Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick ($45.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a new series of creamy goodness that comes in twenty (20) shades. The line sent me ten to play with, which are swatched here. As background, I love a good stick foundation. Years ago, Chanel mades a nice formulation that I lived for. They work so well for travel, and it’s only natural that you can use an extra for contouring or bronzing. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Net-a-Porter and Nars online.
Nars’ version adds something that the other lines don’t–a built in blender sponge (latex-free). The sponge comes with a cap, so you don’t have to worry about washing it out after application. Guess what’s going into my carry-on the next time I fly?
On my combo/oily skin that runs to Chanel Ivoire/Cameo, MAC NC15/20, Fenty 150/160 and Nars Deauville/Alaska, I chose Gobi as my closest match.
My first attempt at application consisted of applying little streaks from the stick directly on my face, and blended out using my fingers. It worked great. I found that the product wasn’t as matte on me as the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint, but tended to have a skin-like sheen. The lasting power was excellent, although I had to powder mid-day (I almost always do). The product is quite soft and blendable. The next time, I added Punjab as a contour shade which worked quite nicely. My attempt to use Tahoe as a contour did not go quite as well–the shade is more of a deep warm bronzer on my skin tone rather than a contour.
Another fabulous foundation from Nars. Bottom line–recommended.
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