A few weeks back I finally ticked off one of the things on my Christmas wish list. I know it's really late but I was just so undecided about purchasing the NARS eyeshadow base! The reviews were all positive and awesome but I simply couldn't decide if I need yet another eyeshadow primer. I already have some favorites - why explore? How many primers could I possibly need?
But then I got some Rustan's GCs and thought what the heck, it's practically "free". Lol. It's not really free because the GCs were from a job but yeah, I didn't have to put out any cash for it which makes it easy to buy. Anyway. I'm glad I did, because this is everything everybody on the Internet promised it would be!
The NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (P1,350 from Rustan's) is a clear primer for the lids. It's super effective in keeping eyeshadow solid and in place all day, with minimal to barely any creasing. It's also a great product under eyeliner as it keeps such waxy formulas from smudging!
The texture is kinda watery, more fluid than the Urban Decay Shadow Primer and TFSI. It's white off the doe foot applicator but it dries completely clear. Some people hate that they can't see where the primer has dried, but it's not so difficult if you work fast and cover the lid area ASAP! I see how it can be a tad difficult if you're applying makeup on someone else but you can always use a brush with this like Lisa Eldridge.
As with any primer, this enhances the color pay-off of any shadow on top of it. I do like that it has zero shimmer, so I don't have to worry about it changing the finish of my matte eyeshadows. Here's a comparison swatch of an eyeshadow with and without the NARS base:
Awesome, yeah? I love the doe-foot applicator since it's easier to get the right amount of product vs squeeze tubes. Now a little goes a very long way so I imagine 8 grams of this stuff can get you going for half a year or even more, if you don't wear eyeshadows all the time. It's P1,350 which I think is a good price for something that works + I can use for a looooong time.
Is this better than UDPP or TFSI? Yes, I think so, because this has a thinner texture a more convenient mode of application. UDPP tends to thicken after a couple of months opening it, plus, it streaks if I don't blend it fast enough. TFSI is closer in terms of texture to this NARS primer, but then as with UDPP, it's not easily available.
The Artdeco Base is cheaper as well as easy to buy anytime at Beauty Bar, but I would prefer not to dip my fingers in a pot if I can help it. (Still an excellnent primer, that aside.)
Overall, I highly recommend the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to ANYONE who's looking for their next Holy Grail primer. This is my new favorite! <3 I kinda panic whenever I can't find this in my vanity table haha. Do you think this primer is for you?