NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

July 11, 2014

If you found NARS’ Adult Swim collection too muted for the summer, you may fall in love yet!  NARS has released 12 sparkling Dual Intensity Eyeshadows that are bound to enrapture.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow collection

Unfortunately, once again, we only received a portion of the collection as shown above.  Another 5 are on their way and will only be released later this month.  Instead of waiting though, I thought I’d give you a quick first impressions so that you don’t miss anything.

Here are the swatches:

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow swatches

From left to right:

All the shades are incredibly soft to the touch, certainly the best of NARS yet.  They all have some sort of sparkle or metallic finish to them, the only exception here would be Andromeda, which is incredibly light and sheer against my skin tone (although it still packs some shimmer!).

These eyeshadows are meant to be used both wet and dry.  The swatches shown are pretty close to what you would be able to achieve when used wet.  When applied dry, they all tend to be pretty sheer although the color can be built up slowly with multiple applications.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow EOTD (dry)

For the eye look above, I applied Dione in the inner half of my lid and Phoebe on the outer half.  Both were applied dry with a fluffy brush.  The resultant look is very soft and sheer, made interesting by the shimmers.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow EOTD (wet)

For this next look, I applied the same shades in the same positions, but this time with a slightly dampened brush.  The colors are much more intense now, with a almost foil-like finish.

There is a duality to these shades, particularly the 3 lighter shades (Callisto, Dione, Lysithea), making them show up very differently under different lighting.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow swatches under dim light

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow swatches under dim light

Overall, I’m really excited by these vibrant colors.  However, if you are not the sort to apply your eyeshadows wet, nor do you have the patience to slowly build up color intensity, then you may want to reconsider.  At SGD44 (USD29) for 1.5gm, these are some serious investments.  But it bears to note that for these Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, NARS has redesigned the casing to be a hefty plastic instead of rubber which should stand the test of time better.  Also, it snaps shut with a metallic closure which is more elegant than the usual clasp.

xoxo