10.27.2016
5
Sculpting Multiple Duo
0.48 fl. oz. for $39
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Last Updated:10.27.2016
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If you're in search of a product to create a subtle highlight/contour on skin, NARS' Sculpting Multiple Duo is worth a look.

Each duo comes as a double-ended, twist-up stick, with one highlighter shade and one contour (bronzer) shade that has a cream to powder finish. Once blended, each highlighter's fine shimmer sheers out for a light reflective glow, while the bronze/contour shades blend smoothly into skin.

The highlighters come in undertones of cream, gold and light peach, while the contour shades lean more toward a rich bronze color (instead of a neutral tone, which would be better for a more natural looking contour shape). Be forewarned the "contour" shade in the "Copacabana - Sidari Beach" duo (this is the lightest set) skews yellow—most will find it's hard to pull off as a bronzer or contour shade.

We noticed some textural differences between the shades—each has a cream-to-powder (non-emollient) feel, but some shades go on more smoothly than others. For instance, the bronze shade "Laguna" applied effortlessly, while its accompanying highlighter "Hot Sand" went on a tad clumpy at first (though it was easy to smooth out). On the plus side, the formula is fragrance free.

It boils down to this: If you want a duo that adds dimension without looking too contrasting, Sculpting Multiple Duo is worth trying in person to see if the colors are right for you.

Pros:
  • Creates subtle highlight/contour dimension.
  • Easy to use by dabbing it on and smoothing with your fingers.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Some shades go on a tad clumpy (though they can be smoothed out).
  • "Copacabana - Sidari Beach" duo skews yellow which can have limited appeal.
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This versatile, Sculpting Multiple Duo delivers sheer, natural-looking contouring and highlighting in one portable, double-ended wand. The darker tone creates subtle definition, enhancing the natural contours of the face with a second-skin finish. The highlighting shade accentuates the high points of the face with sheer, powder-soft illumination.
Ingredients

Copacabana: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Simethicone, Tocopherol, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)]. Sidari Beach: Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)]. Hot Sand: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Simethicone, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470)]. Laguna: Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate,] [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)]. Playa Flamenco: Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)]. Oahu: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Simethicone, Tocopherol, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)].

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NARS At-A-Glance

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 attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

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

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NARS At-A-Glance

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 attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

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