3 February 2015

NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow Palette

NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow Palette NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow Palette NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow Palette
Top left to right: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major (exlusive), Subra. Bottom left to right: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

At the beginning of the year I distinctly remember telling myself that I didn't need any more eye shadow. At the moment I have a couple of palettes that I use very regularly so I wasn't too sure whether I could fit one more in. All of my palettes I would argue are very much based around the nude spectrum with perhaps one that is slightly more rustic in tone, therefore when I saw the new NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadow Palette I found myself considering what made it different, what could justify the purchase?

NARS for a start is perhaps my favourite make up brand on a whole although there's becoming tough competition from the likes of Charlotte Tilbury and Urban Decay. Before this palette was released I had been able to try some of the individual eye shadows in store at Christmas, where I found that they were incredibly pigmented and easy to blend. After this initial experience I really wanted to pick one up however the price of them made me extremely reluctant. One full size Dual Intensity Eye Shadow (0.05oz) will set you back £21 so they are pretty expensive. Despite this factor they have since remained in my mind because I had been so impressed with them.

Once I had discovered that a palette was being released with a selection of the shadows in I knew to hold off as palettes such as this tend to work out at much better value for money; this one is no different. Firstly there are eight eye shadows within this palette, each one being 0.03oz so they are slightly smaller than the full size options. Obviously there is a slight difference in size here but you're still purchasing eight eye shadows for £45 which I think is good value for money, although I do appreciate that this is still an expensive purchase.

Packaging wise its presentation is really nice, the top part is one large mirror which is something I think is quite unusual however following a typical NARS trend it really does pick up those pesky finger prints. 

Seven of the shades are from the permanent line with Ursa Major currently being elusive to the palette. I actually wasn't aware of this factor when I picked it up so it turned out to be a nice little surprise. Pigmentation wise these are just as good as their individual counterparts, they again blend easily and are lovely to work with. A large selling point of these eye shadows in general is that you can use them wet to help create a much more intense look and finish. Now personally I struggle using eye shadow when it is wet as I just can't seem to get them to blend very well. My story is no different where this palette is concerned as sadly I just cannot get to grips with it, even when using the designated brush that comes with the palette. Knowing I'm not very good at using wet eye shadow I can't say that this was a factor which made me buy it however if unlike me you're a dab hand with the eye shadow brush then it's a nice factor to consider.

The shade range in this appeals to me a lot and whilst again I do believe that this is a relatively neutral palette I do like the fact that there is colour present here. Giove for instance is a beautiful navy blue which actually when on does come out darker than it looks in the pan, it can add a really nice twist to a neutral eye. In terms of longevity I'm finding that these are pretty impressive, I've worn a few of the shades over both days since I picked it up, where come the evening time I have had very minimal creasing.

Overall it's a beautiful palette, expensive yet good value for money. Do I need it? Of course not, it is after all an eye shadow palette but if like me you really like your make up, particularly eye make up at that then it's one worth having a look at if you get the chance. I picked mine up at Selfridges this Sunday just gone which happened to be the day it launched in store. One thing I would add is to bear in mind that this palette is a limited edition therefore it might not be available for too long.

Before I round up I'd like to quickly address the fact that I have decided not to include swatches of this palette. I'll be really honest in that I struggle a lot to get a decent swatch photographs, I find it highly stressful and pretty annoying too whereby I spend so much time re-swatching products that it turns out to be really wasteful. My blog is somewhere in which I like to share photographs to the best of my ability, they're not perfect but everyone that goes up these days is a picture I'm generally on a whole happy with. Sadly swatch photographs and me just do not get along.
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35 comments

  1. Those colours are so beautiful! I've never tried a Nars product before but this seems like a palette I'd really love to have in my collection :)

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  2. Lets Talk Beauty3 February 2015 at 16:41

    I think this palette looks SO pretty! I like the mix of shades & think I would use them all. NARS shadows are always wonderful quality & I have heard great things about these Dual Intensity ones

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  3. I am so jealous you have this - need to get my hands on it asap ;) xx

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  4. Love the look of this palette, so many pretty colours in it!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  5. I love the color range of this palette, I'm really tempted to pick it up soon!
    Kelsey | kelseybeauty.blogspot.com

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  6. I am loving the fact Nars have finally released a palette with the dual intensity eyeshadows - the colour selection is amazing as well.

