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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow
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 Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Specter (P, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (80% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (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 cooler, lighter (95% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (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). Urban Decay Jones (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Tea Party (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Stellar (P, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Parallax Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark silvery gray with cool undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented, and the consistency was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to the previous three shades. It applied well, blended out nicely, and wore for eight hours with almost no fall out. bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tin Soldier (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Architectonic #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Bells (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Oz #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). L'Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #22 (LE, $33.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Pygar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, tarnished gold with a lightly sparkly, metallic sheen that has a greenish cast. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable, and lightly dense consistency that adhered well to the skin and wore for eight hours. I didn’t notice any fall out with this shade. Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Silver Sun (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). LORAC Clover (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). NARS Kauai #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Stud Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and soft without being too loose or too firm. The color applied evenly onto the lid, and it wore well for eight hours. NARS Stud (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Royal Highness (LE, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Velvet (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #1 (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Lunar
Lunar
Lunar
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Outer Limits
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Parallax
Parallax
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Pygar
Pygar
Pygar
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Stud
Stud
Stud

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NARS Consuming Red & Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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. Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (P, $27.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided on easily and didn’t tug on the lips. The texture is thin, so it feels clingier on the lips than some formulas, but it didn’t feel tight or drying initially. The color wore for six hours, and at the four-hour mark, it felt a bit drying. Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $27.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (85% similar). Tarte XOXO (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is glossier, cooler (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Consuming Red
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Infatuated Red

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NARS Melina Contour Blush Duo

NARS Melina Contour Blush
NARS Melina Contour Blush

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.

Melina (Highlight) is a muted, medium tan with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was fairly blendable and soft on the skin without looking dry or powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals The Ocean View (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Shadowplay (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Ambre Saison (P, $52.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is cooler, darker (80% similar). MAC Aphrodite's Shell (LE, $33.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Desert Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. This should work on medium-dark and darker skin tones (I’ll be curious to hear if this works on very deep skin tones–do let me know if you’ve tried it!) better than other contours. On me, a little went a long way, but it was blendable enough that I could use it as a more dramatic contour. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Galaxite (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Melina
Melina
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Sneak Peek: NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

The collection of NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) includes six, limited edition shades, with two shades released previously (though not under the name “Hardwired”). Here’s a quick look at them while I work on testing them!

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

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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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)

NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 2)

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner
NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner

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. MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Sephora Clubbing Stilettos (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Blue Lotus Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, violet-purple with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to a minor degree, but it was hard to get fully opaque coverage out of this shade. It could have also applied more evenly. The color started to migrate noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Grape)vine (P, $25.00) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Descanso (DC, $6.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Curacao Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and the consistency was soft enough to be comfortable, but the edge was firm enough to get a really crisp, even line of color. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades in the range. Colour Pop Bee Sting (P, $5.00)(95% similar). Colour Pop Bee Sting (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Cobalt (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Darklight Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, muted navy blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was good, though not fully opaque (and it didn’t layer and build to opaque fo rme). The texture was lightly creamy but seemed to have a little more slip, so it sometimes looked streaky applied–that streakiness was more noticeable if I applied a thicker line of color, whereas a thin line made it so thin that it wasn’t noticeable except in a magnifying mirror! This shade started to migrate to the outer corners of my lash line after seven and a half hours of wear. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $20.00)(90% similar). MAC Waveline (DC, $16.00) is glossier (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Midnight Blue (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Waveline (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $20.00) is glossier (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Over(night) (P, $25.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be creamy, “richly pigmented,” and “softly blendable.” It’s a new, permanent formula for fall, and it is available in eight shades. They are soft enough that they don’t tug or drag on the lash line, and they don’t feel sharp either, despite being a much firmer pencil eyeliner (not waxy like a lot of popular formulas) and tended to be more pigmented in one stroke. Some shades lasted for seven hours, while some lasted closer to nine hours.

NARS Velvet Eyeliner Black Moon
Black Moon
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Blue Lotus
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Curacao
Curacao
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Darklight
Darklight

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