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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows | Dione, Callisto, Himalia and Subra

July 11, 2014
I picked up four more NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Dione, Callisto, Himalia and Subra ($29 each). I’ve been using the more natural Europa and Andromeda on a regular basis for a natural glowy eye. The other shades in the line are more intense in color and sparkle. It was hard to narrow down my picks and I will probably pick up at least one more shade sometime in the future. All the colors are phenomenal in texture, pigment and lasting power. They have a sort of creamy finish but act like a powder. The texture makes these adheres well to to the skin and while I wouldn’t call them budge-proof, they last quite long without fading. 
  • Dione is a sparkly silvery taupe, it pulls very cool on my arm but on the lids it’s more neutral
  • Callisto is a very sparkly cool lilac champagne, it’s similar to Dione, but on me Callisto is more pinkish/lilac and paler in color
  • Himalia is a neutral warm and cool kind of gold, it has a warmish base but the shimmers are cool, on me it’s a neutral tan-nude golden color, it’s shimmery but not frosty
  • Subra is a dark purple, red, brown shimmer, it also has a subtle shimmer finish
Dione and Callisto are similar on my arm and in the pan but the difference is noticeable on the lids. Both have a high shimmer factor that borders on frost but aren’t too frosty. I was really happy to see that there was no fall out on the face during application or throughout the day. Himalia and Subra are shimmers as well but the shimmer is more subtle in finish.

Here they are swatched next to Europa and Andromeda. They are swatched dry with fingers.

Close ups of each shade show how they have a good base color and different colored shimmers. It gives these shadows a multi-dimensional look.

Some comparisons, two sets with:
MAC Coco Pigment (discontinued)
Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color (discontinued)

Chanel Magic Night Eyeshadow (discontinued)

Huge thumbs up. The Dual-Intensity shadows have a really smooth pigmented finish. They apply easily with fingers or a brush. I’ve found them extremely versatile – you can wear these alone with a liner, layered together, under or over powder shadows. The uses are really endless. Applying with a damp brush intensifies the color. Between Dione and Callisto, I prefer Dione because it has less contrast with my skin and therefore looks less frosty.
The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows retail for $29 each. There are currently twelve color options and every color looks amazing. I bought mine from Nordstrom.
Have you purchased any yet? What are your favorite colors?

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  • These are so so so beautiful, I think I'm going to have to treat myself to a few!
    xo Kirsty


  • I just picked up Dione. They are so creamy and pigmented! I am going to be picking up some more.

  • Himalia is absolutely brilliant. That color! Thanks for sharing! I will certainly be picking on of these up soon!

  • Ever since I saw Subra it's been callling my name! I need to stop in and give it a swatch! Gorgeous!

  • These are gorgeous! I feel I have a few of these!

  • These are all perfect colors!

  • Beautiful swatches and thank you so much for the comparisons, Sabrina! I just ordered Phoebe and I can't wait to have it!

  • Dione, Callisto, Himalia and Subra are equally beautiful!

  • I got myself Subra and Cassiopeia, but I'm looking at more. Oh no! Heh

  • Beautiful, but these are unfortunately just too frosty for my taste.

    • Some are on the frosty side, but I still think they are worth checking out if you have a NARS counter nearby πŸ™‚

  • These shadows are so fantastic!! I wasn't prepared to be blown away by them but they're just beautiful and so full of pigment. I started with four but I want so many more. Kudos to the Nars design team.

    • I agree! They are amazing πŸ™‚ I'm very impressed.

  • I haven't purchased any. NARS is just one of those brands that have good products, but they're overpriced… especially single eyeshadows.

  • These look amazing. Can't wait until they arrive down under, there is nothing I love more than a sheeny eyeshadow. It's my cheeky way to getting out of doing a full eye make up look when I'm rushing out the door in the morning, nothing beats a multi dimensional eyeshadow.


  • Subra is absolutely gorgeous, I think it looks great as a liner.

    • Ooh, I'll have to try that! Sounds like an awesome idea πŸ™‚

  • These are all so gorgeous! Subra is calling my name especially! xo

  • Hi Sabrina,

    I love the look of NARS Subra — it's one of the shades I've been eyeing from the collection! I may have to see how it swatches in person – it does look purple here and I was hoping for a slightly more blackened red (still gorgeous either way!)

    I'm also curious as to how the formula compares to the regular NARS shadows, as the price is a bit steeper.

  • Cubicledweller

    I have Himalia and Dione and it's love for me! Great swatches!!

  • Leslie

    These are lovely!! Might have to go pick up a fee now πŸ™‚

  • They all look absolutely gorgeous !

  • I love your swatches for these.. Gorgeous gorgeous shades indeed!
    I was planning on skipping most of these cos single eyeshadows hardly get used.. , but Subra is soo nice! hehe

  • Gorgeous! I'm going to get Dione and Himalia πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures and blog, I'm so happy I met you at the Rewardstyle school night!

  • so helpful to see the colours on skin like this