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NARS Madrid, China Blue, Goldfinger, Goa, Hellcat, Night Clubbing, Blondie Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (2018)

01/09

NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Twinkling Night Sky Look | Look Details
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Twinkling Night Sky Look | Look Details
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Twinkling Night Sky Look | Look Details
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Madrid

NARS Madrid Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dirty, taupe-brown with warm gold and lavender sparkle. It had medium coverage when applied dry and opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The dampened brush also yielded a better consistency, as it was smoother, adhered more evenly, and resulted in less fallout, though this shade was somewhat usable–at least over an eyeshadow primer–dry for a subtle, sparkling effect. It lasted for six hours dry (with some fallout) and eight hours wet (with minor fallout).

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity." It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

Browse all of our NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.


01/07

NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Twinkling Night Sky Look | Look Details
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Twinkling Night Sky Look | Look Details
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018)

China Blue

NARS China Blue Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, navy blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too thin or too dense in the pan. There was slight powderiness in the pan, but it did not translate on the lid–no dryness and no fallout. It blended out fairly easily–not as nicely as the best of warm neutrals but for this type of shade, it was a welcome respite from troublesome deep, matte hues! It darkened slightly on my lid, though, so it appeared a bit more like a blackened blue. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a touch.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich, high-impact color" that is "lightweight" and has "increased blendability." Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks "melted" on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS' eyeshadows for years and didn't change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

01/08

NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018)

Goldfinger

NARS Goldfinger Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer that adhered fairly evenly to bare skin, though the texture was somewhat powdery and had a touch of fallout during application. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before starting to crease on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich, high-impact color" that is "lightweight" and has "increased blendability." Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks "melted" on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS' eyeshadows for years and didn't change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

01/08

NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Goa

NARS Goa Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, olive-leaning green with strong, warm brownundertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation with a warmer, browner appearance and slight fallout during application, but it applied better dry than a lot of the other Hardwired shades. Applied wet, it had opaque coverage where the green sparkle and shimmer came through more noticeably; it adhered smoothly to bare skin and stayed on well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity." It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

Browse all of our NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

01/08

NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Hellcat

NARS Hellcat Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, army green with warm, olive undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had a more muted, dirtier appearance when applied dry, where it was also more frosted (less metallic). The texture was soft, more loosely pressed with some excess product that kicked up in the pan when used with a dry brush. Applied wet, the eyeshadow went on with opaque coverage that adhered well to bare skin for a smooth, even finish that lasted well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity." It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

Browse all of our NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

01/07

NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

Night Clubbing

NARS Night Clubbing Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with subtle, warm brown undertones and a faint, golden sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was soft, a smidgen powdery in the pan, but the eyeshadow went on evenly and blended out with ease. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.04 oz. - $550.00 Per Ounce

The formula "can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity." It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

Browse all of our NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

01/07

NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Smoky Green Look | Look Details
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018)

Blondie

NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (2018) ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a soft, yellowed taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was a smidgen dusty in the pan but applied evenly and blended out well on bare skin. It lasted for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.04 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "rich, high-impact color" that is "lightweight" and has "increased blendability." Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks "melted" on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS' eyeshadows for years and didn't change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

Browse all of our NARS Eyeshadow (2018) swatches.

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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.)

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Because I am a major sucker for smokey green eye looks, you know I’m loving these shades and this look you put together with them! So. I definitely am eying Hellcat and Night Clubbing to add to my consortium of green and green friendly e/s’s….😉

Quite a collections of gorgeous autumnal shades and your eye looks are stunning Christine.
A comment on a couple of shades – China Blue – I love blue eyeshadows, but this one I don’t because it is not a true navy and the swatch looks like it would come across as too thick to use easily.
Both the olive greens shown are fairly similar to each other too.
And I love the Madrid shade, but I don’t understand how a brand can get Stud (which is a dupe for Madrid) so right and yet get this one a tad wrong.

Hey CK,

While it is irritating to feel like one is paying more or for less, I don’t finish products so I’d rather pay less than get more and pay more, if that makes sense. For the duos, I don’t know why there wasn’t a bigger drop in price, but the singles are cheaper now than before.

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