Those of you who read my review of Sephora's epic lip sampler will recognise the backdrop of these photos as the glamourous carpet of my corporate apartment in the US, where I spent three weeks in late September. I bought one of NARS' new Dual Intensity eyeshadows at the same time, diligently photographed it before I messed it up by using it, and then promptly put it into my makeup bag, where it currently lives, and forgot to write it up.
So, here's the writeup - the Dual Intensity eyeshadows are called Dual Intensity because you can use them dry for a surprisingly metallic finish, or wet for a really very metallic finish. I've not photographed my eyeshadow swatched wet because Callisto is enough of a lavender-pink-silver metallic shade applied dry, and I have no desire to have robotic eyelids.
In all seriousness, I was surprised to find just how metallic the dry shadow is, particularly given that it manages to still remain soft and buttery and easy to blend. I bought Callisto because it looked like a silvery taupe in-store, and I'm a sucker for a taupe, and whilst it's not quite taupe enough, it's still a lovely silvery shade which is very wearable day-to-day.
I paid $29+tax in California for it, and it's £21 here on the NARS website, so the price difference isn't quite so pronounced on this product as with others. Yes, £21 is very expensive for a single eyeshadow - and whilst I absolutely love Callisto I'm not entirely sure I'd spend £21 on another shade - mostly because many of the others are deeper, darker, and something I'd get less day-to-day wear out of. For £21, I want to be able to wear it every day and not just on special occasions.
Anyway - if you're looking for a very blendable, buttery soft eyeshadow which just so happens to have an insanely metallic finish, Dual Intensity is a good starting point. Just choose your shade carefully to get the most out of your investment!
Disclosure: Bought by me.
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