Review: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30

I think we’ve all read something about this latest base offering from NARS by now. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30 (RM170) is the new baby, and has been available locally since early this month. I’ve been testing this since Chinese New Year, and even brought it with me on my short trip to Singapore. Let me first tell you that I have normal skin, getting a little drier as I age. I used to have combination oily skin, and now, I find that it’s OK not to powder on top of foundation. After the 5th hour mark, I have some shine on my T zone, but not so bad that I have to blot.



NARS matte velvet



The Velvet Matte Skin Tint is a foundation that is light and airy. The texture is like whipped cream, and a little goes a long way. I like to use a pea sized amount and apply it at the centre of my face, where redness and unevenness is. Then when whatever’s left (little or none!), I spread it to the sides of my face. I find that this gives me the most natural finish, even when the foundation gives a soft matte look. When the natural oils of my face shines through, this foundation looks even more natural. However, after that 7th hour mark and some sweat along the way, this foundation does break around my T-zone. It also settles into my open pores but it’s easily fixed with just blotting. I don’t usually wear my foundation for so long, but I was out the whole day doing touristy things in Singapore, so it was a good time to test.



NARS skin tint



Compared to the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, this Velvet Matte Skin Tint offers a little bit more coverage. However, I do find that when applied with a heavy hand, the Velvet Matte Skin Tint does look a little cakey. The Pure Radiant Tinted Moistuzier however, goes on like beautiful skin, and stays that way no matter how much you pile on. I would say that if you have dry skin, go for the tinted moisturizer instead of the skin tint (which is less forgiving when it comes to dry flakes). However, if you have normal to slightly oily skin, then the Velvet Matte Skin Tint is great for you. My shade for both is Finland (Light 1) and picture below shows you what it looks like, when I applied (the Velvet Matte Skin Tint) 3 times more than I usually would. It’s to show you how far it can go when it comes to coverage.



before after



I applied the Skin Tint all over my face instead of only at the centre of my face. You’d notice that all redness is gone, and the skin doesn’t exactly look flat. Does look a little pasty though. In the photo below, I wore it on Valentine’s Day, and only at the centre of my face. You’ll see that it looks much more natural and how I prefer my foundations to look on me.






I really like that this foundation smooths over easily. I just dab a few dots on my forehead, nose and chin, and blend it out using a stippling brush. When I use my fingers, I find that the coverage is higher. Do bear in mind that I always prefer my foundation to be lighter coverage, so if you like yours heavier, then you might want to use your fingers. I don’t have to powder, and it stays looking fresh on my skin for up to 6 hours in my hot and humid weather, which says a lot about this foundation.

Have you tried this yet? There are 12 shades you can choose from, and now, they even have another shade that’s for the very fair skin! How do you like this foundation? If you haven’t tried it, and have normal / combination skin, then I urge you to go get a sample. I think you’ll like it!



xoxo Lily



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