Nars Dual Intensity Eye Shadows review

There’s a new love in my life (shh…don’t tell my boyfriend) – Nars’ new Dual-Intensity Eye Shadows. You’d think after buying half the Nars stand at this year’s IMATS, I wouldn’t need any more Nars in my life, but boy you’d be wrong.

The Dual Intensity Eye Shadows are Nars’ latest launch and feature 12 metallic shadow shades that can be used both wet and dry.  Applied dry, they give a soft, shimmering wash of colour that can be built up for greater intensity, and used wet with a dampened brush, they get even more pigmented and give a greater impact.

Nars dual intensity eye shadows
Giove, Subra and Sycorax
Nars dual intensity eye shadows
Europa, Dione, Callisto
Nars dual intensity eye shadows dry swatches
Dry swatches
Nars dual intensity eye shadows wet swatches
Wet swatches
In the range there are 12 shades (full list below), covering everything from soft peach to smoky navy. I’ve been testing out six of the shades in a mix of light and dark colours and have to say, it’s definitely love.

Andromeda – Alabaster
Europa – Gossamer pink peach
Dione – Metallic champagne beige
Cassiopeia – Iridescent electric pink
Callisto – Icy pink silver
Desdemona – Rich shimmering burgundy
Himalia – Shimmering topaz
Lysithea – Shark grey
Sycorax – Black
Phoebe – Deep shimmering amethyst
Giove – Navy
Subra – Black orchid

Weirdly, I’ve found that while the darker shades definitely get more intense when used wet, the lighter shades don’t seem to make a lot of difference. Each shade definitely falls into the shimmer category, so I’d recommend using a primer to help reduce creasing throughout the day, but they are all naturally long-wearing and last a good 8-10 hours before any fading starts to happen.

My current favourite combination is a wash of Dione all over the lid, with a little bit of Subra around the crease to create a soft smoky eye.

The packaging is typical Nars matte black, and I love the fact they’ve made the lids magnetic so they snap shut after use. This also makes them perfect for popping in your handbag as they won’t open accidentally!

The Dual Intensity Eye Shadows cost £21 each and are currently exclusive to Space NK until the end of July, when they’ll launch onto all Nars counters from 1st August.

Do you like the look of these new shadows from Nars?

*PR samples


  1. I have Himalia, and it is AMAZING. I definitely need more. I think it'll be Desdemona.

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  2. These are just stunning, the colours, the pigmentation, the imprint on the shadow, I just love them!


  3. will.not.buy.can.not.afford.

    maybe in a month! they look amazing

    Catherine x

  4. Wow they look gorgeous, love them :)

    Sophie x

  5. I'm eager to collect all shades! XD
    ~Pauline @ Nars Philippines


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