I have been waiting the longest time to get my hands on this - the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 PA +++ (£30)! I’ve never properly tried the NARS radiant tinted moisturiser as whenever I tried samples, it left me a little shinier than I would’ve liked, so I never committed to buying the full size. With my oily complexion, anything velvet/matte instantly gets my attention! So I ordered it from NARS’ website the first chance I got; I’ve tried it out for a couple of weeks, now I feel like I can tell you what I think.
Firstly, the packaging - I like the thinner tube compared to the radiant tinted moisturiser. It feels compact and travel friendly. It’d be so much easier to pack on your holidays or just throwing in my handbag. The flip-lid is sturdy and won’t snap or break.
The shade range is great as expected from NARS. There are twelve shades to choose from, catering for most women. Although I’ve always believed that I’m the shade Syracuse in Sheer Glow, I’ve recently realised it’s actually one shade too dark for me. So after much google-ing and deliberation, I opted for the shade St Moritz. It’s absolutely perfect for me - it has the right amount of yellow in it without looking too orange.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Swatch - St Moritz
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Swatch blended - St Moritz
I expected the formula to be quite thin and liquid. To my surprise, it’s actually creamy and feels light as you apply. I’ve just been using my fingers to blend it out and it works beautifully. As you blend, the cream quite quickly blends to the skin without any streaks. The formula feels really velvet like on the skin yet doesn’t feel like it’s ‘sitting’ on the skin. This was a concern of mine when I initially felt the velvet texture, but it definitely doesn’t sit on the skin. It’s so seamless, I forget that I have anything on at all! Although it is marketed as matte - it doesn’t look flat or powdery. It looks like skin.
Coverage wise, it gives quite a light coverage. It helps with the slight redness and discolourations around my face, but for acne scars etc., I definitely need to reach for my concealer. You can build it up - but for me, the purpose of this product is quite a light coverage skin like finish. So to put to many layers on for a heavier coverage defeats the purpose of the product.
The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint lasts all day on me without sliding around on my face. I apply it around 7 am in the morning and take off my makeup around 6 pm. There is a bit of shine around my t-zone (most oily part of my face) but nothing too drastic. What I love most is that although claiming to be a matte product, it’s not a complete dry-powdery-matte product. It just looks like your skin. The velvet texture does add that ever so slight blurred effect to your makeup. I’ve really enjoyed using this product and can’t wait to wear it all the time over summer!
What do you think of the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint? What's your favourite lightweight foundation/base product? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!