As you can probably gather by the title, this is going to be a pretty positive review of the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette. But, Kimmy, I hear you say, What are you doing will another new palette? Well, if you caught my review of the Hourglass Modernist Palette, you would know that I basically decided to return that one. But I just couldn’t get my money back and be done with it. I had to get something to replace it. Enter the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette (or NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette).
In this U.S., this limited edition beauty was released by NARS on 1st January and by everyone else who carries the brand on 1st February. When I first glimpsed the press information last December, I remember thinking I really wanted the palette because it seemed like a great way to test out the dual intensity shadows of which I owned none. However, I didn’t think I would have to chance to snag it as I had no plans to travel (NARS is not sold in The Bahamas). However, as fate would have it, the stars aligned and I manged to work out a way to have my friend return my Hourglass palette and get this NARS one to me within a week. How awesome is that?
The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is a little pricier, retailing for $79.00 USD (£45.00). It contains eight (8) smaller versions of the dual intensity shadows from the permanent line. They weigh in at 0.03 oz whereas the full sizes are 0.05 and retail for $29.00 USD (£21.00). With a total 0.24 oz of product, that puts the value of the palette somewhere in the $140.00 USD (£100.00) range. Not bad. It’s worth noting, however, that like the Hourglass palette, this one is much smaller than I expected. I don’t have a comparison photo but the NARS is only slightly longer (though wider, of course).
The packaging is also interesting. The palette has a mirrored lid, which actually functions quite well, with the NARSissist logo etched in white. There is also a full size mirror inside of the palette.
The dual intensity shadows offer varying finishes and can be used dry for “a sheer soft touch of sensual color” or wet for “for a high-impact finish”. They promise “creaseless, eight-hour wear eye”. The eight shadows included in the limited edition palette are:
- Europa: Gossamer Pink Peach, satin finish with some frosty-ness.
- Himalia: Shimmering Topaz (medium golden-copper-brown) shimmery, metallic finish.
- Ursa Major: Chocolate Glaze (deep, warm brown), pearlescent satin finish.
- Subra: Black Orchid (blackened purple with red tones), pearlescent satin finish.
- Andromeda: Alabaster (golden-beige), shimmery satin finish.
- Lysithea: Shark gray (pewter grey), very shimmery, metallic finish
- Giove: Navy, satin finish with some shimmer.
- Sycorax: Black, satin finish.
Wet is definitely the way to go with most of the shadows where the intensity level is pretty impressive. Of the eight shades, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Lysithea and Giove performed the best, both wet and dry. Dry, Ursa Major (the deep brown shade), actually comes across quite matte on the eye and much lighter in tone making it a great crease option. The intensity of the black shade, Sycorax, was definitely better wet. Europa (which barely comes across in the swatches) was the poorest performing all around, though I actually prefer it dry, as there is very very slight duo-chrome that comes across better when the shadow is dry. Andromeda was somewhere in the middle being a typical satin finish creamy beige color.
Now onto the “eye looks” (you’ll see why I put that in quotations).
Using the shadows dry, I created a simply “everyday” neutral, don’t have to think about it too much eye. I used Europa (pink peach) on the inner lid and brow bone, Ursa Major (deep brown) in the crease as the transition shade, Subra (purple burgundy) to deepen the crease and a touch of Himalia (copper brown) in the inner corner and on the lower lash line.
Using the shadows wet…I got a little “creative”. Carried away is more like it. I don’t know what I was doing, really. Excited like a 5 year old with new paints. This isn’t necessarily a look I’d sport on a regular, but I decided to feature it anyway as I thought it did well in demonstrating the intensity of the shadows when wet. Also, I’ve included two shots of look. Having asked his advice, Mr. Bear and I were “divided” as to which photo looked best. So, I thought I’d let you guys decide. Let me know in the comment section below. Shades use: Lysithea, Giove, and Sycorax.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette! I’ve been really enjoying the shadows (having used it every day since receiving) and it definitely makes giving up the Hourglass palette (which didn’t work for me anyway) much easier. If you don’t have any of the dual intensity singles and have been interested in trying the formula, I’d definitely recommend the palette over purchasing the singles individually. You can find the palette at Sephora (online and in stores), Nars.com (and boutiques), *Bluemercury.com, Asos.com in the UK as well as other retailers.
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