NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

NARS Earthshine Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light rose with warm undertones and larger, chunky dark pink and lighter pink sparkle and glitter over a metallic finish. It seemed to have a greenish shift in the pan, but I couldn’t find it when I swatched it (I felt like a contortionist trying to angle my arm to find it!). The texture of this one was noticeably sparkly, so it wasn’t as smooth or as refined, which made for messier application and definite fall out while worn. I think it performs better with even a damp brush, but this is one I’d still feel compelled to use with an adhesive base. The base color was semi-opaque and fairly blendable on the skin, and I didn’t have any creasing with this shade, just slight fading, but there was moderate fall out after eight hours. Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Specter (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Lunar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with warm undertones and lavender and rose sparkle. This is supposed to be a new shade, but I found it very, very similar to the right side of a duo released previously, just a bit lighter and less metallic (the difference minute enough to be credited to normal variation). It had opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, and it blended out fairly well, though some of the reflects pull from the base color when blended. It wore well for eight hours with light fall out. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Outer Limits Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm undertones and pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly loose consistency, where some of the glittery bits separated from the base so it can be messier to use and has moderate fall out over time. It did not seem quite as loose as the original released, but it also appeared lighter and a bit less pigmented. The base color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tea Party (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine
C
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
76%
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Lunar
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Outer Limits
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Trios for $24 ($72 Value)

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Trio
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Trio


Bite Beauty’s Luminous Crème Lipstick Trio: Nude and Bold offers a trio of bestselling cream lipsticks for the price of one. Choose from the nude or bold shade trios (sold separately) in gorgeous shades for stand-out lip looks.

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Luminous Creme Lipstick Trio | $24.00 | Limited Edition

Bite Beauty’s liquidating their remaining Luminous Cremes (which have been discontinued)–each trio is the price of one shade, but you’re getting three full-sized shades.

  • Bold Zivoli, Tannin, Mulberry
  • Nude Musk, Retsina, Fig

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #351

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. 🙂

  • Haul: Tom Ford Ravish Blush, Dior fall quints and highlighter, Clarins Lip Balm, Supergoop Lip Screen, Clarins Eye Quartet, Shiseido Rouge Lipsticks (x6), Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4, Cle de Peau Almond Highlighter, Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quads (x2), Cle de Peau Cleanser
  • Weekend plans: Maybe get up really early and check out the Desert Botanical Gardens (I have been twice now), but I think we’ll play it by ear — if we happen to get up that early!
  • What was the last thing you cooked?: We’ve been trying Plated, and one of the recipes a few weeks ago was fresh spaghetti with burrata (here’s their recipe), which we really liked, so we recreated that one ourselves again.

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The nose that knows!

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MAC x Star Trek Midnight & To Boldly Go Pressed Pigment

MAC Pleasure Planet Pressed Pigment

MAC Pleasure Planet Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cobalt blue with pearl sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry, which was mostly opaque when applied damp. It applied more smoothly and evenly when I used it with a damp brush than dry. The color lasted for eight hours with a little fall out over time. Hello Kitty Kitty-Chan (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vega (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC To Boldly Go Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “reddish copper pearl with sparkle.” It’s a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a glittery feel that felt as smooth as it could be and went on that way (no chunky sparkle or thick, uneven product). It wore well for eight hours with light fall out over time. It was opaque both wet and dry, though damp application yielded slightly deeper color overall. NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel New Moon (97) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Beaming (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Slow/Fast/Slow (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Bird of Prey (dark olive green pearl with sparkle) and The Naked Time (taupe pearl with sparkle)–that will also be released.

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MAC Pressed Pigment Midnight
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
MAC Pressed Pigment To Boldly Go
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%

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