NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (Cassiopeia) :: Review, Swatch, FOTD

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch, Cassiopeia, Himalia, Subra
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (Cassiopeia) on lids

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Saved by a shipping glitch. When I reviewed NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia and Subra, I said I’m going to order few more shades because I was impressed with their overall quality and pigmentation. For some odd reason, my box was shipped back to Sephora due to “insufficient address”. Imagine my disappointment when instead of re-shipping my items, Sephora decided to refund me but it took all of one week for the whole process to be completed. My restless makeup junkie alter-ego can’t be contained so long story short, I stopped by Sephora because I really want to own some if not all of these overly-hyped bellas.

Good thing I went in to swatch because I ended up liking just one shade as I found the others I initially ordered quite close to Himalia and Subra. In a nutshell, NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow can be applied either wet or dry. Cassiopeia ($29, 0.05oz 1.5 g) is holographic pink or sometimes soft lilac depending on lighting situation. 

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch, Cassiopeia, Himalia, Subra

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch, Cassiopeia, Himalia, Subra

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch, Cassiopeia, Himalia, Subra

As you can see from the photos, there isn’t a big difference whether you apply Cassiopeia wet or dry. But what I found to be more worth-sharing is the fact that this particular shade adheres to the eyelids better when I use my finger instead of brush. Also, the color payoff is sheer  so you have to pat it on quite a few times to make it intense. In terms of longevity (applied over NARS eye primer), it held up to about five hours with creasing and fading. That’s not impressive in my little-black-book-of-whatever so while it’s a cute shade to own, it’s a bummer especially to us ladies cursed with oily lids. Ergo, repurchase is not even an option.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Review, Swatch, Cassiopeia, Himalia, Subra

Other products used for this look (reviews are linked):
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow (Taupe Brown No. 07)
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (Dark Brown)
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (Blacquer)
YSL Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream (Medium)
Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder
Diorblush Mimi Bronze
YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Liptick 12 Forbidden Burgundy
Pacifica Enlightened Gloss Ravish

Do you any of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows?



  1. August 5, 2014 / 7:48 am

    I don't own any of these shadows. I'm tempted but until I can get in to a Sephora and swatch them… I don't order shadows that spendy sight unseen! LOL

    • August 7, 2014 / 6:21 am

      Good decision. I usually order online because I hardly have time to go to Sephora

  2. August 5, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Cute. That shade isn't really for me.

  3. August 5, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Oh, I like this one A LOT. What a happy mistake. Saved you money in the end and you got a pretty one!

  4. August 5, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    This color is so pretty on you! It's nice and delicate, and I love that you paired it with a bright pink lip!

  5. August 5, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    That shadow is so pretty — I love the packaging! Nice FOTD too! 🙂

  6. August 5, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    I don't own this color, but maybe it's meant to be a transformation topper to layer over another eye shadow? Can't imagine NARS would make a dud like that!

  7. August 5, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Beautiful! I love how it looks on you!

  8. August 5, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    For a brand this expensive I'd expect more out of a product – the shade is pretty though!

  9. August 5, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    LOVE the look you created! You look absolutely stunning! <3

  10. August 5, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    OMG this is gorgeous. It looks amazing on you girl. Simply beautiful!!!

  11. August 5, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I have 2 of this line and I like them but they're definitely on the subtle side. Love your look though!

  12. August 5, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    That shade is gorgeous, is looks doubly amazing swatched and triple amazing on your eye balls!

    • August 7, 2014 / 6:24 am

      Your eyeballs!!!! I feel like being tickled whenever you say eyeballs

  13. August 5, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    I love these shadows! I definitely need to pick up a few more

  14. August 5, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    It looks gorgeous on you!

  15. August 5, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    I decided to pass on these and ordered two duos instead.

  16. August 6, 2014 / 12:33 am

    The shade looks a bit more purple on you than the swatch. But, I LOVE it!!!

  17. August 6, 2014 / 1:21 am

    I haven't tried any of NARS Intensity shadows because they seemed too sheer but I love how you've used these wet and dry.

  18. August 6, 2014 / 5:42 am

    Now I know what I'll be scoping out when I make my trip to Sephora tomorrow 🙂

  19. August 6, 2014 / 6:01 am

    I love the look you created, but I'm not that interested in these new NARS shadows. I'm seeing good reviews, but when I look at the swatches, I really can't tell that much of a difference between wet and dry – and the colors are just not that unique to justify the price.

  20. August 6, 2014 / 7:27 am

    Cassiopeia is gorgeous. If I store it in-store it wouldn't be one to capture my attention that much but after seeing your swatches I'm totally lusting after it.

  21. August 6, 2014 / 7:30 am

    I've heard so many great things about these shadows!

  22. August 6, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Love the pop of purple. I always look forward to reading your blog posts… you are so beautiful 🙂

  23. August 6, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    i love this shade, so pretty!

  24. August 7, 2014 / 6:23 am

    They are so pretty ! I have been tempted for one.

  25. August 9, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    OMG, Kath– this is so gorgeous on you! It's a pretty magical shade! I was shocked by how creamy and lovely the textures of these are! Have a lovely weekend!

  26. August 11, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    I also have this shade and it works beautifully when worn over an eye crayon, especially under the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in On The Verge. I also wore this over my Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette (the purple shades) and that looked really pretty too.

    I agree with others, worn alone its not that amazing, but worn over certain things, it can look amazing!!

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