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My Thoughts: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

February 11, 2016

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Over the past few weeks, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44/ 1.7 oz) has earned a place as a staple in my foundation rotation. There’s so much to love. According to the line, this has an oil-free formula with SPF 30, a wonderful all-day oil-absorbing matte finish, an easy-to-pack tube, and anti-oxidants (Vitamin C and E) galore. The formula contains Rose Fruit Extract to minimizes pores and control shine.  Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS online, Barneys New York (free ship always), Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is said to give sheer to medium coverage. I applied with fingers, and noticed that there is a “sunscreen-like” scent when first applied. The scent, which resembles that used in Smashbox’s and Kiehl’s SPF tinted moisturizers, fades after roughly a half-hour.

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I used a light layer, and then another to get to medium coverage. The texture of the product needs a good five minutes to settle beautifully onto the skin (don’t judge until that five minutes passes, or you won’t get an accurate picture of the final texture). The texture is a true matte, but it does have some life in it (there is nothing mask-like about the texture). Although my combination skin does tend to glow in the t-zone throughout the day with other foundations, it did not with Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I was able to get a good eleven-hour day out of this foundation without powdering (except for one day, when I used a heavy moisturizer underneath). The texture is beautiful– my skin looks matte, but very natural. It’s a soft matte.

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According to NARS, Velvet Skin Tint has the following benefits:

SOFT-FOCUS EFFECT
Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to diffuse imperfections with a powerful optical effect.

SOFT-TOUCH FEEL
The powders’ unique, spherical shape compresses like a cushion, delivering a velvety-smooth, touchable feel and superior comfort on application.

REFINED PORES & SHINE CONTROL
Rose Fruit Extract visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, while controlling shine.

ANTIOXIDANT DEFENSE
Vitamins C, E, and broad spectrum SPF 30 protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress.

THE SOFT-TOUCH LOOK
Simply touch and go for an effortlessly perfected look. Glide on Velvet Matte Skin Tint to instantly even skintone with a soft-matte effect. Follow with Radiant Creamy Concealer where needed to instantly diffuse imperfections.

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Here are some comparisons with Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Finland, Alaska, and Groenland.  Along on bottom is Nars All Day Luminous in Fuji, Make Up For Ever in Y235, and Estee Launder Double Wear Intensity Light in 1.0. In person, Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska and the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint are virtually identical shades.

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A good matte foundation is important to have in your beauty stash, even if you are partial to glow. Sometimes I want to control the area of my face that I want to glow (upper cheek, not forehead!) It’s lovely to have the NARS option–it’s definitely my favorite matte foundation at present. Of course, NARS Matte accepts highlighters, blushes (glowing and matte) and other products extremely well.

I got no breakouts, clogs, or other complications (I cleanse carefully with an oil cleanser, a Clarisonic and toner every evening always). In fact, the antioxidants in the formula are promised to give long-term benefits.

Overall, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is very well done. One of the things that I love about NARS is its professional grounding, sophisticated formula, and beautifully formulations.  NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint exemplifies all of these qualities.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS online, Barneys New York (free ship always), Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

These items were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. Affiliate links.

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  • Emma February 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    This I got to try. I love the shades and love the idea that its oil free!

  • Jackie McDonnell February 12, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Thank you so much Amy for this excellent review! I purchased the Alaska shade from the Nars website the very hot moment that it was made available! I love the formula as much as you do, but the shade is I chose is a bit too yellow for me at this time of year. I have noticed in the past that very often, your foundation shades are the same as mine – would you mind sharing your best shade choice in this formula? Gratefully, Jackie

    • Amy February 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      I’ve been using Finland in this formula, I’m really pale right now.

      I use Alaska Tinted Moisturizer in the summer, and the Alaska Velvet Matte is identical. I have used Alaska during on my very pale winter skin, and it is workable but a bit deep, so I’ve defaulted to Finland.

      This formula does not seem to color-adjust.

      Thanks for asking!

  • Clever Girl Reviews February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Terra Neuve looks really great! It’s the shade I wear in the TM. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Dev February 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Great review, everyone loves this foundation. I am very pink and just wish that Nars foundations didn’t lean so yellow. I swatched Terra Neuve and it seemed so yellow but the reviews are so good I am just going to have to get a sample and try it.