NARS • Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base • Eye Primer
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I got this to try at around the same time the UDPP xxl tube came out. But this product by far surpasses that UDPP and original UDPP on my oily lids.
You only need a little bit to work but it's tad difficult to tell since it disappears into a clear finish after it dries.
What I love most about NARS is 1) no creasing 2) i can finally wear MAC f/l now and it stays.
3) it's great for shimmer e/s .
I retested my older bottle of UDPP and it just doesn't compare to it. Also an oily skinned gal too.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Black
WOW! Have I ever been on the fence about THIS base! It does the job swimmingly, I'll say that. Although it is quite sheer, on darker skin it will show up a bit especially if you don't rub it in and blend it before putting on your eye makeup.
But that's not even the real issue here. I have long bottom lashes as well as long top lashes. Applying this base to my top eyelids is fine! It works a like dream there! But on my BOTTOM lids... I have to apply it with care, time, and patience and literally pull the base from off of my lower lashes and stuff like that. Because once I blink, the base will run into my eyes very quickly and sting them and even make them run slightly and it will cloud up my contacts!
I hated it for a while thinking, why couldn't an expensive company like Nars come up with a base for the eyes that was comfortable and eye safe! But as long as I apply it to bottom lids with patience and care and remember to remove the base from the bottom lashes before I even blink, it's all fine for the whole day! LOL LOL LOL And my eyelids are really, really oily! Just a warning there though....
But I always do have my MAC paint pots which don't irritate my eyes ever at all, but this Nars base has the convenience of having its own applicator ready for you.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette, Coarse Eyes: Brown
In my opinion, this is the best eyeshadow base out there. Ive been using it for over 6 months now and it has never creased on me. I usually apply my makeup at 5am and remove it at 11pm and it lasts all day! I'm still on my first tube and looks like there is more left so there is a good amount of product in here!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I bought this thinking that I may finally find a eyeshadow primer/base that WILL NOT CREASE. However, this product proved too good to be true. I have really oily lids, and this creases within a couple hours.
Note: I've tried Urban Decay PRimer Potion, Too faced shadow insurance, Smashbox eye primer, and benefit f.y.eye and they have all creased on me too. The search continues...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is the first eye primer I've ever tried, so I can't compare to UDPP, although that seems to be the standard.
This product is truly amazing. I do not have particularly oily or dry lids, they're pretty average. I do however, experience creasing from all my eyeshadows and my really cheapo eyeshadows perform a great little disappearing act throughout the day. I have very long days, my eyeshadow needs to last from 7 AM to 9 or 10 PM.
I tested this out with the absolute worst quality eyeshadow you can imagine - I got it at Target in a palette for $1 and it seriously has no brand name (about 6 years ago). I applied the NARS base by dotting the brush on my eye and smoothing in with my finger from the lashline to just below my brow bone. Then I used a medium eyeshadow brush and applied a shimmery dark brown. The base let me use much less than I usually have to, which is good to know in the future, but I'm actually trying to use this up!
But here's the important part: NO CREASING AT ALL. I only ended up wearing it for about 7 hours, but that eyeshadow is so cheap I have to check on it every hour to wipe my crease clean. This product kept my eyeshadow looking so FRESH! Like I had just applied it 10 minutes ago! I'm in love. Thanks NARS!
