NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

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NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave / Singapore Quads | Look Details
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad
NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad

Mojave

NARS Mojave Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new set of neutrals with a metallic taupe, deep brown, deep gold, and soft, satiny beige. The four shades would work well for a more subdued–but shimmery–neutral look with slight warmth but doesn’t lean orange. I think those who prefer more buildable pigmentation and/or use an eyeshadow primer will find this easy to work with.

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NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #1 Eyeshadow (2018)

Mojave #1

Mojave #1 is a medium, rosy taupe with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had a softer, drier consistency that was a little powdery to the touch. It applied with semi-sheer coverage that was somewhat buildable if I pressed and really patted it on with a dry brush, but it needed to be used with a dampened brush to get opaque pigmentation that applied well, blended out easily, and didn’t have fallout. Applied dry, it lasted about six hours but applied with a dampened brush, it lasted for eight hours on me with slight fallout.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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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NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #2 Eyeshadow (2018)

Mojave #2

Mojave #2 is a deep brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full pigmentation with less than half of a layer added on top. The texture was soft, velvety, and bendable with a smidgen of powderiness in the pan, but it didn’t sheer out too readily. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
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NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #3 Eyeshadow (2018)

Mojave #3

Mojave #3 is a deep gold with warm, copper undertones and a pearly sheen. It had rich pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen dusty in the pan but adhered well to bare skin without fallout. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before I noticed a bit of fading.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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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NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Mojave #4 Eyeshadow (2018)

Mojave #4

Mojave #4 is a light beige with strong, warm yellow undertones and a satin sheen. The consistency was more powdery and had some fallout when I worked with it; I found it easier to apply to areas like my brow bone prior to putting on the deeper shades. It had good pigmentation, though, and blended out easily. It lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Because it could be used as either warmer or slightly cooler, I could see this quad making for a decent work or school palette. Although, it does lack a matte transition shade.

This is quite a lovely cohesive palette from NARS – although it would have been nicer if Mohave 1 was of better quality – it could have been the hero of the quad.
Beautiful eye look Christine.

Thanks for reviewing this, Christine! Been eyeing it for a while, seems like it has good potential to be a nice easy neutral workhorse quad.

I think if I didn’t already have Smashbox Minimalist and Tartlette Tease (my 2 really “go to” small packages that pack a lot of good shadows), I’d be interested in this but, fortunately, I’m “covered” and for a lot less than the $65 this retails for here in Canada.

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