Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

NARS The Multiple Duo Maldives/ Riviera ($45.00) is part of the new Multiple Duos NARS recently launched. The palette is actually pretty large–much larger than the eyeshadows, eyeshadow duos, or blushes.  I see the Multiple Duos as one way to reach a larger audience, because you get two for $45 rather than one for $37.  Admittedly, the Multiple itself has plenty of product to stretch out your dollar–it isn’t like you’ll run out in a week.

Maldives is described as “pink champagne with shimmer,” and the description is right on.   Same with the description of Riviera as a “sheer pink.”  Both of these shades are available in Multiple form, so if you love one but not the other, you don’t have to pick them up as a duo.  Both colors are fairly sheer, and on my skin tone (NC30), I really couldn’t get much color to show.  Riviera showed up better than Maldives, but it required a lot of building to get there.

Unlike the original Multiple, which comes in a stick form, you pretty much have to use a brush with these (the drawback is it may be harder to transfer color onto the skin and you may waste more product that gets caught in the bristles).  I know some will say to use your fingers, which is fine, but I just prefer not to use my fingers to apply makeup.  It kind of grosses me out, especially the idea of my finger oils getting all into the compact. Perhaps a sponge would be better, but I’ve always found sponges to be so wasteful.  Sigh!

What struck me the most was that the duo format didn’t feel as creamy as the original version.  I think that factor contributed to why I found it difficult to get enough pigmentation for these colors to show up on me.   I tried several brushes (187, 188, 190) with all mixed results.  Next time I’m at Nordstrom’s or Sephora, I definitely want to see how both these shades compare when in Multiple form, just to see if the formulations really are different–especially in pigmentation.  I do wonder if it’s like some other creamy products where the surface is firm, but once you’ve used it a few times, the product softens.

I also want to check out Maui/Palm Beach and Orgasm/South Beach duos, too.   I think those may be better for my skin tone!

Have you tried the new Multiple Duos? What do you think?  Which ones have you tried?

See another product photo and swatches…

Malaysia / Maldives / Riviera

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15 thoughts on “NARS The Multiple Duo in Maldives/Riviera for Twice the Action!

  1. I ordered the Copacabana/St. Barts duo and I’m expecting to get it today. I think they’re a great idea, but I hope the formula is too different or too dry…I rather like the creamy texture of the original multiples =\

  2. kaoru

    I’ve been looking at these myself, but I haven’t gotten to look at them in person yet. I really like the idea, but having to use a brush doesn’t sound good. I’m not against using my fingers, so it might be fine, but if the texture is dry, I don’t know. Might be too hard to blend for how little color payoff I would get.

  3. ladystylista

    I love duos, trios and quadris. They come in handy because if your like me, you never want to look the same everyday. Do you know who makes a delightful duo compact? Stila. They have some awesome stuff and there’s a sale on hautelook that starts manana. Mark those calendars!

  4. victoria

    i heard these were very sheer, sheerer than the originals. i have their cream blushes and i love them, they’re very pigmented even for the lightest one, penny lane, on my nc30 skin it still shows up. i’ll try the duos out at the store and see if i like them.

  5. Archelle

    These look so awesome! Do you know if they will be at or just the NARS website?

    • kaoru started out with just the Orgasm/South Beach in stock, with the others as “temporaraly out of stock” (like it says when something is about to be put up new). Around the Friends and Family sale it was that way, with the others coming a little later. So to answer your question in a round-about way that makes me sound like I spend too much time on that site, yes, they are available on ^_^. (A note: The Orgasm/South Beach one is claimed to be Sephora only, so if you want that one, get it there)

    • They are already up on :)

  6. Rae

    I have an appointment set up with a premier NARS MUA this Saturday who is visiting my local Nordstrom. My regular NARS SA told me it was a great way for her to test out and teach me how to use the Multiples – for both the duo and stick versions. I’ll let you ladies know how it goes! =)

  7. Dee

    I’ve been eyeing this baby. But finding out that the colour is kinda sheer, it’s really a turn off. I’m NC 35, anyway. :( Do you think Portofino/Malibu will show off more colours?