Review: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

By Voxy  

September 1, 2010

Dear Diary,

I think I have to leave Too Faced Shadow Insurance. We’ve been together for such a long time, and it’s been great, but I just wonder whether there’s anything better out there. What if TFSI isn’t The One? How will I know if I never try being with other primers?

There’s a really sleek-looking new guy in town: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base. I think I want to give it a shot with him and see how it works out. He was giving me the eye in Sephora the other day and I think next time I’m there I’m going to have to take him home with me.

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September 4, 2010

Dear Diary,

I told TFSI I needed to “take a break.” It didn’t go well. There were tears, and accusations, and throwing things, and now he just sits on my counter, glaring. I tried to cover him up with some Kleenex so he didn’t have to see me with NARS but I could feel his disapproval anyway.

NARS is definitely smooth. A sharp dresser — black-and-white is always classic! — and very elegant. Goes on smooth, but two minutes later he’s virtually disappeared! I’m not sure if that’s a plus or a minus.

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September 18, 2010

Dear Diary,

It’s been two weeks with NARS now. Although he promises he’ll stick around, I’m not so sure he really lives up to his word. I mean, he’s still there at the end of the day and all, but life doesn’t seem as vivid anymore. Colors don’t seem as bright. And I’m pretty sure I caught him creasing a few days ago. Not cool. Not cool at all.

TFSI has retreated to the back of the counter and is now resentful and sullen. I think he is enlisting my cleansers in a glaring campaign. The bathroom does not feel very friendly these days.

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September 30, 2010

Dear Diary,

That’s it! I’m done with NARS. He is a smooth talker but in the end he’s just not for me. Oh, dear TFSI, I can’t believe how foolish I was! Can you ever forgive me? You make everything seem more colorful, and when you say you won’t leave me, I know it’s true. NARS wasn’t as trustworthy as you are — and I know it’s petty, but I really never liked his, er, applicator. And you know I’m not in it for the money, but you are a much better value than he is (with you, I get 0.35 oz of translucent mocha goodness for $18, and NARS only gives me 0.26 oz for $24).

Forgive me, my darling! I’ll love you forever!

Adoringly,

Voxy

Swatch:

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NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base: $24

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Poor to fair. The other major players in the eye primer market cost less per oz.

Purchase again? No! Come scoglio immoto resta contra i venti e la tempesta, così ognor quest’alma è forte, nella fede è nell’amor. (Get your opera on here.)

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Molto dramatico.
    And while we’re in a moda italiana, my go-to eye shadow base has been Borghese for a couple of years. 1) It works well, and 2) I had an air bubble in the tube I bought and a lot of it glopped out. I called Borghese: they sent me 2 tubes as a replacement.

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  2. avatar a biologist
    Posted October 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It turns out that all I needed today was a little drama in song and makeup. Thanks Voxy!

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  3. avatar marigolds
    Posted October 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You are awesome.

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  4. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Funniest. Review. Ever. But when will I learn to stop reading the blog in public places, where laughing out loud makes me look insane?

    I hope TFSI can forgive you.

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