Temptalia Logo
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
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.

Shade I (2015) is a light-medium beige with a subtle, almost cool tone to it (runs a little gray-ish) with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery and prone to getting everywhere, both in the pan as well as on the eye. It lasted for six hours before fading. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is cooler. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Nassau (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade II (2015) is a muted, medium-dark taupe with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It’s very powdery, thin, and doesn’t adhere well to the skin. This needs a sticky primer–desperately–to yield better color payoff as well as to last longer than the measly four hours it did. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Feeling Grey-t (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade III (2015) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft shimmer… except that it’s so powdery that the shimmer disappears and it looks more matte applied. It goes on unevenly and turns rather patchy as soon as I started to blend it on the skin. It was a complete disaster to use and had disappeared after five hours but had noticeably degraded after a mere two and a half hours. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P, ) is lighter. NARS Zagreb (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Black #5 (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade IV is a soft, yellowed beige with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a soft consistency that wasn’t too powdery that applied decently to the skin, but it’s no savior for the palette as a whole. It lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade V is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, gold pearl over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth consistency, but I found it more challenging to blend out in the crease as it looked uneven. It wore for seven hours before fading. Too Faced Punk (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade VI is a dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It was slightly firmer in the pan, but it was prone to sheering out and looking blotchy on the lid. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is darker. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Pandora (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is . First 15 dupes, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Via de Martelli is a medium-dark, mahogany brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It lasted for eight hours on me before thinning. Stila Spice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Espresso (P, $20.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Tiramisu (P, $9.00) is warmer. MAC Gentrified (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

See more photos & swatches!

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Shade I (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade I (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade I (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade I (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade II (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade II (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade II (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade II (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade III (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade III (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade III (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade III (2015) Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade IV Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade IV Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade IV Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade IV Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade V Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade V Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade V Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade V Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade VI Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade VI Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Shade VI Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Shade VI Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Via de'Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Via de’Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Via de'Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Via de’Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Via de'Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Via de’Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Product Availability

NARS Fall 2015 Eye Kit $59.00/0.24 OZ.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!

About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

43 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic.

Please do not ask if/when a review will be posted as we cannot review everything and often change priorities from day-to-day. If you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us. Thank you!

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

Seriously, what the heck has gotten into NARS lately? This shadow palette and most others they’ve released in the last year have been so, so bad. Get yourself together already!

UGH – what a great way to alienate potential permanent customers! The price for this palette isn’t cheap – roughly 10 dollars per shadow (compare that to the value in that little LORAC palette!) and for this price, honestly, the shadows should be first rate. NARS is capable of making some truly stellar shadows but I’ve also known some pretty crummy shadows have come from them too. They really ought to focus on their “winner” formulas and not release stuff this shoddy.

All of these shades have/had nearly identical dupes (or at least similar enough when actually applied to the eye) in the original formulations. Instead of rehashing/reformulating such badic shades, I wish NARS would bring back some of the DC’d “classics” (ie, Emmanuelle, Barbuda, Santorini, Moulin Rouge…). Some of us got into NARS after these once popular shades were DC’d, and I’m quite certain longtime loyalists would need replacements by now. I get the whole basic, neutral palette bandwagon, but like I said, those of us already loyal to the brand have the permanent singles/duos. I also skip these palettes due to the shape/size, as the method I have for storing my vast hoard of NARS shadows simply won’t accommodate them…

Oh wow..I know I have said it before. But, Nars has gone so downhill recently. I really think they should just replace this formula with the dual intensity formula.

I’m not sure why they put out this formula again — I don’t think the first palette sold out or anything?

Is it just me or do the shades in this Hardwired palette look very similar to the Inoubliable Coup d’Oeil palette from last year ?

And another horrid palette. Then again, just looking at the preview swatches, one could tell that this one was going to score poorly. But this palette is so awful it belongs in “hot-mess” category!

Oh NARS. I totally agree with you. I don’t ‘get’ this formula. I have real trouble patting it on to opacity because of, maybe, how dry it is? I wasn’t sure what was up, but I did know it wasn’t working.

I own some NARS shadows in singles and duos. I know they can do better than this. Why do brands do this? What if it’s someone’s first time using their product? Don’t they want them to like it enough to buy more? *SMH* That green is so pretty, if they’d just done that well with the rest.

Again a miss from Nars? If it were a budget brand, okay… but this is ridiculous. For that price, you should be more than sure of great quality! Boo, Nars!

Wow – another massive miss for NARS – how could this be so bad? At least my favourite colour in the palette was of reasonable quality – the lovely green. But still…..

This could have been good, I like the mix of colours in the pan, but you only need to see the swatches to see that this shouldn’t have left the factory.
I don’t think I have used the formula, I do love the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, though.

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!