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NARS 'Velvet Matte Skin Tint' Review

NARS 'Velvet Matte Skin Tint' Review


After having had the NARS Tinted Moisturizer for about a good year (and I still love it!), I knew it was time to try some of other NARS foundational products. And then this came out. Now, I think NARS know they make good foundation products, because all their foundations are a obscene price. Although, so is all their other products. So I'm not going to be here, complaining about the price.

But omg, this product... so worth the money.


Honestly, I love how this bottle is long and not short and pudgy. It definitely gives it a sleeker look.

As usual, it's a matte black packaging. What else is new?

Packaging is typical NARS.

The texture of this product is a mixture of mousse and foundation-like.


Initial Application

Honestly, by the time I got into the Tinted Moisturizer I already knew I should be using my fingers. But this product is still relatively new so I've been avoiding watching any review videos of this product, because I want my opinion to be mine.

So when I first applied this product, I squeezed some onto my fingers, put some attractive dots on my face, and then used my big Tarte Foundation brush.


I think it took about a whole minute to complete my face.

It sunk into my skin so quickly that I was wondering how I managed to do that so quickly, when it usually takes me longer with my Marc Jacobs.

Just one layer is enough to cover my redness, dull my acne scars and dark circles. It gives a medium coverage, and it can definitely go for full if I wanted.

Because this has broad spectrum 30, it should be used for during the summer, in which case I don't necessarily want or need full coverage.

The texture of this basically feels like a mousse. It isn't super liquidy but also isn't super stiff.

Lasting Powder

Honestly, by the end of the day, I have that satisfying moment of seeing the color of my water a skin like color, so it definitely sits on the skin beautifully and well.

One thing I will say is that the biggest reason why I wanted to try this product is that matte claim. I am a big fan of matte. I don't like using highlighter even. So I wanted matte.

Now, I was extremely suspicious of whether this could be matte, but it surprised the hell out of me.

Even on a few hot days here, it managed to stay quite matte. But I will say, not 100%. You definitely see shine after a few hours, but it still fells different. It feels different because even though you see shine, you don't feel shiny. You actually feel normal, like you had just applied this product.


And even though you look shiny, it just makes you look dewy, definitely not oily. [UPDATE 4/24: Yes, you do look shiny after, but it definitely depends on how long your day was, how hot it was, and what you did. It can definitely get oily, however it would take a lot of work to get to the point of needing to powder.]

I no longer have to reapply powder in the afternoon if I know I have somewhere I need to be.

And did I mention how comfortable it feels on the face?

Final Thoughts



It delivers like a good NARS foundation, and it's way less messy than the Tinted Moisturizer because you don't have to use your fingers! Even though I love the tinted moisturizer, it's so much extra work to use your fingers, which is why I still have a lot left. But I can see myself using this up by the end of summer.

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