NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review

The NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and My Undying Thirst for Knowledge

Are you a curious individual?

I am a very curious person. Not in a nosy way, mind you. I’m just constantly thirsty for knowledge.

I’d need to live a hundred lives to learn everything I’d like to learn. Like, how to play several different instruments starting from the piano, how to sing and dance properly, photography, graphic design, astronomy – the list goes on and on.

I think curiosity is what pushes humanity forward, what makes us advance, learn new things and grow.

But I have to admit that sometimes I’m curious about very petty things. For instance, can the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26) be as good as so many bloggers seem to make it? Can it really be better than the Urban Decay Primer Potion ($20) and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20)? I just had to know.

And now I do.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ReviewCan the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base be good enough to justify the steeper price tag?

NARS claims that ‘this lightweight primer creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied all day. No smudging, no creasing, no caking, no looking back’.

Well, I can now confirm that it’s all true. The other day I wore my KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown for 14 hours on top of NARS Pro-Prime on one eye and on top of Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the other. Before taking my makeup off, I noticed that the NARS side looked perfectly intact and fresh, while the eyeshadow had completely faded in the crease of the Too Faced eye.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ReviewThe NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base looks white on the doe-foot applicator, but goes on completely clear

I also love the fact that the NARS Pro-Prime seems to be more emollient than any other eye primer I’ve ever tried. It really does create a perfect canvas for eyeshadow application.

What more can I say? I’m a convert!

Have you ever tried the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base? Do you think its performance justifies its steep price tag? What’s your favorite eye primer?

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  • Reply
    March 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I haven’t tried the NARS one (or many others, to be honest), but I am a very curious person myself, be it beauty products or books, skills or social interactions. We live to learn!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Wendee Isaacs
    March 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I use urban decay and it is pretty good. I would like to try the Nars one though. It is good to try different products. You find out which one works best.

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    Shireen L. Platt
    March 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I have only used Urban Decay and blinc eyeshadow primer from higher end brands, never Nars though. This is pretty impressive, can’t believe it actually outperformed Too Faced!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    March 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Haven’t seen this before only eyeshadow primer I have yet is Essence one

    Beauty Candy Loves

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    March 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to have to try this! I have only used Urban Decay and I think I want to branch out and try something new. Thank you for the suggestion 🙂

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    March 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Did it really beat the primer potion? That’s quite a product if it did! And for the price it better be great!

    Heba xx || The Heba

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    March 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Greawt photos 🙂

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    March 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve heard of it before and I’m glad you like it too, I’m pretty sure I will try it once I ran out of my primers. Thanks for sharing your experience with it! 🙂

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    March 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I got this a few months ago and really like it, I will definitely need to do a test like you did to see how it fares against my other primers!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    March 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I haven’t used it and now I’m really curious about it! I have oily eye lids and if this makes eyeshadow last for 14 hours then it is more than impressive!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    March 24, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I’ve read so many awesome reviews, definitely on my to try list but it’s taking me forever to finish benefit stay don’t stray! The packaging of this is so minimal and chic!

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    Blush Canvas
    March 24, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I have this on my ‘loves’ list on Sephora all the time, never really took the plunge! I might pick it up during the spring sale! xx

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

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    husna favaz
    March 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I have been religiously using the urban decay one! I must try this one!

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    H A Parker
    March 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I want to purchase this so much now Carol! I have recently just started getting into cream eyeshadows and I’ve realised just how important an eyeshadow primer actually is. I’ve never needed one when wearing powdered eyeshadows and I’ve never actually understood the hype with eye primers. But obviously now I know that cream eyeshadows are hard to stay in one place, even with people that have normal eyelids like me. I really want to try this now as I love NARS as a brand anyway, thank you so much for this great review.:) – My Natural Brow Routine

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    March 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    This looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


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    March 24, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I love finding new primers so I really enjoyed reading your review. I have dry eyes and my eyeshadows don’t crease usually. I love using MAC Paint Pots.

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    March 24, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’m right there with you! Sometimes it stresses me out because there’s just so many things I want to do with so little time. I’d love to learn to play the piano though. Or learn a new language!

    I’ve only ever stuck to UD Primer Potion, but now you have me wanting to try this.

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    March 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    This is the best eyelid primer I’ve ever used. Glad you liked it too!

    xo, Liz

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    March 25, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I haven’t tried this (honestly it’s so hard to justify spending so much on any eye primer mostly because I don’t have too much of a problem with oily eyelids or anything) but I think it’s so interesting that it’s WHITE too, especially since it goes on clear. 14 hours is really impressive though – maybe it’ll be a splurge item for me!

    Sam |

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    March 25, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I haven’t tried any of these eye shadow primers, but I’ve got to say that the Nars one sounds really great.

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    Nora Gouma
    March 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Sounds truly great product though, I love to try the eyeshadow soon, thank you for sharing!!!


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    March 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This primer sounds wonderful. x I’ve heard so many great things about the original formula, I definitely will be checking it out. x

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    March 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This sounds amazing, I need to get shopping!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

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    March 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I’m a curious person too but haven’t tried this particular eye primer.. sounds great!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    March 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Amazing review
    I’ve never really been into eye shadow primers, but it would be great to find one that really works!

    What Raj Wants

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    March 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Yes I’m very much a curious individual and after trying an eyeshadow primer a while back I didn’t look back. My favourite is the Urban Decay original one.

    NARS is one of my favourite brands, and it’s not surprising you were impressed with the quality of this one.

    An eye shadow primer really is a must because it provides you with the truest colour of your eyeshadow and keeps natural oils locked in place keeping your shadow on for longer.

    Great post, always enjoy reading about NARS 🙂

    Laura xo

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    Trishna Patel
    March 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Oh how I have missed your posts Carol, I don’t wear anything on my eyes apart from mascara, only on the odd special occasion, I apply some eye shadow and use the UD primer. But that has slowly come to an end, and I do have a function coming up, I might have to give this a go ♥

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    March 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I’m a very curious person. They say that curiosity kills the cat but I just can’t help it.

    That primer sounds really interesting. I think I’m going to add it to my ever growing wish list.

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    The Sunday Mode
    March 27, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I really love this primer as well, it’s a long time favourite of mine. I’m currently using up a shadow primer sample from another brand and it doesn’t even hold a candle to the Nars one.

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