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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Reviews, Swatches and Photos

June 24th, 2014

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This summer, NARS Cosmetics turns up the heat with its very first wet/dry shadow, Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Designed to be used both wet and dry without damaging the texture, the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows can be applied dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color.

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Reviews

The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows come in a square-shaped magnetic compact about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches and contains 0.05 oz/1.5 g of product. For reference, a NARS regular Single Eyeshadow ($25) contains 0.07 oz of product.

There are 12 colors available that range from the lightest pinks and beiges to the darkest blacks:

* Andromeda is a shimmery white gold color.

* Europa is a shimmery light warm peachy pink.

* Dione is a metallic taupe.

* Cassiopeia is a shimmery white with bluish pink sparkles.

* Callisto is a frosty silvery pink.

* Desdemona is a shimmery burgundy.

* Himalia is a shimmery topaz. It is darker and warmer than Dione.

* Lysithea is a metallic grey.

* Sycorax is a black and the least shimmery color out of them all.

* Phoebe is a plummy color with blue sparkles.

* Giove is a shimmery dark navy.

* Subra is a shimmery dark brown with just a hint of plum.

While the colors were all pretty and very wearable, I wish the variety could be a bit better. Some of the colors were pretty similar and it would be nice to see some greens and bronzes instead.

Texture-wise though, there was nothing I could pick on. The shadows felt super creamy and soft and blended like a dream. When used dry, they applied with good pigmentation and left behind a shiny finish; while using them damp instantly intensified that effect and made the color pop even more.

Lastly, the wear was phenomenal too! Even when worn dry with no primer underneath, the shadows stayed on 8 hours without creasing or fading the slightest bit. More colors in this formula please!

Quick Tip on using the shadows wet from NARS Cosmetics artist Justin Heslop:- To get your brush perfectly damp and not soaking wet, wet a makeup sponge then push the brush into it before dipping into the shadow.

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Giove Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Sycorax Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Phoebe Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Desdemona Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Lysithea Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dione Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Himalia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Andromeda Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Cassiopeia Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Andromeda, Callisto, Europa and Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS Cassiopeia, Phoebe, Desdemona and Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS Dione, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches


NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Applied Dry vs Damp

Below I used Desdemona all over the lid and lower eye, Himalia lightly on the crease and Europa on the center of the lid and on the lips. I was also wearing Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ in #21 Natural Beige, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black and Jealousness U.S.A. False Lashes in JS-507.

Wearing NARS Desdemona, Himalia and Europa Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is available at for $29.

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Graphic Eye at Anthony Vaccarello A/W ’14

February 28th, 2014

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At Anthony Vaccarello A/W ’14, the look was all about a graphic eye in shades of red and black. “Anthony’s collection is graphic and modern, edged with accents of color. I created a makeup look in the style of graphic fashion illustrations with ultrafine lines of black and red to accent the eye. The look is sophisticated and arty cool.” explained lead artist Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director.

Anthony Vaccarello A/W '14 runway beauty
Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder
Nails: Christina Conrad for Estée Lauder

To create the eye look, Tom Pecheux dipped dental floss in Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious and Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner in Black then drew lines on models’ lids and under their eyes. No mascara was used – instead, lashes were curled and Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx was dotted between them. Brows were defined with Double Wear Stay-In-Place Brow Lift Duo.

The rest of the face was kept bare with Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10, set with Perfecting Loose Powder. Tom finished the look by dabbing Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Rebellious Rose Lipstick in the center then everywhere else with Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude.

Keeping up with the graphic element, Christina used Pure Color Envy Nail Lacquer in Red Ego on the outer curve of models’ nails.

Anthony Vaccarello A/W '14 makeup facechart by Estee Lauder
Anthony Vaccarello A/W '14 graphic nails

Images: Courtesy of Estee Lauder.

