Sculpting Multiple Duo
If you're in search of a product to create a subtle highlight/contour on skin, NARS' Sculpting Multiple Duo is worth a look.
Each duo comes as a double-ended, twist-up stick, with one highlighter shade and one contour (bronzer) shade that has a cream to powder finish. Once blended, each highlighter's fine shimmer sheers out for a light reflective glow, while the bronze/contour shades blend smoothly into skin.
The highlighters come in undertones of cream, gold and light peach, while the contour shades lean more toward a rich bronze color (instead of a neutral tone, which would be better for a more natural looking contour shape). Be forewarned the "contour" shade in the "Copacabana - Sidari Beach" duo (this is the lightest set) skews yellow—most will find it's hard to pull off as a bronzer or contour shade.
We noticed some textural differences between the shades—each has a cream-to-powder (non-emollient) feel, but some shades go on more smoothly than others. For instance, the bronze shade "Laguna" applied effortlessly, while its accompanying highlighter "Hot Sand" went on a tad clumpy at first (though it was easy to smooth out). On the plus side, the formula is fragrance free.
It boils down to this: If you want a duo that adds dimension without looking too contrasting, Sculpting Multiple Duo is worth trying in person to see if the colors are right for you.
- Creates subtle highlight/contour dimension.
- Easy to use by dabbing it on and smoothing with your fingers.
- Fragrance free.
- Some shades go on a tad clumpy (though they can be smoothed out).
- "Copacabana - Sidari Beach" duo skews yellow which can have limited appeal.
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 risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll 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 dont 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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.