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I don’t like Mondays but this Monday gone put a smile on my face when I dropped into NARS’ EYEconic Pop-Up Studio at Space NK’s boutique on Broadwick Street for the launch of the new Dual Intensity Eyeshadow*.

There are 12 flattering shades to reel you in and the ‘dual’ purpose comes from a new dual-application formula that you can apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or wet with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense opaque colour. 

The texture is cream yet they dry to a powdery finish and by adding a drop of H2O it intensifies the colours even more. They’re pigmented enough when dry so imagine how insane they are when wet plus the product is blendable when damp too. And one more thing…no eyeshadow primer needed.

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The Dual Intensity eyeshadows are so easy to work with and hardly need any pressure to pack the colours on the lids, as I discovered when a NARS make-up artist demonstrated the product on me.

Normally I’ve found cream-to-powder eyeshadows’ pay out to be pretty meek but NARS’ Dual Intensity eyeshadows really do live up to the name and you can achieve a dramatic, smokey look just with dry application.

The complete range of shades are:

♥ Andromeda (alabaster)
♥ Europa (gossamer pink peach)
♥ Dione (metallic champagne beige)
♥ Cassiopeia (iridescent electric pink)
♥ Callisto (icy pink silver)
♥ Desdemona (rich shimmering burgundy)
♥ Himalia (shimmering topaz)
♥ Lysithea (shark grey)
♥ Sycorax (black)
♥ Phoebe (deep shimmering amethyst)
♥ Giove (navy)
♥ Subra (black orchid)

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The packaging is solid, secure and sexy but then again this is nothing new with NARS because the packaging is always the bomb. The difference with these babies are they contain a magnet within to shut the lids down firmly so you needn’t worry about them accidentally opening up in your make-up bag.

It adds a nice touch when the product looks and feels good to touch but unlike some big named brands, NARS (in my experience) has never compromised on product quality. I just know these are going to a hit.

The eyeshadows (£21) with a special Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush designed for use with these (£23) are exclusive to Space NK now and until 8th July the NARS’ Artistry Team will be hosting a series of events and demonstrations on Broadwick Street. If you would like to try the new shadows, you can book an appointment at the NARS EYEconic Pop-Up Studio on 020 7734 3734.

From 1st August these Dual Intensity Eyeshadows will be available nationwide and also from www.narscosmetics.co.uk.

If you want to see how these look, I’ll be post the results very soon. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Bloglovin’ or Pippet so you don’t miss it!

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OK, I am a few months late with Urban Decay’s Electric palette and this is in spite of buying it on the day it was released but it makes a change to visit something after the mad flurry for swatches on other beauty blogs.

I wanted to take my time with this product, which is why it was buried in my drawer, waiting for the ideal opportunity to break into.

The Electric Palette is not for the weak, it’s not for the whimsical-floating-on-a-cloud lot either. That’s what the Naked palettes are for. Electric is a chaotic and insane palette of acid tones, neon shades and bright colours – it’s crack for eye-make-up addicts.

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It’s about time Urban Decay stepped away from the comfort zone and done something spectacular and Electric signals the move to be bold and play bold.

Some will argue these kind of colours have already been done by Sleek but I’ve not been convinced by some of their palettes because their quality doesn’t measure up. Let’s be straight about this, Urban Decay makes the finest, most buttery soft and blendable eyeshadows. Eye make-up takes on a whole new meaning in fact.

With such faith in Urban Decay and with my devotion to the brand, I had big hopes for Electric. The packaging alone is brilliant – robust, slick and solid.

Open it up and you’re met with 10 pressed pigments, which aren’t limited to the eyes only. Urban Decay boasts of a new and special formula created to make these intense shades, which are a mix of shimmers, glitters and mattes. You can adjust some of these shades to work as eyeliners, blushers and lips – even on hair too.

As I explained, I’m a lover of Urban Decay eyeshadows, but this is the first time I feel let down by some of the shades. You see, the results vary with a handful of them falling foul.

I used six shades to create this look:

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These were Thrash (bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl), Fringe (teal), Gonzo (turquoise matte), Chaos (royal blue), Urban (metallic purple) and Jilted (metallic fuschia with blue shift).

The one colour I struggled repeatedly with was Thrash. It faded away almost immediately upon application and I delicately patted it on with a brush. I know anything yellow is usually difficult to work with when it comes to eye make-up but Thrash by Urban Decay’s high standards didn’t cut the mustard – even with the use of a primer. As for blending, it was a nightmare to attempt it when Thrash withered away so quickly. (By the way, all pictures were taken in natural daylight.)

I discussed this with the wife, Leanne and she suggested I use NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk to allow the powdery glitter shadow to stick to it. Usually I use Milk but on this occasion I didn’t think I would need to. Any way, I will try it, if anything it will create a neutral base for the colours to pop.

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The remaining colours I used are classic UD, easy to blend and beyond beautiful with Gonzo my favourite because I am a total sucker for anything turquoise.

Interestingly I had been told by a few (and read some posts too) that the shades stain the skin even with a primer but I didn’t find this to be the case. The products came off effortlessly with a micellar water cleanser.

It’s a dynamic, blow-your-mind palette but it comes with some teething problems. I’m going to attempt to work around these because I’m in love with the colours and am determined to get along famously with them. I would like to know what your thoughts on working with Electric are. Disappointing or out of this world?

Electric will set you back by £38, which equates to £3.80 per colour.

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