The Multiple is one of NARS' most popular products because of its versatility - it can be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks and body. It has a cream-to-powder formula that feels silky-smooth on the skin. Luxury for your face, is what it is.
My shade of choice is Maui, which is a dusty rose, because it provides the most natural looking flush on my cheeks. For me, it's a must when it comes to pulling-off a no makeup look. It's amazingly easy to blend - no special tools needed, just clean fingers.
with flash (left - when applied directly to the skin; right - blended into the skin)
I find this too drying to use on the lips, so whenever I do (which is rare), I make sure to prep my lips. First, I scrub my lips, apply a lip conditioner and then apply a thin layer of The Multiple.
For the eyes, I always need to use a primer since this product, on its own, does not stand a chance against oily lids. Again, it provides a sheer color which is gorgeous.
The downside, as a blush, is that even if you prime your skin and apply powder on top, the color fades quite quickly. So in order to maintain the look, I always have to carry this around to retouch.
Honestly, I can't say this is excellent because although it is marketed as a multi-purpose product, I mostly use it as a blush. Overall, I'd say this is just okay. But Maui is a beautiful, beautiful color and I absolutely love this as a blush which is why I keep buying it. I just wish NARS would reformulate to make it last long.
This product has been part of my makeup kit for the last 8 years. Whenever I'm about to run out, I find a way to get a new tube. It's worth noting that it contains a lot of product (14.2 g) and lasts a long time.
The Multiple is available in a wide range of shades that are all worth checking out to find which best suits you.
Tip: when using a multi-purpose product, such as this, always scrape or scoop it off using a spatula so as not to contaminate it and lengthen its shelf-life.