NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

by Sarah

I always get excited receiving parcels but it’s very rare that I’ll actually gaze out the window waiting for the delivery guy. Well, the new NARS Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette had me doing just that and now that I finally have it in my hands, my wait is justified. By the way, if you’re interested to see this palette in action, I included two stunning makeup tutorial videos from NARS at the end of the post.

Get NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette here

Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

As you guys may know, NARS brought out individual Dual Intensity Eyeshadows as part of their permanent collection some time back. With their buttery smooth, finely milled formula coupled with their ability to turn the intensity right up when used wet, the quality of these shadows had many of us in awe.

So when NARS announced they would be releasing a limited edition palette of the most popular colors from this line as part of their Spring 2015 collection, you can understand why I wanted to get my hands on it.

Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Featuring 8 amazing shades, 7 of which are part of the permanent line and one exclusive to this palette (being Ursa Major) and a mini flat shader brush, this palette makes a makeup lover like me gush in excitement right off the bat with packaging alone.

NARS has been working with renowned design companies lately which is the reason that we see them releasing gorgeous packaging slightly different to their standard black compacts. And they most certainly did not hold back with this palette. The lid of this palette is full mirror with the NARSissist logo etched onto it. It has such a modern yet luxurious look to it which can make a great centrepiece for your vanity. The lid also features a full size mirror inside, which is great for travel as it’s much larger than the standard palette mirrors.

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra / Bottom Row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

With the exclusion of Sycorax (black) being matte, this is a full shimmer palette. Ursa Major (the brown exclusive to the palette) is not shimmery but it’s also not flat matte, I guess we can call it satin finish.

The quality and color payoff: I’ll include a pre-warning that these eyeshadows are not like the super intense pigment type of shadows that many companies have been releasing of late. But that’s not a bad thing; in fact I prefer eyeshadows which are buildable cos they’re much easier to blend and they give off the most professional results. And that’s exactly what these eyeshadows do – with the added bonus of being able to use them wet. This is where you really get to play with your looks and intensify them as much as you want.  You can achieve a diffused, perfectly blended application, yet use the colors wet to take the look up a notch (or five) as you wish. You basically have the best of both worlds and it’s like having 8 shadows but in fact you have 16…if that makes sense :)

Left Picture: dry application / Right Picture: wet application

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra / Bottom Row: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

Europa: is a soft pastel pink in the pan but it definitely gives off a warmer/coral type of undertone when applied

Himalia: although this looks like your typical gold shade, it has a cooler undertone than a yellow/bronze color. It’s quite natural and subtle but when used wet, the shimmer component brings this shade alive

Ursa Major: this is a gorgeous satin medium brown. It has a hint of warmth but can go either way depending on what other colors it’s paired with

Subra: this one almost has a flat cool dark brown undertone sprinkled with warm purple metallic so when used dry, it gives off more of the brown accents, yet when used wet, the warm purple shimmer takes over. This is a very versatile color and can be used as a shadow liner to add a hint of smoke to the eyes without going for that full smokey effect

Andromeda: lightest shade in the palette, although it looks like a basic cream/beige, it has pink/gold shimmer throughout; but because the powders are so finely milled, you can only catch this detail in different lighting. This gives the eyeshadow a multi dimensional look so you can create beautiful looks without layering on different colors to achieve a similar finish

Lysithea: I must admit, I’m not a fan of silvery, cool toned shimmer shadows. They can be quite tricky as they can have an ageing effect or look straight up frosty. And I wasn’t too crazy about this shade but when I swatched it, I realised it has the most perfect green/gray undertone. Of course I mentally started pairing up looks in my head and needless to say, this color may very well become my new favorite. Oh how things change :))

Giove: I have a soft spot for this shade of blue eyeshadows. If any time I want to opt for anything other than the standard brown/black smokey eyes, this color is the first one I reach for. And Giove doesn’t disappoint. It’s not an obnoxious, over the top blue. They really caught the perfect balance of color, shimmer and depth and again, it would look amazing used as a shadow liner to add a subtle pop of color

Sycorax: last but not least is matte black. Plain matte black may not seem as exciting as the other colors but it’s a must for me in any eyeshadow palette. A matte black can single handedly take an eyeshadow palette from usable to versatile. And this particular formula being dual-use, you can create intense sharp lines to frame your eyes or buff it into the crease or corners of your eyes over other colors to add depth to your looks. So, we should never underestimate the value of a matte black eyeshadow ;)

The Brush: I actually like the brush. Having ‘flat shader’ type of bristles, I wouldn’t recommend it for blending but it’s great for laying down or packing on color. It feels nice in the hand as well, not too bulky, not too thin

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette is $79. No it’s not the most affordable but when we take into account the size and pricing of the individual dual intensity eyeshadows which are $29 each, this palette in fact ends up being a great value for money. Each eyeshadow is 0.03oz compared to the 0.05oz of the individual versions, however even at the smaller size, retail value of this palette works out to be almost double what it actually costs.

In summary, even though I would usually prefer palettes which have a good balance of matte and shimmer shades, I love that this palette is dual use (wet/dry) and hence the finish of the shadows can be altered. It’s like a pro palette made available so everyone can experiment with different looks.

Being a limited edition palette, taking into account the quality, amount of product and versatility, I would highly recommend this palette.


Get NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette here

Check out this palette in action with 2 different looks – by NARSmedia




What are your thoughts on this palette? xx


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Sydney January 28, 2015 - 3:26 pm

I am always on the hunt for a great eye palette, but this packaging is standing out to me! It is so difficult doing touch-ups or transitions from day to night when I am constantly on the move. But with this handy mirror on the outside, I am sold!

I do wish the brush was double-ended with a flat and blending end. Great review Sarah!

Sarah January 29, 2015 - 4:32 am

Thanks Sydney. Oh NARS is killing it with their packaging lately. I can literally just get the compacts and not care if there’s anything in it lol. I’m really loving the big-mirror trend in palettes as well. It saves me having to find a proper mirror especially when travelling. Urban Decay and Tarte’s spring palettes have large mirrors too and I hope it stays that way with future releases. I just finished shooting my makeup tutorial for this NARS palette and will post it as soon as I write up the details. It gives a better idea of the colors and performance, so stay tuned ;) xx

Trisha January 22, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Hi Sarah….excellent info as always. Wow, I love the color turn out when the shadows are wet. I to like a palette that offers some mattes as well. As I age, shimmer shadows just don’t work for me. I do have a few Nars shadows and love the blendability.

Sarah January 23, 2015 - 8:46 am

Hi Trisha! I know what you mean, I can’t use some shimmer shadows either for the same reason. I was cautious of the lighter colors in this palette too but I’m so impressed with the finish when I used them wet. I tried to capture it in the photos best as I could but the texture looks more like a cream shadow and it dries flat – as in no build up or collecting which also prevented that unforgiving result some shimmery shadows have. I’m planning to do a tutorial once I use the palette to its full potential so I’ll include a follow up on how they perform ;) xx

Lisa January 22, 2015 - 7:04 pm

I thought your article on Nars Pallet was great! Very detailed & the photos are amazing! Swatching both wet & dry is great info! Smartly done, as usual, I can get detailed knowledge on products from only you!
I am looking thru your site while sitting in the radiology waiting area of UCLA hospital. They have guest computers & internet! Nice & handy!
Thanks for your amazing beauty info & fabulous photos!

Lisa xo

Sarah January 23, 2015 - 8:14 am

Thank you Lisa!! I really appreciate your feedback, it means a lot to me that what I try to relay in terms of information and also visually is helpful. Sending you big kisses!! xx


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