I’ll get it! That’s the sound of the NARS dupe alert. 🙂
Both baked golden brown cream sticks have a matte finish (here are swatches of NARS Cappadoce), and both of them can quickly sculpt cheekbones that would rival Johnny Depp’s circa the O.G. 21 Jump Street era.
Both of them are also easy to blend on bare skin or atop foundation — probably due to how lightweight and thin they are, which is great, because it keeps my skin from feeling like it’s suffocating under an inch of plaster.
Where the two differ, most obviously, is price ($10.99 versus $39), but also in the shape of the tip. The Multiple’s is huskier, wider and flatter, and it covers more surface area while sitting flush against the skin, whereas the tip on Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick has a slightly smaller (but still husky), rounded, more precise tip that seems to fit the space under my cheekbones a bit better.
Sonia’s also has slightly grayish taupe undertones, which I think might give it a small advantage when it comes to sculpting out the hollows of the cheekbones, where the subtle gray more closely imitates the appearance of real shadows. When looking at it strictly as a contouring product, I think Sonia’s Chick Defining Stick makes a very compelling case for being better than a NARS Multiple.
But, if you’re looking for a cream product able to do more than just contouring, Cappadoce might be worth the extra booty. It’s a more buttery golden brown and, consequently, probably a bit better for adding some toasty warmth to your face, neck, shoulders, arms and anywhere else.
Cappadoce also lasts a tad longer on my combination skin — about 6-7 hours — than Sonia’s Chic Defining Stick, which I find myself touching up after 4-5.
Really, though, I think both of these contouring products are champs. One is just a lot less expensive than the other.
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