Review: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Eyeshadow primer is one type of product which I really cannot find in Japan. I always stock up when I am in the US.  I like UDPP, and my drugstore go-to is the Milani eyeshadow primer.  I got a sample of the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and I was really excited to try it.

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day. This smudge-proof eyeshadow 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 eyeshadow application.

 

Price: $26 for 7ml.  By comparison, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is $20 for 10ml

 

Availability: NARS is available at Sephora and select department stores in the US.

 

What I thought:

When I first touched the tube, I thought it was very similar to other NARS products with a rough silicone finish. I was concerned that it would get pretty dirty quickly, and I was right!

I opened the top to find a small doe foot applicator. It is very stiff, and effective in applying a tiny bit of primer to my eyelids.

The product is smooth and did not leave any kind of residue on my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the primer worked to keep my eyeshadow in place, even in the summer.

 

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I thought this worked very well!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #279: February 18, 2017

 

weekly reads
 What were your favorite posts this week?

Boyfriend does my voiceover, via Tati (Youtube).  This one is hilarious!

DIY eyeshadow primer, via The Beauty Department. It works if you think about it.

Why being black is exhausting, via Clumps of Mascara. This is important to all minorities.

Hairstyles you can do in the car, via The Beauty Department. I love textured hair.

30 simple ways to save money in the kitchen, via Graceful Little Honey Bee. I shop off of a list.

6 alcohol delivery apps, via Spoon University. What a great way to try new drinks.

2016 recipe disasters, via How Sweet It Is. Some of these are recipes that didn’t work, and some of these are that they did not come out they were supposed to. It’s refreshing to know that food bloggers also mess up sometimes.

Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

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xoxo, K

Throwback: Favorites from February

Here is a look back at my favorites from February 2014 and 2015.

 

In February 2015, I liked:

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon in Everlasting Gold

I effectively used this up!  It was a great chubby eye pencil, equally good as an eye base and as an all over eyeshadow.

 

 

Nichido 7x Volume Curl mascara (link goes to my review)

Nichido is a local brand that I found in the Philippines. These products were super affordable, and I liked this mascara a lot. If I ever have a chance to go to the Philippines again, I will definitely check this out!

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Airless pump for foundation

I get these airless pump bottles at Daiso and other 100 yen stores. They are made of plastic, and are a hygienic way to store your foundations that come without a pump!

 

In February 2014, I liked:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)
I currently use sponges to apply my foundation, but if you like brushes better, this is the foundation brush that I recommend. It is soft, very affordable, and buffs your foundation in to a natural finish.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved
(picture from my instagram account)
I haven’t been wearing anything on my nails in a very long time… They are no longer shown on the Sally Hansen website, so it looks like they may have been discontinued!  Oh dear – I liked them a lot!
 Ahh yes, one of my favorite foundations ever. I think I talk about this product waaayyyy too much! This is only one of two foundations that I have ever repurchased.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my past favorites!
xoxo, K

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

The last time I was in the US, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was extremely hyped up on Youtube.  “It’s a matte foundation from the drugstore!  It’s full coverage!” etc…

Did I really need another foundation? Obviously not, especially since I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear and I’m not going to run out of it any time soon.  But hey… I had to check out American products while I could get my hands on them!
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What it does: (from the Ulta website)

For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

 

Price: Ulta lists this product for $13 for 1 oz.  Drugstore foundations are getting pretty pricey!

 

Availability: L’Oreal products are widely available at US drugstores. I had no problems finding this.

 

What I thought:

First off, I really like the packaging.  Many people gripe about how drugstore foundations come in glass bottles without pumps, which dispense too much product at once. These squeeze tubes are the perfect solution, and they are probably cheaper to produce than pumps.  I especially like this kind of packaging for travel because they are lighter than glass bottles.

This product was extremely cakey on my skin. I like matte foundations, but this seemed to be too matte, even in warm weather.  It looked too fake to apply on my skin.

I decided to mix it with the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, which made my skin look too shiny.  Score! The mix of the two foundations worked perfectly on my skin, giving it a natural finish and lasting well!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I still think the Estee Lauder Double Wear is a better foundation if you need full coverage, and this was too matte for me. However, it is a great option for matte foundations from the drugstore!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

Weekly Reads #278: February 11, 2017

 

weekly reads
 What were your favorite posts this week?

Remember how blogging used to be before it became a spinning reeling money making machine?, via Worship Blues. Wow.

Invest in a black dress, via Luxiare. I’ve found that dark grey works better for me.

Gift guide for medical students, via Franish. I should make a gift guide for engineers next winter.

Stylish loungewear, via Bridgette Raes. I’m usually in sweats.

Sarah’s big girl room, via The Average Girl. Watching a little girl grow up is amazing.

The ultimate kitchen cheat sheet, via Budget Bytes. Especially, how long you can store things.

How to cut and core cauliflower, via Simply Recipes. Eye-opening!

 

Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

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xoxo, K