NARSissist Dual Intensity Palette Tutorial

by Sarah

Hi beauties! Couple of posts back, I did a lengthy review of the new NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette here. I had also included two makeup tutorial videos by NARS media showing how to create different looks using this palette. But of course, being a beauty junkie, I had to put it to the test myself.

I created the below look and I can say the shadows applied and blended beautifully throughout the whole process. Considering I used them dry and wet to test intensity, I didn’t find any problems with diffusing the product or any other application issues.

Get NARSissist Dual Intensity Palette here

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I went with a classic style of lighter colors on the inner corners of the eyes gradually getting darker towards the outer corners. I didn’t take the color too high past my crease as I personally like a more subtle look on myself. Of course you can adjust this to your own liking.

That thick rich black line that you see on my top lash line is Sycorax – the matte black eyeshadow in the palette used wet. It literally turned into a matte liquid liner when I used it wet so that’s a great indication of how pigmented these shadows are.

I used the flat shader brush which comes with the palette to lay down the colors but used my MAC 217 blending brush to blend them out. When using the colors wet, I simply dipped my brush in some water and diluted or built up the color as much as I liked. You can most certainly use a binding spray such as MAC Fix+ if you prefer. Water worked just fine however.

I did a lot of layering and blending so other than this portion of the process taking a bit of time and effort, the formula of the eyeshadows definitely made it easy to achieve a fuss-free look.



For each color (except the bottom lash line), I first applied the shadows dry and buffed them out. I then repeated the same process using the eyeshadow wet and blended again. You can build the intensity of these eyeshadows and how shiny you want them by repeating these steps as many times as you like.

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette1. Prep the eyes using an eye primer. I used Laura Mercier eye base in Caramel.

2. Apply Europa (soft shimmer pink shadow) on the inner corner of the eyes in a sideward V shape. Buff it out with a blending brush. Repeat the process by going over the same area by using the same shadow wet. Buff out with the blending brush.

3. Apply Himalia (cool gold shadow) in the center of the eyelid, blending it into the pink color on the inner corners. Repeat the process by going over the same area by using the same shadow wet. Buff out with the blending brush.

4. Apply Ursa Major (brown shadow) on the outer corner of the eyes in a sideward V shape. Blend it well into the crease and into the gold color in the middle. Repeat the process by going over the same area by using the same shadow wet. Buff out with the blending brush.

5. Optional: Apply Subra (deep purple/brown shadow) over the same area as Ursa Major. I did this to add extra warmth and dimension but you can leave the brown color as is if you like. Also, no need to re-apply this color wet as I just wanted the warm purple shimmers in this shadow to glisten over the brown color.

6. Using Sycorax (matte black shadow) wet, draw a line along the top lash line with a pencil liner, to define the eyes.

7. Bottom Lashline: Apply Europa (pink) on the inner corner of the bottom lash line (dry); Himalia (gold) in the center, Ursa Major (brown) on the outer third. Blend these colors together to achieve a seamless line. Go over the outer third with the black shadow to intensify the look.

8. Dab some extra Himalia (gold shadow) on the center of the eyelid – this gives the look extra dimension.

9. Apply your favorite black mascara and your choice of false lashes (optional). 

Other than this particular look requiring some time for blending, the multi-dimensional look I achieved in the end was well worth it. The dual intensity purpose of these shadows and layering the different colors and textures allowed me to create an original look. I think this is the most fun part of this palette…the versatility and the countless number of ways you can utilise the colors to create your own signature look ;)

Did you get a chance to check out this palette in the stores?

What do you think of it after the review and tutorial? xx


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Karen January 29, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Sarah this looks so beautiful. I don’t have the Nars palette but do you think Naked 2 palette would be OK for a similar look?

Sarah January 30, 2015 - 11:24 am

Hi Karen, yes of course you can use any other eyeshadow/palette you like. In fact featuring cool toned shades, Naked 2 would be perfect ;) xx

Jeanette January 29, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Simply gorgeous! I love the steps and photos to “create this look”. Thank you!

Sarah January 30, 2015 - 11:22 am

Thank you Jeanette!! :) xx

Lynda January 29, 2015 - 5:03 pm

WOW! I don’t know what to say but this looks stunning! I was trying to hold myself from getting this palette but first your review and now this amazing look, I have to have it O_O

Sarah January 30, 2015 - 11:22 am

Thanks Lynda, enjoy the palette!! ;) xx


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