Narcissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette £45 - Link
Left to Right: (Top) Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, (bottom) Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycroax
As soon as I heard that NARS were releasing a Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette, I just knew I had to own it. Thanks to both Amy and Vanessa this was a very enabled purchase, and lets be frank I just couldn't stop myself from having a little splurge - who can resist a palette that looks so stunning!
The NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette is described as eight shades of mesmerising dual-intensity eyeshadow. Apply dry for sheer colour or with a dampened brush for a high-impact finish.
What really intrigued me about this palette was the wet and dry formulas, as I had never tried this type before I couldn't wait to see how each eyeshadow transformed. When applied wet I noticed many of these shades became very metallic and bold which is amazing for wearing on a night out and can really transform your look. Shade wise this palette contains seven eyeshadows from the permanent line, with the addition of the exclusive shade Ursa Major. I love that the palette combines both neutral and colourful shades, as sometimes I just want a pop of colour to add something to my eyeshadow. I am really loving both Lysithea and Giove which just brighten my go to natural eye without being too much.
I am obsessed with the packaging for this palette, I love the mirrored casing on top - however can be a little annoying to touch as it picks up every single fingerprint so if you're like me you spend more time wiping the casing then anything else. Despite that this palette really stands out amongst the others, and I have to admit I adore NARS' simple yet sleek packaging.
Europha is described as a Gossamer Pink Peach which when swatched and applied on the lid is a bit meh for me, it's not very pigmented even when wet so makes just a nice base colour. Himalia is described as a shimmer topaz and one of my favourites from this palette, worn either wet or dry this is a gorgeous bronze which is very wearable. Ursa Major is described as a chocolate glaze and actually exclusive to the palette, this again is another stunning shade, deeper than Himalia but definitely a wearable bronze for a night out. Subra is described as a black orchid, as is a gorgeous plum shadow which makes the perfect shade for a lighter smokey eye. Andromeda is described as an alabaster shade and again is just a nice base shade, nothing special unfortunately. Lysithea is described as a shark grey and for me one of the most intriguing shades, it has some green undertones and a really wearable shade that looks amazing when applied as a wet eyeshadow. Giove is described as a navy eyeshadow and again another stunning shade that really pops when worn wet. Lastly Sycorax is described as a black eyeshadow and for me I'm not too much of a fan just as a personal preference as I don't tend to wear much black, I do like it though to apply as subtle liner.
In terms of pigmentation I find that both the wet and dry formulas look great, while the lighter shades are more on the sheer side when dry they are still great for everyday wear. Now I don't know about you but getting my head around using eyeshadow when wet was a little weird, but once I had gotten to grips with it I found that the shades blend really nicely and a little goes a long way, not as smooth and easily as when dry but once you try a few times you do get the hang of it.
Price wise this does fall on the slightly steeper end at £45 - yes I can hear my purse sobbing already, and is slightly more pricer in comparison to other eyeshadow palettes such as the Naked where you get 12 eyeshadows. However in comparison to the price per dual intensity eyeshadow this is a great little bargain.
Overall I am in love with this palette, and lived up to my expectations. When dry the shades are still pigmented and can give off a gorgeous subtle eye for in the day and can be plumped up for night with the wet counterparts. The shades stay put really well and you don't have to worry about creasing or fading.
Have you tried the NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette?