In the midst of the endless sea of limited releases I try to ignore there is always something that catches my eye and starts my heart a-fluttering...
This time it was the NARSissist Dual-Intensity palette and after ignoring the single Dual-Intensity shadows for as long as I could, I got caught up in the hype. I watched some very persuasive YouTube videos, which aside from some incredible swatches, reasoned the better deal of getting 8 x 1 gram shades for just under the price of 3 full sized shades (which retail at $38AUD each down here) so I made up my mind then and there. Granted this set me back a whopping $98AUD but then again that's less than a Tom Ford quad right? *winks*
The mirrored palette comprises 7 shades from the permanent range of individual shadows plus an exclusive shade Ursa Major, which is a satin finish, deep grey-toned brown. While some of you may have been disappointed at the lack of limited edition shades I was pleased because I want to have the option of purchasing full sizes if I happen to fall in love with any shade in particular. On the other hand, if you were lusting after the palette and can't get your hands on it you still have the consolation of the majority of shades being available.
Looking at the range of colours I could be really picky and point out this palette lacks a matte transition shade but the positives outweigh that little negative. The arrangement of shadows in two tonal rows - one warm, one cool - makes it easy for me to create looks without straining the old brain and then again I like having the option to experiment across the colour families when I'm feeling adventurous.
The shadows feel quite buttery to the touch and are a mix of soft shimmers, metallics and satins with a sole almost-matte: the black Sycorax. Worn dry I've been able to get a pretty decent daytime smokey eye as these are easy to build and reasonably easy to blend (cue that need for a transition shade). Of course these are dual-intensity and they are something else when applied wet. Now for the dry and wet swatches as applied to unprimed skin.
Top row dry swatched left to right:
Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major (LE shade), Subra
Swatched wet in the same order:
Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax...
...and swatched wet in the same order:
Yes, this was expensive and it's not perfect but I don't regret it - I've always been a fan of shimmer and I like having the options of doing a soft shimmery daytime look or a liquid metal look for nighttime drama. It's all about the options with this palette.
Oh, and maybe a little about the sleek packaging too - even if it's a fingerprint magnet...
Have you been tempted by NARS Dual-Intensity?