Thoughts on the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint has been one of the most talked about new releases so far this year. It just so happened that its launch coincided with me running out of my beloved Sheer Glow, so when the time came to make a repurchase I took advantage of being able to give this one a try at the same time.

Much like Sheer Glow, the name of this NARS foundation seems completely out of sync with the formula itself. Even on my dry skin it has more of a semi-matte finish and it offers more coverage than any other 'tint' that I've tried. Applied with a brush it even has a tendency to look a little heavy on the skin - especially across dry areas. I've found that blending it into the skin with fingers is the best way to use this, especially with the benefit of layering something glowy and hydrating underneath (Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate forever).

nars velvet matte skin tint review

I'm ashamed to say that I bought this online - making the dreaded misjudged shade match in the process. Being 'Light 3' in other NARS foundations, I thought I was playing it safe by opting for the same in this. Turns out I was wrong and the shades available in the Velvet Matte Skin Tint lean a lot darker than I'm used to. I have the shade 'Alaska' and it does just about work for me once it's thoroughly blended, but it's well worth remembering to go a shade lighter than usual if you can. In the meantime, I'll just be patiently waiting for summer.

The foundation itself is surprisingly light and comfortable on the skin, especially for a base that offers reasonable coverage. Any blemishes and undereye circles still need the attention of concealer, but as far as redness and general uneven skintone go, this pretty much has everything covered. It feels velvety smooth on the skin and leaves me with a semi-matte finish that isn't at all two dimensional.

I feel as though application really does make or break this, as buffing it into the skin with anything other than my fingers seems to cause the foundation to break apart a little and leave unsightly streaks here and there. It's also worth noting that it doesn't last particularly well on my skin. It's fine for days spent running errands or popping to the library, but I personally wouldn't choose it on a day when I need my makeup to last well into the evening. Overall I think that this is a handy base to have around for everyday use. It's a shame that it doesn't do quite what the name would suggest, but much like other NARS bases I've tried it still ticks a fair few boxes - just not the ones you're expecting it to.