Friday, November 6th, 2009

NARS Luxor Multiple

NARS Luxor Multiple ($37.00 for 0.50 oz.) is the newest Multiple to debut as part of NARS’ Holiday Collection. NARS describes it as, “[a]n iridescent pink to be used on eyes, cheeks, lips and body.”

Luxor is an icy pink that almost runs a little lilac on me because it is definite cool undertones. It has a slight iridescence that’s noticeable without being over the top; it’s about the right about of shimmer I’d expect from a product best used as a highlighter. It’s surprisingly pigmented and can definitely be layered for a more opaque look. It does blend easily once warmed against the skin.

I personally prefer to use Luxor in a way that might be considered a little unconventional. I like to pat a little on the areas I want to highlight just before I apply my moisturizer. Once I’ve done that, then I apply my facial moisturizer as usual (which I do apply with my hands and slather all over). I find that it gives the highlighted areas this very soft, refined highlight and lends a certain glow to my face overall (because some, of course, does get mixed up in the moisturizer). It’s an interesting effect, nonetheless. I was inspired to try it this way because of how I use MAC’s Strobe Cream. Luxor reminds me a bit of it, only amped up–like if you took the Cream part out of Strobe Cream and just left the Strobe!

You can also take a fluffy brush and lightly dab on Luxor onto lids to give eyes a more awake look, or you can lightly dust it on your lips before layering on a gloss for some extra sparkle. The more traditional use of this as a highlighter would be to dot it along the areas you’d want to highlight, blend with a stippling brush, and then set with loose/translucent powder. You can definitely do this with Luxor, so have at it — after all, it isn’t called The Multiple for nothing!

My only big issue with The Multiples, in general, is that they’re pretty pricey. I don’t actually feel like you get a ton of product for your money, because I think these can be used up quicker than you’d think. They can be very emollient, so you may end up wearing more than you necessarily need (if you use a brush to apply, it helps to mitigate any potential over-use). I don’t think they’re a rip-off, but they do feel a little overpriced.

My secondary issue is I do find I need to use a translucent powder to set these in place to prevent them from fading too much throughout the day (I then get about four to six hours of good wear before it starts to fade).  Since I’ve found a way to combat fading, it’s not a biggie, and I tend to set my makeup anyway, so it’s not adding an extra, otherwise unnecessary step either.

Bottom Line: I think Multiple fans will enjoy Luxor. I still haven’t found a Multiple that really turns my head as others have, but I am eagerly awaiting the day it happens!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been looking for a cream-to-powder cool-toned highlighter, Luxor may be your new best friend.

Availability: NARS

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NARS Luxor Multiple

NARS Luxor Multiple
NARS Luxor Multiple

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38 thoughts on “NARS Luxor Multiple Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. happybadfish

    I want it, it looks so pretty!

  2. I had Riviera and swapped it, disappointed from the pigmentation. Orgasm Multiple is better, but you ave to by pretty careful with it! looks greasy pretty fast. I use only cream Blush and love NARS, just wish they would do more colors. These multiples are too bright for me (and they cost 40.50 Euro in Germany!! 60 USD!

    • Hey Andreea,

      These definitely seem like your mileage may vary (YMMV). I like NARS’ cream blushes, too – and hey, they’re a little more palatable price-wise at $25.

      • Unfortunately they do not seem to have something more pink in cream blush.Penny lane is invisible nearly on my skin, and I am pretty fair. Have to check Cassandre maybe. The cream blushes are 29 Euro. It is mean that we have to pay doubleprice in Germany! But it’s NARS and so I ma fine ;-) the best for me. Still, the Multiples are not really a must-have. If they were smaller?!

        Christine – thank you for correcting my post *hug*

        • Maybe it’ll come in Spring? Who knows.

          Don’t try the Multiple palettes. Those are terrible. If you thought you didn’t get much pigmentation with the Multiples in stick form, you’ll be disappointed with the pay off from the palettes.

          • Thank you 4 warning, I was out and about to order one of the palettes (for 50 Euro!!) but now it’s canceled. I’ll try the Orgasm Multiple at my best friend once again, I love the colour. Maybe I works on me.

            • Oh, I’m so glad you didn’t! They were just terrible performers! I was excited, originally, because I loved the idea of 2-for-1, you know? Plus, palette form, and I love using brushes… it seemed perfect! But no, the pigmentation was so, so sheer. I could hardly *swatch* the colors.

