The one thing that I was most excited about in the newest bout of Mecca releases was definitely the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. My 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.
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.
Left, 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.