Jun 10, 2010

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Thoughts...

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Thoughts...

From NARS -

New! No smudging, creasing or caking. The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is the insider trick of the trade. Never looking heavy-handed, this lightweight eye primer creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied, all day.

A polymer and mineral powder blend creates a firm grip on color ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear. Fortified with special deep-sea and antioxidant rice extracts, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base dries on contact and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for color application.

Extends the wear of eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil.
Instantly transforms to a matte finish and preps skin for color application.
Maximizes color intensity.
Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance free

Net Wt. 0.28 Oz./8g
Price $24

My Experience

My Four P's...

The price of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base  is $24 for 0.28oz./8g. This is quite a bit pricier than the other popular eyeshadow primers on the market, namely Too Faced Shadow Insurance which retails for $17 for 0.35oz. and Urban Decay Primer Potion which retails for $18 for 0.34oz. So you get less product for a good $6 or $7 more..interesting note - this is an extra $1 for every oz. you lose....

This price really irked me but NARS product prices have always irked me. I cannot deny the quality of their products though so it's hefty price I guess I will have to pay.

Oh oh oh...and just who does Smashbox think they are for selling their crappy eyeshadow primer for $20 for 0.08oz.? Riding the hype of their famous Photo Finish Foundation Primer I'm sure...they can kiss my lipstick!

The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base comes in a no fuss basic tube with a doe foot applicator (similar to Urban Decay Primer Potion). There are no fancy grooves and curves here, so we are sure to get the most of our product without sawing into the container (eh em Urban Decay!).

The thing that struck me as odd was that the container top (that holds the applicator) is as long as the actual container (tube). Hmmm...but I figured out a probable reason for this...that I didn't really notice as a deficiency in the Urban Decay Primer Potion until now. Because the top is so long you can use the applicator like an eyeshadow brush. It's much more comfortable and sturdier than a stubby cap.

The product itself is medium thick with a creamy consistency. It comes out white but blends out to colorless on the eyelid. There is no color tint so it works well without affecting the eyeshadow color. It's not as thick as Urban Decay or as thin as Too Faced....a happy medium. It blends easily and leaves almost a silicone-based finish on the skin.

Now how does it measure up?

I have used Urban Decay and Too Faced for the longest time and both have their issues but I could never complain about performance. They both prevent creasing and my eyeshadow lasts all day. Along comes NARS...

The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base does the same thing as the other primers....no creasing and long lasting eyeshadow. As far as eyeshadow color vibrancy goes...I use cream bases for that and they do a far better job. I rely on my primer to keep my oily lids under control and prevent creasing and fading. This does just that, no problem.

But...it outshines the other primers when used with a cream base...I have used it with my MAC Paintpots or MUFE Aqua Creams on top and excuse me! This helps them glide on like a dream. Again I didn't notice that this was an issue before, just par for the course. I thought that a little tugging and drying was a side effect of the MAC Paintpots (MUFE Aqua Creams are creamy on their own). But not so with the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Everything glides onto my eyelid so easily, no dragging! I told you about the silicone-based finish! Smooth, silky and perfect.

Now my lids can be super oily or dry on any given day. For oily lids the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is great. But when there are dry spots watch out. The primer will emphasize the dry areas and not be as smooth. Make sure to moisturize dry spots before applying the primer to reduce these effects.


I'm enjoying the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base right now more so than my Urban Decay Primer Potion. On dry days I have to make sure I moisturize well before using the primer but on oily days it's a dream. I prefer it when using MAC Paintpots as base because it helps with smooth application. I will still alternate between primers though because the price tag irks me! I will repurchase but not without cringing (hopefully I catch a sale).

If you can stand the price it's worth checking out!


  1. Thanks for your brutal honesty, Tina. I love NARS' products but their prices always make me think twice. I am so fed up with cutting my UDPP bottles open . . . their packaging really upsets me. I like TFSI . . . but for some reason my shadow dries and flakes when I use it. I guess all primers have their issues. I'm going to go grab Nars' base on my lunch break and give it a try. I hope I don't like it. $$$ LOL!

  2. thank you so much for that. I have been really wanting to try it out, but havent because I still have my UDPP and it was worked well for me. But I am going to for sure buy it b/c i also have the same problem with MAC paint pots. NARS is my favorite cosmetic brand, yes they are expensive but you cant deny the quality of their products!

    take care!

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  4. I know right Nisha! That's why I don't own more NARS. I just can't pay more for NARS than for my beloved MUFE.
    That's weird with the TFSI. I like it but it separates and upsets me. LOL! They all have pros and cons I guess.
    If you try it out and let me know what you think.

  5. U r welcome Claud! It's interesting to hear I'm not the only one with the paintpot issue.The NARS helps out alot with that. Good quality with not so fun prices I guess :)

  6. i know what you mean about the p/p dragging etc, but for me, it really keeps my shadow in place all day long. drbrooklyn from YT suggested swiping a little MUFE HD powder on top of UDPP b4 adding anything else to ease the blending & lessen the tugging. I've tried this w/ both the MUFE HD powder & the Coastal Scents Silica Powder & it has helped tremendously. Plz try it let me know if this works for you. Thanks for the review on the NARS primer. I'm cringing all the x w/ the $$$ but it's great to buy on freinds & family sales or the occassional beauty/drugstore dot com discount.


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