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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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NARS Matte Multiple Review, Swatches and Photos Part II

April 1st, 2014

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More on the new NARS Matte Multiple, a multi-purpose makeup stick that can be used on the lips and cheeks with a matte finish.

NARS Siam, Exumas, Anguilla and Laos Matte Multiples

NARS Siam, Exumas, Anguilla and Laos Matte Multiples

Like the original Multiple, the Matte Multiple comes in a portable black tube with a twist-up design. Although the tube looks just a bit thinner, you only get 0.26 oz of product, which is half as much as the 0.50 oz with the original.

The formula is also different. Unlike the original which can be used on the eye, cheek, lip and body, the Matte Multiple is only meant for the cheek and lip. It can be used dry for more intensity or wet for a sheerer effect. A great way to create dimension as suggested by NARS, is to use it wet over the high points of the cheek for a sheer veil of color, then dry underneath the cheekbone.

Color selection wise, there are a total of 7 that ranged from pinks and corals to bronzes. I had reviewed the bronzer shades in my last post so here are the remaining 4.

* Anguilla is a light baby pink with yellow undertones and the lightest color in the whole collection.
* Exumas is an orangy apricot.
* Siam is a super bright cool-toned poppy red. It looked really intense in the tube but blended to a softer red that created the perfect flush for my skintone.
* Laos is a rose coral that looks like cherry Chapstick.

The colors were all very wearable and doubled nicely as both blush and lip colors on my NC30 skintone. But they felt creamy and glided onto my cheeks easily, they were not moisturizing enough for my dry lips and clung onto flakes. The colors were also very pigmented, in fact, more so than some of the regular Multiples. Plus they dried off quickly to a matte finish that stayed on for 8 hours straight.

Overall, NARS Matte Multiple is nice investment that works best as blush and bronzer.

NARS Multiple Bronzer vs Matte Multiple comparison

NARS regular Multiple vs Matte Multiple

NARS Siam, Exumas, Anguilla and Laos Matte Multiples Closeup

NARS Siam Matte Multiple review

NARS Siam Matte Multiple

NARS Exumas Matte Multiple review

NARS Exumas Matte Multiple

NARS Anguilla Matte Multiple review

NARS Anguilla Matte Multiple

NARS Laos Matte Multiple review

NARS Laos Matte Multiple

Swatches of NARS Siam, Exumas, Anguilla and Laos Matte Multiples

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NARS Matte Multiple is available at for $39.

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Makeup Tutorial: How To Foil Eyeshadow

April 22nd, 2013

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Looking for a way to REALLY make your eye makeup pop and last? Try foiling, a popular technique that involves applying eyeshadow wet to create a shiny, foil-like effect.

How To Foil Eyeshadow makeup tutorial

Applying pigments dry vs wet with mixing medium

Foiling How To
Before you foil, check to see if your eyeshadow can be used wet. Foiling a shadow that cannot be used wet will ruin its texture and leave behind a hard spot. All pigments and loose eyeshadows can be used wet.

Step 1. Add a drop or two of mixing medium to your brush. I am a huge fan of MAC Water-based Mixing Medium but water, saline eye drops or even a makeup setting spray will work just as great. Make sure your brush is damp – not soaking wet.

Step 2. Dip the brush directly into the eyeshadow. If you are using a pigment or loose eyeshadow, pick up product that is stuck onto the inside of the lid to avoid getting too much product.

Step 3. Tap off excess and apply directly onto the eyes in a patting motion. Repeat this step until you have achieved the intensity you want.

Step 4. Once the color has dried off completely, blend off the edges. Feel free to add in other colors as desired.

Extra Tips On Foiling
* Don’t own any pigments or shadows that can be used wet? Just wet the brush after you have dipped it into the shadow.

* Foiling works under and over dry shadows. In the look above, I applied MAC Blonde’s Gold Pigment wet on the lid then blended MAC Sweet Sienna Pigment dry on the outer corner and up the crease before using MAC Deep Blue Green Pigment wet as a liner.

