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NARS
Multiple Bronzer
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$39
Category:Makeup > Bronzers > Cream/Cream-to-Powder Bronzer
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is a fantastic way to bronze skin, especially if you prefer a twist-up bronzer with a smooth cream texture that isn’t the least bit greasy. Simply dot this over the cheekbone area and blend with fingertips, a brush, or sponge to create a soft bronze effect with a smooth matte finish imbued with subtle sparkles.

One caution: Blending must be instant because this sets quickly, and then it lasts. All of the shades are beautiful, and produce a natural-looking tan, even for those with fair skin.

Note: While the three shades Nars marketed as bronzers of the Multiple have been discontinued, there are shades which exist in the regular Nars Multiple line that work well as bronzers.

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NARS At-A-Glance

Strengths: Great range of foundation shades; excellent blushes; some impressive lipsticks; beautiful bronzers; tinted lip balm with broad-spectrum sun protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the skincare line rates as mostly mediocre to poor; unimpressive mascaras.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.

Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Discontinued....

I quite agree that this is a beautiful bronzer and deserves to be on the 'Best of the Best' list - but it was discontinued by Nars. :( Perhaps it should be replaced on the list.

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Replied on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello, and thanks for your comments - and the head's up! We've placed it on our "discontinued" list.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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