I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend – the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Let me fill you in a little bit on my experience with eyeshadow primers…
It all started when I was on my makeup obsession journey – I purchased the Urban Decay Primer Potion because that was the holy grail of the internet. I assumed it would work for me too, but apparently not. I think it actually made my staying power WORSE than when I used nothing. That’s not to say that it was a bad product, it just didn’t work for me.
Then, I decided to try the Benefit Lemon Aid because even though I wanted a primer, I always wanted something to even out the redness of my skin. This worked better than the Urban Decay, but still not all day lasting.
I also gave the Maybelline Colour Tattoo a try, with and without both of these products. Still nothing.
Then I walked into Sephora one day and asked one of the girls to reccomend a new eyeshadow primer. When I told her that the Urban Decay wasn’t working at all for me, she actually looked at me like I had three heads. She told me to give the NARS one a try (the reason I love Sephora is that I can try stuff and return it if it sucks).
This is now my holy grail eyeshadow primer. I use it every day and it is so so so amazing.
If you’re having troubles with the Urban Decay primer, check this one out! I’ve used it with cream shadows, and regular shadows, and both mixed together and I can put it on before going to work, go out AFTER work, and come home with my shadow looking the same as it did that morning. It’s incredible.
The YSL 5 Color Harmony for Eyes in #13 – Candy. I purchased mine at Holt Renfrew for $75, and Sephora sells it online only for $58. I first saw this palette in a magazine (sorry, I can’t remember which one), and I instantly knew I had to have it.
If you watched my March Favourites video, you already know my feelings about this eyeshadow palette.
I’m basically in love with it. I think if it were to become legal to marry a product, I would choose this one.
First, let’s just start with the signature YSL packaging:
It’s gold, and it’s beautiful.
Open it up, and things just get better:
It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the green in the middle has YSL imprinted in it. I’ve actually been using this colour and only taking shadow from around the logo so I don’t ruin it.
If you know me in real life, you probably know that I enjoy bright colours. Enjoy is probably an understatement. If I’m not wearing something bright people get concerned. These colours just perfectly fit my personal style which is a huge reason as to why I love this palette. The palette also comes with two double ended eyeshadow sticks, I removed them while taking this picture because I’ve been using them.
Here are some swatches of all the colours:
These are quite dark swatches, I probably put on three or four layers of the shadow just so the colours would appear in the picture. What I love about these shadows is that you can wear them as a sheer pop of colour, or you can layer them and really intensify your look. All of the shadows are quite sparkly as well, which I personally enjoy.
The formula on the shadow itself is great, I haven’t noticed any creasing, even when I don’t wear a primer.
Now…as much as I LOVE this palette – I honestly think the price is outrageous. If Urban Decay, or MAC or MUF or anyone had come out with the same palette and it was cheaper I would have bought that instead. But they didn’t, and sometimes you just have to splurge on things you know will make you happy.
Do you have this palette or any other YSL palette? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!