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Body Painting Tips By Hayden Tee For Inglot At The Makeup Show Chicago

June 22nd, 2012

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I have always been fascinated by body painting and at The Makeup Show Chicago, I got to check out a super cool session with Inglot makeup artist Hayden Tee on how to use body pigments.

Body Painting Seminar with Hayden Tee at 2012 The Makeup Show Chicago
Image by Jeremy Yang
To create the gorgeous orchid on the back of the model, Hayden started by outlining the sketch with a pencil eyeliner (Inglot Soft Precise in 34). Then, he mixed Inglot Body Pigment Powder Matte in 214 with a few drops of Inglot Duraline (a mixing medium which is simply AMAZING!) and carefully painted over the area with a brush. Once the paint dried off, Hayden added details with various shades of Inglot eyeshadows.

Body Painting by Inglot at The Makeup Show Chicago

As for the intense metallic lip below, Hayden once again mixed the pigment with Duraline before painting it onto the lips directly with a small brush and finishing with lip liner.

Metallic lip by Hayden Tee at The Makeup Show Chicago

Extra Tips On Body Painting
* For the smoothest canvas, Hayden recommended exfoliating the night before and moisturizing two hours prior to the application.

* The body paint mixture can dry up in just minutes so make sure you work fast and only mix the product when you need it.

* Pigments normally dry matte. If your lips are dry, you can always add a dab of gloss on top.

Seeing Hayden’s work REALLY got me wanting to play with my MAC pigments (must do that this week!) Have you tried body painting?

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The Products That Changed the Life of my Hair

January 25th, 2012

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By Leili, Hair Care Contributor

Leili is a 19-year old New Yorker who is obsessed with beauty, chocolate, and celebrity of the trashiest kind. Her drawers look like the stockroom of a hair salon! She’s currently enrolled in her second year of college but still trying to decide on her major. When she’s not worrying about that, she’s either at home with a good book, baking scrumptious goodies for her family, or exploring new restaurants with her friends. Check out her blog, Materialistic Musings!

The Products That Changed the Life of my Hair

I’m not someone who takes the term “life-changer” lightly, which is why my post references so few things. There are certainly products I love (with a particular emphasis on hair oils and deep conditioning treatments) but for me to claim that something has changed my life, it has to be truly spectacular like what you’ll see here. But don’t take my word for it—try them out for yourself!

Just to recap, my hair is long, extremely oily at the roots, dry at the ends, and reasonably thick and wavy though I don’t have much of it!

Check out four life-changing hair products for long, thick hair! 

I’m pretty certain that everyone loves a fabulous blowout, but many people struggle with achieving it at home. I’m terribly uncoordinated, so trying to wrangle my half-dried hair with a blow dryer and a round brush at 6AM doesn’t usually end up well. The genius behind Hair Dryers with Brush Head Attachment (roughly $30, depending what you buy) is that they take all the fuss and confusion of working with both hands out of a blow dry. I struggle with a lot of flatness at the crown of my hea, and getting volume there with a round brush is my biggest hair challenge that I can’t seem to overcome.

With one of these, however, the maneuvering becomes incredibly simple.  With a little mousse through my roots, I can actually get that lift at my crown that I so desperately crave. They do come in round heads, which are better for curling the ends, but obviously don’t straighten as well. (They are absolutely genius, though, for those of you with reasonably maneuverable hair who wear bobs!) I only saw these in Asia up until recently, and while I was terribly disappointed with a Conair I tried, I’m still testing readily available brush-head blow dryers (though the Asian ones are still my favorite) to find a local favorite.

