There are many things in life that you absolutely have to have. It could be a lovely family, good food and an engaging book or TV series… but for me, there are two items where eye makeup is concerned, two items which I cannot live without thus far: eye primer and any product that can be used to fill in my brows.
Let’s cue them both in, shall we?
Here is the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Whew. What a mouthful.
This is the Nars eyeshadow base, it comes in a white tube with a matte black applicator-wand.
The applicator is a doe-foot, which can be used to spread the primer all over your eyes. Some might think it to be a little unhygienic, but since I’m only using it on myself, I’m not really fussed about it.
The product is a white liquid that will blend out clear. There is no color-cast after you’ve blended it out, so you can use it with most colors and finishes.
The left swatch is Nars’ most notorious eyeshadow, Outremer, without the eyeshadow base below it, and the right one, with. As you can see, it has brought a lot of life into Outremer, even bringing out the little flecks of shimmer hidden within the eyeshadow pan as well! Of course, since it’s Outremer, both are insanely heavy swatches.
Let’s move onto the eyebrow pencil now, shall we?
The Empro Triangular Eyebrow Pencil in Golden Brown. Wow, again, it comes in white, albeit glossy packaging
The tip is triangular, which is supposed to enable ease in application.
The color is a soft brown with a greyish cast, which actually suits my brows more than the MAC Brow Fluidline that I have. It’s still going strong, so I’m using that when I have more time in the morning, and this when I don’t.
Now, let us see what happens when we put the two together on a test of longevity.
The picture on the top is both the eyebrow pencil and the eyeshadow base beneath the one-shade look I did just a few days ago, and the bottom one is the same configuration about… 10 hours after.
As you can see, there was only a tiny hit of fading at the tops of the brows, and the eyeshadows and eyeliner remained vibrant and opaque. The eyeshadows were Inglot ones though, and they work lovely on me, but they might work differently on others. I’m impressed by this, more so because I had a full day running in and out of Uni in search of food during my long break from classes that day, heh heh~
The Nars eyeshadow base retails for RM 120 at the Nars store in Pavilion, KL.
Pros: Increases eyeshadow vibrancy, prolongs eyeshadow weartime.
Cons: A little too pricy for being an eyeshadow base, but it’s Nars.
The Empro eyebrow pencil retails for RM 50-60ish depending on promotions at selected drugstores/pharmacies as well as Empro counters in Malaysia.
Pros: Suits my brow-color perfectly, relatively affordable.
Cons: Slight fading in prolonged wear.