I have a confession for all of you. When I was in Las Vegas last week I had an affair....with another eye primer.
It all started innocently enough. I go to Sephora, I buy a lip gloss and the temptress (AKA Sales Associate) behind the counter asks me if I would like to use 100 of my kazillion Sephora Beauty Insider points for a sample of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. As if in a trance by her siren song of a sample, I felt my heart beat faster, my pupils dilate and in a low breathy voice I whisper, "Yes".
Somewhat shamed somewhat paranoid I keep my new NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base separated from the rest of my makeup kit. I don't want Too Faced Shadow Insurance to know that I am "seeing" someone else.
The NARS sample, while tiny, has enough product for at least 10 uses if not more. As you only need a little bit for your eyelids. The pristine white doe foot applicator brings forth just the right amount of primer for both eyes and I use it stealthily. I only hope that my Shu Uemura eye shadow does not reveal my secret of using a new primer. The Shu shadow is picky and will crease with certain bases...thankfully, as far as I know the Too Faced Shadow Insurance is blissfully unaware of my infidelity.
The 107 degree temperatures in the dry desert heat was no match for this NARS primer. By 6:00pm my shadow looked as fresh and as crease free new as it did 10 hours ago. No fading, no creasing, no drifting for 10 hours? Was this an affair I would continue when I returned home?
You see the high desert temperatures of Las Vegas are no match for the high humid temperatures of Washington, DC. When I returned home I continued my tryst with the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and that's when things changed. The humidity was no match for this base. After 5 hours in the humid weather my shadow started to fade and slightly crease. Would I break it off with NARS after this one slip? No. I decided to try and be objective. I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance on one eye and the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base on the other. I used the Shu Uemura shadow on both eyes and ventured out into the jungle hot heat and humidity.
You know what?
I had the same result on both eyes. Some fading and slight creasing after 5 hours in HIGH humidity. My whole world came crashing down in that instant. What I thought was the love of my life in Too Faced Shadow Insurance could easily replaced with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base!
I started doing some research into this NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to see what exactly I was getting myself into. According to the NARS Cosmetics Website the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a polymer and mineral powder blend which is fortified with special deep-sea and antioxidant rice extracts. It does all the things my Too Faced Shadow Insurance does
- Extends the wear time of eye shadow
- Preps my skin for shadow application
- Maximizes the color intensity of my shadows
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 [OryzaSativa (Rice) Bran Oil Extract] · Triethoxycaprylylsilane · Castor Oil Phosphate · Sea Whip Extract · Mica · Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) · Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Triethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Humm. Aside from some Rice Bran Extract, Sea Whip (? WTF?) and Beeswax I don't see much of a difference. So I compared Size. Because after all, I don't care what they think, But SIZE DOES MATTER.
NARS Size: 0.26 oz for $24
TFSI Size: 0.35 oz for $17
So there you have it. The Too Faced Shadow Insurance is larger than the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and costs $7 less to boot! I think I have made my decision.
While it was a nice fling with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, it was only just that, a fling. I can't see paying more for less in the future. I'm sticking with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. But NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base won't be forgotten....We'll always have Vegas.