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NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Review

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Review

Today I’ve got the new NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows to show you. This new collection has 12 different eyeshadows and I have two shades to show you – Europa and Lysithea. I’ve also got an eyeshadow tutorial with the shades. These can be applied dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen. If you want more intensity, apply them with a damp brush and they spring to life with opaque color. See the rest of the Dual Intensity colors here.

NARS is cruelty free, but their parent company is not.

$29 for .05 oz, available July 1st, 2014.

NARS Europa


You can sort of see my new shirt in the reflection of Europa.

Maleficent Evil Queen Selfie Shirt

This is my Maleficent and Evil Queen ‘Evil Selfie’ Shirt.

NARS Lysithea


I applied these swatches on bare skin (using a cotton swab) and on Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I also did a swatch of Europa using my finger and rubbed it into my hand, to show how it can be applied sheerly.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches Review

NARS Europa Swatch Review Video

Europa is described as a gossamer pink peach. On the left I applied Europa with my finger on bare skin. In the middle I applied Europa on bare skin with a cotton swab. On the right I applied Europa on Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I wanted to show the different intensity you get with the shade by using different application methods.

NARS Lysithea Swatch Review Video

Lysithea is described as a shark grey. On the left I applied Lysithea on bare skin with a cotton swab. On the right I applied Lysithea on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Pretty Zombie 3 Witches Vegan Liquid Lipstick

In addition to making a great eyeshadow, Europa made a great blush. I used it with NARS Olympia in the look above.

I created this tutorial to showcase NARS Europa and Lysithea. If you like this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe.

In this tutorial, I show you how to apply upside down cat eye liner. I also follow Kandee J’s quick and easy steps for filling in your eyebrows fast.  I think my brows look great from following her advice!

NARS Europa and Lysithea Eyeshadow Look

NARS Europa, Lysithea and Transvaal Tutorial

NARS Europa, Lysithea and Transvaal Tutorial

NARS Dual Intensity Europa and Lysithea Eyeshadow
NARS Europa and Lysithea Eyeshadow Look


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy – lid
  • NARS Europa – on top of Pixie Epoxy on lid and on top of primer in crease and lower browbone
  • NARS Lysithea – outer corner of lid and outer crease, blended inward, lower lash line
  • NARS Eye Paint in Transvaal – lower lid in upside down cat eye shape and lower waterline, outer upper lash line
  • Fyrinnae Nijiro – to highlight at the inner corners and under the brow
  • tarte Brow Mousse in Rich Brown
  • Cargo LashActivator Mascara Primer
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara



  • Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Napa

My Thoughts
These are definitely the most expensive eyeshadow singles that NARS has ever (to my knowledge) created. A typical NARS single is $26 for .07 oz and these are $29 for .05 oz. You are definitely paying for what I would consider a luxury eyeshadow.

I got all day wear on eyeshadow primer with these two shades, so I always count that as a win.

I do really like the packaging. The design stamped on the eyeshadow is interesting and I like the shape. While I don’t necessarily need the mirror inside the eyeshadow single, I’m sure there are some people who appreciate that aesthetic.

NARS Peachy Pink and Grey Eyeshadow Tutorial

I found the two eyeshadows easy to work with. Europa could be applied very sheerly for the barest hint of color on bare skin. It was still pretty light on primer (like on my crease and lower browbone in the tutorial above). When applied on Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy it was definitely more pigmented and you could see it. After I finished the tutorial above, Ray commented that it was strange to see me wear such a light color on my lid and crease. I think that Europa is perfect to pair with cat eye liner.

Lysithea is more pigmented than Europa. Even when I used Europa on Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy for a foiled look, the color was very subtle. Lysithea is great if you use it sheerly all over the lid and crease, or if you use it with a mixing medium for a more intense color. You can shade and contour with Lysithea, like I did above, without having to use a mixing medium. You could also apply Lysithea all over the lid and crease, then go back with a mixing medium to create a deeper liner.

Overall, I love both of the colors, but I don’t love the price point.

