NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
When I heard NARS had come out with a velvet finish tint, I was straightaway on-board. Popped into the Chatswood Mecca store, swatched it, liked how it felt on the back of my hand and picked up Cuzco. I have been wearing it for over a month now and there have been days when I absolutely adored it but there have been days when it looked too cake-y so this one is really a mixed bag. I’d say this one has a lot to offer to the normal and oily skin gals.
- The first noticeable trait which is very NARS is the amount of coverage it gives for being a tint. Since I find sheer glow to be heavy for a day to day wear, my first hunch was that this tint would sit just in the sweet spot and make up for a great daily pop me on and forget about it complexion product. So the moment I swatched it, I knew straightaway that it wasn’t a sheer tint by any chance and had more than fair coverage.
- The texture and the slip of the product is very nice. It glides effortlessly on the skin which immediately suggests that it has been formulated to to be worn by fingers.
- The finish is very natural and skin-like. Although it is a velvet finish but if you give it a good half an hour to let your natural oils kick in, it looks very skin like and feels pretty comfortable. It doesn’t feel chalky despite its matte formulation.
- The longevity is a good 4-5 hours if I’ve used a decent primer and I haven’t meddled my fingers on my face much. I find the more I touch my face during the day, the less my foundation stays.
- A hydrating serum underneath sets the playing field very nicely and of course the beauty blender can do justice to any face product. I prefer my fingers as I get more coverage out of it but if there are any dry patches on the face, that’s where I tend to dabble with the blender.
- The shade collection is brilliant and they have come out with shades in .5 as well. The names don’t suggest that but I came to know it from the Testers at the Mecca shelves as the staff had labelled them as 1, 1.5, 2 etc.
The Not - So Good
- My biggest qualm with the product is that it really clings to the dry patches especially if you haven’t been exfoliating regularly. My chin area is the driest and this product settles into the lines pretty quickly. As soon as the dampness from the beauty blender disappears, comes along the Thar desert patches.
- It definitely oxidises and now I feel I should have gone with a lighter shade.
- It doesn’t last throughout the day and by the time I am back home which is 6:30 ishh, I look like I have absolutely nothing on.
- The timings of its launch in Australia is a bit off as we are into winters now. The matte formulation must be great for the warmer months being experienced by the rest of the world but not for my winter scruffy skin. I’d be digging into this one more once I am past our winter hump.
In nutshell, this is a great product on great skin days but it has a tendency to look makeup-y if you haven’t done enough prep work.