Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow - Himalia, photos, makeup look

It's not my fault!  Yes, I was on a spending ban but when you meet up with a fellow blogger all bets are off and in this case it was Yvonne from One For the Wish List who made me buy two things.  And I thank her for it because I'm in instant love!  When it comes to makeup, I generally know right away if I love something or not, and Nars' Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia is neutral eye perfection in my book.  Look at it.

These are Dual Intensity shadows because one can use them in two ways.  All I know is the shade Himalia was made for me and it's bronze taupe-ness is perfect for wearing to work or on a night out.  While I have four other shades on my list now, I was restrained and bought just the one.  These can be applied wet or dry depending on what kind of finish you want.  Apply it dry for a more sheer, daytime appropriate look and if you want to up the intensity, then wet your brush and get stuck in.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Himalia wet (left), dry (right)

When applying it dry, I use a flat shader brush to pack the colour on to the lid and then use a dry fluffy brush to blend out the crease.  There's minimal fall out with this shade and you can see in the photo above and below that when used dry, it gives a warmer, more bronze finish.  When applying it wet, I usually spray my brush with a Thermal Water spray from La Roche-Posay and then dip it into the shadow and have at my eyelids.  This gives a more intense dramatic finish and you can see that it appears less warm on the lids and definitely leans more cool toned which I love.

I've applied Himalia on the eyelids on it's own just for swatches and usually I'd apply something else in the crease to warm things up when using colours like this.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow - Himalia dry (left), wet (right)

After applying said swatches, I lost the run of myself and got stuck in even more, lashing more makeup on like you do on a Monday evening after a long day at work.  I applied a warm transition colour into the crease to add definition and then decided to stick on a bit of brown liner.  Both of these products are from The Body Shop and I'll be showing them in more detail later this week.  But look at my eyeballs.  Mixing the metallic shimmer of Himalia with the satin crease colour and liner balances out the look and makes it really wearable.

I only bought this on Sunday in Space NK for €27 so can't comment on the longevity properly yet, but can tell you that yesterday I wore it to work without a primer and it lasted about 5 hours before it started creasing.  So as you're reading this today, I'll be testing it out with a primer and will let you know how I get on.

There are 12 shades in the range and Desdemona is next on my list with it's burgundy velvety beauty. Yes.  This is the start of a beautiful and expensive relationship!


  1. Gorgeous gorgeous!! Beautiful colour I NEED this!!

    1. You do! And try and stop at buying just the one, they're all gorgeous!

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    1. This will definitely be in my monthly favourites I tell ya!

  3. It looks so pretty on you. Dammit I may have to buy some now.

    1. A rookie mistake for not picking it up on Sunday ;)

    2. Dammit woman did I not pick up enough stuff that weekend. I'm having great fun trying out the samples from SpaceNK, that Sunday Riley eye cream is lovely.


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