Let’s not beat around the bush: Applying makeup can take a lot of time and effort, especially eyeshadow. With all the buffing, blending and mixing of different shades, it can be frustrating to see it crease almost instantly. When I was younger I accidentally came across a product that I had no idea existed. I was hunting for a heavy-duty spot concealer in my mum’s collection, only to come across a tube of what I eventually discovered was an eye primer. So like you do, I tried it alongside my regular simple everyday makeup routine, and for the first time ever, my eyeshadow didn’t crease and the pigment lasted all day too. Immediately, I realised an eye primer was a must-have for anybody’s makeup routine. And over the years I’ve found my favourite one: the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, which is the focus of my review today.
APPLICATION & HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
An eyeshadow primer is one of the easiest makeup products you can use. With the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, it’s even easier. With the doe-foot applicator, swipe a small pea-sized amount onto your eye lid. Then, with your finger tap it out until it’s evenly distributed and blended across the area you want to place your eyeshadow. I always find that it’s easier to apply and blend the Smudge Proof Base on one eye and then the other, rather than both simultaneously.
For the best results, wait around 30 seconds to a minute for the primer to dry down fully. I tend to fill in and shape my eyebrows during this time. Eyeshadow application is then incredibly smooth and easy, whereas if I tried to do this too quickly it would stick to the base in patches rather than glide over it. Once your eyeshadow is applied, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base locks your eye makeup in place.
SHADES & LONGEVITY
A feature of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base that I love is the colour options. Personally, I prefer a translucent base. I have a face where if I apply too much makeup, I look like I have way too much on. So a translucent base helps me to mitigate that. However, NARS offer this amazing product in four tinted shades too: Light, Medium, Medium/Dark, and Dark. This offers the choice of having a concealer-effect base, giving an extra boost of coverage if you’d like to soften the look of any veins or redness before applying eyeshadow. You can also wear these tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base colour ways as simple and natural eyeshadows themselves.
In terms of longevity and wear-time, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base allows my eyeshadow to look great all day long. Of course, it can depend on the eyeshadow formula you’re using, but generally speaking my eyeshadow stays put, remains creaseless, and keeps it’s pigmentation all day long. If the eyeshadow you’re using is particularly oily, which you can find with certain cream or shimmery formulas, it may crease a *tiny* amount.but I’ve always found this to be very minimal.
PRICE & PACKAGING
The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base retails for £23. Every time I go to repurchase this, I always take a slight sharp intake of breath whenever I’m reminded of the cost. But the reality is, I will always repurchase it as it makes such a fundamental difference to my makeup. I wear eyeshadow everyday, and if I can have the option of it lasting and looking beautiful all day, as opposed to oily, creased and messy, I’m going to take the former choice of the two. So yes, it’s a pricy product, but it’s an incredible one that makes all the difference. Whenever I use it on my friends, they add it to their wishlist. I truly think says something special about this product.
In terms of packaging, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base comes in a long and sleek cylindrical tube. The doe foot applicator is a good size, and is soft to the touch, which is great for sensitive eyes. I also find that the product lasts for much longer than I expect. Whenever it seems to be running out, I end up managing to get enough out each day for another couple of months. And since you don’t need that much per application, each bottle can last quite a long time.
All in all, the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a makeup product that I think everybody should have. Makeup is supposed to enhance our natural beauty, and the last thing any of us want is to look messy – and this product allow us to look polished all day long. I couldn’t recommend it more if I tried.
Now that we’ve come to the end of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base review, take a look a my brand review NARS: Everything You Need To Know About Everyone’s Favourite Beauty Brand here.