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NARS Cassiopeia, Phoebe, Desdemona, & Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a wet/dry formulation that yields sheer color when applied dry, “intense, opaque color” when applied with a “dampened brush.” Some of the shades are fairly sheer applied dry, others are more opaque but aren’t as intense as when applied with a dampened brush. The wear when applied dry is between six and eight hours, and when applied with a dampened brush, the wear is between seven and nine hours. They remain blendable when applied with a dampened brush, but they can be applied dry and are rather buildable. They’re actually not as sheer as I’d expect for a formula described as “sheer.” The texture is soft, finely-milled, not at all powdery, and smooth. In general, they are smoother, richer, and wear better when applied wet, which may or may not be a step you want to incorporate into your routine.

The formula is very comparable to Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow and MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in regards to finish and application. NARS’ formula seemed much smoother and more finely-milled–a little more refined in texture, but it was a difference that I only felt like I could feel if I had the two in front of me and less so when applied to the eye with a brush.

I think NARS’ biggest obstacle with this formula is really the price; they’re more expensive than their current singles ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) and contain less. Their regular eyeshadows are also supposed to be a wet/dry formula, but the textures are different. NARS’ single eyeshadows run $357/oz., compared to these at $580/oz. Chanel’s single eyeshadows are $29.50 for 0.05 oz., which makes these on par with Chanel, but the NARS’ brand and its general price points aren’t comparable to Chanel.

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent electric pink.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-shimmered white with a bluish-violet sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque but was one of the least pigmented shades in the range. This is the kind of shade and finish that I think works particularly well on the inner tear duct and lower lash line. It can also be applied to the middle of the lid for a spotlight effect. It wore well for seven hours applied dry, eight hours applied wet. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is very similar. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, lighter, less pink. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimminโ€™ (LE) is less lavender. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmering amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but had a lighter, softer look, as when it was applied with a dampened brush, it was deeper, richer, and fully opaque. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry, nine hours applied wet. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is darker. Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Desdemona Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich shimmery burgundy.” It’s a medium, warm-toned plum with reddish-brown udnertones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had more opaque color in terms of coverage, but it had a more faded, lighter look than when it was applied wet, where it was slightlyd arker and smoother–but the difference is very slight between the two types of application here. This shade wore well for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is browner, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black orchid.” It’s a blackened burgundy with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and had a softer, kind of faded look–it brought out the brown tones, rather than the burgundy ones. When applied with a dampened brush, it was richer, darker, and looked smoother. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours dry, almost nine hours wet. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is similar. MAC Magic Moor (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Phoebe
Phoebe
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona
Desdemona
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Subra
Subra

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Sneak Peek: NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new product from the brand that will launch on July 1st (official info can be found here). Reviews should be up soon as I work my way through testing the twelve shades. NARS describes the new formula a wet/dry formula that is sheer applied dry, opaque applied with a dampened brush. They’ve debuted a new brush as well, the Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49. For reference, the left swatch is dry, the right is damp. Full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, etc. to come – please save any questions for the review. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Peach Blushes to Try This Summer

Whether you’re looking for shimmery, dewy, luminous, or matte, this round-up of my current top picks for peach blushes to try this summer has you covered!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper — a soft, shimmery peach
  2. Becca Fig/Opal — a luminous, peachy-beige
  3. Make Up For Ever #225 — a warm, pop of peach in a cream format
  4. Hourglass Dim Infusion — a muted peach with a soft sheen
  5. NARS Sex Appeal — a light peach with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Collection for Summer 2014

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Collection for Summer 2014
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Collection for Summer 2014

NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Double-down with the new dual-application formula โ€“ apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid.

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Andromeda Alabaster
  • Callisto Icy pink silver
  • Cassiopeia Iridescent electric pink
  • Desdemona Rich shimmery burgundy
  • Dione Metallic champagne beige
  • Europa Gossamer pink peach
  • Giove Navy
  • Himalia Shimmering topaz
  • Lysithea Shark grey
  • Phoebe Deep shimmering amethyst
  • Subra Black orchid
  • Sycorax Black

Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 ($28.00)

Using NARSโ€™ specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush, the ultra-soft and luxurious shadow glides on smoothly and easily for precise application.

Availability: July 1st at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com

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NARS Gifting Collection for Summer 2014

NARS Gifting Collection for Summer 2014
NARS Gifting Collection for Summer 2014

NARS Cosmetics introduces three exciting new gifting items for Summer 2014. From cheeks to lips to nails, NARS exclusive sets of iconic color consume every thought, every look. Two limited edition lip/nail sets and one limited edition cheek palette heat up the season with color so rich and indulgent, fascination turns to fixation.

Uninhibited ($52.00) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

A trio of intrigue and seduction โ€“ Dolce Vita Lipstick, Lip Gloss and limited edition Nail Polish presented in a sleek black lacquered box.

Climax ($52.00) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

A fantasy of shocking pink in the legendary Schiap โ€“ featuring a Lipstick, limited edition Lip Gloss and Nail Polish housed in a matching pink, lacquered box.

Domination Cheek Palette ($49.00) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

A rush of blush โ€“ delivering insatiable glamour for cheeks, this exclusive palette features three signature Blush shades (Orgasm, Laguna and Mistinguette) and Devotee Highlighting Blush.

Availability: July 1st; exclusively at Nordstrom

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5 Orange Blushes to Try This Summer

When I thought about what my top picks for orange blush would be for summer, I had to go for at least a few of the bolder, more vibrant shades. Perhaps I could put together a post about peachy shades as an alternative to these bolder shades? If that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚ Onward to my current recommendations…

  1. NARS Taj Mahal — a bright, tangerine orange with a gold shimmer
  2. NYX Cinnamon — orange-red with a satin finish
  3. Make Up For Ever #420 — a slightly muted, medium orange in a cream formula
  4. MAC Modern Mandarin — a shimmery orange with warm, red undertones
  5. NARS Exhibit A — a bold, orange-red with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

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