I remember being in London last year when the Dual Intensity eyeshadows launched and Vanessa and I went to NARS in Soho where they were being sold exclusively and swatched away merrily.
I ended up buying four and spoke highly of them here. There is just something about a shimmery eye that I cannot resist. And the formula of these were amazing-wet and dry.
I eagerly anticipated the launch of the palette but was left very disappointed. Not really because of the formula but because the shade selection really did nothing for me.
But the two newly released single shades looked absolute perfection colourwise to me-a duochrome khaki bronze and a suit all golden bronze and so although I need more eyeshadow like a hole in the head they were purchased and now live in a loving and supportive eyeshadow haven.
Pasiphae has an incredible tone and is absolutely unique in my collection. And for a girl who owns 345,972 eyeshadows that's quite an achievement.
It's a hybrid between khaki and bronze-it's not too warm nor to cool. Dry it pulls more khaki than bronze on me and has an almost oily reflective finish. Wet it makes me feel like a mermaid. I spray my brush with a little MAC fix plus and use the damp brush to pack the eyeshadow on my lid. I find a short haired dense brush (like a MAC 239) works best with this sort of shadow whether you are using them wet or dry. Used wet there is a marked difference to how it looks dry. It looks more duochrome, more intense, the golden tones come out more and it looks more metallic. It remains easy to blend and once on it doesn't move. I used a warmish matte transition shade just to blend out the edges-here I used MAC Cork which is very subtle and could easily be made darker and more smokey.
On the left is Pasiphae applied damp and on the right is Pasiphae dry-you can see how much more intense it is when applied wet.
Telesto however is mediocre at best. It's a very average bronze shade that is absolutely dupeable (at a much cheaper price point). It looks the same on me whether applied wet or dry and it has a tendency to crease on me very quickly. I wanted it to be akin to MAC Woodwinked but it has a bit of a yellow undertone to it even though when applied to the lid it's a darker brown than I expected. I've tried it a couple of times but each time I think 'meh'. Put it this way-it's no Woodwinked.
I still think the price point on these is too high for a single shadow and I do prefer the NARS old school/been around for yonks shimmery duos over these. I just don't reach for these very often. Don't get me wrong, I love Pasiphae because it's unique but I feel like I am pretty much over these Dual Intensity shadows now.