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As a bit of a makeup fiend, I know I can get a bit over zealous with the eyeshadow application. I buy ALOT of makeup and am lucky to receive PR samples doing what I’m doing. I’ve gained quite the collection over the years, so have a lot to choose from. I thought I would bring it back to basics a little for this post and show how you can achieve a really wearable, pretty (in my humble opinion) look, using just one eyeshadow. This is my really simple one eyeshadow makeup look.

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Initially I was going to go for a matte brown eyeshadow, as it would be super wearable. But every time I rock a purple eye, I always get questions about what I used. I found this Nars Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Phoebe, not going to lie, at the back of one of my drawers. It’s a really nice flattering shade of purple, so I made this my weapon of choice for my one eyeshadow makeup look.

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This video is more about placement and blending though rather than the eyeshadow itself. The techniques will generally work for most shadows. Darker ones might take a little more work blending though just to note. But, for any light or medium shadow, two brushes and a warmed up blending hand should work a treat 🙂

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So click on the video for my tips and tricks for using one eyeshadow to create a whole eye look. I did use lashings of mascara (Catrice Lashes To Kill Pro and Mac Extended Play). As well as a flesh coloured eyeliner in the waterline too, just to pull everything together. The star of the show is definitely the shadow though and it’s super easy to achieve, I promise.

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If you want to see the lip colour I went with to complete this look, it’s in my last post on how to get fuller lips here. Let me know what you think and as always thanks for clicking.

Gemma.

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Now normally I wouldn’t be posting about something right after I get it. Unless it’s a new release and I want to show you swatches and up close pictures. The L’Oréal Infallible Blush Paint Longwear High-Intensity Palette, kind of falls into that category. And I will not be calling it it’s full name throughout this blogpost, it’s too bloody long 🙂

L'Oréal Infallible Blush Paint

I wanted to get a post up about it quickly because well they are new. But, they are also on special in Boots at the moment. A few people were intrigued when I showed this one I got on social media. So, I thought I would rustle together a quick post showing you it in action.

There are two shade ranges in the L’Oréal Infallible Blush Paint Palettes to choose from.

A more orange, peachy toned one called ‘Amber’, that looked a little dark for me.

I picked up the ‘Pinks’ one, just because I thought it would suit my complexion more.

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Obviously this can’t be a full on review, I haven’t used the product enough. But I can give you a first impression and thoughts. Off the bat, the powders, yes they are powders, the name is a little misleading. They smell like sweets. If sweet scents isn’t your thing, this could be a deal breaker. You get 5 powdered blushes within the palette, totaling up to ten grams of product.

The pans are approximately a third bigger than a standard single Mac eyeshadow. Not the easiest to get a brush into, but it is doable.

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Here they are swatched on my arm from left to right:

‘Ballet Dream’:

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‘Despinkable Me’:

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‘Poeny Rose’:

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‘Fuchsia Afterhours’:

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‘Flamingo Dance’:

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On first swatch and application, I think the blushes are really nice. They feel soft, have good colour pay off and blend nicely into the skin too. The lighter colours need a bit mroe building then the two intense shades. I am OK with that, it means I am in control of the amount of colour I apply. And they do build up nicely. I also think I personally will get use out of all five shades in the ‘Pinks’ palette. That’s an added bonus as sometimes there is one of two that just wouldn’t float my boat. Now as you can see not all the shades are pink, there is a couple more of a peachy tone, but we won’t split hairs 🙂

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At the moment the L’Oréal Infallible Blush Paint palette is available from Boots in store and online here for €10.99 and L’Oréal are on 3 for 2. That’s why I wanted to get this post up now, as this palette normally retails for €16.99. So, if you like what you see, get shopping 🙂

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Nars have been doing the rounds with their Dual Intensity collections for a while now. I have the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette which I reviewed here a while back and love. They also have individual shadows which are pretty gorgeous too.

The whole point of calling them dual intensity is that you can use them wet or dry, but they look fab either way, just much more in your face when dampened.

I really wanted to try the blush duos when they came out because I loved the shadows so much. So, I grabbed just one of the Nars Dual Instensity Blush Duos,  (they’re expensive), and that was in the shade ‘Adoration’.

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As you can see this is a pretty pink pairing. In the usual Nars sleek rubber packaging.

There is obviously a much pinker powder on the right of the palette which of course is your blush. But you also get a much lighter pink highlight shade too.

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The shades in the Nars Dual Intensity Blush duos are super pigmented.

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They’re also really easy to blend.

The blush shade is a what I would describe as a hot pink shade, and the highlight is lovely and shiny without being too glittery.

As I mentioned you can use the powders as is or you can also use them wet so here they are swatched.

Dry:

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Swatched Wet:

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You can see there’s definitely more intensity from dampening the product. I don’t know if you would want your blush this crazy though, or maybe you would? 🙂

As lovely as the ‘Adoration’ shades are, I don’t see myself grabbing for the duo alot. I think the blush is so super pigmented, that it doesn’t lend itself to everyday makeup wearing, for me anyway. Of course, they can be blended out, but if I’m in a hurry to get out the door in the morning I tend to choose something a bit more wearable.

The Nars Dual Intensity Blush duos come in an array of different colours, six to be exact.

You can pick them up from Brown Thomas and they cost €39.

 

 

 

Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I received this from my other half for Valentine’s Day. I am not very romantical, but who can say no to this loveliness? I am a lucky girl 🙂

This is the Nars Dual Intensity Palette in all it’s glory before I got it all grubby.

Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I bought a single Dual Intensity Shadow when they were released first exclusively to Space nk and paid €27 for it, so this palette is a pretty good deal at €55 for 8 of them AND a flat shadow number 49 brush to boot aswell as lovely packaging. The single shadows are 0.5oz and the shadows in the palette are 0.3oz. The palette is a much more practical deal to try out these shadows.

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The Brush That Comes In The Palette

 

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Close Up Of The Shadows Before I Dug In

 

Seven of the shades are part of the permanent range, but there is one shade called “Ursa Major” that is for now exclusive to the palette.

They are are all shimmery shadows ain’t no mattes around these parts 🙂 They are formulated to be used wet or dry. Applied dry they apply a bit more sheer and they are of course easier to blend. They are buildable though as you will see below. When you apply them wet, they become foiled and are even more metallic and magnificent. They are soft and just glide onto the lid. I feel they last better on the skin wet rather than dry.

Below, I have swatched them all so you can see them for yourself, wet and dry.

(Top four)

Narsissist Dual Intensity Swatches dry

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Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Swatch Wet

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Europa                                Himalia                      Ursa Major                   Subra

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Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Wet

Wet

Andromeda                       Lysithea                        Giove                              Sycorax

As you can see we have warmer brown tones on the top of the palette and then cooler blacker tones on the bottom. Everything you will need for a metallic smokey eye 🙂

 

If you are a makeup junkie, and have money to splurge you need the Dual Intensity Palette in your life. The colours and pigmentation within it are just beautiful. You will get alot of use out of it if you like to experiment with makeup and play with colours and textures. I am not an enabler I swear 🙂

Have you picked it up yourself?  Can you justify it?

Be sure to let me know.

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