NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is another addition to the brand's impressive lineup of color cosmetics. Though NARS has a host of powder shadows in its lineup, these are specifically designed to be used wet and/or dry, and they definitely do work in that regard. In fact, there is a lot to like about these shadows, though a couple of minor drawbacks mean it only earns a good rating instead of top marks.
Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is packaged in a small, square black compact with a magnetized closure and a mirror inside. The shadow itself is satiny smooth and easy to pick up with a brush when dry, and blends extremely well.
When used dry, there are a couple of issues to note: First, the initial application is quite sheer, requiring a few swipes before the color is readily apparent, though it is easy to build. Second, all of the shades have a metallic finish and some microglitter. Though the effect on lids is an attractive sheen as opposed to obvious sparkle, we did experience fallout as the day wore on, with microglitter winding up on our cheeks.
When used wet with a slightly dampened brush, Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow performed better, with a greater depth of color and no fallout. Even better, when the shadow dried after use wet, it went back to its original powder formula instead of becoming harder or paste-like. Used wet or dry, we found these shadows had minimal creasing throughout the day and didn't fade after several hours of wear.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow comes in an attractive range of shades that include soft beiges, golds, coppers, and browns, along with bolder shades like deep purple. Overall, this is a good option and one we recommend, though you'll definitely get more mileage out of it when used wet!
- Smooth texture is easy to apply and blend.
- When used wet, there is no fallout.
- Wet or dry, there is minimal creasing and no fading throughout the day.
- Attractive range of shades.
- Initial application when used dry is sheer.
- When used dry, there is some fallout.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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