NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (C$54 for 50mL) is a new matte tinted moisturizer for Spring 2016. NARS promises instant and easy blendability, effortless application, with a soft-focus matte finish. The formula is oil free, and contains Rose Fruit Extract to minimize the look of pores and control shine, as well as vitamins C and E to protect against harmful free radical caused by environmental stress. The formula also contains Transparent Blurring Powders to create a cushion on the skin which results in a velvety, comfortable feel.
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint is essentially a matte-finish tinted moisturizer. It comes in a very handy and easy-to-use squeeze tube (seems like companies now like complicated packaging but simpler is better!) with the brand’s name printed on the front, as well as the shade conveniently printed on the back.
The texture that comes out of the tube is a thick-ish mousse. It blends out very easily into my skin and the finish is semi-matte with medium coverage. It does a great job at evening out my skin tone and controlling oil, but it’s not the best at covering redness. I like that despite its matte finish, you can layer this for higher coverage before it dries down completely. Another positive is that each tube contains 50mL, which is 40% more than the usual 30mL sized foundations.
In terms of downsides, I felt that it didn’t really do much to smooth out skin texture though – my pores weren’t smoothed out. It also oxidizes slightly, which is most noticeable in the afternoon. In addition, it’s not the most hydrating product so it clings to any dry spots on my face. Lastly, despite claiming to be a matte-finish, my skin felt tacky to the touch unless I powdered. I don’t mind powdering since I do it with my other foundations, but I had hoped that it’d be a one-step product.
The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in 12 flexible shades – I can wear both Finland and Alaska. Alaska is closest to my natural skin colour but because it oxidizes a bit and turns too yellow, I prefer using Finland. For reference, my NARS shade is Santa Fe (Guerlain 02, Chanel B20 and Dior 020).
- Terre-Neuve (Light 0) — lightest shade with neutral pink undertones
- Finland (Light 1) — lightest with neutral yellow undertones
- Alaska (Light 2) — light with a neutral balance of pink and 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 a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Malaga (Med/Dark 1) — medium-dark with warm caramel undertones
- Seychelles (Med/Dark 2) — medium-dark with golden olive undertones
- Martinique (Med/Dark 3) — medium-dark with warm red undertones
- Polynesia (Dark 1) — dark with warm chocolate undertones
I’m not gonna lie – I find NARS’s foundation naming system extremely confusing because they are just random place names/words. I do prefer a numbering system, and even though NARS does use a number system as a secondary name, most internet sources only list the main place name. It’s just a general preference though and it doesn’t affect how I feel about the product itself.
Overall, I’m not sure I would recommend this product. It has a lot of benefits such as the medium coverage, blendability, oil control, and finish, but it also has a lot of drawbacks such as oxidization, and its inability to cover pores or smooth out skin texture. That being said, I have read several raves of this product by other bloggers so I feel like it has to be one of those products you try out for yourself. You can purchase the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint at Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and other NARS counters across Canada.
Finland, Alaska, then Groenland