I picked up four more NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Dione, Callisto, Himalia and Subra ($29 each). I've been using the more natural Europa and Andromeda on a regular basis for a natural glowy eye. The other shades in the line are more intense in color and sparkle. It was hard to narrow down my picks and I will probably pick up at least one more shade sometime in the future. All the colors are phenomenal in texture, pigment and lasting power. They have a sort of creamy finish but act like a powder. The texture makes these adheres well to to the skin and while I wouldn't call them budge-proof, they last quite long without fading.
- Dione is a sparkly silvery taupe, it pulls very cool on my arm but on the lids it's more neutral
- Callisto is a very sparkly cool lilac champagne, it's similar to Dione, but on me Callisto is more pinkish/lilac and paler in color
- Himalia is a neutral warm and cool kind of gold, it has a warmish base but the shimmers are cool, on me it's a neutral tan-nude golden color, it's shimmery but not frosty
- Subra is a dark purple, red, brown shimmer, it also has a subtle shimmer finish
Dione and Callisto are similar on my arm and in the pan but the difference is noticeable on the lids. Both have a high shimmer factor that borders on frost but aren't too frosty. I was really happy to see that there was no fall out on the face during application or throughout the day. Himalia and Subra are shimmers as well but the shimmer is more subtle in finish.
Here they are swatched next to Europa and Andromeda. They are swatched dry with fingers.
Close ups of each shade show how they have a good base color and different colored shimmers. It gives these shadows a multi-dimensional look.
Some comparisons, two sets with:
MAC Coco Pigment (discontinued)
Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color (discontinued)
Chanel Magic Night Eyeshadow (discontinued)
Huge thumbs up. The Dual-Intensity shadows have a really smooth pigmented finish. They apply easily with fingers or a brush. I've found them extremely versatile - you can wear these alone with a liner, layered together, under or over powder shadows. The uses are really endless. Applying with a damp brush intensifies the color. Between Dione and Callisto, I prefer Dione because it has less contrast with my skin and therefore looks less frosty.
The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows retail for $29 each. There are currently twelve color options and every color looks amazing. I bought mine from Nordstrom.
Have you purchased any yet? What are your favorite colors?