NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is my new way of making magic. It's not the first or only eye primer that gets a standing ovation from me (see Paula Dorf and Kanebo Sensai), but it definitely joins them in my personal Hall Of Fame.
The texture of NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is very thin- it's a white liquid that dries down to an invisible silky film over the lid. It comes in a narrow tube with a sponge applicator, perhaps not my favorite dispenser in the universe (pans and tiny pots are less wasteful), but it's clean and effective. You do need to stir the applicator a little in the tube, to make sure you get an even coat on the sponge head, but once you do it's easy to get just the right amount. The primer performs as promised, making eye shadows go on smoother, makes the most of the pigments they contain and holds them in place. I'd say that it might not be quite as effective as the SuperGlue-like Paula Dorf eye primer, but for those who find the latter too tacky or heavy, NARS is most likely to provide an excellent alternative.
Bottom Line: an essential.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24) is available at select department stores, Sephora and narscosmetics.com.
Artwork: Marion Bolognes & Antoine Neufmars for Rouge Magazine, Japan.