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Here I am sitting in the garden this Tuesday morning of what is supposed to be the hottest day of the year, and what am I doing? Writing a post about Autumn make up. Can you tell I hate Summer? I just want it over, I want jumpers and fluffy coats.

Last Autumn I tried to rock MAC's Cranberry eyeshadow but it just wasn't for me, against my skin tone it just looked like pink eye to be honest, but after bronzing up and using the pink and reddish shades in my ABH Modern Renaissance palette, I decided to try again. This time I got something more on the purple cool side, say hello to NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in the shade Phoebe. 
I knew this was a shadow that wouldn't let me down quality wise because I already own and love the Dual Intensity palettte they released about a year ago (limited edition, soz to tease you.) They are such versatile little squares of goodness that can be used and worn amazingly wet or dry and for £21 they promise the following...

"Mesmerizing new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow features a luxuriously smooth transformative texture. It goes on dry for a sheer soft touch of sensual colour may be applied wet for mind-blowing impact with dramatic luminous matte and high shine finishes."

The shade I chose is described as a deep shimmering amethyst with a metallic finish. I'm thinking dry for winter, so it's more crisp and cool, and using it wet during Autumn for a deeper purple.
I find that these work well if you spray the shadow with some Mac Fix+, it makes the pigmentation mega intense and it's easier and less messy than using water. When used wet, it's best to use a flat brush and pack on the colour and then quickly do any blending before it dries and it's quite stiff to work with. I personally use the NARS Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush that came with my Dual Intensity palette and a MAC 217 to blend. I don't find that using an eye primer makes any difference, the colour pay off is exactly the same with or without.

I'm not the biggest fan of these shadows used dry, for me it's too sheer and glossy looking, and I like to always be rocking a pretty bold and dark eye look- and for me Phoebe almost looks like two different eyeshadows when it's wet and dry.
I just wish that the pattern on top didn't disappear so quickly from your wet brush being dunked in because I think it adds a really luxurious looking touch, but still the compact is very sturdy and has the classic NARS matte black finish.

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