The NARS Multiples have been a popular product in the blogosphere for years. More than once, I’ve stood in Sephora playing with them, debating whether or not to purchase. I always decided to pass… until the new Matte Multiples were released. This new line features seven matte colors in twist up packaging, formulated to be a multipurpose cream makeup stick for lips and cheeks that can be used wet or dry. There are three bronzer shades and four lip/cheek shades, and it was impossible to choose just one (or two or three), so I ended up coming home with four!
Altai, Exumas, Laos, Siam
The Matte Multiple formula is impressively easy to work with. They don’t “stain” the skin as much as typical cream products, making them really easy to blend out and harder to overdo. I can apply quite a bit of product and it still blends and evens out without giving me clownface (has this term been coined in the blogosphere yet? If not, it is now!). If you use a damp sponge or brush to apply these wet, you will get a sheerer effect, but I prefer to use these dry.
I snagged one of the bronzers in the shade Altai. This is the lightest and least orange color of the bronzer selection, and it works well with my fair complexion. My favorite way to use this is for contouring. I draw a line from my temple to the outer corner of my mouth, and use a dense synthetic brush to blend it out. The result is extremely natural. I also bring this up around my forehead and along my jaw line.
For blush/lip colors, I picked up Exumas, Laos, and Siam. I find that the easiest way to apply these on the cheeks is to tap on a few dots and blend with my fingers. To apply to the lips, either fingers or a lip brush work.
Exumas is a bright coral orange, and I almost passed on this one because I was afraid it may be too orange for my complexion. As it turns out, Exumas is my favorite of all of the shades I chose! Paired with Altai my face looks healthy and warm, like I’ve spent a weekend in the sun.
Laos is a warm pink, the kind that you can pair with almost any makeup look, any time of the year. The color isn’t really unique, but it is very pretty.
Last, but not least, SIAM. When I laid eyes on Siam, I knew it was a beast I would have to tame. The color is intimidating in every way: bright, pigmented, poppy RED. The girl at the counter warned me that it may not work for my fair skin, but I was willing to risk some clownfacing to find out if I could get away with such a powerhouse shade. If I use a lighter hand and blend really well, it actually works! The result is definitely bold, but I tend to prefer heavy-handed blush looks anyway, so I kind of love it. BEAST TAMED! The color is gorgeous on the lips too.
Now for the moment of truth: are the Matte Multiples worth the hype? I LOVE the way these apply and wear on the cheeks, because they’re easy. I don’t have to worry too much about blotchiness or going overboard. But these are marketed as a multipurpose product, not just a cheek color, and guess what? I don’t like these on the lips AT ALL. The color applies patchy and accentuates dryness. It doesn’t feel or wear well. Even with a color as gorgeous as Siam, I would reach for virtually anything else for a lip formula unless I was in a pinch and it was all I had. So if I’m grading this as a “multiple”, it doesn’t pass every use with flying colors.
That being said, if you are okay with just using these on the cheeks, I definitely recommend them for blush/contouring. Altai and Exumas have been my go-to cheek combination these days and I’m smitten.
The NARS Matte Multiples retail for $39 (0.26 oz.) and are now permanently available wherever NARS cosmetics are sold.
Have you tried these? Do you have a favorite “multiple” product that works for cheeks AND lips? I’d love to know!