It’s only February but I am already getting into Spring beauty launches, woohoo! On February 1st, NARS launched its Velvet Matte Skin Tint, an oil free formula that offers sheer to medium coverage and claims to blur the appearance of pores and fine lines. Prior to trying this product, the other NARS foundation I’ve used was the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer which I already LOVE. I usually go for foundation that makes my skin look dewy, so this was a fun experience to use a matte base this time!
Ahhh….I love the sleek black packaging NARS uses with their products, it’s beautiful! This black tube makes it so much easier to carry around compared to foundations in glass tubes. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($54 CAD for 50mL) uses its innovative Velvet Illusion Complex technology to create a “soft-focus effect with a soft-touch feel.”
Transparent Blurring Powders are used to help blur imperfections and leave a velvety texture on the skin. These powders are clear on the surface and becomes more and more opaque towards the centre. When light hits these powders, the beams are refracted and diffused within the Transparent Blurring Powders which creates the “appearance of perfected naturally dimensional skin.” It also contains Rose Fruit Extract to minimize the appearance of pores and control shine, and Vitamins C and E to protect against harmful free-radical damage.
The shade I received to try was Alaska/Light 2 (which is also the same shade as my Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.) Alaska is a yellow based based tint and is probably suited for those with warmer undertones. What I noticed when I applied it on my skin (using fingers):
- Very easy to blend
- I had dry patches circling around my nose (I know, it sounds kinda gross,) the foundation clung onto the dry parts like no tomorrow. It also highlighted my peach fuzz on my nose, though I guess that can’t be helped at all LOL!
- I was suffering a case of being Rudolph-the-Red-Nose-Reindeer-itis (hello giant pimple hiding under the depths of my skin on my nose.) My nose was somewhat red and the foundation did an O-K job in masking most of my redness.
And since I hope no one actually examines my face that up close…zooming out…the rest of my skin really looks like what the Velvet Matte Skin Tint claims to be!
$54 for this product is no small amount, but compared to other high end foundations around this range, I was pretty satisfied by the formula and the packaging. (Plus, most of my other luxurious foundations contains 30mL and the Velvet Matte Skin Tint gives you 50mL of flesh coloured goodness.) Overall, I noticed my nose doing its thing, being oily and all, after a few hours. The foundation is really ‘lightweight’ and made my skin feel soft,look radiant and not appear flat. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin or oily skin, but for combination skin….100% yes!
You can purchase NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint at Sephora, Holt Renfew, Hudson’s Bay, Murale, Nordstrom, or NARS online.
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Disclaimer: Press Sample provided, all opinions are my own.
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