    Kristy | http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. This palette is gorgeous! I'm so glad I picked it up now, the colours are stunning! :) I know what you mean about swatch photos they are the bane of my life ha!

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  8. I love this palette. I ordered mine direct from Nars two weeks ago and it came really quickly. I have been using the shadows dry, then using just one shadow wet as a liner. I really love the lighter colours layered over the darker ones. It creates some really interesting colours, that are wearable even for a colour-phobe like me!
    Ting | The Ting Thing

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  9. This palette is so, so beautiful and is definitely on my wishlist!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  10. I love this palette! The Dual Intensity eyeshadows are gorgeous. I think i'll definitely be picking this one up.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  11. Ohh the geometrical design on each colour is unique! ^ 3 ^


    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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  12. It's a beautiful palette and I know the feeling of the do I need it? Girrrrl, I'm ashamed to say the amount of crap I buy and now it's become kit stuff cos I never use them but this has a good variation of shades, I've seen swatches of Lysithea and omg, the way I want to paint you with that on LOL xo

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  13. WOW! <3 Love that blue shade the most! I agree with you Amy, Swatches can be a tedious task, I am a perfectionist so it takes me like 20 attempts but that's fine if you choose not to! It's your blog and i still think your photos are great!


    zaras-bowsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk
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  14. danniella josephine4 February 2015 at 22:27

    You're so brave with colour! I wish I knew what I was doing with eyeshadows in general, ha! :)

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  15. Amy this is beautiful!! I categorically don't need any more eyeshadow, I don't use half of what I have at the moment as it's packed away in boxes, but I am SO tempted by this. What gorgeous shades!!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. i have a few of the full sized shadows so can't justify this but it's so gorgeous!


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  17. The colours are indeed gorgeous, I like that there is a little bit of variation in this palette x

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  18. Me too Vicki, the pigmentation on these is incredible in my experience. I love the shade Callisto however sadly that's not in this palette x

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  19. I know, it is gorgeous! Ursa Major is so nice, I'm wearing that shade a lot at the moment x

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  20. The shade range is really nice isn't it Kelsey x

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  21. Me too I said when the eye shadows were originally released that a palette would be amazing, I'm so glad they released one x

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  22. They sure are, they drive me crazy! xx

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  23. Oh I will have to try that technique out Ting, thank you! x

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  24. Me too I know exactly what you mean, I seem to fall weak at the knees for anything by NARS. I will definitely attempt a make up look, I can never seem to photograph them very well. I'll add it to my to do list :) x

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  25. Fingers crossed for you :) x

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  26. They really are lovely Antonia. I hope you manage to pick it up at some point x

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  27. I completely failed to mention that but yes it is! I'm sad that it has worn down a little since I started using it x

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  28. It's such an amazing palette, you should totally buy it! Not for your kit but for yourself, a nice little treat right? :) xx

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  29. Thank you so much Zara! I tried, oh how I tried and it was just a nightmare, I like my photos to look nice and I just wasn't happy with the swatch ones sadly x

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  30. I used to suck at eye shadow, I'm definitely a bit better now but I'm still wary with colour xx

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  31. I have made a deal with myself that I have to keep my palettes on rotation, it would be such a waste otherwise x

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  32. It sure is a lovely palette but I totally understand, if you have some of the full sized ones already it may not be worth it x

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  33. I get the right photo after like 20 attempts so it's ok <3 it's also hard to hold the camera with one hand haha xx

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  34. It sure can be, I think we all manage it relatively well , skills! :) x

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