The Multiple from NARS is one of the brand's iconic products, and since its launch over a decade ago it has expanded into over a dozen shades in varying degrees of intensity and shimmer. These twist-up stick formulas add a sheer to intense wash of color to cheeks, eyes or lips—though we would say by far their strength lies in use as blush or highlighters. Due to their emollient finish, they are ideal for those with normal to dry skin—those with oily or acne-prone skin may find their formulas undesirable.
NARS offers these in varying formulas, some shades work well as blush, while others are more suited to highlighters—their opalescent Copacabana shade is particularly a cult-favorite due to its dewy, luminous effect on skin. (The brand regularly features limited edition shades as well.)
As mentioned, nearly all of The Multiples have some degree of shine, but in many cases, the shimmer is finely milled and wearable for daytime (if that is your preference). Those with chunky, more obvious glitter are easy to pick out—while we didn't find the glitter to flake, it is often readily apparent when worn during the day (particularly the Orgasm shade).
These blend quite easily onto skin, and can be used over foundation or bare skin for a sheer wash of color that can be layered for more intensity. To NARS credit, nearly all of the shades are pigmented enough to work on any skin tone.
Despite the recommendation from NARS to wear these as eye and lip colors, we found that their effect is short lived. Too creamy for the eyelids, yet not moisturizing enough for the lips, we would recommend considering these only based on whether you like their effect as a blush or highlighter, as that's how you'll likely use them.
Though these are on the pricey side, their size means you'll have them for quite some time before using up the entire product. The Multiple earned its high rating for its wide range of colors and beautiful finish on skin—if you're in the mood to splurge, these are absolutely worth testing next time you're near a NARS cosmetic counter.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Silica, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Candelilla Cera Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera), Ozokerite, Nylon 66, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain (+/-): Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77007 (Ultramarines). Note: Ingredients may vary by shade.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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