I practically skipped into my nearest Space NK today after reading that the new NARS Matte Multiples are now instore. After repeatedly swatching, cleansing and then swatching again in a different order I decided on Laos, Siam and Exumas. I couldn’t decide between Altai and Vientiane so I left with neither. Both looked quite warm (much warmer than NARS Laguna and Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder) and unflattering on my pallid winter skin. I vow to give them another try in summer as Altai was originally at the top of my list!
Laos (right) is a rosy pink with a hint of plum. I had a very light base on today and I found it brought out some of the redness in my face. I’m not normally a fan on plum blushes for this reason but I will try it with a fuller coverage foundation next time.
Siam (middle) is a very pigmented hibiscus red and is my first foray into red blush. It is very scary. Especially that first swipe. I’m not completely sold on it as blush on my warm light-medium skin but I suspect that it’s due to my lack on finesse with such a pigmented product. Tapped onto lips as a stain however, Siam is as gorgeous as you would expect. Not as striking as a bold matte lip but tapping a couple of layers will give you that pop of colour. I will have to try it with a lip brush at some point!
Exumas (left) is a coral pink nude and is my pick out of the three. It’s pigmented, blends nicely and brightens the face. I can see myself wearing this as an everyday blush or dialled up by popping it on top of contoured cheeks.
Here is Exumas swatched with other coral pinks
NARS Boys Don’t Cry blush/Chanel Rouge Allure in La Favorite/NARS Exumas/MAC Vegas Volt/MAC Watch Me Simmer/MAC Ablaze
Here is Siam swatched with other orange reds
NARS Siam/MAC Dangerous/MAC Lady Danger/NARS Red Square/NARS Heatwave/Hourglass Liquid Lipstick Muse