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Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Camilla Belle at 2013 LACMA Art + Film Gala

November 7th, 2013

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The gorgeous Camilla Belle looked chic as ever spotting some new bangs and plum lipstick at the 2013 LACMA Art + Film Gala. Keep reading to see how Celebrity Makeup Artist Kinzee Kubek created the look!

how to get Camilla Belle's makeup look at 2013 LACMA Art + Film Gala
“Skin, is so important! You always want to start with a clean, blank canvas, that’s well hydrated. Not only does it bring the skin to life, but it also helps maintain the integrity of the makeup. So before I applied any color, I first moisturized Camilla’s skin with a light veil of Dr. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator. First I applied Laura Mercier Concealer to the under eye, in the color SC-1. Then, with a foundation brush, I built up an even base of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, in the color, 5.75. After applying both the concealer and foundation, with a wet beauty blender sponge, I went back and gently blended the makeup so that there was a seamless even finish.

For eyes, I applied a light layer of Marc Jacobs eyeshadow (a light color), from the Style Eye-Con #7 Plush Shadow Palette. A sleek, slightly winged out liquid liner, finished the eye. For that I used Chanel, Ecriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Black. To give Camilla a slight definition to her naturally beautiful bone structure, I applied Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder, to subtly contour her cheekbones. On the apples of the cheeks, I applied Chanel Powder Blush in the color 68 Rose Ecrin. For her lip color, I chose a new lipstick from the Fall 2013 NARS collection, which is a matte lipstick, in the color La Paz.

Finishing off with final touches, I applied two layers of Armani Eyes To Kill mascara, in black. Then on the face, just a few dots of Smashbox photo op to highlight her where the light catches. This was applied to the top of her cheekbones. And last but not least, the powder I chose to use was from Make Up For Ever, called HD powder (make sure to thoroughly blend this powder, or it’ll show up on camera). And voila! That’s the look.”

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FOTD: Halloween Skeleton Makeup Look

October 20th, 2013

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With Halloween just around the corner, here is a skeleton makeup look I did. What will YOU be dressing up as this year?

Halloween skeleton makeup look
Halloween skeleton makeup tutorial

Products Used

* White 013 from Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case – painted over the entire face and to create the teeth
* Black 011 from Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case – painted over the eyes, nose and lips
* White shade from NARS Pandora Eyeshadow – to set over White Flash Color
* Black shade from NARS Pandora Eyeshadow – to set over Black Flash Color
* Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer – to line the waterline
* Lancome Hypnose Show Mascara in Extra Black – top lashes
* NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder Loose – to set all over

See more Halloween makeup looks created by me!

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Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case Review, Swatches and Photos

October 20th, 2013

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During my trip to New York for Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week, I was finally able to pick up the new version of Make Up For Ever Classic 12 Flash Color Case, a gorgeous compact with 12 wearable shades of neutrals geared towards professional makeup artists.

Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case

Like the original Flash Color Case, this comes in a clear case. The colors are more muted and while they might not be as versatile as the primary colors you get in the original, I personally love them more (those lip shades are just to die for!) Again, certain colors are not recommended on the eye or lip areas. For instance, Kaki and most of the pink shades are not meant to be applied close to the eyes, whereas the darker colors are not meant for the lips.

* Grey 029 is a muted bluish gray.
* Neutral Brown 039 is a medium brown.
* Purple Grey 037 is a muted purple.
* Rosewood 032 is a medium warm brown with pink undertones.
* Dark Antique Pink 033 is a light neutral pink.
* Ivory 030 is a pale ivory.
* Livid 016 is a very light green with gray undertones.
* Kaki 028 is a dark khaki green.
* Pink Brown 034 is a rose with brown undertones.
* Fresh Pink 031 is a bright pink.
* Sienna 035 is a nude with brown undertones.
* Rusty Brown 036 is a warm red with brown undertones.

The colors applied with a creamy texture and excellent color payoff. I love using the pinks and nudes as lip colors and blushes, while the remaining colors are great as a wash of color on the lid. Will post a look using this next week!

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Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case is available at Make Up For Ever Boutiques for $99.

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