The formula "can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity." It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base.
Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours).
The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
Intensity at first sight. Instant gratification in just one swipe. Reveal your true colors with a range of eyeshadow finishes to express yourself and your artistry without limits. From buttery mattes and lustrous satins, to electric pops of color—all stay soft with vibrant effect. Pure pigments suspended in an innovative liquid binding system create rich, high-impact color in just one stroke. Stand out. Show off. Express to impress. Please note NARS Eyeshadows are high performance formulas developed to be lightweight for increased blendability and instant payoff which may result in occasional dusting.