Following the success of the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, NARS has released a new line of cheek colors with the same formula called Dual-Intensity Blush. What's so special about the new line-up is that each compact contains two contrasting cheek colors with a formula that can be used wet or dry depending on the desired effect. It's a rather unique concept and today I have one of the six colors available to share with you. I may or may have not bought this shade just because of the “adorable” name! ;)
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush is housed in a square, rubberized and magnetized compact truly of NARS' packaging style. There is a full-sized mirror inside and a clear insert covering the powder pan. Unliked the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette (review), the blush version does not come with any applicator.
The Dual-Intensity Blush has similar pattern and texture as the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow — finely-milled and firmly-pressed. The surface looks and feels stiff upon swatching but it actually applies softly and nicely on the skin without being powdery or patchy. I find that it takes a little work to blend to a diffused finish but it's not uneasy to do so by any means.
I generally prefer dry application since it's easier and faster to blend to a smooth finish but when I do have extra time, I like to play with the wet application as well. Worn dry and wet, the color lasts approximately 7-8 and 8-9 hours, respectively. Using the powder wet does not harden the surface at all so you don't have to worry about ruining the beautiful texture! :)
Below is how Adoration looks on me worn dry. I hope you are able to see a hint of that soft pink sheen from the highlighting shade! :)
You can wear each shade alone or layer them to tone down the sheen from the highlighting shade and to add a bit of glow to the blush shade. You can also mix the wet and dry application to create your own distinct look. The options are yours and I encourage you to experiment! If hot pink is not your cup of tea, there are 5 other duos to choose from. NARS Dual-Intensity Blush is a product I feel worthy of the price tag and that everyone should give it a try. :)