What do you think of the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows?


  • Cruelty free
  • True to pan color
  • Good formula


  • Expensive compared to the NARS Eyeshadow Single line

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    • Jens Ken Lundstrom

      Great review!
      With fantastic pics and shades!
      Thank you for this lovely video!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        You’re welcome Jens!

    • http://www.beautyandfashiontech.com/ Carleen

      I picked up some of those at The Makeup Show. They are awesome shadows!!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Which are your favorites?

    • Rebecca Wright

      Thanks so much for introducing me to the Nars Eye Paints….my new favorite eyeliners and Transvaal is a wonderful alternative to black/brown. I love grey eyeliners on green eyes:)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        You’re very welcome Rebecca! I find them so comfortable to wear. I love grey with my blue-green eyes because I feel like it does a nice job enhancing them :)

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      I need that evil selfie shirt!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It really is super cute!

    • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

      I love how these look used wet!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Wet they are definitely nice and intense!

    • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

      I love the look you created!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you so much!

    • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

      Great look – I love the upside-down cat eye, too. I like the coral and grey colors together, but I kinda doubt I’ll be springing for these particular ones unless they have a great sale! lol

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Watch for 20% off at NARS :)

    • Anastasia

      Such pretty colors! Love that pink :)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        So glad you like them Anastasia!

    • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

      Beautiful look! I love Europa especially with the Pixie Epoxy

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Europa really impressed me with its iridescence.

    • Noelle

      Love the look but OMG that Evil Selfie shirt is ah-mazing!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        So glad you like it too Noelle! When I saw it I said MINE! I had to have it.

    • Ange

      SO PRETTY!!!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you so much Ange! I had a lot of fun creating this tutorial

    • Justina

      Holy crap, expensive! I actually like the shirt the best of anything you put in the post! haha

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Hah, thanks Justina! I have a ton of great shirts. I just need to share them more frequently

    • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

      That shirt is so cute.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Glad you like it! I subscribe to Day of the Shirt, and sometimes they have super cute ones

    • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

      That shirt is so funny! I want Europa!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Europa was much prettier than I expected!

    • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

      I absolutely love your eye looks and that shirt is cute.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yay glad you like the eye looks :)

    • Celeste

      Beautiful colors and awesome shirt!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        So glad you like it Celeste!

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      I need Europa, but more importantly I NEED THAT SHIRT!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Hehe, we can be shirt twins

    • Cosmetic Sanctuary

      THAT SHIRT!! And I love the shades!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        The shirt makes me smile :)

    • BTBAshley

      These are pricey but just SO good!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        They really are lovely!

    • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

      I LOVE the evil selfie shirt and the upside down cat liner look! This is a gorgeous eye look you’ve created. LOVE it. I have my eye on Phoebe from this collection… :)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! So glad you like the look.

    • honeybuns

      How is Nars cruelty free? I know i keep asking this but I am wondering if we use a different definition of cf?

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Hi Honeybuns, please visit my cruelty free page. I state that NARS is cruelty free but their parent company is not. I also list which brands are Leaping Bunny Certified.

        To me, if a brand is cruelty free but their parent company is not, I choose to support them. Brands like L’Oreal look to see how much money their child companies, like the Leaping Bunny Certified Urban Decay makes.

        If you purchase from Sephora, Ulta, or any major retailer you are supporting a brand that pays money to a non-cruelty free company, just like if you buy tofu from a grocery store that sells chicken.

    • myCosmeticBag

      such a pretty eye look

    • Kathryn Swan

      Heya… thanks so much for sharing the pic of my Wicked Selfie tshirt :-)
      Great to see all the lovely comments about it too!
      For anyone looking to buy one, you can find it at Redbubble, Society6, TeePublic, Design By Humans, and Neatoshop – designed by me (SwanStar Designs)
      Thanks again :-D
      (Awesome hair colour, btw!!)

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! I love that shirt! I saw it on Day of the Shirt and had to have it :)