NARS Radiance Enhancing Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

NARS Radiance Enhancing Pro-Prime

I have a secret I am about to share with you. I am officially in love with the new NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer. No really, it’s pretty damn fantastic.

This primer is new for summer and includes a broad spectrum SPF of 15. It also contains a light reflecting complex, which really does give your skin a nice pink/gold sheen. Not shimmer, not glittery, no worries! It’s light and just barely detectable. It also contains vitamins A, E and C to help with free radicals. It’s oil-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free and non-comedogenic.

But what I really love is the texture.

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It comes out of the tube white but disappears into an invisible, just slightly luminous sheen. The texture is SO nice for a primer! Usually you feel that slippery, silicone type feel with primers. But this one feels like a creamy moisturizer instead. It blends in really easily and feels less like it’s sitting on top of my skin, and more like it sunk in a bit. And like most primers, it does a great job of blurring those pores and pesky areas I want blurred.

The one thing I am not crazy about it the scent. It has kind of a weird scent which I can’t even begin to explain. But it goes away pretty quickly and I only really smell it on my fingers, not my face.

Overall: This might be my favorite primer yet! I love many things about it including the texture, the light-reflecting properties and the sunscreen protection. The scent doesn’t turn me ON, but doesn’t deter me much either. Of course I wish you got more for the money because it is on the pricier side of primers.

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS.

Pricing: $34.00 for 1.1 oz.

Is this a primer you are interested in trying out? What do you think about facial products with light-reflecting properties – love them or loathe them?


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  • April 10, 2013

    Oh this sounds interesting!! I love using luminous products under my foundation, I pretty much always do that. I think I need this in my life!

    • April 10, 2013

      I am so in love with the texture! So creamyyyyy.

  • April 10, 2013

    This sounds really good! Esp because I have dry skin and I’m always looking for a more illuminating primer.
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    • April 10, 2013

      Ah yes then you might like this one!

  • April 10, 2013

    This looks AMAZING for my dry/sensitive skin. NARS has really been impressing me lately. I never tried anything by NARS until very recently. I picked up the new Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, which is a perfect match for my super fair skin and looks really natural. I also picked up Amour blush, which I’ve pretty much been using daily since I bought it. I can’t wait to pick up this primer!

    I’m wondering if this is comprable to Hourglass Mineral Primer? I love this stuff to death, but it’s so damn expensive… I’m looking for a cheaper replacement.

  • April 10, 2013

    NARS seems to be coming out with tons of new, positively received products. I’ve always been a fan but it seems the brand has caught my eye more than usual lately
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  • April 10, 2013

    Looks like it’s time for me to swing by Sephora and get a sample of this to try! :) I swear by NARS skin makeup – my foundation, my stick concealer, and my new beloved cream concealer are all from NARS so…I’d love to add this to my little NARS arsenal! :D I don’t currently use a primer because I haven’t found one that I really love but…this sounds so promising! I hope it works for me! *excited*

    I love that this primer sounds so different than the rest. I think it’s great that it feels more like a light moisturizer than that silicone yuck that sits on top of the skin.

    I’m super excited to try it! Though trying skin products is a process for me: I have to scrutinize the ingredient list and do numerous allergy patch tests with the product before it goes anywhere near my face, even if it’s from a brand I know/love/trust/use lots of products from. Thank goodness for samples! *\o/*

    As for products with “light-reflecting properties”… If it’s a product that really makes my skin look luminous or a bit brighter than yes, I’m all for it. It seems like “light-reflecting properties” tends to = glitter and/or glitter-like stuffs which I do not like on my face unless it is super subtle (like the powder blush in the Too Faced No Makeup Makeup tin).

    When I hear “light-reflecting properties” I always hope for products that will create an ethereal quality, glow-y but not greasy/not glittery/not super obvious…but a product that definitely makes a difference that I can see. I feel like companies are coming out with better products in this vein and hope the improvements continue!

  • April 10, 2013

    I love a primer with a bit of light reflecting properties even with my oily skin. I love the other Nars primers.with the SPF I wonder if it will cause flashback??
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  • April 11, 2013

    I REALLY want to try this now!

  • April 11, 2013

    This sounds good! I may have to check this out!
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  • April 11, 2013
    Kristi C. (@lov2read68)

    I memory serves you recently reviewed a Becca primer as well. Could you give a brief comparison between the two? I know the Becca was matte & this is light reflecting. Do you like one better than the other? Does the NARS even though it is light reflecting – does it help with oil control?

  • April 11, 2013

    I can’t wait to finish my myriad of primers! This, as well as one from Becca, look so promising so I’m eager to try something new.
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  • April 11, 2013

    Nars has become the new MAC (for me at least). Nars has come out with some amazing collections and products as of late and they have released some great new products such as this primer, the liquid concealer (which is freaking fantastic), and the new light-reflecting powders. Their products never disappoint. While Nars products may be a bit more expensive than MAC’s, you get a lot of uses from one product and the products are amazing. Well worth the money.

  • April 12, 2013

    I’ve always avoided primers because of that silicone/serum like feel. Nice to know there is an alternative for me now!
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  • May 29, 2013

    So I’ve always wanted to try NARS products, and recently finally took the plunge and invested in one of their blushes and I love it! This brand really impresses me! I just had a question about this primer though:
    I tend to have pretty oily skin, and very prone to break outs. I went off using primer for a while and it seems to have helped a lot! (I previously used the Smashbox primer in Light). I was just wondering if this primer would be okay for me, or if it would give me any problems (acne or oily wise). Any thoughts to anyone who has tried it ?