Review & Swatches: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Availability: Sephora, NARS
Price: $24.00

Company’s Description

No smudging, creasing or caking. This lightweight eye primer is the insider trick of the trade, creating a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied all day long. A polymer and mineral-powder blend establishes a firm grip on color ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base dries on contact and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for color application.

This review is for NARS’ eye shadow primer, which the company says is light-weight, enhances shadow colors, and keeps a freshly-applied look all day long. Keep reading for my thoughts on the quality and for photos of the product.

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Packaging: 9/10

The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base comes in an opaque, plastic, cylindrical tube with a twist-off handle and contains a doe-foot applicator.

Quality: 9.8/10

The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base has a thin, smooth, silky consistency. If you are familiar with Urban Decay’s original Primer Potion, you’ll see that NARS’ primer has a noticeably thinner consistency.

This eyeshadow base helps intensify the effect and finish of an eyeshadow. But, more impressively, this primer increases the crease-resistance of most of the shadows I use by at least 3-4 hours. So, if I have a shadow that creases after 5 hours, this NARS primer will let me go 8 or more hours wearing that shadow without seeing creasing.

I have used many eye primers, including Urban Decay’s, Too Faced’s, Tarte’s, e.l.f.’s, and more. NARS’ primer has given me the longest wear-time of the primers I’ve tried so far.

Ease of Use: 10/10

I like using this primer the most because of the thinner consistency, which glides super-easily over the lid area. It gives no resistance but also doesn’t feel overly silicone-like.

Price: 9.5/10

For $24.00 you get 0.26 ounces of product. Make Up For Ever’s Eye Prime costs $22.00 and contains 0.18 ounces. Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics cost $24.00 and contain 0.18 ounces. Compared to other high-end brands, you get more product for your money with NARS’ primer.

Final Grade

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Box Packaging

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Swatch

Shadow Without (Left) and With (Right) NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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