In recent months I’ve been trying to get a better grasp on applying eyeshadows wet.  What looks lovely on some people  winds up patchy on me or flat out lacks the ability to stay on my lid.  I’ve experimented off and on with different techniques, eyeshadow formulas, and brushes but haven’t gotten it down.  Enter the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows from NARS.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax

The obvious difference between these and what I’ve been playing with is that the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows are meant to be used wet and dry.  When applied dry, Giove and Sycorax appear to be the typical NARS formula.  When used with a damp brush, it’s a whole different ball game.

At first I was expecting a high shimmer or even metallic finish like that of a cream product.  But these are reminiscent of a high pigment ink.

swatches of Giove and Sycorax dry then wet
swatches of Giove and Sycorax dry then wet – both done with brushes

I’m rather enjoying the result of the Dual-Intensity formula in its inkier state and I’m glad my original suspicions were wrong.  NARS already makes the gorgeous Eye Paints and it would be a shame to have another product apply so similarly.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax worn dry
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax worn dry

 

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax worn wet
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax worn wet

I did this eye look dry, then topped it with the wet shadows.  I used more Sycorax on my upper lid for the second look to really up the ante.  I love the instant drama, but even more I love how my eyes suddenly pop.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax dry
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax dry
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax wet
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Giove and Sycorax wet

One thing that really stands out about this formula is the smoothness during wet application.  No tugging or dragging when I use a bent eyeliner brush which means I might finally be able to master the cat eye flick (cross your fingers, y’all)!

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Sycorax and Giove worn wet closeup

I’ll be playing around with Sycorax and Giove some more and will report back on application techniques.  I also have a few more looks in mind to share on Instagram.

In the mean time, are their any shades from the line that catch your eye?

 

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by PR for consideration.