Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review & Swatches - Really Ree
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Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review & Swatches

22 Dec 2015 (Updated: 7 Mar 2016)

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As a big fan of the Nars Velvet Matt Lip Pencils and also the brand’s latest foundation, All Day Luminous, I was literally chomping at the bit to test out this new launch, the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30. I have really been loving a velvet matte finish for skin this year and anything with SPF30 always gets my attention, being the sun-phobe that I am. Here’s the low-down with swatches and before and after photos.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Features

  • Innovative oil-free formula
  • Velvety matte finish
  • Doesn’t dry out the skin
  • Uses NARS’s in-house Velvet Illusion Complex to optically blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Lightweight formulation
  • Buildable texture with sheer-to-medium coverage
  • Long-wear – at least eight hours
  • SPF30 protection
  • Antioxidant protection with Vitamins C & E
  • Rose Fruit Extract works to tighten pores
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

I like this squeezy tube packaging. It isn’t glam but it’s super functional and there’s none of that Nars worry about whether you get a pump or not. And if you drop this, everything is going to be ok!

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Swatches

There are 12 shades in total and I have 3 of them to show you, Finland Light 1, Alaska Light 2 and Cuzco Medium 1.5:

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Swatches – Finland, Alaska, Cuzco
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Swatches – Finland, Alaska, Cuzco

I love the soft, creamy texture. It melts into the skin easily, blends well with fingers and delivers a soft, weightless glowily matte finish.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Before and After Photos

Finland is the shade I have closest to my skin tone, so I have used that one for the before and after photos.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint – Before Photo


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint – After Photo
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint – After Photo

The above pic is without powder, but with a touch of bronzer, blush and mascara. I love the finish – redness is toned down, lines and (more importantly) enlarged pores are blurred out, and the skin looks softly glowing. It feels super hydrating yet light and I love the fact that it has SPF30.

A little goes a long way, and I think the coverage is medium and can be built to full. It delivers much more coverage than I was expecting considering it is called a tint, and I am very pleased about that!

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint launches on 1st February 2016 for £30. Find it HERE!



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7 thoughts on “Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review & Swatches

  1. Hi Ree,
    I’m looking for a new foundation and reading your reviews I wanted to know which one is your favorite out of all the foundations in 2015. I read your reviews of
    Armani Maestro Glow
    Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
    Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation

    Which one of those you prefer and for what reasons? Or is there another one you are more excited about?

    For the last few years my absolute favorite foundation has been Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation, I try new ones, but never finish the bottles, because I prefer how the Armani one feels and looks.
    I have combination skin with an oily T-zone but dry patches around the nose, mouth and chin. I like light to medium coverage, but would also be happy to try fuller coverage, then I have to conceal less on my chin and under eyes.

    1. Hi there

      I haven’t tried that particular Armani foundation but I have to say that I think my fave foundation of all year is the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. It is full coverage but you need the smallest bit and hardly any concealer. Not sure if it’s what you are looking for but I love it. Hope this helps xxx

      1. Hi Ree,
        Thanks so much for getting back to me. This defenitely helps. I read great reviews about this foundation, will definitely give it a go. xxx Happy Holidays!

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