Sunday, 27 July 2014

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Product Review


Wouldn’t it be amazing if you can intensify your eyeshadow color just by using a wet brush? My excitement for NARS makeup goes on.

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What a delight to get my hands on the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Being a smoky-eye addict, I really go for colors that will create deep, defined tones on my eyes. I add a tone of black eyeshadow or apply my Nars eye paint on the eyelid and as eyeliner. I just can’t survive without a dark tone! So my eye makeup palette for daily application will consist of around 4-5 colors. Although I enjoy applying several colors, it can sometimes be a challenge when you’re rushing for an early business meeting while getting your child ready for school, too, if you need to use several eyeshadow palettes to create the look.

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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (Europa and Supra) and Nars Brush #49

But here comes Nars with eyeshadows that can be intensified simply by using a wet brush. You might ask, why is it necessary to have a dual-intensity eyeshadow for wet and dry application? Can’t you use a wet brush on normal eyeshadow to get the same effect? Well, not really. You can try using a wet brush on a non-dual functioning eyeshadow but the texture won’t be good, resulting to an uneven application.

So I got myself 3 Nars items to create my new look this season: 2 shades of Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow namely Europa and Supra, and 1 new brush to apply them with, Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49. Excited!


Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Color: Europa Gossamer pink peach
Price: RM102 (around USD32)
Net Weight: 1.5g / 0.05oz
Made in Italy
Life after opening: 18 months
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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Europa/ Gossamer pink peach

I definitely love the packaging, as with the other Nars items that I have. This eyeshadow comes in Nars signature black matte compact but this one has a magnet closure, making sure that it’s secure even if you forget to close until it clicks as with other compacts. It has a built-in mirror, convenient for ultra close-up view while applying makeup. The Europa color is peach-like, great as a base color and highlighter. I apply this under the eyebrows, under my eyes and in between my inner eye and nose bridge as highlight.

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Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Color: Supra Black Orchid
Price: RM102 (around USD32)
Net Weight: 1.5g / 0.05oz
Made in Italy
Life after opening: 18 months
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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Supra/ Black orchid

This is an amazing color. At first, I thought it was just deep brown (maybe I’m color blind) but upon checking the website, it’s also defined as black orchid so it will have that deep purple or violet tone.

Testing it with dry application first, the colors have a nice, fine sheen finish.
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Dry application

Now, here I tested how it appears with a wet brush, oh my! You can see how intensified the colors were. The texture is just lovely and very easy to apply.
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Wet and dry application

As I mentioned, I normally use 4-5 colors on my eyes. But I wanted to test out if I can use these 2 Nars colors to complete my eye color. First, I applied the 2 shades using dry brush on my eyes as basic 2 colors. Then, using a wet tissue, I dampened my Nars brush #49 and applied each shade on my eyes to create a more defined set of colors. Using a dry eyeshadow brush, I then blended the colors again on my eyelids. (I’ll probably do simple photo collage of the steps later on but I’m too excited and I can’t wait to share this now)
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Apply Nars Europa using Nars Wet/Dry brush #49

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Apply Nars Supra using Nars Wet/Dry brush #49

I finished my look with liquid eyeliner on the eyelids and my eyeliner pencil under my eyes and well, here’s how 2 Nars dual-intensity eyeshadows transformed my eyes…
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LEFT: Before eye makeup with Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows
RIGHT: After NARS

I love the texture and finish of these eyeshadows! Here’s a closer look of my eye makeup…I may not be a pro but I found it amazing that I can create this look with just 2 eyeshadow colors instead of 4 or 5. Just shifting between wet and dry applications can create a well-blended, smokey eye look. The Supra shade is very easy to build, making smokey eyes easier for me even without using a black shade. But I’m sure this will look even more defined with my Nars eye paint :) 
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My eye makeup using just 2 colors of NARS eyeshadows + 2 eyeliners!

With its small compact size, the Nars dual-intensity eyeshadow is travel-friendly and a makeup junkie must-have. You would want to carry this around for quick fashionable look! Nars brush #49 (RM115) is an ultimate makeup brush for intensified application for both wet and dry eyeshadow. You gotta try it!
#nars #narsaddict #ilovenars #ilovemakeup #whatwouldmakeupbewithoutnars
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Where to buy:
NARS Cosmetics outlet in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Available from July 2014 onwards 



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NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Double-down with the new dual-application formula – apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid.

Using NARS’ especially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush, the ultra-soft and luxurious shadow glides on smoothly and easily for precise application.

ARTIST’s TIP:
For an effortlessly chic eye look, use the Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 to apply a soft wash of color over the entire lid, working into the bridge and blending up towards the brow. Next, add the final touch by using the same shadow wet onto the lid for a more intense finish.--Jane Richardson, International Makeup Stylist

SHADES INCLUDE:
  1. Andromeda Alabaster
  2. Cassiopeia Iridescent electric pink
  3. Callisto Icy pink silver
  4. Desdemona Rich shimmering burgundy
  5. Dione Metallic champagne beige
  6. Europa Gossamer pink peach
  7. Giove Navy
  8. Himalia Shimmering topaz
  9. Lysithea Shark grey
  10. Sycorax Black
  11. Phoebe Deep shimmering amethyst
  12. Subra Black orchid


PRICE:

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (RM102)
Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 (RM115)