Great clear primer for eyeshadow, works on my fairly oily lids. Works well as base for filling in eyebrows too (I use MAC Coquette e/s). I find it less drying then Urban Decay Potion, and prefer the light texture as well as velvet-soft finish–looks and feels like skin, shadows blend more easily, no creasing w/ powder or cream formulas. A must have for me.
Packaging is typical NARS, relatively practical. Pricey, but worth it.
No smudging. No creasing. No caking. No looking back. An insider trick of the trade. Never heavy-handed, this lightweight primer creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied all day. Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for hours and hours of gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base dries on contact and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for eyeshadow application. Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base is also a great multi-tasker: Use it as a primer for eyebrow pencils and lower-lash liners. Consider it an everyday essential.
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base ($24.00 for 0.26 oz.) is much-needed primer addition to NARS’ core range. In addition to the eyeshadow base, NARS also launched their Pro-Prime Face Prep ($30.00) (which, at this time, I am not planning to review).
I picked up a sample tube of the primer with a recent Sephora order, and the sample tube allowed me about four or five uses. From the images I’ve seen online, the packaging is similar–just a longer tube for the full-size version. They both have a doe-foot applicator (like the kind you see in lipgloss). It has an incredibly thin, slightly creamy consistency. When applied, it looks white on the applicator, but it is virtually colorless. This colorlessness is actually my only–albeit marginal and nitpicky–complaint.
It’s so colorless, even from the get-go, that it is difficult to determine where you’ve applied the primer. This makes covering the entire lid a little more difficult than when one would use a colored, even subtly so, primer. I’ve noticed that if I’ve missed an area, that area will look duller and flake, since there is no primer there. The problem is just it’s really difficult to tell if you’ve missed an area!