Product Type: Nars makeup
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Over-hyped and overpriced?
Member Name: Kittenpeach
Advantages: Nice range of shades, long lasting, fab packaging.
Disadvantages: Doesn't live up to it's 'multiple' claims, and the prices is a little ridiculous.
Why did I buy this product?
I bought a couple of these 'Multiples' a couple of years ago, after reading great things about them in magazine and on the internet. I was going through a phase of wanting to try out lots of 'high end' beauty products, and seeing as this one had been particularly hyped up, I thought it would be a great addition to my make-up bag.
What is it?
Nars describe this product as "the original multifunction colour stick", and it is basically a colour that can be used on cheeks, lips, and eyes. I don't think all the shades would be particularly flattering on the eyes though, most of the shades look like typical blusher colours, which is why I don't think they would be viable for an eye colour. Perhaps I am missing something here? Maybe they could work as a highlighter across the brow bone, but I do think this would look rather strange on most people.
This product comes in classic Nars packaging - it is very stylish and minimalistic which I think would appeal to a lot of people. It comes in a black tube, similar to a typical lipstick or concealer tube, but it is considerably more chunky and thick. The Nars logo is emblazoned across the side of the tube. All in all, I think this would look classy on anyone's dressing table, and I can't find fault with it. It's very simple to use, you just pop the cap off and twist the product up, and I've found the tube to be very durable as I've had mine for a couple of years.
The formula feels extremely creamy and luxe as you apply it to your face. The shades I chose had a nice shimmery effect, so I found that they add some pretty highlights to my cheeks. It's really easy to blend into your skin, so I would recommend this product if you don't have a lot of time to apply your make-up, as you can't really go wrong with it. It seems to last all day which is really important to me, as I don't like having to re-apply make-up during the day. It's also very buildable, so you can really play around with how sheer or opaque you want the colour to be.
My main gripe with this product, is I really don't see how you can use it as a lip or eye colour. When applying this as a lipstick, it seems to lose all of it's creaminess, and feels almost gritty on the lips. It definitely doesn't feel moisturising at all, it just doesn't look flattering. Maybe I just didn't choose the right shades, but I can't make it work as a lip colour at all.
There's quite a good selection of shades to choose from, and as I said most of them look like typical blusher shades. I chose 'Orgasm' which is arguably one of their most popular shades, and is described as a "peachy pink with shimmer", I think this shade is fairly flattering on pale skin tones, and the shimmer really is noticeable, so if you aren't into shimmery colours, then I don't think you would like this at all. The other shade I chose is called 'Portifino' and is described as a "shimmering coral", I'm not as keen on this one, I think it looks more red than coral if I'm being honest, and it does come out looking quite dark. I really do like the names Nars gives to each shade, as most of them seemed to be named after exotic destinations such as 'Palm Beach' and 'St. Barts' - I think this really plays in to the 'luxe' high end image that Nars is shooting for, and it does seem to make them more tempting to buy.
Price and availability.
These little sticks certainly don't come cheap, coming in at a whopping £29.00 on the Nars website. I think this is absolutely extortionate to be perfectly frank. Although they have both lasted me a long time, I doubt I would purchase another in the future, as I'm sure I could find a cheaper alternative on the high street. These might be nice as a one off treat of gift for a make-up enthusiast, but they are not really in the price range at the moment!
They are available from Nars stores and the Nars website, or department stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
As nice as this product is, I think it's very overpriced. I'd be happy to pay around £15.00 for it, seeing as I don't think it really works very well as a lip or eye product.
Summary: A good quality face product, but not one that I'd rush to re-purchase.