NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Review, Swatches: Single eyeshadows does not make the cut for me, I would rather buy a palette. Singles are usually more expensive. Go ahead and buy colors that aren’t in your collection or if you want particular colors that you don’t find in palettes that you already own. But other than that I don’t really buy singles, its better to go for a palette where the colors are complimentary to each other or connected through undertones for a smokey look. But there was an exception with this one from NARS called DUAL INTENSITY EYE SHADOW. I wanted to see for myself what all the rave was about, continue reading to find out if the dual intensity eye shadow lived up to the hype…
There are 17 shades in this permanent line of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow range. 2 metallic finish shades and 15 shimmer finish shades.
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows Shades Available
Rigel – Shimmering rose gold
Arcturus – shimmering deep indigo
Cassiopeia – iridescent electric pink
Andromeda – alabaster
Callisto –icy pink silver
Europa – gossamer pink peach
Dione – metallic champagne beige
Himalia – shimmering topaz
Phoebe – deep shimmering amethyst
Desdemona – rich shimmering burgundy
Giove – navy
Lysithea – Shark grey
Pasiphea – Shimmering peacock burgundy
Telesto – brown with golden shimmer
Tarvos – silver grey
Kari – Pink
About NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
Mesmerizing Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow features a luxuriously smooth transformative texture. 17 ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic sophisticated shades to express a riveting range of eye drama. Go both ways.
How to Use NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
Dry Application: Sophisticated Sheer Finish
- Apply using Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 for a sheer soft touch of sensual color
Wet Application: High-Impact Finish
- May be applied wet with the Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 for mind-blowing impact with dramatic luminous matte and high shine finishes
Ingredients in NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
Dimethicone, Nylon-12 Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Zinc Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Diisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Polysorbate 20, Peg-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tin Oxide, Darrageenan, Xanthan Gum, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)].
Price of NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
$ 29.00 for 0.05 oz in USA
£ 21.00 for 1.5 g in UK
€ 27.00 for 1.5 g in Europe, France, Germany
S$ 45.00 for 1.5 g in Singapore
A$ 41.00 for 1.5 g in Australia
In Detail NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Review, Swatches and My Experience
It comes in a nice little square, sleek, matte black compact – the signature NARS packaging. The packaging has a velvet feel to it, with rubberised ‘NARS’ on the lid. It has a flip open magnetic cap. When you open it up, there is a small mirror attached inside. There is a concentric square kind of pattern on the eyeshadow, I am a sucker for little detailing. Travel friendly packaging with a mirror is always a thumbs up for me.
NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
Dual intensity, the shadow can be worn wet and dry. The texture of the eyeshadow alters when dry and wet. The shadow I own is called HIMALIA, it’s an iridescent, shimmery warm golden bronze colour. This is one of the few neutral colors they have in this line. Its shimmery without being overwhelming. Everyday color in fact. Can be worn by itself or layer over other eyeshadows.
The shadow is so soft, smooth, it does not feel powdery. Well milled formula. A little goes a long way, it looks super pigmented in the pan. Super easy to blend and build up for toned down day time look to 3-4 levels boasted for a night look.
NARS claims this to be a long wearing eyeshadow. For me, without a primer the dry formula stays on for about 4 hours before it starts fading, the wet formula stays for about 7 hours. Use a primer to increase the wear time.
NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Used Wet and Dry
Dry – Use the shadow dry as a day time look, I have figured the best way to apply is using your fingers as there is almost no fallout when using fingers. A sheer all over the eye look, pop on some mascara and you are good to go. When worn dry, the eyeshadow is almost translucent, soft shimmery. Gives a sheer romantic vibe to your look. Goes on sheer with a slight deflecting pop.
When worn dry the eyeshadow looks no different than any other shimmery shadow. I can compare a few other cheaper alternatives.
Wet – Dampen a brush slightly and use it to pick up the eyeshadow, you will see how the pigment intensifies and is completely opaque. When wet, the eyeshadow has this metallic foil finish to it. Slightly mist the flat side of the brush with a setting spray for the eyeshadow to lock in.
When worn wet the eyeshadow looks more intense, the formula changes to a satin, Liquid metal finish.
Dry Vs Wet Use of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
Dry look dint really blow me away. It is the wet application of the eyeshadow that makes it impressive. Even for the wet application to stand out I had to pack on a lot of product and I don’t think the pan would last long as for it to pop I used quite good amount of product. There is fallout for both wet and dry application, my under eye area and cheek were shimmery when I finished.
For the price I would expect a little more from the product. Don’t get me wrong, the color is amazing. The staying power is close to perfect. However, pigment payoff was not what I was hoping for. I feel the metallic finish was very subtle, I would like it to be more popping. The dry application did not impress me. Also I think it’s the shade which almost blends with my skin tone and does not stand out.
More Photos, Swatches, MBF Eye Makeup Look – Day & Night
Day Look – Used Dry
Night Look – Used Wet
Pros of NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
1. Dual look in one
2. Easy to blend
3. Easy to build
4. Long wear
5. Travel friendly packaging
Cons of NARS Himalia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
1. Very expensive
2. Fall out
1. Dampen the brush with a setting spray rather than just water. This will increase the wear time also.
2. Use tip of a thin brush to use it as a liner.
3. I would definitely use the dry application as a subtle highlight.