NARS came out with a new foundation/base product, so obviously I needed it. I actually snagged this while I was on a work trip in Wichita, KS and have been testing it out for three weeks now. I got the same color I use in the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Finland (there is a lighter shade for those who are fairer than I). I find the colors very similar from the Pure Radiant to the Velvet Matte, but I would still suggest going in store to double check the shade works for you before purchasing.
This product has a super light texture on the skin. Its almost mousse like, its fluffy, airy, that kind of thing. A little of this also goes a long way. Like with the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, this has more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer. This one dries down to a nice demi-matte finish, which basically means a matte finish but without turning your skin into the Sahara desert. As an oily skinned girl, I appreciate that balance. I find this lasts beautifully on me all day. The Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer does fade on me during the day but, the Velvet Matte Skin Tint performs much better on my oily skin. I really love this formula, its a cool texture that I can’t feel on my skin, has nice everyday coverage, and pairs well with oily skin without making my skin look like a raisin. Now for the pictures, below is my bare face, my face with just the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, and with the rest of my makeup applied.
If you look closely, not only has the Velvet Matte Skin Tint reduced my generally ruddy skin but it has done a nice job of covering the remains of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks by my nose and on my chin. In my “after” shot you can see that my skin tone now matches my neck and chest, this stuff does pack some real pigmentation. The finish is very pretty and soft. I don’t look oily or shiny anywhere, but there is dimension to my skin on the apples of my cheeks and on my chin. In the last picture you can see that the powders I applied over it (because I do set this with powder, my oily skin, its a mess) blends beautifully and doesn’t get cakey or heavy looking.
I have a new favorite everyday base. Have you guys tried this? Are you loving it or not?
The rundown: A+