The colors in this collection are beautiful (and yes, truly matte with no shimmer or glitter of any kind). I loved the bright shades like Siam, and their more neutral shades like Vientiane, a very flattering copper bronze shade, are the perfect colors and consistency for contouring.
If you're looking for bright, cheery shade (in easy portable packaging) to take you through the Spring/Summer, Siam is it. It's a vibrant poppy orange red which is just as smooth and creamy as the original formula. It gave me a beautiful, healthy flush of color that didn't scream "I'm wearing blush!". When used with a dampened cosmetic sponge, the effect was more sheer, but either way, this shade stayed on ALL day with no fading, smudging or drying out.
Used on my lips, I added a layered of matte finish moisturizing balm first, and then dotted a bit on. It was also great when I wanted to wear a statement lip (matte) in a pretty, cherry shade. To get a very precise line, I used a lip brush with this. It also had fantastic staying power on the lips, staining them so that only a small reapplication was needed much later in the day after eating/drinking.
Get a few of these to add to your NARS (or overall blush) collection this spring - you'll get a LOT of use out of them. RLB
Go-->NARS Matte Multiple Siam 0.26 oz
*This product was provided courtesy of NARS PR for reviewing purposes.