TIP: If you apply too much, shadow blending and application get difficult. I used a little too much the first time and I had a hard time using the brush to spread the powder on. Thankfully it still does the job if you use a tiny bit, while letting you apply your shadow.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I normally use UDPP (original) but I picked this up on a whim. They work about the same - my eye makeup stayed on just as long and looked just as great. The one thing I don't like is that I couldn't cut through the packaging to see if there was any product left like I can do with the UDPP. I can see some left in the bottom and I have a feeling there's more in the sides. No matter how much I wiggle the applicator, I just can't get it. Maybe I could cut through it if I had a saw but I'm too lazy to work that hard for a few dabs of primer. I'm going back to my UDPP because it's more affordable and if I get that new squeeze tube, I can get more for my money.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Your shadow will not move!!!! I have oily eye lids and this is one of the top eye primers that I have ever used! I have also had women come back and asked me which eye primer I used on them because their stuff stayed on all night! I like to use this primer with the creams to ensure even longer lasting, crease-free color!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Yes! For oily eyelids and humid weather and long hours of MU wearing, this does the job very well. I use a tiny little blob on my eyelids and then my eyeliner pencil from mac. I finish with the Nars Smudge Brush and voila, wide awake eyes which still look good at the end of a long day.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have really oily lids. I still dont have my HG primer yet. I go in sephora and this lady told me it was good for oily lids. Its good but not great. It still creases. Its an alright product but i expected more since it was really pricey.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I've been using this for a couple of weeks now & I'm quite impressed. Every other primer I've tried had been a failure from the start or it would begin in a promising way only to end up creasing after a few weeks of use.
I don't blame the primers altogether, my lids get really oily. Combine that with hooded eyes & it's a recipe for disaster eyeshadow-wise.
My only crease-free experience with another primer was the original UDPP. The problem with that is my lids have some sort of reaction to it; stinging & my eyes get very, very weepy.
Etude Proof 10 is my other favourite, but again, it's not perfect. No irritation but I do experience a small amount of creasing. However, it's significantly less creasing than with other primers.
The NARS primer, once again, isn't 100% for me. I'm now doubting whether any primer will be. That said, it rates up there with the Etude primer. A small amount of creasing at the end of the day, just on the inner corners. It's probably not noticeable to anyone but me, I know it's there though & it annoys me.
I love the texture of this more than any other primer, however. It glides on and dries very quickly to a soft, powdery finish. I have noticed that if a primer stays tacky, it usually means my shadows will crease quite badly.
There's been little to no difficulty with blending shadows over this, something that could be slightly problematic for me with UDPP. Because this dries clear, it doesn't affect the colour of my shadows either.
It has a really nice effect with frostier shadows. They tend to look more glowy than out & out frosty when used with this primer.
Packaging:- Ah, now that's the crux. Whilst it is functional as a new tube, it's the same old story as UDPP & other primers with similar packaging. I'll need to saw this open once I get further down the tube. Especially at this price, I don't want to waste any product.
Right now, I'd say that I'd give the Etude a 4 out of 5 & this a 4.5 out of 5, purely for the texture & the fact it seems to hold my shadows on a little longer before those tiny creases set in.
If you do suffer from oily lids but they're not outrageously so, this primer will work absolute wonders for you. Like I said earlier, it's not 100% for me but it's probably as close as I'm likely to get. For that reason (and the texture), I'll continue to repurchase.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have finally found a eye primer that works and has been working since i first tried it several months ago. I have tried sooo many other primers including UD, MAC, L'Oreal, Clinique, Lorac, BE, Lola, Revlon, HIP and countless others. Some did not work from the very beginning and some have failed me after a few weeks. I have used this during the HOT Florida weather which I live and it has been great! Even on my super oily eye lids it has truly held up. It is pricey but it's sooo worth it to me. I love it!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Finally! I have found a primer that lasts the work day on my eyelids. I have tried Bobbi Brown, MAC, Guerlain, Urban Decay, and Guerlain's primers, and none of these products have helped cream or powder eyeshadows stay on my lids for more than a few hours. Enter NARS primer. It is clear, odorless, and keeps my eyeshadows on for 10+ hours. I will definitely re-purchase this item.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
11/20/2010 ETA: Sadly, something in this base doesn't agree with me. As soon as I added this to my makeup routine, both of my eyes would start watering uncontrollably a few minutes after applying my makeup, and this NARS base is the only new product I've been using. I'm not changing my initial 5 star review because I do like this product, I just wish it agreed with my eyes. I'm thankful I used a sample before I splurged on the full-size.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Wow, Nars really hit a homerun with this eyeshadow base! My former eyeshadow base of choice is Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat; however after test driving my tiny sample-sized tube of NARS e/s base today I have to admit it's been replaced by the NARS. There is absolutely no creasing and my eyeshadow is completely intact. I also noticed when applying my eyeshadow this morning that it went on smoothly and my lids seemed to absorb the pigment on contact, which was nice. Blending was business as usual, and you don't need a lot per lid to get the base to work its magic. The only thing I miss is that while Laura Mercier Eye Basics double as a concealer and evens out imperfections/discoloration in the eyelid area, the NARS base is clear and doesn't double-duty as a concealer. But I guess when you're applying eyeshadow over the eyelids anyways it doesn't make that big a difference. When I run out I'm definitely getting the full sized product!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I would pick this product over Too faced shadow insurance and UDPP as those both crease like crazy on me. If with my darkest shadows this product wont crease I will definitely pay the extra for this product. I reccomend this for people with oily lids
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Like some of the other reviewers, I received this as a deluxe sample from Sephora. I was very skeptical because it seems that all makeup companies are trying to get on the primer bandwagon. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I like this even better than UDPP because it dries faster, has a powdery finish, and it actually works. I have oily eyelids and found the TFSI does not work that well with me. But by midnight, my shadow was just as fresh as it was in the morning. I was absolutely shocked! It seemed like a miracle and even beat my beloved UDPP.
