03.12.2015
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Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
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0.26 fl. oz. for $24
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Eyeshadow > Eyeshadow Primers
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base does an impressive job of helping your eyeshadow stay put while minimizing creasing throughout the day, especially for those with oily eyelids. The polymer and talc blend sets to a matte finish, but you must give it a good minute to dry. Once set, you can expect a durable canvas for your eye color. The only downside is that the product can leave a faint white cast where it has been applied, but because you’ll likely be covering it up with eyeshadow, no need to worry.

Claims

This smudge-proof eye shadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eye shadow application.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Carbonate, Peg-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Phenoxyethanol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Oryza Sativa [Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil Extract], Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Castor Oil Phosphate, Sea Whip Extract, Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Great range of foundation shades; excellent blushes; some impressive lipsticks; beautiful bronzers; tinted lip balm with broad-spectrum sun protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare line rates as mostly mediocre to poor; unimpressive mascaras.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.

Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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03.01.2015
White tube

Love the product, hate the container. The white tube easily becomes dirty in a makeup bag.

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Laura C.
12.09.2014
Perfect product

This primer does exactly what it's supposed to do. I have very oily eyelids, and this primer ensures my eye makeup stays in place ALL DAY. I'm talking 12+ hours. It works just as well (if not better) as the Urban Decay eyelid primer. They're both great! However, I think this Nars one gives eyeshadow color a little more pop.

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Soledad
11.16.2013
It truly works.

My eye liner is usually in the crease of my eye about 15 mins after applying. Did not matter how cunning a mixture of wet and dry application and setting with matching shadow - or if it was cheap or expensive. But this primer, when combined with the NARS long wearing eyeliner really works. Just spend the money...you save it by not having to re-apply eyemake up again and again...

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