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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  • Have you swatched the darkest shade? How dark is the darkest shade?

    • Lily

      Sorry dude, no NARS here in Ipoh so I couldn’t do a complete swatch for you guys 🙁

  • I took mine back. It just didn’t work on my dry skin. It found every dry patch and it started to feel so dry after a couple of hours. I’ll just stick to the TM! That one is my fave, although I can’t wear it every day otherwise I break out. But I love using it to mix into other foundations!

    • Lily

      I can definitely see why you returned it. This is definitely not kind to those with very dry skin. When my skin feels drier than usual, I LOVE the tinted moisturizer!!! I’m glad I didn’t try it until late last year, because I probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much otherwise. My skin was less dry before 🙂

  • Liz

    I’ve never tried a NARS base but this one sounds good for combo/oily! I will check it out in two years after I’ve finished everything else in the stash, lol!

    • Bellyhead

      LOL! This is exactly what I was thinking! Sounds really good. I just need to finish all teh things first.

      • Lily

        Haha you won’t get to try this then. By the time you actually need a new base, there will be even more new stuff in the future. I think that’s a common problem with us. LOL!

    • Lily

      LOL right? When I read reviews of new stuff, I think that too. I’ll need to use up my stuff (which is a few years later) then I’ll probably buy it. Then again, there will be new things (ALWAYS!).

  • I wanted to place an order for this through, what attracted me was the higher SPF but thank gawd I read reviews first! Seems like this doesn’t like to play with dry skin like mine, shame because it sounded lovely. 🙁

    • Lily

      If you have dry skin, I highly recommend their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It goes on just like skin, only more lovely 🙂 I wouldn’t recommend that to oily skin though.

  • This really does look quite nice on you, Lily… though it sounds like it needs some fiddling around with to suit dry skin. The last NARS base that I really liked was the compact cream foundation which was a really long time ago, and I recently had to throw it out cos the case got all sticky…. 🙁

    • Lily

      I think using a glowy base before this foundation will do the trick. I used some heavier moisturizer under this foundation before, and it actually worked quite well! Ah yes, the sticky cases. I HATE THEM! I was told they changed the packaging and that they don’t melt as easily. Guess we’ll have to wait for a few years to find out!

  • I’ll check this out on the counter to see how light it is, I’m very into extremely light bases right now, so light like you’re wearing nothing. hmm maybe I might light the pure radiant instead…

    • Lily

      If your skin is normal and maybe a little dry, go for pure radiant. It is so light it really feels just like moisturizer, and your skin looks great! You have to try it, Sofia!

  • Rae

    While I wait for your review on the new Bobbi Brown foundation, I’ll read this one first.

    I have this and I think we have similar thoughts on it. I think I should’ve bought the pure radiant variant because I prefer my bases to look very skin-like. I also don’t wear that much coverage anyway.

    I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. I thought it was going to be sheer. But sheer and matte dont really go well together because when you allow the skin to show, through, it’s most probably not going to be matte.

    • Lily

      Ah yes sounds like you’ll love the pure radiant tinted moisturizer. You might also like the cushion foundation from IOPE and Dior. The review for Dior will be up next week. Also, tomorrow’s. The Bobbi Brown skin nourishing glow foundation. Ah, I really like that one!