The NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows are a limited edition collection of six metallic shades, sold as singles, that NARS has released for Fall 2016. Besides the dual intensity eyeshadow palette (reviewed here), I don’t own any of the NARS eyeshadow singles or duos. Which is partially why I was surprised at how drawn I was to the Hardwired release. Maybe it has something to do with all the glitter we are seeing this season. Or maybe I had holidays on the brain (in August, rolls eyes at myself)…because of the six available shades, I chose the gold and silver: Pygar and the Parallax.
Sephora says: An exclusive, limited-edition collection of single-shade, metallic eye shadows. Get high-pigment color payoff with metallic shine. These long-wearing, crease-resistant shades glide on evenly, smoothly, and blend effortlessly. Just apply a single, sheer layer for a luminous effect or wear them layered for dramatic shine.
The NARS Hardwired eyeshadows are packaged the same as the regular single shadows from NARS. Personally, I think there’s something so attractive about the brand’s signature black rubberized casing with white print. Granted, the ease of attracting finger prints is somewhat annoying but you can’t deny how sleek it looks. You also get a handy mirror that’s the full size of the compact.
As I visited the U.S. recently, I was able to swatch all six of the shades in store at Sephora. I know that Outer Limits is one of the more popular choices from the collection. However, I ended up choosing Pygar and Parallax not only because I loved the colors but I also felt that they were smoother, more pigmented and finely-milled than the other shades. Although Stud, a bronze taupe, was also very nice, I resisted buying three.
Pygar is described as a gold lamé. If you don’t like yellow tones but want a glistening gold, then this is the shade for you. It is a beautiful and richly pigmented cool metallic gold that has a hint of a green undertone. There is glitter in there but it is not “glittery”, if you know what I mean. My photos don’t do it justice as I’m not able to capture the full effect of the metallic finish with my camera but trust me it’s simple stunning. Texture-wise, Pygar is super smooth and quite soft – you can feel its richness when you touch it. Better yet, it applies to the eye evenly, doesn’t crease or gather in lid folds and wears for a full 8 hours without fallout.
Parallax is described as a dove grey. Silver is not usually my thing but there was something about Parallax’s cool, gray-blue undertones that drew me in. Also, I can safely say that I do not have a color like this in my collection. Again, my photos don’t quite capture the true beauty of this shade. Like Pygar, it has intense pigment and a metallic finish though a little less glitter. It applied and blended well, also wearing for about 7 hours with very minor fall out. There was a little bit of creasing after about 5 hours but nothing crazy. A primer helps. To me, Parallax does for my brown eyes what a blue can do without being blue. Does that make sense?
Here are the shadows swatched side by side. The first photo is in natural light with no flash while in the second I used flash to better capture the reflective glitter.
Below, I’ve applied both Pygar and Parallax to the lids and lower lash line, blending them out into the crease with deep matte brown. These aren’t really eye looks as such but, rather, a demonstration of how the eye shadows look in the eyes.
Overall, I’m a fan and really glad I picked these up even though they are $25.00 USD a pop. They are limited edition and exclusive to Sephora.
Have you checked out the NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows?
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