NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

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.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Consuming Red & Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied with smooth, even color. The pencil felt smooth and velvety along the lips, and it was easy to maneuver around the edge of the lips as well as to fill in the color. The texture is thin, and if my lips are at all dry or flaky, I find the formula can highlight those imperfections noticeably, but if you exfoliate prior to applying, it should look much smoother. The color wore well for six hours, but it was somewhat drying after four and a half hours. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. This is one of the deeper duos, so it should be good for someone who wants a more dramatic contour or for someone with a medium or darker skin tone.

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NARS Melina Contour Blush

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows for Fall 2016

NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows
NARS Sculpting Multiple Duos & Hardwired Eyeshadows

NARS introduces the Sculpting Multiple Duo for Fall 2016. NARS’ iconic multi-tasker works two places at once. The darker shades blend effortlessly to create a contour enhancing the face’s natural features, while the illuminating shades provide a sheer color that illuminates the high points of the face. Both double up on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Portable. Buildable.

NARS Cosmetics [also] introduces the limited-edition Hardwired Eyeshadow Collection—a rich and radiant lineup of six precious metals. A rare combination of high-pigment with high-shine, ultrafine blends of shimmer, glitter, and pearl reflect light for eye-catching effects. Glides on smoothly and evenly. Layers and intensifies. Lasts through the night.


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The Details

Sculpting Multiple Duo | $39.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

  • Copacabana/Sidari Beach Shimmering pink silver/Rose bronze
  • Hot Sand/Laguna Peach champagne/Bronzed brown
  • Playa Flamenco/Oahu Sparkling soft gold/Deep bronze

Hardwired Eyeshadow | $28.00 | Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive

  • Earthshine Iridescent pink lilac
  • Lunar Soft iridescent violet
  • Outer Limits Iridescent rose gold (Repromote)
  • Parallax Metallic dove grey
  • Pygar Gold lame
  • Stud Soft pewter bronze (Repromote)

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NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 2)

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff in one stroke, and it was easy to layer and build as desired, too–it didn’t lift or cause the color to streak. It was creamy enough to be comfortable to apply, but it didn’t migrate or move around immediately. The color wore for eight hours overall. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Clubbing Stilettos (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner