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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LORAC Black The Skinny Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a mix of darker neutral shades that ranges from a gray-ish beige to a medium-dark black. The quality is decent to good, but the more powdery formula could benefit greatly from an eyeshadow primer/base. A few shades are powdery enough where they don’t adhere smoothly to the lid or they’ll dust away as you blend them. The wear was decent at seven and a half hours on average, despite no primer. The darker shades were a little firmer and harder to blend, while the lighter shades felt very smooth and finely-milled (but on the powdery side).

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LORAC Black Skinny Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Skinny Palette Black
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Limited Edition
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Sneak Peek: Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette Photos & Swatches

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my haul of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives, which I photographed for the most part, but I still have a whole palette to swatch and then almost all of it still to test, so it’s going to be a bit. That leads me to: sneak peeks! The first I have ready to share with you is Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00), which includes eight eyeshadows and one blush, plus a mascara. I wish they had skipped the mascara and gone with a lower price.

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Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette

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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MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold combination (which I love seeing!), and I think the colors work really well together. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. With Claretluxe, I think it is most viable damp or if used dry, over a slightly tacky or white-hued base. The wear was good, and for the most part, the shades were true to description: sheer when used dry, richer when used damp.

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MAC Claretluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Claretluxe
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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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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