As I mentioned before on my blog, finding the perfect foundation has been the never ending challenge for me and on top of that I just like trying new formulations. So when I got the opportunity to pick one of the latest makeup releases available in House Of Fraser I knew immediately I want to test the new Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30* (£30) which has been praised by many beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts. It also seemed like a fantastic lightweight foundation with high SPF to use during Summer months and on my upcoming holidays. Although I haven't been using it for a long time I am ready to share with you my thoughts on this Nars product.
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in a tube which contains 50ml of product making it a great value for money when comparing other high end foundations. I love the packaging, sleek and easy to store or travel with and it doesn't have that usual Nars's rubbery finish which tends to get very dirty very quickly. I love my foundations in squeezy tubes, even though they're not as hygienic as pumps, because it's easy to get the exact amount of product you need and you can really use everything up.
"Infused with NARS innovative Velvet Illusion Complex, Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30/PA+++ instantly transforms the look of skin with powerful optical effects designed to manipulate light, creating an immediate soft-focus effect that helps blur imperfections. Powered with rose fruit extract, it visibly tightens the appearance of pores with every application. Lasts comfortably and weightlessly all day, while helping to provide antioxidant defence with vitamins C, E, and broad spectrum SPF 30."
The Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint has a creamy formula that it's easy to blend, whether with brush, Beauty Blender or your fingers. I found it clings slightly to any flaky or dry areas I have but it doesn't accentuate them in a very bad way. What really impressed me is the blurring effect it has on my skin's imperfections and larger pores.
The finish of this foundation is semi matte, it doesn't look dewy but it's not flat either, it just gives an illusion of healthy looking skin. It dries up to a velvety finish and I can see that you could skip setting it with a powder, although I always lightly set my foundation to ensure it's as long lasting as possible and to make easier application of other powder products on top.
The foundation feels very lightweight on the skin and it provides light to medium coverage. I've heard many people saying it's a full coverage foundation but, in my opinion, it's not.
It has some scent to it which doesn't linger for long but it might bother some people or the fragrance might irritate very sensitive skins.
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint foundation keeps my oils at bay (I have normal/combination skin) and it lasts well throughout the day.
I picked shade St. Moritz which is darker then my normal skin tone but I've been using a gradual tanner for a while in preparation for my holidays and I'm expecting to get tanned even more so I wanted something darker then my other foundations. Surprisingly, after buffing the foundation into my skin it matches my lightly tanned body perfectly.
1 - my skin without any makeup on (apart from some eye makeup), I have visible discoloration, hyperpigmentation and some redness.
2 - one layer of Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint evens out my skin tone and blurs any imperfections really nicely, it looks very natural on the skin.
3 - other makeup (concealer, powder, blush, bronzer) applied on top of Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint.
4 - the state of my makeup about 7 hours after applying it, please excuse the different lighting and my lipstick which completely worn off and I forgot to reapply it. As you can see my skin looks pretty much the same, just slightly more dewy.
My experience and thoughts on the foundation
After being disappointed with Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation I was a bit hesitant before trying the Velvet Matte Skin Tint but I am pleasantly surprised. I usually prefer medium to high coverage foundations but I was looking for a lightweight light coverage foundation for my holidays and this does exactly that. It provides enough coverage for me to feel comfortable but it doesn't create a heavy cake feeling on my face. The addition of SPF30 it's also a bonus for me as it means I can skip on facial SPF when doing my makeup for the evening or if I go out in the morning for a short time.
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint lasts without a primer on my skin for about 7 hours before getting a bit patchy on my nose and chin which is great and the wear time extends to up to 10 hours if I use a primer underneath. After about 4-5 hours I can see some dewiness coming through but even without blotting my skin it never gets to the point that it looks greasy. The foundation feels comfortable on the skin all day.
The shade St. Moritz scared me at first but it actually matches me at the moment when buffed well with a brush, I like to use it with my Morphe 439 Buffer brush.
I am really enjoying using this foundation and if you're looking for a lightweight Summer base I think this Nars offering is well worth trying. I would only skip it if your skin is very dry as it might exaggerate the dryness, other then that I think most skin types would love it.
Have you tried Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint? What is your favourite Summer foundation?