My only gripe about this product is the packaging and price. I like the doe foot applicator but the hard tube makes it difficult to use every last drop of product. Second, it is the most expensive of the three. When I need to pick up more eye primer, I would definitely pick this over UDPP because it dries faster and has a powdery finish, which saves me time in the morning waiting for the primer to dry.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I was optimistic at first, however I was greatly let down. This has a great feel. The primer slid on with a lot of slip. It felt very siliconey. The shadow glided on much better than UDPP. However, about 3 hours into the wear my NARS shadow was a hot creased up mess. I tried this again and again. There is no hope for this primer and I. We are now ending our relationship. Back to my UDPP.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have super oily eye lids and my eye shadow always creased. Until I started using this product! It dries quickly and the shadows, whether they are NARS brand or L'Oreal or Fresh or MAC all stay on. I love this product and def can't live w/o it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I got this as a deluxe sample size through Sephora BI. This goes on as a clear/whitish color but settles clear. For that reason, I think it could work great on any skin tone. The thing I found that I like about this versus UDPP is that it is clear, and doesn't settle too fast. What I mean by this is that my fave primer, Kat Von D High Voltage primer, dries really fast, so you have to do your makeup pretty quickly. The NARS feels almost slightly more gel-ish than UDPP, also.
I wish more companies would make clear eye primers. Not only so that it could work better for darker skin tones, but also because most of the primers seem to lean pink, and for someone who is more yellow toned, and thinks that a yellow-toned primer brightens her eyes a bit, that turns me off to lots of primers.
The real drawback to this primer is the cost. At $24 for 0.26 oz, that's pretty spendy in my opinion. Compare to UDPP = $18 for 0.36 oz, TFSI =$18 for 0.35 oz. That would be the one reason I wouldn't buy again. However, it is a good solid primer for most people. It keeps my oily lids dry, keeps my shadow on.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Best eye primer ever. Period. It keeps my eyemakeup together for at least 15+ hours. I'm not kidding. The tube is sleek but the doe foot applicator seems kinda unsanitary. I usually swipe it on my hand then use my finger to blend it into my lids. This primer holds my shadows better than both urban decay's and TFSI. Urban decay was great but I had problems with blending. TFSI got seperated, nasty, and oily after a while and didn't control my super oily lids as well as urban decay. Nars really solved both problems for me. Ultimate oil control while maintaining blending ability. The texture is also very light and velvety. It absorbs into my skin like a dream! HG status!
Perhaps not worth the money if you don't have oily lids but for the oil slicks I have for eye-lids, this is damn worth it
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love this primer, it keeps my eyeshadow looking perfect all day from early morning to night. It goes on smoothly and has a clear finish although it comes out of the tube slightly white. It is perfect for normal to oily lids, if you have dry skin like myself make sure you moisturise your lids and let it absorb before applying the primer. Once or twice when i neglected to do this, I had a bit of dryness and a tiny bit of flakiness.