Few beauty products can really be called iconic, but Nars’ The Multiple is one that you’d be seriously pushed to deny the accolade. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a photo shoot and not seen several Multiples in the artist’s kit bag. I’ve rarely known a beauty industry insider without at least one shade in her possession, and when I interview female celebrities and ask them to spill their beauty secrets, they so often cite these twist-up cheek and lip cremes as their go-to make-up item, that I’m almost tempted to ask them to change the record for variety.
Me? I own several, of course. I think they’re wonderful, easy, clever, versatile – I use them on others a lot (peachy-corally Portofino is my favourite – it can look beautiful on any skintone). But they’ve never been my personal staple because on my own face, I like shimmer-free cheek and lip colour. A little glimmer looks fab on others but matte, creamy colour is just my thing.
So to say I was excited to try Nars’ long overdue Matte Multiple is to rather underdo it. These, launched this week at Space NK, share all the great things about the original – exceptionally easy application (just dab on your cheeks and blend the circle outwards, and apply to lips with your finger or a lip brush), impressive longevity (one touch up a day, max), generous packaging, and fantastic colours (six in all). Anguilla, a pale, dusky rose, has been on my face for the past fortnight with scarcely a break. Siam is the most stunning vibrant red that looks incredible on tanned, olive, brown and black complexions. Meanwhile, the browner shades are so natural-looking that they make great contouring tones, cream eye shadows and bronzers.
But what these don’t have is the shimmer of the original. None. Not a glint. This gives them a softness, more sophistication, a youthful but really chic look. It makes them more forgiving on uneven skintone, texture, lines, dry lips. They can be worn as part of a full face, or smudged on with a few strokes of mascara for a casual but co-ordinated look. Basically, what Nars has done is make the world’s easiest make-up even easier.
Like the originals, Matte Multiples are priced at £30 but so big and chunky that they’ll last for ages. They’re available now at Space NK stores nationwide. Starting on April 4th, Nars will hold a competition, giving away a full set of Matte Multiples (worth £210) each day for four days. To enter, see the Nars Facebook page. Check out the entries by following the #NARSMULTIPLE hashtag on Instagram.
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