NARS Pro Primer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base | Review.

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 NARSPro 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.


Bottom Line [3/5]: Nothing that wow-ed me or made me run back to Sephora to repurchase. The applicator picks up on the foundation underneath and not really the most sanitary.

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.

Now it’s your turn! Have you tried NARS Pro Primer Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share with me comment section or through Twitter or Instagram!

I had the same experience when sampling this one- it was ok, but nothing special. I’ve stuck with my UD Primer Potion! ????

Glad I’m not the only one not blown away by everything NARS! Wished it wasn’t a doe foot applicaor because it feels so germ-y!

I haven’t tried this primer, but I have noticed that many beauty guru’s use it. I’ve never wanted to splurge on it…especially since I’ve been in LOVE with the Lorac Behind the Scene Eyeshadow primer. I’ve never purchased the full-size — I am almost done with the deluxe sample size I got with my Pro palette. It lasted SO long and works SO well. ???? Have you tried it??

I’ve tried the primer but I think mine’s sat around for too long because it’s so sticky and hard to squeeze out of the tube now! Glad you had a good experience with it though! I’m sure it must have been a good one!

I have a deluxe sample of this that I haven’t tried yet. I’m in love with Urban Decay’s primer so I’m hesitant to try anything else. Sounds like I’m not missing much with this one!

I wish they weren’t too expensive to try out first – it so sd whe you splurge on something only to realize it may not be as good!

I totally agree with you! I never understood the hype around it. It works, but I find the Rimmel version is very similar, at a fraction of the price.

I haven’t tried the RImmel one, but yes, this gets too much hype for being quite average! Not sure if I’m missing anything!

I don’t know ,
I use only in face primer and that’s good enough for me …

I generally just use the UD one, I don’t like the idea of a dirty applicator though.

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