Foundation Files / NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

The Beauty Collection - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

The one thing that I was most excited about in the newest bout of Mecca releases was definitely the NARS Velvet Matte Skin TintMy love for the NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is well documented so a new base, falling more on the matte side of things sounded like something I was willing to drop a few dollars on (okay, a lot of dollars – my bank account cried a little). The back of the bottle mentions a natural-looking soft matte finish and what NARS promises, NARS provides.


NARS nails it yet again – a simple, elegant and above all, practical tube. Most of my favourite bases come in a squeeze tube. For me, it means less wastage and a little more travel friendly than a glass bottle. The packaging actually reminds me a lot of the Models Prefer Argan Foundation that I reviewed a while ago but the NARS is definitely a step above with the luxe, matte texture.


Two drops tends to be enough for me to cover my whole face lightly – my freckles and little imperfections are still sort of visible but my skin looks more perfected and even. Another drop provides a more light/medium coverage but after that, things start looking a little cakey. I quite like the coverage though – it gives that kind of ‘my skin but way, way better’ look that I’ve been very into lately.


The finish is probably my favourite part about this base – the velvet in the name says it all. It is by no means a cakey, uncomfortable matte finish, I’d describe it as an almost demi-matte, there’s no dewiness but it doesn’t look like you’ve just gone overboard with the powder.

The Beauty Collection - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review


I find that the base applies well with both a big fluffy foundation (à la the Models Prefer Professional Airbrush Brush) or with a Beauty Blender. The sponge leaves you with a slightly more skin-like finish but both cover about the same. The brush tends to take a little more effort before things start looking really natural.


Unless I’m very careful with application and spend additional time blending it out, the base never quite sits right around the bottom of my nose, where my skin has a little more texture and oiliness. Apart from that I find it wears pretty well on my combination skin, after being set lightly with powder – breaking up a little bit around my t-zone after a couple of hours of wear but overall, not performing too badly. When it comes to wear, it definitely hasn’t blown me away but it’s still a solid performer.


I was a little apprehensive that there wouldn’t be a match for me in this range – Sheer Glow doesn’t offer a shade to match me but Terre-Neuve – Light 0 from the Radiant Tinted Moisturiser range is a near-perfect match for me. Luckily, this range also offered Terre-Neuve – Light 0 and it’s pretty much identical to the shade in the TM range. It’s fairly yellow-toned when swatched on my arm but I find that when applied to my face, it’s almost a perfect match. There are 12 shades in the range.

The Beauty Collection - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ReviewLeft, middle: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Terre-Neuve, applied heavily, blended out. 
Right: NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Terre-Neuve.

If you have dry skin, I haven’t had any problems with it clinging to dry patches and I think, if you’re after a matte finish this one shouldn’t be too drying or uncomfortable on your skin.
If you have oily skin, I think the finish will be a huge winner for you – matte but not too matte. It does a decent job of controlling oil but will probably need blotting after a couple of hours of wear.

I’ve been wearing it most days for two weeks now and although it hasn’t totally knocked my socks off, it’s been doing a really awesome job and the finish is something I can definitely see myself reaching for a lot as the weather gets cooler and my skin starts to become a little drier. I think it’ll take a bit more wear before I can decide whether it’s really holy grail.

Will you be trying this one out?

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  • Yep I’m sold! Hahaha, adding this to the list. I love a good matte foundation that doesn’t make my skin look dull or dead x

    Katina |

  • OMG!!! I want to try this out so bad!!! I am trying not to splurge too much lately on unnecessary purchases so maybe when I get through a few more foundations I can justify trying this! It sounds amazing!!! Great post, as always! 🙂

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • Yeah, I totally didn’t need a new foundation to add to the collection but I couldn’t resist! In my defense I am very close to finishing off one or two, I think!

  • I’ve been reading a few different reviews on this and the more I read about it the more it appeals to me! I currently don’t own a lighter base that really lasts on my skin!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • Chantalle

    As an oily skin girl I have been dying to try the latest addition to the NARS base range. It sounds like a great foundation especially if you are after a matte finish that’s isn’t cakey. NARS have yet to disappoint me so I am super excited to try this, I think a trip to Mecca is in order!

    Chantalle |

  • Very detailed review. I also love the Matte Skin Tint and did a review on my blog. I love your photo as well!

  • Enjoyed reading your review on the new NARS matte tint!! A lot of bloggers are really liking it if they have an oily skin type!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • I think I definitely need to add this to my list of things to check out. I’ve read other reviews who have said it’s perfect for people with an oilier skin type – which is me! I will have to get a sample and see how it wears on me too since it hasn’t blown you away x

    Jess | It’s That Time For

    • Definitely pick up a sample! It’s totally worth a try to see if it lasts better on your skin than on mine! 🙂

  • I wore a sample of this on Sunday and it impressed me too – more Demi matte than Sheer Glow foundation. But yes the price is putting me off. As well as the fact I want to get through my foundations to cull my collection. One day though! The finish is stunning.

    Maddie |

    • Yeah, I definitely didn’t need another foundation but at least there’s a few that I’m nearing the end of that will be in the bin soon!

  • Hao

    I won’t be trying this out since my skin is pretty dehydrated right now, but I need to definitely check it out when it’s summer here in California again. I’ve heard nothing but raves about this product as well!

    Hao | haodoyoungo

  • I so want to try this out! But I am currently on a bit of a spending ban until after my wedding ahhhh *Crying*… It sounds like it would be a really good everyday foundation for my oily skin 🙂

    Nicole xx |

    • That’s a very good and exciting excuse to be on a spending ban though! Grab a sample next time you’re in store and live vicariously through that 😉

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Nice review,…

  • Oh dear, I think I’ve just added another product to my wish list!

  • I definitely need to pick this up, I love the Nars Sheer Glow, it’s my all time favourite foundation so I have huge expectations for it 🙂
    xxx Claire

  • Bella

    Looks like we love all the same bases – bare minerals complexion rescue and now this gem! I am really loving this for mornings when I am in a rush


  • I really wish NARS foundations weren’t so yellow, this sounds perfect for my skin type!
    Great review, I love how detailed you are 🙂

    Notable Beauty

    • Yeah, I find that the Sheer Glow is too yellow for me but don’t struggle quite so much with this base and the Tinted Moisturiser :/
      Thank you!