NARS Matte Multiple in Altai

The popular Multiples from NARS are now available in a matte version and its about time. I wasn’t a big fan of the original multiples and their heavy shimmer. The sticks were alright for the eyes but not something I would put anywhere on my face. So, the sound of a new Matte version had me intrigued. Not to mention, three of the seven newly released shades held promise as a creamy bronze contour.


The Matte Multiples are a multi-use cream color stick for eyes, lips, and cheeks. I find the new mattes to be more slick and softer than the original. I suggest not to apply directly from the tube, but to rather build the color using fingertips or a brush. They can be used both wet or dry. When using the multiples dry, it is necessary to be careful to blend well to avoid uneven appearance. Bad application could read muddy. When applied with a damp brush the formula applies beautifully with a sheer finish. I must also mention that while the new Mattes are the same price as the original, they are nearly half the size.


Altai is described as a rosy-bronze. It’s a great bronze tone for lighter skin tones and contains a good amount of red-tones to keep it from looking to orange. Altai does remind me a bit of Chanel’s Universal Bronzing Makeup Base in both texture and color. Altai is more brown/red and Chanel is more orange, a plus for NARS. Chanel’s texture blends better.


left: one swipe – right: blended


wearing NARS Matte Multiple in Altai applied to contour of cheeks, sides of forehead and nose

I do recommend the Matte Multiples in the bronze tones for a gorgeous creamy contour. A good cream contour is hard to come by and Altai is a beautiful shade. I don’t think I will be picking up any of the bright shades to use as a blush. I find there are just too many cream blush formulas out there that are perform better.

NARS Matte Multiple in Altai $39,,

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16 Responses to NARS Matte Multiple in Altai

  1. Sunny says:

    Hey Taylor, you’re gorgeous as usual! This looks great as a contouring shade. I’ve never tried a NARS Multiple, and I’m not really sure any of the blush shades in this release really speaks to me (or maybe there is one or two, but I don’t “need” them). However, this looks promising! I don’t have any cream contouring product. What brush do you use with this?

  2. Celena says:

    Love your honesty in this post Taylor- great review. Also, do you think using these with a damp brush (for ease of blending) on top of a liquid foundation would really move the base? I feel like it would.

  3. Teri says:

    Thanks for the honest review Taylor. It really looks beautiful on the skin and I think the colour is a great match too. The idea of a cream product to contour really speaks to me, but I need to find a good shade match. Too bad I can’t swatch Nars here!

  4. Yay! Somebody who agrees with me haha! Yeah, don’t bother with any of the blush shades. I have one of the original Multiples in a bronzer shade that I do like-it’s not sparkly-can’t remember the name though! This does look nice on you though!

  5. You are gorgeous as always! Will definitely try these matte multiples!

  6. Ellie says:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous on you, but by the sounds of how you describe the performance I just might skip it! Thanks for the honest review!!

  7. Ah, this looks beautiful on you. If I’m at NARS, I’ll have to swatch this. Good thing they’re permanent right?

  8. budziak says:

    I picked up the multiple in Orgasm when I was in Vegas last year and I still love it despite it’s shimmer. I didn’t think to look in to the matte multiples for contouring! it looks really great on you, I might have to add it to my shopping list for next time 🙂

  9. Nikki says:

    Altai looks too warm on me but I like it for contouring nontheless. 🙂

  10. Altai looks simply beautiful on you; you look like a bronzed goddess at the start of the summer. ❤ I've felt tempted by these, but I think I'm saving my summer bronzer kwan for the Guerlain Sun Celebration bronzer after seeing it's beauty on Mostly Sunny!

  11. It looks perfect as a contour shade! I was thinking about getting a matte multiple, but I was concerned about the product drying out over time. Let me know how this fares over the coming months!

  12. i agree that this doesn’t blend as well as i would like, but at the same time it doesn’t really bother me either? though maybe later it will haha!

  13. also, it looks really pretty on you! 🙂

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