Beauty Review & Tutorial : NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Sycorax andDione

Assalamualaikum and hello lovelies!! Yes I'm back! ^_^ After a week 'OFF' blogging mode to celebrate my Raya but I actually needed a break from writing. I had a wonderful Raya, how's yours? :) Let's start off with a review on these babies. Ahhh NARS, my love. I've been seeing a lot of reviews on NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow and yeah, I am pretty excited to try these out. Why? Because I want to know how intense they are and how easy are they to use. Can we jump right into it please? :)

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow is promised to deliver high intensity effect on your eyes. It can be used dry for sheer and more natural look while you can use it wet for a higher intensity and impact.  It comes with 12 amazing shades.  Lets go over the packaging first. Sleek and stylish. Compact and good news, there's a mirror too. It has the same rubber matte packaging (the usual NARS packaging). It is magnetic and I find it easy to stack on these eye shadows together. You can apply them using NARS Eyeshadow brush #49 which can be used wet or dry and it is retail at RM115.


Dione is a metallic champagne beige shade which is highly pigmented. It is a shimmery eye shadow with micro glitter that can amp up any look. The texture is smooth and buttery and it is so easy to blend.  This shade would be great for all over your eyelid and as highlighter under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eyes.As you can see in the photo above, the shade completely changes when it is applied wet. Wet is more intense and oh so gorgeous and this would be perfect for night look. As for the dry application, this could give brightness to the eyes if you want to create a simple eye makeup during the day.


Sycorax is a black matte (with a little hint of shimmer) shade that I think has a little bit of green undertone to it. Same as Dione, it is buttery, smooth and easy to blend. The fact that it is so easy to blend, you can use this shade during the day without having to look too 'done'. Great for a soft smoky eye for  a natural look. When you apply it using a wet brush, oh my gosh, the black really stands out and it really packs a punch. If you really want an intense black eye shadow, this is it!

When I combined Dione and Sycorax together, it creates a sliver grey-ish shade which is so pretty! It really brightens up the entire eyes. As an overall evaluation of this eye shadows, I absolutely love the pigmentation and the fact that it is so buttery and easy to blend. If you messed up during the application, you can easily wiped it off and you can redo your steps. As for the duration of wear, I would say it lasts about 6 hours without creasing but make sure to put on eye shadow primer. That is the way to go if you want your eye shadow to stay longer. The NARS Wet/Dry Brush #49 really comes in handy because it really helps the application because the brush really picks up the pigments very well. However, I do notice fall outs when applying Sycorax for my night look. To avoid that, do your eye makeup first before applying your foundation and concealer because you can just wipe off the eye shadows fall outs without interfering with your foundation and concealer.




NARS, Pavilion

Okay, so of course I'm going to show you some of my looks with these eye shadows, right? :D I created 2 looks using Dione and Sycorax. One is suitable for Day look while another one is suitable for night look. :)

*Dry Application

Apply Sycorax on eyelid, do not cross the crease line.

Using a blending brush, blend it out for a sheer finish.

Take Dione and apply it on top of Sycorax. You can go back and use Sycorax and intensify it a bit at the outer corner and at your eyelid.

Apply eye liner.

And mascara.

Here you go, a simple eye makeup look for day time that only took me 3 minutes including  the eyeliner and mascara. ^_^ I seldom use black shade on my eyes during the day because I find it too harsh. I usually go for dark brown shade. But I'm really liking this soft black and grey-ish look on my eyes. :)

*Wet Application

 Apply Dione on half of your eyelid (from tear duct to the center). Apply it just below your crease line.

Apply Sycorax from the other half of the eyelid til outer corner of the eye. Create a 'V' shape and drag the shade above your crease line. You can create sort of a winged eye look.

Get Dione and apply it at the center (only) of your eyelid. Pack it on. Get a blending brush and blend out the shade in your crease from the outer corner to 3/4 into your tear duct. Don't go overboard and blend it into your tear duct because you will look like a panda eyes if you do that. :P

Use Sycorax to line your bottom lash line. Connect from the outer corner till 2/3 of your botom lash line. Blend it out. Use Dione on the remaining 1/3 of your bottom lash line and blend it out. Apply Dione under your brow bone and your inner corner to highlight.

Finish it off with a thin line of eye liner (but you can skip this part since the eye shadows are very intense, you can't really see the eye liner) and also mascara. You can add on falsies if you want. 

I love this look because I can see clearly the shade, it is sort of like an ombre eye shadow. The shade starts with Dione at the 1/3 of the eyelid, followed by the combination of Sycorax and Dione in the middle and finished it off with the gorgeous Sycorax at the end. What do you think? Do you think this is a good look for a night out? ^_^  Both of these shades are so versatile and it works well in two ways. Do check it out at NARS, Pavilion if you are interested to purchase. They have 12 amazing shades that you can choose from! :) I hope my review helps and I hope my make up tutorial gives you some ideas on how to create the look with the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Thanks for reading guys! ^_^


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Sabby Prue

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