Calling all stone cold beauties – NARS has news about a new eyeshadow.
“Double-down with the new dual-application formula – apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid.”
They do the best tutorial vids, I swear. Actually watch this one because it teaches you how to create a defined eye. Temptalia gave us an in-depth look at the entire line – read more here. The shade that I chose is Giove (navy) because knowing the wet // dry feature, I wanted to change up my regular routine and test out my theory on a quick new way to do liner.
Recently I’ve been stepping up my eye makeup game and thought this shadow being an intentional wet // dry product would be the perfect test for a bold (thick) but casual cat eye line. My thinking was that it would be very demure, but still give off the proper don’t fuck with me vibe… I think mission accomplished?
Enough about me, I can hardly even with the shadow. This is like, everything I’ve ever wanted from a “wet” shadow… but it’s not actual clay, not in a pot and it also gives me a safer, sheer dry shade to add depth. I MEAN?! The consistency beefs up when you add water, which takes it from a sheer powder to a slick, shimmery liner. There was no pull or drag along my lids and super easy to work with. I used an angled eyeliner brush like this one. I’m wearing Stourhead which I don’t think is available anymore but at the bottom of the post I’ve linked all current options.
PRO TIP: Draw along the inside of your arm and work the shadow dampness and intensity to your liking. Think of each eye as a beautiful blank easel, and your arm is your sketchbook. I drew along my natural eye line in two steps – a thin one right along the base of my eye, and then drew I thickened it up and out and drew out the cat eye swoop off my lid.
This is literally a multitasker’s dream – efficient beauty addicts who want achieve different day to night looks with a single product, this is the shadow is for you. The sheer dry shadow can be layered to smoke it out, or to give a more subdued look all over your lid. Win win win.
They’re a bit expensive for a single (29$), but the multifunctionality is there. I definitely plan to get my hands on Dione, a metallic beige next. I can already see myself with dazzling champagne lids… Chic.
I read through most of the comments from the Temptalia piece and they were focused on the wet // dry hype… My response is that it doesn’t feel like a typical “eyeshadow” when it’s wet. In my experience, shadows are brittle (they are dry…) and when they get wet they dissolve a bit, which makes them easier to work with but I feel like they’re not meant to be that way – like I shouldn’t be trying to do that? Betch, please. I don’t play by the rules. The dual intensity shadow feels like it transforms into a richer yet more flexible version of its dry self when wet. I’m obsessed. Get it, get it wet. Available July 1 online or in their boutique stores if you’re lucky enough to have one near you. Next time you’re at one, be a doll and ask if I can just move in?