NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

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NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Fall 2015 Eye Kit Hardwired Eye Kit
D
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
3.5
Total
64%
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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette ($65.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a medium-sized (but thicker) palette that houses eight eyeshadows and a travel-sized eyeliner. The first row of eyeshadows are matte, while the second row of eyeshadows are shimmery. Long-time readers will know that I find NARS eyeshadows to be extremely hit or miss with more misses than hits, and I’m not a big fan of this palette either. The formula is described as “highly pigmented, long-wearing, crease-resistant” and that they “blend effortlessly.” They are generally semi-sheer to semi-opaque and run either a little powdery or stiff enough that they’re uneven and harder to blend. The darker mattes tend to look patchy applied, no matter what tool I use to blend.

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NARS NARSissist Day & Night Series Palette
NARS NARSissist Night Palette (2015) NARSissist Day & Night Series
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives for 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Highlights -- NARS Cosmetics
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Highlights — NARS Cosmetics

Here are the Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives for NARS! You can view all of Nordstrom’s exclusives here.

Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette ($59.00) ($152.00 value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Satellite of Love (Highlighting Blush) (Permanent)
  • Day Dream (Blush) (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • New Attitude (Blush) (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • Casino (Bronzing Powder) (Permanent)
  • Ita Kabuki Brush (Travel-sized)

Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00) ($81.00 Value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Biscayne Park Pink guava (Permanent)
  • Stourhead Pale lavender pink (Previously Released as Limited Edition Shade)
  • Sex Machine Must-have mauve (Permanent)

True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00) ($81.00 Value) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

  • Yu Shocking pink (Permanent)
  • Luxembourg VIvid watermelon (Permanent)
  • Provocative Red Fuchsia rose (Limited Edition)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom cardholders; July 17th for everyone

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NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

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NARS Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Aigle Noir
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
69%
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NARS Chelsea Girls & Baby Doll Lipglosses

NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a slighly muted, light-medium pinky-peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but I found the color to pull into lip lines. It wasn’t too noticeable from afar, but it did gather more gloss as it wore on. The texture is light-medium in weight, is comfortable to wear with a light tackiness. It stayed on for four hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Several readers mentioned Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer, but unfortunately, I don’t have that, so I cannot compare the two! NYX Tres Leches (P, $6.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is cooler. NARS Giza (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Chelsea Girls Lipgloss
NARS Lip Gloss Chelsea Girls
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
83%
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NARS Pasiphae & Telesto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering peacock burgundy.” It’s a muted, medium-brown with lighter olive green shimmer-sheen; it seemed like a duochrome, but it doesn’t really shift noticeably. On the eye, it mostly looks like an olive green over a warmer, murky brown. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply to bare lids, and the color wore for seven hours dry, eight hours damp before fading. Damp application yields much more opaque coverage, whereas dry application is sheer to semi-sheer. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Don’t Settle (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Pasiphae
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
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