A modern matte multipurpose makeup stick for lips and cheeks that may be used wet or dry. This innovative formula—the next wave makeup artistry for lips and cheeks—delivers vibrant pops and sensual sunkissed 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.
NARS’s Matte Multiple Collection has just released! The following shades are reviewed and depicted, below:
- Cappadoce: Golden bronze
- Vientiane: Copper bronze
- Altai: Rose bronze
- Laos: Rose coral
- Siam: Poppy red
- Exumas: Pink apricot
- Anguilla: Ginger pink
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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. You’ll notice that these Matte Multiple tubes are thinner than the original Multiple packaging.
Anguilla is a soft, dusty, yellow-based light pink. This shade will best suit fair and light skin tones. When applied to the lips, Anguilla looks the patchiest of all the Matte Multiple shades because of its light tone. It will emphasize any dry patches you have and settles just slightly into your lip lines. Applying the color with the “wet” method (see Ease of Use section for more information on this) avoids the patchy effect.
Exumas is a light, dusty mandarin orange. This is probably my favorite shade to apply on the lips, mostly because it’s more unique than the other Matte Multiple shades, and is a very wearable orange shade for both the lips and the cheeks. When applied to the lips wet, Exumas takes on a slight sheen in its finish and is a tiny bit brown-toned.
Laos is a slightly dusty, soft pink-rose. When applied to the lips, this is a bit more pink-toned (likely because the lips are more pink than the rest of the face). The color wears nicely on the lips without making them look patchy.
Siam is a bright, bold, and vibrant fiery coral. This color goes on more opaquely than the rest of the Matte Multiples. This will leave a light stain on the skin when applied to the cheeks. When applied to the lips, you get a pretty strong stain. And when you use the “wet” application method, you get an even stronger stain.
Altai is a mostly neutral, but slightly grey- and yellow- based tan (not at all “rose” bronze). This is a great contouring color on NC 15-25 skin. It also works as a nude lip color. For the lips, I prefer using the “wet” application method to avoid making the lips look too brown.
Vientiane is a definitively warm-toned tan with a hint of an orange undertone. This would be a suitable contouring color for those with medium, warm-toned skin. It would also work as a bronzing color.
Cappadoce is very close to Vientiane. It’s slightly less orange-tinted and deeper in color. But once these 2 shades are blended out, it’s hard to tell the difference. You definitely do not need to purchase both of these shades.
Overall, the Matte Multiples have good pigmentation. The formula is powdery-feeling, but is not drying on the cheeks. Also, even though the colors are matte, these Multiples don’t make the skin look flat. When used on the lips, the formula does have a powdery surface, but for being a matte product, I did not find that the Multiples dried out my lips any significant amount.
The Matte Multiples last for approximately 5 hours on the cheeks before showing signs of fading. On the lips, this product is not long-wearing. The product will come off as soon as you put your lips to anything. Siam is an exception, since it stains the lips.
I didn’t find that using the “wet” application method made that much of a difference when applying these shades on the cheeks. They are a bit more translucent, but you can get the same effect by applying less product or blending more with the “dry” application method.
For the lips, though, I found that these shades looked better when applied with the “wet” method. Although the color will be less opaque, you’ll get a smoother application with the “wet” method and you’ll avoid the flaky, dry finish that the matte formula can produce on the lips when applied dry. Using the “wet” application method on the lips also helps the shades stain the lips better than with the “dry” method.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
Overall, the Matte Multiples blend out pretty smoothly. The best way to use these is to apply them over a liquid foundation. Doing so allows the product to spread out more easily and smoothly. I also find that using a dabbing motion creates a more flattering effect than trying to blend by dragging or buffing the color with a brush. So, take a dense, synthetic-bristled brush, drag it across the end of the Matte Multiple, and then apply to the cheeks with a dabbing motion.
For the lips, you can apply the product from the tube with your fingers. If you want a more precise application (especially with Siam, which is a very bold shade), you can also use a lip brush. The Matte Multiples blend much more easily if you apply them with the “wet” method. Just dampen your finger before picking up the product and applying it to the lips. Same goes if you use a brush.
Before the release of Matte Multiples, Multiples contained 0.5 ounces and cost $39.00. The Matte Multiples also cost $39.00, but are almost half the amount of product at just 0.26 ounces! This is a throw-back to Tarte’s decision to cut their Spring 2014 Cheek Stain sizes in half while still charging customers the same price.
There just isn’t an acceptable justification for making your customers pay TWICE the amount for a product–especially for an item like the Multiple which is already expensive! You can get matte cream cheek products from many other companies (Clinique, Shiseido, NYX) for much less money without compromising the quality of the product.