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Sali is having multiples over bold, shimmer free, iconic sticks of goodness


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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