This is probably going to be my shortest beauty blogpost ever! And that’s because I’m only going to be talking about one product – a product that I love, one that I use every time I do my makeup, one that I will always repurchase and one that I wholeheartedly believe you need in your makeup collection now!
NARS SMUDGE PROOF EYESHADOW BASE
We all have those products that we would quickly run to and grab if we were suddenly told that we needed to go somewhere for a few days. Among picking up my favourite foundation, one product I would select is my Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
I accidentally stumbled across eyeshadow primer for the first time when I was 13 or 14 in my Mum’s en suite – she wasn’t using it, I was intrigued, so I permanently borrowed it (sorry, Mum!). I, like the rest of my school peers, was just getting into makeup and I couldn’t believe my luck that, just by chance, I’d found a product that stopped my eyeshadow (as minimalistic as it was back then) and eyeliner from smudging or creasing at all! And even 12 hours later, it still hadn’t budged! And it wasn’t just me who noticed – for years, people at school asked me how I stopped my eyeshadow from creasing, and I was happy to give them my answer.
During my early years of makeup, I was actually using the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base. I swapped to the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base only earlier this year thanks to Allie Glines’ recommendation on her YouTube channel. But what’s the difference between the MAC and the Nars primers?
The MAC eyeshadow primer is good – very good, in fact – however, if the MAC one has a rating of 9/10 in my opinion, the Nars one has a 10/10 as it is silkier in texture, meaning eyeshadows blend more smoothly over the top of it, AND Nars provide different colours: Clear (my favourite) and then four tinted versions for different skin tones if you want to cover up discolouration or veins on your eyelids (shades Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and Dark).
Eyeshadow primer has been my secret weapon for the past 8 years. Personally, even though lots of people will view eyeshadow primer as an unnecessary step and expense (as I do for face primer!), I cannot see the point in bothering to do any form of eyeshadow or eyeliner if it’s going to smudge, slip and/or crease within an hour or two! And I really hope it works for you as well as it does for me if you try it out.
Both the clear and tinted versions of the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base are £21.