Last month I told you all about the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows that were premiering. I finally have two shadows from the 12 color collection to show you today!
To Refresh The NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows are a new formula from NARS. They are a wet-dry shadow which means you can apply them 2 ways. Dry, for a shimmery sheer application (more on that in a second) and wet, using a damp brush for an intense opaque metallic finish. The shadows premiered on July 1st 2014 and are available at your local NARS boutique or NARS retailer.
Here is my issue with the description of the dry application. As you can see in the swatch the Dry application was applied using a sponge tipped applicator over an eyeshadow base. The difference between the dry and we application is almost negligible. When applying to my eye using an eye shadow brush, the difference was also very hard to tell. I suppose when using a brush you can apply the shadow lightly, but to be honest, I had no problems getting an opaque, metallic finish when applied dry. So it's up to you if you want to experiment, but I found the finish nearly identical when applied wet or dry.
Desdemona is a sheer rich burgundy. Don't let the blue sheen to the shadow fool you, this is a nice burgundy color that does not lean brown in any way. The shadow applied smoothly and had a nice metallic finish. I got several hours of wear from this shadow when I applied it wet and dry over an eyeshadow base.
Desdemona is named after the character in William Shakespeare's play, Othello. Desdemona is a beautiful woman from Venice who enrages her father, a Venetian senator, when she elopes with Othello, a man several years her senior. Othello is of Moorish descent so he is dark skinned, so imagine this being "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in Elizabethan times...or the other way around, since Shakespeare wrote it first.
Himalia is described as a metallic Topaz. I think it looks beige to me, but what do I know. The shadow was incredibly metallic and applied like a dream. It didn't have any fall-out issues or fading. I also got several hours of wear from this shadow when I applied it wet and dry over an eyeshadow base.
Himalia is most likely named after a nymph in Greek Mythology. However it is also the name of one of Jupiter's many moons. Zeus (The Greek equivalent of Jupiter) was in love with Himalia and they produced three sons together, Spartaios, Kronios, and Kytos. Zeus was a busy guy. He had a lot of children with a lot of Nymphs, gods and mortals. He was your modern day "Baby Daddy". I sure hope he paid child support!
All in all I thought the NARS shadows were excellent. They did apply more opaque than some of the regular NARS shadows, but at $29 each, I'm not sure if they are special enough. Unless you find a color that is absolutely unique, I think there might be other shadows out there that preform as well for less money. Not that I have an objection to spending $29 a pop for eyeshadow. I do it with other brands all the time, so perhaps I just need to get used to the fact that prices are rising and realize that "The times, they are a changin'." You can purchase NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows directly from narscosmetics.com, NARS Boutiques, Sephora, Nordstrom and other retailers.
Oh and look. the cases are magnetized! You know whenever I see magnets I must also think of Insane Clown Posse, because they are so very smart!
What say you? Do these shadows look like something you would like to add to your collection? How much is too much for an eyeshadow single? Do you like the versatility of wet/dry application? Let me know in the comments section.