Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NARS Siam Matte Multiple
NARS Siam Matte Multiple

NARS Siam Matte Multiple ($39.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a bright, deep red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish–it is very true-to-description. theBalm Cobbler (P) is similar in color but has more of a sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is more orange, powder. NARS Exhibit A (P, $29.00) is more orange, powder. See comparison swatches.

If subtle blush is your game and fuss-free application is your name, Siam isn’t going to be up your alley. On the other hand, if you love richly pigmented, in-your-face blushes where a mere dab of color will get you a just-flushed coloring, you’ll love Siam. Even just a dab or two blended out is still very opaque and intense–a teeny tiny bit goes a very long way. This one was less blendable than the rest, and I think part of that is just the way the color can look the more it gets fussed with, which is splotchy, so it was really important to apply very little and build up, because if I applied too much, it didn’t blend out evenly. It could only be blended so much before it seemed to set and dry down, and then it was like, “Nope! Not budging.” NARS warns, on their website, that this shade may stain, and it does stain both cheeks as well as lips. I had very slight staining on my cheeks even eight hours after removing it, so you have to love the color. On my lips, the staining only lasted for a few hours after the lip color was removed. As a blush, the color lasted for nine hours before I removed it, and as a lip color, the color was still going strong after five hours but had noticeably settled into lip lines, so I would say good wear is only for about four hours. The lingering stain on the lips helped to downplay the settling, though. It also seemed more drying than some of the other shades I tried as a lip color. For more of an overview of the Matte Multiple formula, check out this post.

The Glossover



Keep in mind, the rating is a reflection of the product used on cheeks as well as on lips, and the formula is clingy and drying when worn on the lips, whereas it performs better as a cream blush. Depending on what you're looking for, you might bump up the grade (in your mind) if you only would wear it on cheeks, or drop the overall rating if you just wanted a lip product.











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46 thoughts on “NARS Siam Matte Multiple Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Pretty on you! I didn’t get much staining using this…I wonder if maybe I just didn’t notice it. I like it on my lips a lot..but my lips tend not to dry out. So glad to see your reviews of these!

  2. Siam looks perfect for warm medium complexions on both cheeks and lips! I’d assume with balm under it or mixed it, it would work well on the lips.
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  3. I’ve never been attracted to NARS’ multiples before. They just seem messy and like there’s just way too much product to go through in a reasonable lifetime (and the price tag isn’t pretty either).

    But THIS. Holy GOD. That is a thing of beauty!
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    • Yes, the higher price point on Multiples made me wary of shelling out for one (because it felt like I could only get one, this was in my early blogging days), even the originals had a fair amount of product.

  4. Abbey W.

    I think this is so gorgeous, but my NC15 skin would look so burnt if I wore it. I bet it’s just beautiful on really deep skin tones.

  5. I can’t get over how beautiful Siam looks and I’m not even a fan of these type of colors. It’s just so gorgeous!! I can see it working very well for woc. I can’t wait to swatch these in stores!!
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  6. Wow! That’s some crazy pigmentation.. I actually like how this one looks on the lips. It looks great with your skin tone!

  7. Chelsea

    Love the color but the fussy formula and staining is turning me off. Wish there was a better dupe!

    • I was surprised how long the stain lasted on cheeks! That I didn’t care for as much personally, though if you wear foundation, it will generally cover it right back up.

  8. Shars

    It’s such a shame that these don’t fit well as lip colours because the colours are all so lovely on the lips. Ah well! I just love how amazingly bright this one is – Deeper skin tone heaven! I’m also glad it’s not a cream dupe for Exhibit A so you don’t feel too guilty owning both hehe. I wish the brown multiples came with one shade a lot darker though so deeper skin tones could use at least one of them as a contour colour. A girl can wish ey?

  9. I love this and could/would NEVER use it!! I just love the colour LOL!

  10. Gorgeous color!! I love how it looks on the lips! If my oily skin could cooperate with cream I’d buy it, but they don’t get along.
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  11. I’m so glad this product turned out well, I’m half Thai so I was planning on buying this purely for the name 😛 I also convinced myself I needed the Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok because I was born there, luckily it’s turned out to be one of my favourite lipsticks!
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  12. Oh wow. That colour… is just so. in. your. face. It looks amazing as a lip colour but I’d have to skip it as a cheek shade! The staining scares me!
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  13. I wasn’t expecting to love this so much!!

  14. I’m so drawn to this but I know in my heart that I’d look incredibly feverish with this on.
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  15. This is so damn BEAUTIFUL as a blush!
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  16. Hmm thought this would have been better as a lipstick.

  17. Hm… My favourite blush is cream and quite bright, and I love that a little goes a long way, but I’m not totally sure I’m on board with the staining. Then again, with such a colour on my vampire skin, I’d probably have to use so little you couldn’t see it anyway, hehe!

    I still love this thing though for just being a true *rouge*:-D
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  18. Sae

    Wow, the pigmentation on these red/coral matte multiples are ridiculous. Absolutely beautiful even on the lips!

  19. This is the one I got! Love the shade and it does have a tendency to stain! :-)
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  20. I think this will look beautiful on deeper complexions!
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  21. Kristi

    I almost bought this because I thought It was so pretty on the model in their promotional video but I thought … WAIT!! see what Christine thinks first! Thank god I did because I’m so fair there’s no way this would work for me! Thanks for saving me $39 I can spend on something else. I rarely buy anything without checking to see if you have reviewed it anymore!

  22. Sudeki

    I like your eye make up, what did you used?