Review: NARS Multiple Tints (Cadaqués, Beverly Hills)

By Voxy  

Continuing with the “Voxy’s Greatest Hits of Summer 2010” trend, please to meet NARS Multiple Tints.

The NARS Multiple is supposed to be an all-in-one product on a stick. Or, in stick form. Or something. NARS says you can use them on eyes, cheeks, or lips. They’re one of those cult-classic items that people seem to either love or hate, and up until now, I’ve been a hater. It’s true! I have. This is because — and this does not justify my being a hater, but it may explain it — all of the existing NARS Multiples are so shimmery that they give me that “Tin Man’s Girlfriend” look.

So when the new Multiple Tints for summer 2010 came out, and they were sheer and shimmer-free, I could no longer harden my voxalicious heart. And when there was a NARS sale online, I had to give in and say, “Come to me, o shimmer-free goodness.”

NARS came out with three shades of these tints: Cadaqués (cool pink), Beverly Hills (sheer coral-red), and Turks & Caicos (orange; not reviewed here). As you know, I’m a big fan of non-powder blushes, so I was prepared to like these a lot, and I was not disappointed. What did surprise me was that of the two I bought, I expected to prefer the Beverly Hills shade, but I actually find the Cadaqués more flattering on my NW20 skin.

These look incredibly bright in the container, but they go on very sheerly indeed. And whereas I find that my Tarte cheek stains are best applied by dotting and blending, these seem more user-friendly in that you can actually stroke the product along your cheekbone once or twice and then blend from there. I find that using this technique with the Tarte cheek stains results in too much product, but the NARS Multiple Tints are so sheer that you can get away with this, making for a faster application that needs less blending. These have nice staying power; I apply over cream foundation or tinted moisturizer and set with HD powder and they last on cheeks all day with minimal fading.

Cadaqués and Beverly Hills are suitable for both cheeks and lips; they don’t have a tremendous lot of staying power on lips (even over TFLI) and they have a bit of an odd taste, but you could get away with it. Because of the aforementioned sheerness, though, they don’t give any coverage for lips, just a bit of a tint. Trying to apply the product on lips directly from the container is also a little awkward; don’t expect a precise line.

These are LE products for Summer 2010, so if you want ’em, grab ’em.


Left: Beverly Hills; Right: Cadaqués


NARS Multiple Tints: $38 each (also available at Sephora, online only)

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. You get a lot of product, but just like the Tarte cheek stains, you’ll never use one up. I’d rather pay less for a smaller product.

Purchase again? Yes, if there are more shimmer-free colors.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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