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NARS Matte Multiples Review

NARS MAtte Multiple Altai Anguilla Review Swatches

Today I’ve got two of the NARS Matte Multiples to show you. I’m a fan of the original Multiples and I have two full sizes – Luxor and Puerto Vallarta. I also have a few minis from a holiday set in Orgasm, Copacabana and South Beach. I prefer to use them on the cheeks or the eyes. I don’t like them on the lips.

About NARS Matte Multiples
A modern matte multipurpose makeup stick for lips and cheeks that may be used wet or dry. This innovative formula—the next wave makeup artistry for lips and cheeks—delivers vibrant pops and sensual sunkissed modern matte hues for lips and cheeks. Used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color; used wet, color melts into skin with an imperceptibly smooth, sheer finish.

  • This product may be used on both lips and cheeks and wet or dry for different effects.
  • Used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color; used wet, color melts into skin with an imperceptibly smooth, sheer finish.
  • For dry application, apply directly to cheeks or lips and pat with fingertips to blend.
  • It can also be applied with fingertips.

Artist’s Tip
“Matte Multiple easily creates a multi-dimensional effect. Start by using it wet over the high points of the cheek for a sheer veil of color. Next, use the same shade applied dry underneath the cheek bone for more intensity.” –Jane Richardson, International Makeup Stylist

Shade Availability
Altai – rose bronze
Anguilla – ginger pink
Cappadoce – golden bronze
Exumas – pink apricot
Laos – rose coral
Siam – poppy red
Vientiane – copper bronze

$39 for .26 oz

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NARS Matte Multiple Altai Review

Altai – rose bronze

NARS Matte Multiple Anguilla

Anguilla – ginger pink

NARS Matte Multiple Altai Review Swatches

Altai – rose bronze

To me Altai is a brown with peachy-pink tones.

NARS Matte Multiple Anguilla Swatch Review

Anguilla – ginger pink

To me Aguilla is a pretty, yellow-toned pink.

NARS Luxor

Bonus swatch of NARS Luxor. Isn’t it a pretty, glowing pink?

Wearing Altai, Anguilla and Luxor

Wearing Altai, Anguilla and Luxor

In the picture above I contoured my cheeks with Altai, then I applied Anguilla as a blush. I highlighted with Luxor.

My Thoughts
The matte products are .26 oz vs. the original Multiple of .5 oz, but they’re the same price. That feels like quite a price hike. While on the one hand I have never finished one of my Multiple sticks, so .5 oz lasts forever, I would have rather seen a reduction in price to go with the reduction in amount of product.

Anguilla doesn’t have any shimmer to it. Altai doesn’t have shimmer, but it doesn’t seem to be flat. It almost has like a slightly satiny quality. I think both shades would be flattering on a variety of skintones. Anguilla seems like a great blush shade for spring. I think Altai would be great year round as a contour or bronzer.

I found both Altai and Anguilla to be extremely pigmented. However, they were very easy to apply and to blend out. I applied them from the tube to my cheeks and then blended out with my finger tips. They seemed to meld with my skin. These wore for 8 hours for me (on top of my cc cream and primer) and didn’t show any signs of stopping when I removed my makeup.

Overall, I think the Matte Multiples are a nice addition to the NARS lineup. I just feel they’re expensive for the amount of product that you get.

What do you think of the NARS Matte Multiples? Would you wear them?


  • Extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way.
  • Easy to blend
  • Long wearing


  • Only 7 shades available
  • Very expensive for the amount of product that you get
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    • Noelle

      I’ve been dying to get my hands on Altai! It looks so gorgeous on you.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s really nice

    • http://www.geniabeme.com Eugenia

      OOO!! I like this look on you. Never seen you like this!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s definitely not my daily look

    • erikatheicyone

      These are so pretty on you.

      Sneaky, sneaky companies, giving us less product and charging the same or more money. Stinky.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra


    • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

      These are beautiful! And I love your hair!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        aww, thank you!

    • beautybymissl

      These products look great on you!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you!

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      You are absolutely glowing with these products on! Beautiful!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Luxor adds a beautiful highlight

    • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

      that ginger pink is very pretty. You look awesome – love it!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you <3

    • http://mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

      Those are some beautiful multiples

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I’m really impressed

    • Justina

      I love how natural these look on you!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thanks, they blend out easily

    • Kelly R

      I seriously think I need these. You make them look amazing!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! You can see my tutorial with them linked above :)

    • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

      Ooooh Ginger Pink looks great on you!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Aww thanks!

    • Anastasia

      Ooh, I like the look of Anguilla, but too bad about the price hike.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I always expect to pay more for NARS, but not that much more!

    • Emily Hudspeth

      They are beautiful, especially Anguilla. Everyone is really not feeling the packaging/price point, that seems to be most people’s beef with it. I havent tried it yet but want to!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I would love to see what you could do with these!

    • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

      Anguilla is stunning!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It would be great on you :)

    • marciaf

      I like Anguilla. I never could wear the shimmery ones so it’s nice to see these matte shades but the price is very high.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah the price shocked me

    • Cosmetic Sanctuary

      Ohh I really like Anguilla!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s such a nice spring pink

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      I like Anguilla, and that wig!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Aguilla is gorgeous!

    • Betzy Carmona

      I wish I knew how to work them

    • Nidia Doherty

      I like Luxor, but the new ones don’t do anything for me. The blonde wig threw me for a loop! lol!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I can imagine!

    • FabZilla_Kath

      Anguilla for the win!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yes :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      I love the rose bronze and there’s something about the multiples that just always looks stunning. But that price hike… not exactly fair, in my opinion. I’m glad you pointed it out because I may not have noticed.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It seems like quite a few companies have done the price hike lately

    • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

      You are a cute blonde!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thanks! Blonde isn’t my favorite on me.

    • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

      I just don’t think it’s worth the money, If they have another item or two for PPP’s I’d be more enthused!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra


    • http://girlbehindglasses.wordpress.com/ Nikki P.

      I just got Altai and I’m going to try it out soon. Anguilla looks lovely on you.