The new Dual Intensity single eye shadows from NARS almost made me squee. A new texture, a wet-dry formula, intense colors... It's all good. Really really good. And also tenacious.
Giove is navy, darker on skin than it appears in the pan with an iridescent finish. Callisto is a mauve-pink silvery thing with a very metallic finish. Neither one actually needs an extra oomph of wet application- both are already very pigmented and opaque. Callisto is a great lid color that needs little else to support it, while Giove is an excellent contour eye shadow. Using the latter with a fine damp brush is as good an eyeliner as any, as long as you like the iridescent effect. NARS also offers a new brush, #49, to go with this range, but I've used several I already own from other brands and they all do a mighty fine job.
Looking at the other colors of NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (release date is July 1st) I already know that I want Subra, Himalia, Dione, and Desdemona. Each one can be the focal point of an eye look and I'm eager to play with the different finishes. Giove and Callisto have already proven to be wearable and very pretty with a multi-season appeal. The other shades NARS is about to offer are just as classic with some interesting edge.
Bottom Line: July 1st can't come soon enough.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows ($29 each) will be available soon at NARS boutiques and from narscosmetics.com. The products for this review were sent by the company.