NARS. A brand that I have such a huge hit and miss experience with. Everyone tends to love their blushes, eyeshadows, concealers and pro prime eyeshadows, but I’ve always had a mixed experience, even after trying the best, much-loved shades. I’ve had a chance to try the NARS Pro Primer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($29, available here) some time ago via this deluxe-sized mini; these little mini’s are a great way to try without committing to the hefty price tag.
The primer comes in a lipgloss-type packaging with a doe-foot applicator. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging as it seems like a breeding ground for bacteria. The lipgloss-like packaging makes it difficult to know how much you have left, and it doesn’t seem like the applicator can reach all the way to get the bottom. The product itself has a white and thin that spreads really easily but seems to pick up on the makeup (foundation or concealer) underneath. The primer dries clear, and invisible on the eyelids – there’s no correcting properties to this primer (i.e. to cancel out the visibility of veining underneath, for example). I’ve noticed the doe foot applicator turning to the colour of my foundation overtime, and it doesn’t look very attractive.
As expected from a brand like NARS, you can expect to find your eyeshadow colour to stay all day. I’ve heard that the primer works really well for those with oily eyelids. Something that may be of interest if you’re looking for primer that works on a specific type of eyelids.
For me, this primer works fine, but there’s no wow-factor that would make me rush back to repurchase. I think there are other primers both from the drugstore and high-end, that work just as well, or even better at a slightly lower price tag. I don’t think it’s a complete write-off though – it just didn’t work beyond what I expected for me.