Review & Swatches: NARS Multiple in “Undress Me”

NARS Multiple in Undress Me

Availability: Sephora, NARS
Price: $39.00

Company’s Description

François Nars’ iconic innovation, the original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique creamy formula and sheer color blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Apply with fingers: the skin’s warmth allows for perfect blending.

NARS’ famous Multiples come in a dozen shades and are said to be adaptable for use on the cheeks, eyes, lips and body. This review is for the new multiple released with NARS’ Fall 2012 collection–Undress Me–which the company describes as a ballerina pink with silver shimmer.

Packaging: 9/10

This Multiple packaging is made of NARS’ classic, black rubberized plastic. The product comes in a cylindrical tube that has a slide-off cap. The base of the tube twists and pushes up the product.

Quality: 7/10

In the tube, Undress Me looks like a soft, dusty, ballerina pink with small, silver shimmer particles. But once the color is applied to the skin, all you get is lots of silver shimmer. In fact, I would lean towards calling them glitter particles instead of fine shimmer particles. The individualized glitter particles don’t bring a luminous quality to the skin the way a product with more finely-milled shimmer would. And there is no underlying pink color. The pale pink might show up on skin that’s lighter than mine (meaning NW 15 or lighter), but it definitely did not show through on my skin.

The formula in isolation is good. It has enough creaminess to blend in easily to the skin but still leaves a matte finish. I applied the product to my lips to see what it would look like. The dusty pink shows through a tiny bit more, but the silver glitter just doesn’t look flattering. The formula is also a bit powdery/dry on the lips.

In terms of wear-time, this Multiple also performs well. I don’t have any problem with glitter fall-out, and the particles adhered to the skin all day.

In the end, Undress Me simply doesn’t have a flattering color or effect on the skin. The good formula and wear-time redeem the product somewhat, and if you have very pale skin, this product might actually give your cheeks a hint of pink color. But otherwise, I would pass on this Multiple if you’re looking for either a highlighter or a blush.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

The formula is not hard to work with. You can swipe the product directly onto the skin and then buff with a brush or spread the color out with your fingers. I like to swipe a dense, rounded brush over the Multiple and then buff it into the skin.

I ended up applying a blush on top of Undress Me so that my cheeks had color. The shade doesn’t work that well as just a highlighter because it doesn’t leave a sheen to the skin and it doesn’t bring enough color to the cheeks to work as a shimmery blush, so you have to apply something on top if you want color in your cheeks.

Price: 8/10

For $39.00 you get 0.5 ounces of product. For comparison, Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Sticks cost $21.00 and contain 0.21 ounces; Tarte’s Cheek Stains cost $30.00 and contain 1 ounce; Shiseido’s Accentuating Color Sticks cost $33.00 and contain 0.35 ounces. $39.00 feels like quite a steep price, and it is on the expensive side, but you’re getting a decent amount of product. It’s a better deal than the price suggests, though it’s certainly not the best price-for-product ratio out there.

Final Grade

NARS Multiple in Undress Me

NARS Multiple in Undress Me

NARS Multiple in Undress Me

NARS Multiple in Undress Me

NARS Multiple in Undress Me Swatch

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Multiple in “Undress Me”

  1. Lisa B. says:

    I saw this on Cafe Makeup a bit ago and was skeptical…I’m glad I held off now! 🙂

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