I’d like to share an eyeshadow that I’ve been loving lately: the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione. It normally retails for $29 but I was lucky enough to find a slightly used one in excellent condition on a blog sale for a fraction of the price.
NARS describes Dione as a metallic champagne beige but in my opinion it’s more of a multi-dimensional, metallic silvery taupe. It’s multi-dimensional in the sense that it looks quite different depending on the lighting and angle you look at it. Sometimes it looks quite silver and cool but then other times it looks warmer and very brown.
I’ve been reaching for Dione a lot these past few weeks because it’s so easy to create a complete eye look with it. Dione’s silveriness really comes across on the lids while the brownish taupe aspect of the eyeshadow is more prominent in the recesses of the eye, creating a darker crease color all on its own.
Stila Kitten has the softest texture by far which you can probably tell by the amount of fallout around the edges of the compact. In my experience the easiest way to apply it is to use a fingertip to dab the powder directly onto the eyelids. Not only does it minimize fallout but it also intensifies the metallic quality.
NARS Dione is more firmly pressed in the pan so I don’t experience the fallout with it that I do with Kitten. The texture is interesting; it feels baked although I don’t recall reading that about the Dual Intensity shadows. Supposedly they can be used wet or dry. I’ve only used Dione dry and the pigmentation is amazing and right up there in color payoff and shine with Kitten. If you love the high shine and pigmentation of Kitten, you definitely check out the Dual Intensity shadows. It’s hard to imagine that Dione could be even more intense wet because it’s pretty great dry already. Dione looks warmer and more golden in the pan but, as you can see, in the light it’s very cool and silvery on my skin (but warmer and more taupe brown in the shade).
I originally thought Dione would be similar in color to one of my bareMinerals shadows — either Libation or Schmooze — but they’re nothing alike. The bareMinerals shadows have excellent pigmentation but the finishes are much more subdued compared to the ultra shiny, frosty/metallic Kitten and Dione.