A peek at the cheeks: NARS Matte Multiple in Laos

 NARS Matte Multiple in Laos

NARS Matte Multiple in Laos

Matte Multiple. You instantly think two-in-one, especially when you finally do spot the price on the register's screen.

Girl's eyes be like, 0o. Guess, I won't be getting that lipstick tonight, too.

What exactly does this twofer do? For the cheeks you can go one of two ways:

  • Apply wet (brush and water required) for a sheer wash of colour
  • Apply dry (directly from the tube and use those fingers to blend, blend, blend) for a higher impact look

As for Laos being worn on the lips, I've only tried applying it straight from the tube.

 Side by side comparison: Matte Multiple (top) and The Multiple (bottom)

Side by side comparison: Matte Multiple (top) and The Multiple (bottom)

  Matte Multiple (left) and The Multiple (right)

 Matte Multiple (left) and The Multiple (right)

  Matte Multiple in Laos (left) and The Multiple in Copacabana (right)

 Matte Multiple in Laos (left) and The Multiple in Copacabana (right)

Size and price-wise you're paying the same price for about half the product, so what gives? NARS Matte Multiple isn't trying to pretend to be her sister, The Multiple, she's actually attempting to steal the baton in order to run for the horizon.

This little sister is pigmented and perky, but if you give her a glass of water she'll cool off and simmer down.

 Laos loves to vogue 

Laos loves to vogue 

 Swatches of Laos: applied dry (left) and wet (right)

Swatches of Laos: applied dry (left) and wet (right)

Last week I put Laos (a rose coral) through its paces. We ate dinner with Scott, had Personal Training with Casey and chatted with Hannah and Michelle at work. I'd like to think I gave Laos a thorough workout.

Laos on the cheeks is a major boon. It lasts all day (including through said workout) and it's easy to apply -- I love tapping a bit of product onto my cheeks and letting my fingers do the work. As for the final look, it's seamless and effortless.

While little sister Laos loves the cheeks, she hates going out for a spin on the lips. I repeat, hates. I wore Laos on my lips for the better part of my work day last week and felt self-conscious doing so. This particular matte formula is moisture wicking, settles in all the wrong places and wears down in the most unforgiving manner. It felt like I was wearing a pair of too tight pantyhose -- muffin top abound.

 Wearing Laos on my lips and cheeks

Wearing Laos on my lips and cheeks

NARS Matte Multiple is available in six other shades, two of which (I think) are meant to be used for contouring.

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for NARS Matte Multiple in Laos:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9 out of 10 bags — when only used on the cheeks
  • 1 out of 10 bags  — for the lacklustre performance on my lips

Would another purchase be on the horizon?: