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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

June 23, 2014

This summer, NARS Cosmetics turns up the heat with its very first wet/dry shadow, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Designed to be used both wet and dry without damaging the texture, the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows can be applied dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Reviews

The NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows come in a square-shaped magnetic compact about 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches and contains 0.05 oz/1.5 g of product. For reference, a NARS regular Single Eyeshadow ($25) contains 0.07 oz of product.

There are 12 colors available that range from the lightest pinks and beiges to the darkest blacks:

Andromeda is a shimmery white gold color.

Europa is a shimmery light warm peachy pink.

Dione is a metallic taupe.

Cassiopeia is a shimmery white with bluish pink sparkles.

Callisto is a frosty silvery pink.

Desdemona is a shimmery burgundy.

Himalia is a shimmery topaz. It is darker and warmer than Dione.

Lysithea is a metallic grey.

Sycorax is a black and the least shimmery color out of them all.

Phoebe is a plummy color with blue sparkles.

Giove is a shimmery dark navy.

Subra is a shimmery dark brown with just a hint of plum.

While the colors were all pretty and very wearable, I wish the variety could be a bit better. Some of the colors were pretty similar and it would be nice to see some greens and bronzes instead.

Texture-wise though, there was nothing I could pick on. The shadows felt super creamy and soft and blended like a dream. When used dry, they applied with good pigmentation and left behind a shiny finish; while using them damp instantly intensified that effect and made the color pop even more.

The wear was phenomenal too! Even when worn dry with no primer underneath, the shadows stayed on 8 hours without creasing or fading the slightest bit. More colors in this formula please!

Quick Tip on using the shadows wet from NARS Cosmetics artist Justin Heslop: To get your brush perfectly damp and not soaking wet, wet a makeup sponge then push the brush into it before dipping into the shadow.

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Himalia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda, Callisto, Europa and Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches
NARS Cassiopeia, Phoebe, Desdemona and Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches
NARS Dione, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches


NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Applied Dry vs Damp

Below I used Desdemona all over the lid and lower eye, Himalia lightly on the crease and Europa on the center of the lid and on the lips. I was also wearing Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ in #21 Natural Beige, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black and Jealousness U.S.A. False Lashes in JS-507.

Wearing NARS Desdemona, Himalia and Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is available at and Sephora for $29.

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