Do you know the problem of being a beauty blogger? You always want to try new things despite the fact that you have pretty much found your holy grail. I have been a faithful UDPP girl ever since I got a mini bottle with the Naked Palette, so why get tempted by NARS Pro-Prime Smuge Proof Eyeshadow Base? Or more importantly for you guys, do I regret being tempted? Read on to find out!
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, like most other eyeshadow primers, promises to extend the wear of eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil as well as maximizing color intensity. The packaging is not unlike a lip gloss, with a straight wand.
Straight from the tube, the primer is white. However, after spreading it out, it becomes completely invisible. Performance-wise, it does what a primer is supposed to do. The eyeshadows go on true-to-pan, stay on for the whole day crease-free, and don’t fade.
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base swatched lightly on top, heavily on the bottom:
So how does this differ from Urban Decay Primer Potion? To be honest, in my case it does not differ very much. I have worn two on each eye several times, and in most cases I can’t notice any difference. The ONLY thing that makes this ever-so-slightly superior is the fact that eyeshadows that are harder to blend tend to blend out more easily on top. I don’t have many that are hard to blend, but the darker shade of Hourglass Visionaire Dune Duo comes to mind. With NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, it is blended out much more easily, and it doesn’t lose its intensity or become muddy in the process. With UDPP, this shade can be blended out, but it’s more time-consuming and the color becomes more sheer and muddy in the process.
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base blended out on top, applied heavily on the bottom:
Bottom line: Despite the fact that it’s ever-so-slightly superior, I would probably not make this my go-to primer. I largely prefer the new tube with a nozzle packaging of UDPP, as my experience with this type of tubes is that the product always gradually dries out and becomes hard to spread out. I’d love to keep a tube around in case I have to deal with hard-to-blend eyeshadows, but packaging makes using it a bit trickier.
Have you tried either Urban Decay Primer Potion or NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base? What is your experience with them? What is your go-to eyeshadow primer?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx