Introducing my first major makeup purchase of the year: the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette! This came out a few months ago and I haven’t been able to shake it off my brain. It’s a beaut, that’s for sure.
This palette contains 8 shades of the Dual Intensity eyeshadows in 1g pans. 7 of the 8 shades are permanent, so I’m not sure how great of a deal this is for you if you went ahead and bought the shades. I’m really glad I held off on purchasing more than the two singles (1.5g each) I’ve got because this is a great-ass deal with a beautiful limited edition shade called Ursa Major.
The case is beautiful, with a mirrored front and a mirror inside. Both are functional for touch-ups. The case is also made of a material similar to that of the NARS Audacious lipsticks, which means that there is no matte rubbery packaging in sight!
Top row, L-R: Europa (gossamer pink peach), Himalia (shimmering topaz), Ursa Major (chocolate glaze), Subra (black orchid)
Bottom Row, L-R: Andromeda (alabaster), Lysithea (shark gray), Giove (navy), Sycorax (black)
I’ve swatched them in the same order, dry/wet below. I used my finger for the dry swatches and a synthetic brush with MAC Fix+ for the wet swatches, on top of bare skin.
I find that using a super-wet brush makes the shadow just slip and slide all over the place so misting a brush so that it is completely damp but not soaking wet is ideal.
Aside from the eight shades, this palette also comes with a tiny NARS brush, number 49 or the Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush, which is a brush from their new range. I didn’t realize they had gotten rid of a lot of their older brushes. I’m not sure what material this is made of, but according to OmmorphiaBeautyBar.com, it’s synthetic.
Look 1: Europa, Ursa Major, Giove
I used three shades from this palette and only this palette! I used to be one of those “WHERE IS THE MATTE SHADE IN HERE?!?!” people but I’d like to think I’ve mellowed down. As long as it’s not a purely high-shine palette, I can deal with satin shadows here and there. Anyway, I’ve got Europa, a beautiful pale pink all over the inner 2/3 of my lid, fading out into Ursa Major, which is giving me major fuzzies. How do I live without you, once you run out, bb? HAHA as if. Lastly, I’ve got Giove on the outer 2/3 of my lower lash line, the outer 1/3 of which is buffed out with a little Ursa Major.
Oh, and this look was done over your standard primer. I used the Nature Republic Botanical Eye Primer for this look. I’m kind of in love with how one can use these shadows to decent opacity and pigmentation, even when used dry and over primer. These also blend really well.
Look 2: Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Andromeda, Sycorax
Himalia is one of the most-loved shades (I’ve noticed) in this whole range, but I’m not sure I quite like it when worn. I used the NARS Wet/Dry brush for it, and it just didn’t look right. I think I was looking for a sheen and it gave me a shimmer instead.
I used Subra on the outer 1/3 of the upper, lower lid, and crease. I also used Ursa Major in the crease and middle 1/3 of the lower lash line, Andromeda on the inner ‘v’ of the eye, and Sycorax as a subtle liner smudged on the outer 1/3 of the upper lash line. I can’t say it did much! I surprisingly really love Andromeda, which was the least impressive shade for me when I did swatches.
I haven’t tried the NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes, but I’ve got a deep craving for Craving. Have you guys tried this palette out yet? I know Joyce doesn’t really like it, but we all experience products differently, I think!