You know me, I jump at just about any product Nars releases, and surprisingly when the Dual Intenisty eyeshadows were released last year I didn't immediately jump into action and grab them. I think because at heart I am a palette lover, sure I do own a few single shadows but it's always a palette I reach for because it doesn't offer one, it offers many. Low and behold, a year after the Narsissist palette was released for their standard shadows, the Dual Intensity palette landed itself onto shelves a couple of weeks ago.
|The NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette retails for £45|
|Top L-R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra. Bottom L-R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax.|
|L-R: Europa dry, Europa wet, Himalia dry, Himalia wet.|
|L-R: Andromeda dry, Andromeda wet, Lysithea dry, Lysithea wet.|
|L-R: Ursa Major dry, Ursa Major wet, Subra dry, Subra wet.|
|L-R: Giove dry, Giove wet, Sycorax dry, Sycorax wet.|
Let's talk about them dry first, the pigmentation does seem a little on the sheerer side and at times a little hard to blend, but the lighter shades blended all together on the lid make a great day or simple evening look - check out my new vid to see them all together! However I can't see me using Sycorax, Giove or Subra dry. Speaking about dryness, although the brush included is called the wet/dry eyeshadow brush, particularly with this shadow, I will be reserving it for when I decide to use the shades wet, it's not that it's a bad brush I just find it's easier to use your standard 217-esque fluffy brushes. To some this may seem obvious, but the wetter the brush the higher the intensity and the easier it is to sweep the colour over the lid, I've been using MAC's Fix+ which I find works well with these shadows, and I like to load the brush up with the shadow first and then spritz away. I feel this is when the shadows truly come to life and you can create some really dramatic looks. Bar the couple light shades, I would consider this more of a night time palette - I like to use a flat sided brush to pat the shades on and blend the shades together, however I think having a large dry fluffy brush on hand to get rid of any harsh lines would be wise. I do think all the shades in the palette work well on their own but they're also great to create a multitonal smoky eye. These are not for the faint hearted, nor do I think this is a great first palette, however if you're someone like me who enjoys playing with make up and you have your basics covered in the shadow department I think these are something different and can be fun!
Do you need this palette? No. Do I like it? Yes. I know this isn't something I will be whipping out on a daily or even weekly basis, but I do think I will use this when I'm stuck for time and need to get ready in a flash, these shadows wet pack a serious punch and with a spritz of Fix+ you can seriously go from desk to disco in seconds. All shades bar Ursa Major are in the permanent line so if you wanted one as your instant party eyes back up, there's a myriad to choose from. I think this is a great palette, but at £45 I can't wholeheartedly say it's necessary in your collection.
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