Brushing your hair (with boar bristles)! Hair stylists have been telling me to brush my hair for years, and it was advice that I promptly and perpetually ignored. As someone with wavy hair, it didn’t make any sense to brush and break up the natural texture of my tresses into a poofy mess. When I did absolutely have to brush my hair, I only did it from the ear-down, which, as any hair stylist will tell you, basically defeats the purpose and reason behind hair brushing. Brushing helps to stimulate your scalp and distribute the natural oils that collect at the roots all through your hair, thus promoting its health. While the Mason Pearson may be the revered hair brush of experts and people with hundreds of dollars to spare, I selected the much cheaper Denman Grooming Brush with Natural Bristles and Nylon Pins ($15.99) with a mix of nylon and boar bristles. The latter of the bristles are actually the best for this sort of job, but they’re not stiff enough to go all the way through my thick hair, which is where the nylon comes in.

I keep a separate, super cheap Conair brush on hand for going through my hair before curling or straightening, but the Denman one is kept specifically for healthy brushing. Instead of raking it through my hair during the day, though, I wait until I’m about to shower or get my hair wet. This is kind of gross, but as an every other day shampoo girl, by the time I’m ready to wash my hair, it’s already plenty greasy, which is optimal time for brushing! Running my Denman through pre-shampoo hair makes me look like I’ve gone and oiled my whole head, but you can actually feel how much oil spreads into your dry locks. Clearly, all those hair experts know what they’re talking about!

While the short-term results of brushing are great (less shedding around the house and in the shower, and conditioner is a cinch to run through your hair), it’s the long-term results that are truly life-changing. In the year or so that I’ve been brushing my hair this way, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the overall health and look of my hair. My tips and notoriously dry under layers have more moisture to them, and my locks are shinier and feel much stronger. Normally, the winter season requires me to use a deep conditioning mask every week as my hair gets very dry, but as long as I keep brushing, all those treatments become less necessary (I still use them, of course, but far less frequently). That $15 brush just might be the best thing I’ve bought all year!

I used to throw hot rollers under the “grandma” category of beauty, along with the perpetual need for bobby pins and using lipstick as blush. But ever since I started using them a few months ago, I now roll my hair more than any other elderly woman in my family.  As much as I love curling my hair, I am never happy with how the pieces around my face come out. They’re perfect curls, as are the rest of my styled mane, but they don’t sit properly against the head and the overall effect is unnatural—I don’t think I’ve ever curled my hair without pinning the front pieces back. After hearing so many good things about the volume hot rollers create, I picked up this small set of five Hot rollers—Babyliss Pro Ceramic 5 Jumbo Roller Hairsetter ($24.99).

Some people like to buy a bigger set and roll their whole head, but I find that a curling iron gives me more longevity so I just use the five for the pieces that frame my face. The first time I tried them didn’t exactly go well, with lots of finger-burning, sweating, and swearing, but I somehow got them up and clipped, and 20 minutes later, took them out to find exactly what I was looking for. These jumbo rollers tend to provide more of a dense, rich wave than an exact curl, and the effect is incredibly flattering and natural. It’s not quite Victoria Secret’s model hair, but they provide plenty of volume and work great on both the layered and lengthy sides of my hair. My roller-waves last all day, and into part of the next, but they don’t quite hold up the way curling-iron curls do. Everyone’s hair is different but that’s still something to keep in mind. The best sign that this hairdo totally works? The rollers-in-the-front, curling-iron-everywhere-else look garners compliments every time.

I know I talked a lot about Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fresh ($7.99) in my previous “Must Have Hair Products” post, but no list of life-changers is complete without my beloved Batiste. This tends to set the standard for a life-changer for me, as dry shampoo has not only changed my hair, it’s actually changed my lifestyle. Nothing allows me to preserve blowouts, the health of my scalp and as many hours of sleep as possible like this product. Between the time it saves, volume it creates, and exorbitant amount of grease it can absorb, I’d swear this product was tailor made for me. I showed Blush in my last post, calling it my favorite scent, but I’ve since discovered their new one in Fresh, and it has quickly become my new favorite. It’s the perfect blend of floral, citrus and clean laundry that completely blows Blush out of the water. (I actually think Fresh smells a lot like the Hello Kitty perfume available at Sephora, if you’ve ever sniffed that.) I haven’t yet seen Fresh available in the miniature size, but I’m looking—I won’t even let my purse go without dry shampoo!


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