I’m sure most of you will already know what an eyeshadow/eyelid primer does but if you’re not sure (hey, I only started using an eyelid primer two years ago), here’s the blurb for this one by NARS:
What it is:
A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day.
What it does:
This smudge-proof eyeshadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eyeshadow application.
In short, if I don’t use an eyelid primer underneath my eyeshadow, it completely fades off and creases within hours. I must have ultra greasy eyelids. In fact, I know I do, because if I don’t wear an eyelid primer, even if I’m not wearing make-up and I’m sitting around at home, my eyelids start feeling really sticky and baggy from the oil… eww I know.
I used to use Urban Decay Primer Potion but I bought the NARS version because I’d heard that it was slightly easier to blend eyeshadows on than Urban Decay. I find that Urban Decay is just too grippy and once eyeshadow is on top of it, it’s difficult to blend out the hard edges.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base comes in a no-fuss tube (no genie bottles here!) with a doe foot applicator. I used to like the old slanted applicator wand on Urban Decay Primer Potion because the slant made it easy to pick up all the product on the inner sides of the tubes, but this is fine too. I actually noticed that Urban Decay Primer Potion doesn’t even have an applicator at all now and that it just comes in a squeezy tube. Personally, I like having a wand applicator… it makes it easier to get the right amount out.
For such a powerful product, the formula is surprisingly thin and smooth. It’s not tacky or heavy at all. It spreads easily with fingertips with no dragging and is completely weightless and invisible once it’s on. It just feels like applying a light eye cream.
The difference is only when eyeshadow is applied over the primer – it makes eyeshadow more opaque and vibrant and locks it in place until I remove my make-up at the end of the day. There’s zero fading or creasing for at least 16 hours. I don’t know how it works, but it literally stops any hint of oil breaking through. I even wear it when I’m not wearing eyeshadow, just to stop that icky heavy eyelid feeling I get when they’re oily. I literally cannot go without wearing it!
I find the results pretty much the same as from Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think it is slightly easier to blend eyeshadows on than Urban Urban, but only marginally. The main deal breaker for me between the two is really now just the fact that unlike Primer Potion, the NARS product comes with an applicator wand so I don’t have to worry about squeezing out exactly the right amount from a tube.
The full ingredients of NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base are:
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Carbonate, Peg-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Phenoxyethanol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Oryza Sativa [Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil Extract], Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Castor Oil Phosphate, Sea Whip Extract, Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base costs $24/£18. It’s a little more expensive than Urban Decay Primer Potion, but the difference is really quite insignificant considering my last tube lasted me every day for a year!