It’s quite exciting to iconic beauty products reinvented, and the new NARS Matte Multiple ($39 USD / $46 CAD) is worth all of the hype it’s getting. I’ve been playing with these new cream color sticks for a little while now, and I have to start off this review by telling you… these aren’t your typical cream blushes.
The new “modern matte” formula (aka matte, but not chalky- the formula still allows the healthy glow of your natural complexion to show through) is actually very different from the original, not just in texture, but in application and pigmentation as well.
The new collection features seven gorgeous shades, including bright blushes and deep bronzes and each can be used wet or dry. Think of the reverse of a mineral eyeshadow… these products apply more sheer and translucent when wet and more opaque when dry. You can use your fingers, a brush or sponge to apply them… but I feel like blending them out with fingers gives the most flawless finish. They can also be used on cheeks and lips, in typical NARS Multiple fashion.
The lighter shades like Anguilla, Exumas and Laos work really well dry for a bright, vibrant pop of color on cheeks and lips. The deeper shades like the bronzes and Siam almost need a little moisture to help blend them. The texture is lightweight, creamy and much more buildable than the Original formula. The most important factor here though, is how comfortable they are. Usually matte lip colors are drying, but these ones felt quite comfortable on the lips (even though I much prefer them on the cheeks- it’s still a little awkward to apply them to the lips both directly and by using a finger).
The bronze shades are fantastic for contouring, however I would definitely recommend blending them out with a damp sponge for a sheer, smooth effect. The deep shades like Cappadoce and Vientiane are very dark and can look a little muddy or patchy if applied dry. I actually preferred Altai the most (it applies slightly darker than it looks in the tube) for my light skin tone… it gave a gorgeous bronzy glow that looked healthy, natural and was easy to contour with. My favorite shades of blush to complement it? I’m torn between Anguilla and Exumas- both are stunning (even though I thought I’d be in love with Siam at first sight, it was just a tad too hard to work with). Check out the how-to videos for more tips on how to apply them.
As someone who admittedly hasn’t completely hopped on the NARS Multiple bandwagon with enthusiasm (I’ve always just kinda liked them)… these ones are totally different. I love the creamy texture, the flattering colors, the ease of application, the lasting power and the gorgeous, modern matte finish. Skin looks healthy and glowing.
Seriously… good luck choosing only one. Here’s hoping for limited edition shades to make appearances in future color collections!
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Don't be fooled, the new Matte Multiple is quite different from the original. These can be used wet or dry for different effects, and the buildable formula leaves you with plenty of possibilities. The lighter shades are easier to apply dry while the deeper shades require some moisture to help blend the pigmented formula. The modern matte texture allows the natural glow of your complexion to show through for the most natural, flawless finish.