Friday, 17 June 2011

NARS Copacabana & Riviera Multiples

 Over the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to use some of the products from my stash that don't seem to get a lot of love. I tend to be quite boring with my make up and stick to the same products everyday, so I've been trying to mix it up a bit by using some of the things that have been pushed to the back of my make up drawer. Last week, I pulled out two NARS Multiples which I purchased last summer when I was slightly obsessed with multi purpose products.

NARS Multiples

What NARS say about Multiples

The original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer color for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions and is conveniently designed for failproof application. 

NARS Riviera

My thoughts

I'll start with Copacabana because it's the shade I find myself reaching for the most. It's described on the NARS site as a glistening pearl colour, I'd describe it as a shimmery beige shade. I originally bought it to use as a cheek and brow bone highlighter and I have to say, it does work quite well. The formula is soft and creamy and is extremely easy to blend. The shade leaves cheeks and eyes with a subtle hint of colour which is pretty, but not particularly natural looking in my opinion. I like highlighters to leave my skin looking glowy, Copacabana leaves it looking quite shimmery and almost frosty, especially in outdoor light. Lasting power isn't too bad on cheeks but the product doesn't seem to hold up well on eyes and I find it creases fairly quickly.

NARS Copacabana & Riviera

Riviera & Copacabana

Riviera is a bright, cool toned pink and contains delicate shimmer. I purchased it to use as both a cheek and lip colour but it doesn't seem to work well as either. The texture/formula feels completely different to Copacabana. It's dry, feels almost gritty and is really difficult to apply. The stick really needs to be rubbed over skin to get the colour to show up, so it has to be warmed up on the back of my hand before I apply to cheeks. The shade is really pretty but it's a complete nightmare to blend and I always seem to take half of my foundation off when I'm applying it. I've had similar issues when using it as a lip colour too. It's just far too drying and looks awful if I don't use a lip balm underneath it. I'd say lasting power is slightly better than Copacabana which I suppose is due to the dry formula.

After using both of the sticks again over the past week, I can't say I'm really impressed with either of them. Copacabana is definitely the best out of the two but is let down slightly by lasting power. I think this is mainly to do with my oily skin type though so I can't really complain too much. I imagine it would last a lot longer on normal/drier skin types. I'll continue to use it as a cheek highlighter and will probably try it as a body highlighter too when the weather warms up. Riviera is pretty, but horrible to work with and is going straight back to the make up drawer.

Have you tried Multiples? Have you had more luck with them than I have?


  1. I have the Copacabana Multiple as well and I just don't reach for it ever either! I suppose it is because I have other highlighters I just love so much more and I find the cream to powder finish difficult to work with. Oh well, they can't all be winners!

  2. Too bad the Copacabana has such a dry formula because I love the color

  3. Both of them look beautiful but I think my favourite would be Riviera.

  4. i love the pink color!

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  5. Riviera appeals to me as a cream blush, but anything that requires that much rubbing is out for me. I tried the Multiples at Sephora and didn't care for the texture, though the convenience of a highlighter in a tube is very tempting.

  6. Oh my goodness me, Copacabana is GORGEOUS! <3

  7. i love my copacabana multiple. I apply with my fingers and only use it for minor highlighting of cheekbones, and under eyebrow, so it will probably last forever! I'm hesitant to buy the more "blush" types like riviera, however, luxor is definitely on my list!

  8. productdoctor, I actually find Copacabana quite easy to work with, it's just the lasting power and slightly frosty finish that I'm not a huge fan of. I agree that there are much nicer highlighters out there which also cost less!

    Dora, Copacabana is quite pretty and is the easiest to work with out of the two shades.

    Beautyshades, It is a lovely colour, just a shame it's so dry!

    Zuzu, it is pretty but so difficult to apply. If the formula were easier to work with, it would make a lovely cheek and lip colour.

    Dovey, you do get a huge amount of product for your money, it would take ages to use an entire stick! Luxor does look pretty, but I'm really hesitant to try more Multiples after the problems I've had with lasting power and formulas, especially considering how expensive they are!

  9. They look so gorgeous! It's such a shame they don't live up to their beauty. :/


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