I love new NARS makeup launches, as they always come out with the most amazing stuff. So when the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint finally launched in the UK, I raced to the Space NK down the road and got a sample. I’ll be honest, my first impressions were bad, but somehow I ended up loving this.
For those who’ve tried NARS’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, this is a completely different product. The Velvet Matte Skin Tint has a velvety, skin-like finish and has light-to-almost-medium coverage that’s very buidable. It comes in 12 shades and I’m shade Light 2 (Alaska), though I could definitely be Light 3 (Groenland) in summer.
You need very little product to cover a whole lot of face. This is where I went wrong the first time I used this, when I used way too much product and HATED it, because it just wouldn’t blend. I find using fingers works best, but I’ve been loving Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Face Brush to apply this too. I work long days at the office with little to no time to retouch, and I’ve found that aside from blotting or reapplying some concealer around my nose, it stays on my skin for 8+ hours.
It doesn’t sink into pores – it actually smoothes the skin – but may cling to dry patches. Even though this is marketed as a tinted moisturiser, I’d never skip the moisturiser step in my skincare routine because of that. It has SPF30+++ in, but I haven’t noticed any flashback in pictures and it’s just really lightweight on the skin. I do want to stress that if you’re looking for a natural-looking base that has a lot of coverage or looking for something to cover up spots —this is not it. In that case I’d recommend checking out NARS Sheer Glow, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation.
It’s available at all NARS counters and if you’re new to NARS, it may be worth checking out the Modern Minimalist Collection, exclusive to Space NK. It contains a full-size Velvet Matte Skin Tint, mini Audacious Mascara, mini Orgasm Blush, mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner and two mini lip products. Whilst £60 a pop isn’t the cheapest, it is a good way to try and sample their best sellers. Also, everything looks more beautiful when it’s housed in a chic box. Non?
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