So, I’m a bit late on the bandwagon with this product… It’s a recent purchase of mine after seeing it being talked about for months. When there’s a product that’s hyped about, I like to stand back and see how it plays out for a while before I commit to buying it. The product in question is the Velvet Matte Skin Tint by NARS; a brand that I’m loving at the moment.
From reading the reviews on this product online, it seems to have received a fairly mixed result, but mostly positive nonetheless. I have oily skin, and so I often struggle to find a foundation product that can withstand this throughout the day with minimal fuss. From reading the reviews I found that people with more oily and combination skin loved the Velvet Matte Skin Tint, whereas those with more of a dry and dehydrated skin type didn’t love it as much. This product claims to be a skin tint with a gel-like formula that blends out seamlessly. From using it a few times I would say that the formula is quite thick for a skin tint, and leads more towards a medium to buildable coverage foundation. The finish it gives once blended out is luminous but not too shiny, and mattified without looking too flat.
I picked up the shade Terre-Neuve which is Light 0 – the lightest shade in the range, and it is a very good match to my skin tone. I applied it this first thing on a morning and barely needed to reapply all day, so the staying power is pretty good. I really like the finish it gives as it doesn’t slip and slide around on the face, but doesn’t look to cakey either as you might normally expect with a matte texture foundation. Plus, you can put additional powder on top without it looking too thick. You can apply it lightly for a light coverage or layer it on to create a heavier look without it looking like you’re wearing too much product.
I bought my Velvet Matte Skin Tint from the NARS counter in House of Fraser and paid £30.00 for the bottle. The size is 50ml which may not appeal to some people – it is a high end product with a fairly hefty price tag! You could perhaps find a similar product for a lot less, (I’ve found the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation to work well), but then again you get what you pay for in terms of quality. So far this product is working really well for me which justifies the price, as I do struggle to find a foundation with the right texture and finish to my skin, and not to mention it has SPF 30.
Personally, I’m a fan of this product and can see why lots of people were talking about it. If you’re looking for a matte finish foundation that still makes your skin look healthy and luminous, this could well be for you. Luckily, this was a product that lived up to the hype for me!
Have you tried it?