NARS Summer 2016 Dual Intensity Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering teal-green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark teal with subtle, cooler undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage dry, while damp application yielded mostly opaque coverage that had a stronger, smoother sheen. The texture was fairly smooth but slightly firm in the pan, and I had trouble getting true-to-pan, opaque coverage out of this (even when used with a damp brush) as it kept fading down and didn’t blend out evenly. It lasted for six hours before creasing on me. Kat Von D Ignite (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sydney Grace Fin (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Bavaria (DC, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dream (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Seychelles (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Chiang Mai (Left) (DC, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Spoiled (Clover) (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Ice Blue (143CP) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Inception (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Venice (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Savage (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dusk Teal Dawn (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Steamy (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Flower Shop (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Pegasus (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Teal (21) (P, $4.49) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent periwinkle.” It’s a bright, medium periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had sheer coverage that leaned purpler when applied dry. The color was brighter and bluer when applied damp, and the coverage level was nearly opaque. It applied decently to the lid, but it seemed to fade some as it dried down (from damp application). This shade lasted for seven hours on me. Dior Rivage #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Billie Jean (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hopper Blue (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Moon's Reflection (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Big Bad Blue (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop REM (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chit Chat (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Mediterranean (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dive Bar (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Inglot #429 (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia D2 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Abstract (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Blue Jeans (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #22 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich hazelnut.” It’s a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff both dry and damp–it became a little darker and more opaque damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the eyeshadow lasted for seven and a half hours. MAC Quiet Type (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Shimmer Brown (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Power Couple (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Good Girl & U Know It (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Winsome Lose Some (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Too Haute to Handle (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cold Brew (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Brown Sugar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Monaco-co (Enchanted Forest) (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Stare (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerously Elegant (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Bronze (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a very light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, while damp application yielded opaque coverage. The powder had a soft, smooth, blendable consistency that was easy to use on the lid. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Sugar Rush (LE, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Transforming Pearl (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bribe (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Nude (PiP, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Rose Garden #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bouffant (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Madame (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Jest (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Deep End Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Tan Lines Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Topless Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Pool Shark Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS
$29.00/0.05 oz.

87%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Pool Shark is soooo beautiful and I have nothing like it. But if anything I will get Moon’s Reflection now that MAC has reduced their prices 🙂

Wow, Pool Shark looks totally purple in your eye look! Topless looks a lot like the top shade in my HG WnW trio Silent Treatment! It’s a very eye-brightening shade.

That is one softly shaded, but killer look you pulled together into this look! Beautiful!
I really loved how all of these looked when you previewed them for us. But what I now realize is that I already have far more dupes for these than I had thought! Including Dive Bar, and that was a huge surprise. Although Pool Shark doesn’t seem to have a shift. Still a gorgeous shade, and the only one still tempting me.

For not so great rated shadows, you really got a gorgeous eye look out of them! Pool Shark and Deep End were on my wish list for the release date this Friday. Now…not so sure. Thanks for your review!

This review is legit breaking my heart today. I want these new Dual Intensity colors so bad but the performance WHHHYYYYYY???? ???

I had totally planned on buying all of these. Well at least Deep End, Pool Shark and Tan Lines. I finally broke down and ordered a bunch of Dual Intensity shadows from Nordstom last week and just got them yesterday!!! I gave up on waiting for Nars to come out with my dream DI 2 palette with pasephae in it lol! I got Pasephae, Kari, Tarvos, Phoebe and Casseopeia!! I’m going to stop by a Nars boutique Friday and see these in person before I decide. I feel like I NEED pool shark no matter what. Le sigh. Christine would you say MAC’s moon’s reflection is really a good alternative and dupe?

What a shame Deep End wasn’t as good as it could/should be as it is a lovely colour. I am just wondering why Nars decided to add in Tan Lines to the collection – the brown doesn’t seem to fit in with all the other pastel colours.
Beautiful eye look you have created Christine.

I am sooo in love with Pool Shark! And your eye look is just stunning! Luckily I already have dupes for Deep End and Topless (Tan Lines is too warm for me), so I can justify a splurge on Pool Shark lol! I love the little illustrations that show the eyeshadow colours on the women.

Oh no, I know a lot of people including me was looking forward to Pool Shark, too bad the formula isn’t better. And I was eyeing Deep End too, but I already have the Hello Kitty dupe, and it scored higher.

I really wish NARs would scrap these dual intensity eyeshadows. Great idea but from my experience, I hate how they perform. Pretty to look at but not really good eyeshadows imo. Too expensive to perform so disappointing.

Sorry to hear that, Erica! I actually have liked quite a few of them from my own experiences, but they aren’t all winners. I do like them a lot better than NARS’ regular eyeshadow range – do you like NARS’ powder eyeshadows? They are pretty different in formula, so I could see one liking one formula but not the other.

I have never tried the NARS reg e/s. I really don’t know how they perform. I just feel any e/s where you have to work so hard to make it work, is not worth it. I wasn’t overly impressed with the dual intensity e/s. I have heard good things about their reg e/s. Might have to give them a try!

What a shame that those new shadows perform poorly on the lid because the color would are beautiful. I admire your dexterity to get such a beautiful eye look with of them!

So disappointed by Pool Shark’s performance–I was absolutely going to buy this shade if it tested well. I noticed MUFE’s periwinkle was not listed as a dupe. I looked it up but I can’t tell if they are close.

I wouldn’t consider Periwinkle similar at all! It is darker, warmer, and more of a satin finish. Pool Shark is brighter, lighter, cooler in tone, and more frosted. Pool Shark looks almost purple compared to Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle.

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