            • Now imagine I would have paid 70 USD for that. Jesus. I mean I have to order online so it’s pretty risky. At least you can easily swap NARS stuff away, but of course you always make a loss. I am waiting for the essential eye palette instead. The pic is online but you cannot order it?
              And for everyone who loves NARS and has brown eyes: Go for the Doucuers de paris Palette! It is lovely I cannot stop to paint myself ;-) though I am only at home right now! And it was cheaper then the other palettes…

            • Phew!

              Happy to hear the Paris Palette is working out for you, though :)

  3. Shannon

    Is the color close to copacabana? It looks very similar in the swatch.

    Thanx!!! 8-)

  4. Samantha

    That looks a little like Benefit High Beam in the form of a solid highlighter. How do those two compare?

    • Hi Samantha,

      That’s a good eye — I didn’t even really think about dupes!

      They are similar, but obviously they’re different in texture and product type, though. I think this is a little more pigmented, but High Beam may be a bit fussier to work with, since it’s a liquid that needs to be blended out more to get the look you’re going for.

      The colors are definitely similar, though! If you have High Beam, I don’t think Luxor would be a must-have!

  5. Pretty, but this doesn’t jump out at me as a color I’d want to use.

  6. Sarah M

    Thanks Christine. :-) This looks quite nice and I do like the texture of “the multiple” but this colour personally would make me look washed out. I have copacabana (i think) which I love but also only use that on my fairer skin clients. On them it looks stunning!

  7. amy

    This is pretty, I have tried some multiples at the Nars counter but I haven’t tried the Luxor yet. With the silvery pinkish tones it reminds me a little of Benefit’s High Beam. This might me a little too silvery for me, but I will be on the look out for something a bit more golden, like Moonbeam. It is expensive though because I think it is about $48 CAD before tax.

    • Yeah, it’s definitely in the High Beam family, so if High Beam didn’t work out, I’d pass on this, too.

      Copacabana is a little similar to Luxor (in terms of the feel), but it’s a little more champagne. I don’t think it’s really like Moonbeam, though!

  8. Heidi Chao

    I found a new love for NARS. I want to try their multiple but I’m not sure! I have tons of blushes/highlighters that I rarely use. I’m eyeing Sephora’s pack of 3 multiples though…: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P249606&categoryId=C10476

    What do you think? I already own the orgasm/laguna duo and albatross as a highlighter blush.

  9. Avatar of Shontay shontay

    It’s very pretty. I may give it a go b/c I do love Nars. Christine, I hope you review the new matte velvet pencils. I’m dying for swatches.

  10. Dana

    I LOVE this color..it reminds me Benefit’s highbeam highlight.

  11. Mary007

    Hi Christine! TGIF! How ya doing?! I’m so glad you reviewed this cuzz I was thinking of buying it to use as a highlighter…I have yet to find a good highlighter for my combination and medium skin tone face. I tried High Beam and I didn’t see anything special about it so I think I’ll pass on this too. Any highlighter suggestions? Gracias!

  12. tofupoo

    ive always wanted a multiple :). i didnt really want orgasm, because i have it in powder form and i figure why bother. but maybe this highlighter! i like your way of putting it on too, ill try that

  13. Lorna

    i agree that NARS multiples are too pricey. i have a few but would have lots more if the price weren’t so ludicrous. however, i only use mine as a cream bush and i have barely even dented mine. they could theoretically last years in the time it takes me to use them up and they are handy on the go. i say go for it you are a NARS lover or if you love a color and can’t find a dupe.

  14. I just got mine and I agree with everything, but I might give this a B- or C…I’ll just add that no matter how I tried to apply this to my face it removed some of my foundation. I much prefer MAC’s cream color bases if you haven’t tried them =)p.s. Did you have to apply a lot of this? I’m a little lighter than you and found I had to apply a lot for it to show.

    • I prefer to use a stippling brush to apply it, so I usually get it on the brush before applying it to my face. I did, however, find I preferred applying this well before foundation overall, though. I used it as a highlighter and not a blush, so I didn’t find I needed to use too much!

  15. Susan

    is this limited edition? it doesn’t say so on sephora online

  16. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    I love MAC’s cream color base in Hush for this effect. It’s more subtle on my NW15-20 skin. And strobe cream under moisturizer rocks. Really gives me the glow I need as my skin ages. I’m one of your “older” followers. :’)