NARS Laos Matte Multiple Review & Swatches

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NARS Laos Matte Multiple

NARS recently released six shades of the matte multiple, which is a new product (the formula is different than the regular multiple, which I’ve never tried). First, let’s talk about the size – the original multiple is .5oz for $39, while the matte multiple is .26oz – about half the size – for the same price. It’s disappointing that they halved the size while keeping the price the same, but the matte multiple is actually a decent size. As  a comparison, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is .13 oz, Illamasqua cream blush is .14oz, and MAC Cremeblend blush is .19oz. On the budget side, NYX stick blush is .21oz and NYX cream blush is 12oz. So, I think the size of the matte multiple is fair, though I do think the price is a little high for NARS.

On to the product itself! The Matte Multiple is an extremely pigmented cream blush. It can be used wet or dry. As described by the brand, used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color; used wet, color melts into skin with an imperceptibly smooth, sheer finish. When dry, I found that many of the shades were so pigmented they didn’t blend out smoothly. This is true of Laos, which I have, and especially true of Siam, the red (which I have only swatched dry in-store).  However, when used wet, the intensity becomes easier to control and the finish is much smoother.

NARS Laos matte multiple - swatch

applied dry, unblended // applied dry, blended // applied wet, blended

I think the smoothness of the wet application as contrasted to the dry application is quite visible in the swatch above.

As for the color, Laos is a gorgeous reddened coral. Since I usually write about budget brands, I wanted to include a drugstore dupe in this post. However, I don’t have anything similar enough that I’d call it a dupe.  Here is Laos compared to the two closest shades in my stash, Flower Creme Blush in Elegant Azalea (review) & NYX Stick Blush in Tea Rose (review).

NARS Laos comparison swatches

Flower Elegant Azalea // NARS Laos // NYX Tea Rose

And since Flower Elegant Azalea is closest, here is a comparison of blended swatched of the Flower & the NARS.

NARS Laos comparison swatches-2

Flower Elegant Azalea // NARS Laos

They’re not the same, but they’re similar enough (in color if not texture) that if you don’t want to pay the $39 for the NARS, $8 for the Flower, available online at, is a good alternative. For me, I’m really happy with Laos, and I forsee much use in the future!

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  • Marina

    Hi Emi! Great review! I’m really interested in this product and was wondering how exactly you apply it wet?

    • Hi Marina – I sprized the product with water (actually a moisture spray that’s mostly water, but water would have the same effect), then dabbed a little on to my finger & used my finger to apply. I think a damp brush would also work well.

  • Thanks for the really helpful and awesome review!!

  • EEP! Thank you for the honest, well-illustrated review, as always! I know now to dial my lemming for this range WAAAY back — strongly suspect they will be unflattering on my skin, wet or dry.

    • Yep, I agree that you won’t like the texture of these, at least not dry – they miiiiight be workable when applied wet. I’m glad my photos are clear enough for you to tell 🙂

  • I haven’t tried it on the lips – it has a dryish silicone texture, and I can tell that I (personally) wouldn’t like it as a lip product.

  • I have my eye on Siam, too.