Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24) was released over the past year, and I viewed it as a high-end alternative to Urban Decay Primer Potion, my then-current favorite primer. I know that Urban Decay’s gets plenty of criticism, but it’s easy, cheap and lasts forever (especially if you literally cut open the old tube design to get the residual primer left inside).
Nars practical packaging and overall quality made this an interesting alternative. My thoughts:
- Easy application with the doe-foot applicator
- Dries clear
- Doesn’t change the color of my eyeshadow
- Makes all powder eyeshadows last all day, hours longer than they would without any primer
As with any primer, less is more. You can bet your last blush that you’ll run into trouble if you put on too much primer. A whisper is appropriate, a layer is too heavy.
The downside with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, based on my own opinion and experience, is that it grips the powder very quickly and makes the shadow very difficult to blend. There’s a ‘fly paper’ aspect to it–the eyeshadow powder sticks to it. And sticks. It doesn’t seem to move well once placed on the lid.
Therefore, although I appreciate the long wear-time and elegant quality and packaging, the primer works best on looks that don’t require softening or blending between shades. I’m happy if you find that this is your holy grail must-have, all that I can give is based on my own experience and opinion. For that reason, I find that Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a little too smudge-proof for me–because I frequently knock down and blend my shadows, it’s not something that I anticipate re-buying once it’s gone. Proceed with caution.