Recently, after the success of the NARS Dual-Intesity Eyeshadows, NARS released their new NARS Dual Intensity Blush duos. I actually had yet to try the NARS Dual-Intensity Eye Shadow formula so I took the opportunity to test out both and create a look.
The shade of blush I tested was the NARS Dual-Intestity Blush ($45 US/$52 CAD) in Frenzy. Certainly not an optimal shade combination for a fair cool-neutral skin tone but I was not disappointed with the formula. The colour description for Frenzy is “sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange”. There is no pink whatsoever in the gold highlight shade so I’m not sure where that came from. The right side is indeed a gorgeous bright tangerine orange. It’s such a pretty shade and the gold highlight is equally lovely. It a warm and energizing colour palette.
The fact that I was able to apply and blend a shade so unflattering to my complexion, with relatively flattering results, is a testament to the quality of the Dual-Intesity Blush formula.
The formula is richly pigmented and I opted to only swatch them dry. You can see that in terms of colour payoff there is no need to apply wet. One would do so only to intensify the finish.
The brush promoted with the blush release is the NARS #23 Wet/Dry Blush Brush ($42 US/$49 CAD). It is a densely packed brush with nylon bristles. I can’t personally fathom applying blush wet for everyday use but for more editorial looks I can see the effect of applying these blush and highlighter shades wet being quite dramatically stunning. I prefer a larger, fluffier brush for applying blush but I did use this brush for applying the products (dry) in the look below and it performed beautifully.
I also tested out two of the NARS Dual-Intensity Eye Shadow ($29 US/$35 CAD) singles in Sycorax and Himalia. Sycorax is black with a satin finish and Himalia is shimmering topaz. I would describe it as a champagne taupe brown. OK that’s a pretty lousy description but I was surprised at how much browner Himalia looked on the skin compared to in the pan.
Both of the shades had great pigmentation and blended well. It is always nice to find a black that is richly pigmented but also blends out nicely enough to use effortlessly in a look.
For the look below I wore Himalia on the lid into the crease and Sycorax on the outer corner blended into the crease. I also used Sycorax as a liner shade. I didn’t need to apply them wet. I am also wearing Frenzy with the tangerine orange applied lightly on my cheeks and the gold shade as a highlighter. On my lips is Rouge Dior Brillant in Victoria. Please forgive my sad hair. I didn’t style it at all after my shower.
What are your fave NARS Dual-Intensity shades? I’m dying to pick up the blush in Adoration, Craving, Fervor, Panic. Hmm that’s a lot. LOL
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