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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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. This review came just in time..My UDPP is really drying (thought it was just me). I’m getting this today after work! Plus your photos make it look so inviting 🙂

    • Hello Monica,
      So happy you found this review helpful. UDPP is very drying for a lot of people and blending eyeshadows on top is also challenging. My amateur photography skills are really trying their best…glad you like the results 🙂
      -Maria

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