November 2, 2016

Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow | Dione And Himalia

Nars has launched quite a few new eclectic additions to their ongoing iconic repertoire including the Sarah Moon Holiday Collection, the Velvet Lip Glides, the Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette, this epic book, among others. I’ve accumulated some older Nars bits over the past couple of Sephora trips that I have yet to review and swatch for you guys. Today I’m reviewing the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and Himalia ($29 ea / 0.05 oz). Out of the 16 total shades available I narrowed it down to my two selections as I found them more true to my natural style in comparison to some of the other offerings which were much more color intense or a little too frosty for my liking. I’ve been wearing Dione and Himalia on a regular basis for a gorgeous glowy neutral eye and have utterly fallen in love with the color payoff as well as the texture. They have this really smooth texture that deposits a just enough soft touch of color when used dry and adheres beautifully to the skin with an almost creamy finish that seems to last virtually forever. In addition to utilizing them as standard everyday eyeshadows, the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows can also be used wet for a more dramatic effect and fluid-like finish. After putting it to the test I must say that once the pigments were activated with a wet brush the color instantly amplified and became much more high-impact.

Dione – is described as a metallic champagne beige but to me reads as a neutral medium champagne bronze with silver shimmer. Metallic finish.
Himalia – is described as a shimmering topaz but to me reads as a warm golden bronze. Shimmer finish.

Closeup images of the colors

Swatched on the arm dry

Side-by-side comparisons of each color swatched both dry and wet

Bottom line, there is lots to love about the the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows. The formula is super versatile as limitations are non-existent in terms of the countless ways you can use them – i.e.; alone or in combination with another, as a base under other powder shadows or atop for that matter, dry or wet, etc. The texture of these is so smooth and creamy and they apply very easy with no fallout during application or throughout the day. Pigment is amazing and in a high-impact shimmer eyeshadow I appreciate that they have a solid base color – therefore the color does not separate from the shimmer so you’re not left with just sparkle on your lids and instead gives them a gorgeous multi-dimensional look. Lasting power is beyond excellent without any noticeable fading or creasing. I have yet to decide which finish I like better, dry or wet. Dry gives my lids a beautiful wash of romantic color while wet intensifies it and gives eyes an almost water-like effect.

Do you own any Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows? What color is your favorite?

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