NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

27th February 2015

When the news broke that NARS were releasing a limited edition eyeshadow palette packed with their Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows, I knew I wanted it even before I saw it. See, I’ve been toying about purchasing a couple of shades from the Dual-Intensity lineup but I begrudged paying £21 for one shade, so I knew a palette was the perfect solution and even more so when I discovered that the two shades I wanted to buy were actually in the palette. The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette contains eight Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows; seven of which are from the permanent shade range and one is an exclusive shade to this palette.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
 
Each of the eyeshadows in the palette weigh 1g each, and the individual shadows are 1.5g each so this palette contains 8g product making it worth £112 which is amazing considering the palette is only £45.
 
It has been an absolute nightmare trying to purchase this palette, and I’ve not seen anyone that’s purchased it online have a drama-free transaction as there have been stock issues across the UK. I managed to snap mine up from the Urban Retreat website which took over a week to arrive, but I’m very happy to finally have my hands on it.
 
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
 
The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette packaging is so nice and sleek with the shadows encased within black plastic, with a mirrored lid but the mirror has clear plastic over the top so luckily it isn’t a fingerprint magnet. Inside the palette, there is a mirror within the lid and the shadows are laid out in two rows of four pans with a travel size wet/dry eyeshadow brush included too.
 
I really like that NARS have chosen to emboss the same pattern that is on their individual shadows, on the shadows inside the palette. The shades within the palette are; Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax, with Ursa Major being the palette exclusive.
 
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
 
The brush included within the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is the NARS Wet/Dry Brush #49 which retails for £24 with a travel sized handle, and is the first NARS brush I’ve ever tried. The brush has long synthetic bristles which are really soft and quite dense, and can be used to apply the Dual-Intensity shadows both wet or dry. This brush alone is amazing, at applying and blending shadow and I’ve found it to be the best brush for the Dual-Intensity shadows so the value of the palette is actually £136 with the brush’s value included.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Europa: a pale, peachy pink with a metallic finish.

Himalia: a golden bronze with a shimmery finish.

Ursa Major: a rich, chocolate brown with a satin finish.

Subra: a deep brown matte, containing deep burgundy pearl.

Swatches of Andromeda, Lysthea, Giove and Sycorax

Andromeda: a super pale beige cream with a shimmery finish.

Lysithea: a grey taupe with a touch of olive and silver with a metallic finish.

Giove: a deep, intense navy blue with a subtle sheen.

Sycorax: a very intense black luminous matte.

All of the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette swatches were done dry, and I can’t believe how pigmented they all are as I was worried that they’d be quite insipid unless they were used wet but the pigmentation is incredible and the colours are all absolutely stunning.

My favourites would have to be Europa, Subra and Giove but there isn’t one shade that I don’t like, and I really couldn’t be happier with this beautiful palette, and I totally recommend snapping it up if you want it as it’s limited edition, and you really don’t want to miss out…

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