Every time I write about eyeshadow primer, someone jumps into the comments to tell me how great Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is. So when I spotted it at Ulta earlier this month, I decided to give it a try. I also grabbed a tube of NYX Eyeshadow Base to compare.
NARS Splurge. A great long-wearing eyeshadow primer. The white color creates a flawless canvas that intensifies the color of your shadow. No matter the heat, humidity or length-of wear, this primer holds your shadow in place like super glue.
Also, by five o’clock, there was a noticeable crease in my eyeshadow. The lid and brown bone would be smudge free, but there, in the crease, would be a large vein of displaced shadow. Not exactly what I would consider long-wearing.
Lastly, I wasn’t crazy about dispensing the primer from a tube. I vastly prefer having an applicator or wand to use. Using my finger, I felt like there was a lot more wasted product.
Save. For a drugstore product, I was fairly impressed with the formulation of the NYX Eyeshadow Base, since these products are usually too watery. The creamy consistency spread easily using the applicator, and the formula didn’t feel drying or greasy.
On the day I first tried this product, my day started with an 8:00AM breakfast and ended at 10:00PM after an event. When I got home, the eyeshadow had creased near the inside of my eye, but given that I’d been wearing it for 15 hours, I was pretty impressed by how little the product had moved.
Verdict. After trying the Urban Decay product, I’m not sold. I’m sticking with my NARS Pro Prime.
Unlike the Urban Decay and NYX products, the NARS product’s white color really brings out the true color of my shadows and makes my eyes stand out. And in my experience, the NARS product lasted significantly longer with less creasing and smudging.
However, if you are looking for a cheaper product, in my opinion, the NYX did as good a job as the Urban Decay Potion for one-third the price.