Sunday, February 7, 2016

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in "Light 1" & "Light 2": Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and the products featured were provided for review.
For Sping 2015, NARS is adding a new line to its foundation family. Oil-free and lightweight, the Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($54 CAD, 12 Shades) promises an effortless application that evens the skin tone and blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines. To read my thoughts on the formulation and see some swatches, click.......
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in "Light 1" & "Light 2"
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in a convenient squeeze tube. I'm really happy that they went with this format instead of a glass pump bottle because the squeeze tube is just super easy to use and much more travel-friendly. The tube holds 50ml of product, so even though the price seems quite steep ($54 CAD), you are getting 20ml more than your average 30ml foundation.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in "Light 1" & "Light 2"
Oil-free and infused with rose fruit extract, the Velvet Matte Skin is made of "transparent blurring powders" designed to smooth out any skin imperfections while creating a natural finish. This BB Cream-esque foundation has a lightweight, airy yet creamy texture; the application is very nice and it does a good job of smoothing over fine lines without clinging too much to dry patches. The coverage is fairly sheer but definitely buildable to a semi-opaque finish. The Velvet Matte Skin Tint almost feels like a cream-to-powder foundation, immediately mattifying the skin.
However, after a couple of hours, I noticed sebum starting to seep through the product (mostly in my T-zone), So in terms of shine-control, this foundation isn't the best I've tried as I've used regular, non-matte foundations that do a better job of delaying shine. The foundation darkened a little bit from oxidation but it wasn't too noticeable.
Overall, this is a semi-sheer foundation with a really lovely and weightless texture. The application is lovely and the packaging is simple and easy-to-use. However, I don't think it's great at controlling shine so if you have oily skin like me, you will still need to blot and powder throughout the day.

Finland-Light 1: NC 15-20 with a neutral undertone.
Alaska-Light 2: NC 25 with a slight warm undertone.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in "Light 1" & "Light 2"
NARS Spring 2016 Collection is available starting February 1st online and in stores at Sephora, online at NARS, and in stores at The Bay, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, and Murale.