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.