A couple of weeks ago I felt like trying out some new Nars makeup products. It has been a while since I bought new makeup and I haven’t tested that much Nars products either, so that seemed like the perfect reason to just go for it and buy a couple of goodies. One of the products I ended up buying is the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in the shade Finland. I have been wearing it for a couple of weeks now, which means it’s about time for me to start reviewing this puppy. If you’re interested in finding out what it is like and whether or not it’s worth the price, make sure you continue reading!
First things first, let’s start talking about the packaging. Like most Nars products do, this Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in a really pretty all-black packaging made out of that rubberised plastic material they always use. I really like how classic and professional the packaging looks, but because of the rubbery feel of the plastic it does get dirty very easily. So beware with your foundation fingers!
Anyway, the tube has a nice size. It comes with 50 ml of product which is more than the standard 30 ml you would get in a regular foundation. That does make it a more affordable product technically speaking. But even though you do get more product than you usually would, the tube isn’t excessively large so it’s still easy to take with you when you’re on the go. That’s also an important factor when it comes to a packaging, isn’t it?
The tube opens up with a regular opening. It has a lid you can flip open and then you just squeeze the bottle and the product will come out. It’s a very simple set-up but it does work really nicely for me. You have control over how much comes out of it and I like that.
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint 50 ml – €39
Moving on to the shade range. As most of you guys know by now I’m an extremely pale girl so finding the right shade of foundation is always a struggle for me. I do have a couple of other Nars foundations that are the right shade for me, so I did kind of know what direction to think in. Usually I’d go for the lightest shade available, but because I don’t have a pink undertone and the lightest shade does, I ended up going for the second lightest shade called Finland.
In the end I could have known that Nars foundations are pretty yellow-toned, so the lightest shade could have been pretty okay, but this one works quite well too. It’s a little on the darker side of the spectrum, but it isn’t very bothering or obvious.
Anyway, the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in 12 different shades, ranging from pretty light to pretty deep. It isn’t the best shade range I have ever seen, but it ain’t bad either if you ask me. It’s pretty okay.
Having said that, let’s talk about the claims Nars has made regarding this product. According to Nars their Velvet Matte Skin Tint is a long-wear tinted moisturiser that is supposed to work to protect and perfect the skin with a touchably soft matte texture.
Because of the so-called innovative Velvet Illusion Complex, the supposedly lightweight formula simply glides on and instantly improves the appearance of skin, with Transparent Blurring Powders working to diffuse imperfections and create a soft-focus illusion. It should maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier, eliminate excess oil and visibl reduce the appearance of pores.
Nars claims that the coverage is medium and buildable. It also has SPF30 to it, which I think is an extremely big plus. All in all it’s ideal for people with oily to combination skin types that want a flawless, velvety-smooth, matte complexion.
Now that we know what shade I am in and what Nars claims this product will do, let’s start talking about it. The first thing I want to cover is the texture of the product. I was very curious about this when I bought it. Because it’s a skin tint I expected the texture to be rather thin and lightweight, but because of the velvet matte in the name I figured it might be a little more on the thicker side of the spectrum. In the end it’s right in between those two things. This ain’t a very liquidy foundation, but it’s definitely not thick or heavy at all. It’s just not as runny as some foundations are, but I like that about it.
The texture is really smooth and therefore extremely easy to blend. It’s a foundation that goes on in a split second and you don’t need to work on it too hard in order for it to look good. In my book that’s always a big plus. More often than not I apply my makeup very early in the morning when I’m still half asleep. If I would have to be really focussed on it in order to not get any patches it would definitely go wrong.
Because this is a ‘velvet matte’ product, you might be curious about the way it feels on the skin. In my experience it feels very soft and weightless. It isn’t sticky or wet at all, but it also doesn’t feel like it dries down in a way a nail polish would. It’s just there and you can’t really feel it. If I have to compare it to some kind of feel/finish I would say it’s mor of a powder-like finish, but not in an annoying way.
Coverage-wise I think this product is more than I would’ve expected from a skin tint. It definitely has a medium coverage and, like Nars already told us in their claims, it indeed is buildable. I really like that about it. Usually medium to high coverage foundations are rather heavy, but this one isn’t. It literally is the best of both worlds!
In terms of the finish I do agree with the velvet matte statement Nars has made. It’s not completely, full on matte, but velvet matte. It does still show your natural glow, which makes you look like a living human being, but it doesn’t make me look oily at all. Throughout the day it does an amazing job at keeping my face from getting shiny as well. When it’s 36 Celsius outside my nose might start to shine a little bit, but to be honest, I don’t blame this product for that. I do have oily skin and I’m not used to that kind of weather.
Even though this is a velvet matte product I do still like to use a bit of powder to set everything. I always set my concealer so if I’m already working with powder, I do prefer powdering my entire face. But to be real, that’s just a personal preference thing. You could perfectly wear this without using any setting powder!
Lastly let’s talk about staying power. This foundation stays in place all day long. Literally all day long. It’s a miracle how well it has held up throughout the last couple of weeks where the weather was insane and I was sweating a lot. It also doesn’t really transfer, unless your very oily and really trying to get something onto someone else’s shirt. But generally speaking it doesn’t do that.
Overall I’m a huge fan of this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. When I just ordered it I wasn’t completely sure whether or not this product was going to be a hit for me since I don’t like any of the other Nars foundations I have tried so far, but this is a winner you guys! I love the lightweight formula in combination with the buildable medium coverage and I love how well it holds up, even when it’s extremely humid outside. It keeps my oil under control and it makes my face look picture perfect. I love it to pieces!
That will be it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint and whether or not you would use it!