I was one of the people who was excited for the release of the new matte Multiples from NARS. I mean, finally a Multiple without the shimmer or glitter. It’s something to rejoice about especially for anyone who has an oily skin and larger-than-life pores.
When I got my order, I immediately unboxed Altai. I kept thinking, “This measly thing for $39? WT-?!?!?” Some part of me was disappointed. And it seemed that my disappointment did not stop there.
Next Wave Makeup Artistry for Lips and Cheeks
Vibrant pops and sensual sun-kissed modern matte hues for lips and cheeks. Used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color; used wet, color melts into skin with an imperceptibly smooth, sheer finish.
How to Use:
Dry Application: High-Impact Finish
· Apply directly from the stick to cheeks or lips and blend with fingertips.
· May also be applied by tapping Matte Multiple with fingertips and blending product onto cheeks or lips.
Wet Application: Sheer Finish
· Dampen fingertips, then tap Matte Multiple and blend product onto cheeks or lips for an ultra smooth, second-skin effect.
I’ve seen the regular Multiples. They have a huge amount of product, 0.50 oz in fact. And compared to the matte ones, reduced to 0.26oz (disappointment #1) for the same price, what was NARS thinking??? Packaging is the same as the old Multiples albeit a thinner version of it.
Altai is described as a rose-bronze. When I think of rose-bronze, what actually comes to mind is a slightly cool-toned bronze. I thought, even without seeing initial swatches and reviews, that it might be a good contour shade for my pale face. I did not expect it to be warmer in my swatch as compared to the color in the tube (disappointment #2).
The product itself is creamy and easy to blend on the cheeks. It does work as a subtle contouring shade on me. It has a semi-matte finish and lasts quite a while, about 8 hours on me. I did layer it a few times to get the desired effect I want below my cheekbones. And it adds a pleasant overall warmth when I apply it as a cream bronzer. I suspect that a little will go a long way with the other shades.
I just don’t advise using it on the lips. Well, at least in my case, they are very drying, uncomfortable and cling to dry patches (disappointment #3). Once was enough for a test-drive, never again.
Will it stop me from purchasing other shades? Probably not. Anguilla, Laos, Exumas and Siam all look gorgeous from swatches I’ve seen around. I do want to have them as some point but defeinitely not now. The $39 pricetag is a little too steep for a 0.026 oz Multiple in my opinion.
If NARS decides to change something about this product, I vouch either adding more product or decreasing the price. And I bet other beauty fanatics will also want the same thing to happen.
Have you tried the new matte Multiples from NARS?