When it comes to eyeshadows, I rarely buy singles unless it's a refill for my own customized palette. But upon seeing the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, I just had to brace myself and purchase one because my curiosity got the better of me! A shadow that can perform wet and dry? And priced at a whopping $29 each? It had better perform above and beyond my expectations!
There are 12 shades in the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow collection. Reviewed today is Phoebe — described as a “deep shimmering amethyst” — but I'd like to call it a multidimensional silvery plummy purple with red undertones. Can I also add with blue sparkles?! The shade is so complex it is hard to give it a definite color description! The shimmer reflects so much light that it can appear iridescent when held at different angles!
The shadow comes in a rubberized packaging signature of NARS. The compact is quite small (1.5″ x 1.5″), square, magnetized, and has a cute built-in mirror. While the tiny size is great for travel, I can't help but wonder if it will get lost in a sea of other things in my makeup bag! :D
The Dual-Intensity shadow has such unique texture. It is so unbelievably soft, smooth, and creamy to the touch. It can be applied dry for a subtle display of color with a soft luminous sheen, or wet (with a dampened brush) for a bold and intense color payoff with a full-on metallic finish.
When worn dry, Phoebe appears a light reddish purple that is so flattering on the eyes; when worn wet, it transforms to this rich and opaque metallic plummy blue-purple that really pops! The texture is very blendable, too, regardless of how you apply it. I only noticed small fallout when applied with a dampened brush but otherwise the powder performs really well. NARS also released a Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 to be used with the shadow but it's not a necessity if you already have something similar in your brush collection.
The wear time of Phoebe is phenomenal when worn dry — no creasing, fading, or transferring; none. However, when worn wet, I sometimes see a small missing spot (where the shadow flakes off) at the outer corner where my eyes water. Priming the lids seems to help but I would also bring the shadow along just in case a touch-up is needed.
The “dual” look
I only used one shadow — Phoebe — in this look! I applied it dry all over the lid for a soft sheen effect, then I wet my brush and applied it on the outer third and along the lower lash line. As you can see, when worn dry, the color appears sort of like a reddish purple, but when worn wet, it transforms to a rich, high-impact metallic blue-purple! Now I hope you understand when I said it is difficult to give Phoebe an exact color description! ^_^
Every single shade in the lineup is so beautiful and it was really hard for me to narrow down my selection to just one. I'm so glad, though, that I chose to come home with Phoebe; it's such a stunning color the way it reflects light. I am so happy with it and the Dual-Intensity shadows in general that I plan to grab a couple more colors in the very near future (Giove and Lysithea are next on my list!).
Have you tried these shadows? What are you thoughts? Do you prefer applying your shadow dry or wet?