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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint


When a new base product hits the market, everyone goes ape, and when it's from NARS, I am one of those people who cannot wait to get my hands on it, and this particular one sounded right up my alley. The reviews have been coming in thick and fast on this one and so I thought I would see what all the fuss was about and put my two cents in. Let's get into the good stuff and talk about the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint.

I've always got on pretty well with the base products I have tried from this brand and so I had high hopes for this anyway, although I have never tried the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser so I wasn't sure how this would match up as a skin tint compared to the foundations.
The main selling points for me on the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint were that it 1. has SPF30 - which makes it great for the spring and summer months. 2. it's oil-free, 3. it has a medium coverage with 4. a semi-matte finish, so again, great for the warmer months and suitable for a wide range of skin types. 5. Plus, I like velvety smooth base products, and NARS hasn't failed me yet so what can I say, maybe I'm slightly biased?

PACKAGING: I like that it's in a tube, it's sleek, easy to travel with, fits nicely in a makeup bag and there's no risk of it being broken or leaking whilst travelling or whilst in your makeup bag.

PRICE: £30 Sheer Glow Foundation £31 & All day Luminous Weightless Foundation £32 Review here,  and the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturisier £29 so there's not a massive price difference and considering it's a high-end brand, I think they're pretty reasonable. They're less than Dior, YSL, Guerlain and Laura Mercier, and although not by a lot, I class it as a foundation and I think £30 is reasonable, especially as you get 50ml of product which is more than a standard foundation (normally 30ml) which makes the price and value for money even better.

SHADE MATCH: I have Finland Light 1 which is a couple shades too dark but it's more yellow toned than the lightest shade Terre-Neuve Light 0 which has more of a pink tone to it. Although my skin is pretty neutral, with NARS I always like how there yellow leaning shade look on me.

SHADE RANGE: There's 12 shades, with warm, neutral and cool tones, which is much better than a lot of other brands. It does oxidize a little but I use the The Body Shop Lightening Drops to adjust the shade to make it light enough so I can make it work.

FINISH: It's a semi-matte finish but it still allows some glow to show through which is what makes this a perfect product for the Spring and Summer. I have quite normal to combination skin - I don't have slightly dry areas like around my nose and chin but I can get slightly oily so for oily skin it would be great, for dry skin types, it does have a tendency to cling to dry patches so make sure to moisturise thoroughly first.

LONGEVITY: So it's a skin tint, a tinted moisturiser come BB cream, but it packs a punch, like a foundation, so the longevity is great, it even looks better once you've worn it for a couple hours. It's an oil-free formula so it doesn't cause your skin to be too greasy through the day, as I can get shiny but this doesn't give me any issues.

APPLICATION: I like to apply with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and then bounce a damp beauty blender over the top to get rid of any streaks or excess product. It is quite a liquid-y formula which I wasn't expecting so I think it works best this way for my skin type. But you can use a kabuki style brush like the Zoeva or Sigma ones if you want to build it up to a fuller coverage. Or a Beauty Blender (or Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques) for a lighter coverage. I like the RT Expert Face Brush as this gives a flawless complexion with a medium coverage and you're risk-free of a heavy or cakey finish.

The Nitty Gritty:
Along with everything else that we've discussed so far, this product also has some magic in the ingredients. First is Rose fruit extract which visibly minimizes the appearance of pores while controlling shine. They use Vitamin C, E and broad spectrum PA+++ SPF 30 to protect the skin against free-radical damage caused by the environment.
Now for the soft-focus, soft touch look and feel that makes this product so smooth on the skin. They use transparent blurring powders to diffuse imperfections instantly. The soft touch look is, well, you can see it once it's applied, it glides onto the skin give a velvet matte skin tint to even skin tone with a soft matte effect. As for the soft touch feel, its all to do with the powders they use but basically it feels velvety and silky smooth on the skin.
Don't let the matte part put you off, as it allows your natural oils to come through slightly, and it doesn't feel heavy or mask-like on the skin at all, in fact I often forget I am wearing it it's that light-weight. Considering it's all day wear with medium coverage and a soft matte finish, they're a bunch of pretty rare benefits to tick off.

I wanted to give you a run down of the shades and their undertones as I found this super helpful with picking my shade online. 

  • Terre-Neuve (Light 0) - Lightest shade with neutral pink undertones
  • Finland (Light 1) - Lightest shade with neutral yellow undertones
  • Alaska (Light 2) - Light with neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones
  • Groenland (Light 3) - Light medium with a neutral pink/peachy undertone
  • St. Moritz (Medium 1) - Medium with a neutral yellow undertone
  • Cuzco (Medium 1.5) - Medium with a neutral pink/peachy undertone
  • Annapurna (Medium 2) - Medium with a neutral peachy undertone
  • Cuba (Medium 3) - Medium with neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones
  • Malaga (Medium/Dark 1) - Medium-dark with  caramel undertones
  • Seychelles (Medium/Dark 2) - Medium-Dark with golden olive undertones
  • Matinique (Medium/Dark 3) Medium/Dark with warm red undertones
  • Polynesia (Dark 1) - Dark with warm chocolate undertones
I hope this review has been helpful and informative. I like my reviews to give you all the information you need without taking hours to read. If you have tried this product, or any other products from NARS I would love to know your thoughts and recommendations.




Disclaimer: I have not been paid or asked to do this review. I purchased this product with my own money and all opinions are 100% my own honest thoughts. 

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