Look. How. Pretty.
I've already dipped my metaphorical toe in to the ethereal NARS x Sarah Moon collection pool with the absolutely beautiful blush in Impudique (basically, if you liked NARS Orgasm - or, actually, if you hated everything about NARS Orgasm and wished it was more pigmented and less shimmery -you'll love it. Promise.) so I was pretty excited to purchase the NARS x Sarah Moon Give In Take Dual Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette.
If you haven't tried any of NARS' Dual Intensity blushes or eyeshadows - seriously consider giving this a swatch. Apart from anything else it's ridiculously good value. Not something I'd usually be saying about a luxury palette, but when you consider that an individual Dual Intensity eyeshadow is £21.00 and is actually smaller than one of the individual shades in this palette.. it's a no brainer.
Anyway - the interesting bit. the inside.
Even if you're not in to the slightly out-there packaging - this feels sturdy, luxe, and well made. Inside - six really lovely, mainly cool-toned (hooray! it's not pink/red!) eyeshadows and three blushes.
The Dual Intensity Eyeshadow formula is supposedly sheerer when dry, but when applied with a damp brush (I use a skoosh of Fix +, but water will do the job just fine) they transform in to a smooth, satin, intensely pigmented sheen on the lids. They're pretty easy to apply, last for 7-8 hours with a decent primer. As a bonus, because they're designed to be used wet, you can use a damp brush with no fear of ruining the eyeshadow pan for future use. I tend to use them dry most of the time, but they make a super-easy, beautiful, cool-toned smoky eye used damp and blended out with the same shadow on a dry brush. Shade I is a really gorgeous taupey-gold and is a perfect everyday wash of subtle colour.
And the blushes? Well, I get on better with these used dry. The gold highlight shade is a particularly beautiful, chic sheen - no glitter in sight, and is kind to those of us with seemingly ever-expanding pores.
|My Two NARS faves. All you need for the face!|
Below - swatches. You can see the pigmentation difference easily - as per usual, one-swipe - and this aspect of the formula is a real winner in my eyes. It means the palette goes from easy throw-on to sultry, smoky eyes with a quick spritz, and it's going to be a firm fixture in my makeup bag this year.
My only, tiny gripe? The blushes seem a little warm for the cool-toned eyeshadows, if I'm being really picky. Let's be real here - it's not like I'm struggling for alternatives (my MAC fave, breath of plum, has been featuring heavily with the eyeshadows in this palette) but for this to be utterly perfect I'd love a cooler, deeper blush option.
Honestly though - don't miss this. It's beautiful.
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