula applies seamlessly.
  3. Will not dry out delicate skin around the eyes.
  4. Skin feels smooth and hydrated.
  5. Formula dries evenly and allows for smooth application of powdered eyeshadows.
  6. Small amount needed, therefore one tube will last awhile (@ 7-12 months) if used everyday.
  7. Makes any eyeshadow last 10 hours +.
  8. Shimmer formulas adhere beautifully and fallout is drastically reduced/eliminated.
  9. Sleek and sturdy packaging is suited for travel.
  10. Formulated without parabens or fragrance.

The Cons:

  1. Despite the attractive packaging, I would have preferred a squeeze tube (like Too Faced Shadow Insurance).
  2. Contamination of product is possible if used on multiple people or if applied on dirty skin (don’t share).
  3. Cannot determine when product needs replacing.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Powder Eyeshadows adhere very well to Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and last amazingly well over time.

L:  MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R:  MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a tissue. L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a finger to show longevity.
L: MAC Uninterrupted without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base didn’t move.

Cream eyeshadows/liners also perform brilliantly over Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  The shimmers are more prominent, the longevity is amazing and shimmer fallout is drastically reduced and in some case, eliminated.

L:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge proof Eyeshdow Base. R:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshdow Base.
R: MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Cosmetics can be found in Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, narscosmetics.com, beauty.com, etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are an avid eyeshadow wearer, then Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a must-have in your arsenal.  I have had this primer/base in my possession for the past two weeks and cannot believe I have gone this long without it.  Nars has outdone itself with the creation of this little gem; it far surpasses Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion (very drying on me) or any other eyeshadow primer out on the market.  I think I may have found my Top Eyeshadow Primer for 2014…slow your roll Maria, the year just started.  I know but, this stuff has rocked my world!  What is your HG eyeshadow primer?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 and Graphic Liquid Eye Liner.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, Graphic Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, Graphic Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3:

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 ($26US/4.8g) is amazing!!  It is far superior to my Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base for eyeshadows.  The key is to apply a thin layer on clean eye lids and allow it to dry for a 10-15 seconds before you start your eye makeup.  Eyeshadows adhere beautifully to Canvas and last all day without creasing or migration of the color.   These eyeshadow bases come in five colors to match your skin tone.  I prefer Laura Mercier Eye Canvas to LM Eye Basics because it is in glass pot form and paraben-free.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 as an eyeshadow base.  Color worn in photo after an 11 hour day.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 as an eyeshadow base. Color worn in photo after an 11 hour day.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Eye Liner in Black Lacquer:

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Eye Liner in Black Lacquer ($24US) is a very black liquid waterproof liner that will not budge or loose intensity throughout the day.  The finish is glossy not matte.  Graphic is very easy to apply due to its semi-flexiable felt tip.  This liner removes very much like Estee Lauder liquid liner, in that, it peels off when in it comes in contact with your facial cleanser/makeup remover.  Some may find it to be a nuisance since it does not come off in one swipe.  Graphic will be primarily utilized during hot and humid days.  This product is not paraben-free.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Liner in Black Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Graphic Liquid Liner in Black Lacquer.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

Makeup would tell you to go and invest in Laura Mercier Eye Canvas (your shade)  because every makeup wearer needs this fantastic eyeshadow primer/base.  Graphic is an excellent choice for those who do not want to touch-up or worry about their liner fading throughout the day.  Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 and Graphic Liquid Eye Liner are a fantastic combination that will yield a sophisticated eye look.  My obsession with this brand has officially reemerged!  Thank you Laura for keeping your line classy and fresh!!  Au revoir.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-