Monday, January 13th, 2014

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple
NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering rose peach.” It’s a gold and bronze-shimmered reddish bronze with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more muted, powder, and less warm-toned. MAC Sweet As Cocoa (P, $21.00) is browner, less red-toned, powder. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is very similar but a powder product. MAC Stratus (LE, $25.00) is redder, powder. See comparison swatches.

If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you’ll know that my biggest issue with Multiples is that they’re not usually a great multi-tasker. They’re nice on cheeks, sometimes on brow bones, but they tend to be a disappointment on the lips. In all honesty, I have considered rating them purely as a cheek product, but for now, I’m continuing to review them exactly as they’re marketed: a “multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips, and body.” Multiples are supposed to give “sheer allover color, shimmering accents, contours and dynamic highlights.”

Na Pali Coast worked best for me as a cheek color, though with a really, really sheer and blended application, it could be used as a warming highlighter, too.  The color is sheer but buildable. I patted it onto cheeks using a stippling brush, and it looked luminous without emphasizing pores. As a blush, it wore well for six and a half hours on me before starting to look a little patchy. It worked well over foundation or on bare skin, but on bare skin it is easier to apply. As an eye product, it creases after six hours on me if applied on the actual lid, and then lasts almost seven hours on the brow bone. As a lip product, it’s extremely uncomfortable and unforgiving; it seems to crumble at times as it is applied, so it leaves lips looking flaky and dry (as the product clings). It is also quite drying as a lip color and wears about two hours. The consistency is just lightly creamy with a silicone-like feel, and it does dry down (it is a cream-to-powder product), so it doesn’t look too dewy/wet on the skin.

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21 thoughts on “NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Carolyn

    Hi Christine, thanks so much for your review! This was the item I was most excited about from the Nars collection so I was super excited to read your review. I have two questions: 1) how would this compare to NARS South Beach Multiple? And, 2) You mentioned that you applied this with a stippling brush — may I ask how? (Sorry if that sounds like a newbie question.) Did you first swipe the product directly onto your cheek and then use a stippling brush to stipple it? Or, did you first apply the product directly to the brush and then stipple the brush on the face?

    Thanks for all your helpful reviews, as always!!

    • I don’t have South Beach, but based on old swatches I have, it seems browner, lss red-toned.

      I use a palette knife and take a little bit of product off of the stick and onto a metal palette, than I pick up the product with my brush :) I get the product on my brush first, though, then apply to the cheeks!

      • Carolyn

        Thank you, Christine! If I don’t have the palette knife and metal palette, would you recommend that I should just dab my stippling brush directly onto the Multiple and then stipple onto my cheeks? Would love application tips of the Multiple as I’m admittedly not the best at cream blush application!

        Thanks again :).

        • That would work! :) Since I don’t get a chance to use up… well, anything, I try to keep my grubby paws off of them, but you could definitely just take the stippling brush and pat it across the top or side of the Multiple to grab color, then apply to face!

          • Carolyn

            Thanks Christine — you are so helpful!! I love your reviews — thanks for being such a trusted beauty blogger!

  2. Alright, so don’t use it on the lips, gotcha. It looks pretty nice on the cheeks though.

  3. Banafshe Sharifian

    How similar is this to the Becca rose gold that just came out? Aside from the fact that Nars is a cream product.

  4. I’m not a big fan of this one..

  5. I find it quite funny that brands go to a lot of trouble to make and market *face* products that ‘can also be used on lips’, but there are a lot of lipsticks out there, marketed just as lipsticks, that make quite effective cream blushes!

    It seems to me it works better the other way around! (Lips to face, not face to lips).
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  6. As a blush it looks pretty on your skintone Christine! On me it’d be more of a highlighter than a blush :p
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  7. Looks pretty on you. I own Orgasm and Palm beach multiple sticks, but I rarely use them. I’m not much for cream blushes for some reason. I prefer powder blush/ highlighters.

  8. I love it! It does look like a beautiful product that women of color could wear.

  9. Despite the name I’ve never tried to use my Multiples as anything other than a highlight. They feel pretty creamy on the cheeks but I’ve always felt like it was too stiff to be used on the lips. I hate you had to try it like that just for the sake of the review lol. I can only imagine how uncomfortable it is! The color is pretty though. I definitely want to check it out in person! But only on the cheeks lol
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