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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

January 15, 2016

Today NARS is launching their new Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44 for 1.7 oz/50 ml). I am a huge fan of NARS foundations and face products and this new one is quite amazing. Long time Beauty Look Book readers know that I adore the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it’s not like a traditional tinted moisturizer but more of a natural looking skin tint that offers medium buildable coverage with a slightly dewy sheen. Anytime someone asks me for a recommendation on a natural foundation, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is the first one on my list, but many of my friends are hesitant to try it because they think it will be too dewy for their normal/combo to oily skin (I still think it’s suitable for oily skin). Well the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint offers the same kind of beautiful medium buildable coverage and natural finish – but without any glow and with a slightly velvety matte finish. 

The Velvet Matte Skin Tint (oil-free) comes with broad spectrum SPF 30 just like the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. The texture is similar in that it’s easy blend, applies smoothly, covers redness and evens out the skin. It dries to a velvety finish without looking flat or too dry like the name matte often implies. It’s like skin but better and on me it’s lasted an impressive amount of time. All day without separating, fading or creasing. Coverage is medium – enough to even out the skintone but not too heavy. It allows your skin to breathe so to speak and feels slightly hydrating but still weightless.

In addition to evening out the skin, it has Rose Fruit Extract to minimize pores and control shine. Vitamins C and E and broad spectrum SPF to protect the skin from environmental stress.

It’s pure love.

For the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, I have alternated between
two shades in Groenland and St. Moritz. Right now I am in between shades but am a closer match to St. Moritz because I still have some of my summer tan.
St. Moritz is my summer shade and Groenland is my most-of-the-year
shade. I found that the Velvet Matte Skin Tint colors in corresponding
shades look slightly different when swatched but once you blend it out
on the skin, they are identical. So you should be able to use the same
color of Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Velvet Matte Skin Tint. For reference you can find swatches of all the colors on Karen’s blog at Makeup and Beauty Blog.

First a look at the packaging differences of some of the foundations. The Velvet Matte Skin Tint comes in a sleek squeeze tube similar to the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, but it’s slightly skinnier and longer in size.

Here are two sets of swatch comparisons to Groenland and St. Moritz:

Set one above includes:
Buxom Show Some Skin in You’re a Natural and Meet Me Latte (shown here)

Set two above includes:

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Bisque and Natural (review here + here)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard and Ginger


Bottom line amazing and definitely worth checking out. It’s just as good as the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer without the glow, but still natural looking. You can find the Velvet Matte Skin Tint now online at NARS and at NARS Boutiques. It will launch at Sephora, Nordstrom, Barney’s New York and all other NARS retailers starting February 1st. 

Do you have any NARS foundation favorites? (P.S. I’m behind responding to e-mails and comments, but will catch up later on Sunday this weekend, I’ve been super busy this past week and I’m also attending IMATS for the first time today!)

The Velvet Matte Skin Tints were sent courtesy of NARS for review consideration.

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  • Chantel January 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    NARS has great products. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ashley Elizabeth January 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Definitely going to have to try some of these!


  • Jesse January 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Love the sheer'ish coverage skin tints give. I'll have to give this a shot. I reviewed a few of the "clean" skin tints in a post the other day. There's some great green alternatives!

  • Mandy S January 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Ooo, I can't wait to try these out! x

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:50 am

      I think they are rally good!

  • Allysia January 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Yuup, February 1st is going to be a good day! Thanks for the review!

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:50 am

      They are available now at NARS boutiques if you have one near you to test out πŸ™‚

  • alittlekiran January 15, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I love that it is in a squeeze tube, by far my favourite packaging for foundations. Compact, portable and you can always obtain the perfect amount of product. No mess, no fuss. This looks like a lovely product, definitely will keep an eye out for it.

    Kiran |

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:50 am

      I agree – easy to use and compact.

  • Gail January 15, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Have fun at IMATS! Do you know what the sunscreen is in this?

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Sorry I do not, mine did not come with the boxes that list ingredients.

  • Clever Girl Reviews January 16, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I am loving the swatches and looks people are doing, I can't wait to try it!

  • Beauty Bloss January 16, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I love the Radiant Tinted Moisturiser but it's nice to know there is a satin/matte option.
    The Beauty Bloss

  • Merin Tom January 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Such a lovely Post!The Swatch comparison pics are really good!


  • Tasha January 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    This sounds amazing! Sort of like the Jouer matte moisture tint which I've always wanted to try!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • Anonymous January 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Am so excited for this! Have used the Pure radiant for a long time, and even though I love the dewy and skin like finish, I find that on my combination/oily (REALLY oily t-zone) it is just a tad too dewy.

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:51 am

      I think many feel the same as you about the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, I still adore it, but yes I think this will suit those with skin that's more combo/oily.

  • Ash M / The Beauty Collection January 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Really can't wait to try this out – I'm also a huge fan of the TM and basically anything from NARS.

    Ash / The Beauty Collection

  • Petunia January 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    NARS foundations always oxidize on me, but you know I will still try them all πŸ™‚

  • Ciara Rose January 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I've never actually tried any of the NARS foundations but I was so intrigued when I first heard about this new product! I definitely need to get my hands on this.. it sounds like it would be amazing for my combination skin! Thanks for sharing xx

    Ciara Rose |

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:52 am

      You definitely should try!

  • Elizabeth Mayce January 17, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I. Cannot. Wait. to buy this!!

  • molly January 17, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    i want this so bad, they look amazing! xx

  • Meliza Joyce January 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I really want to try this product. I love NARS products, too. I actually heard about this product from Desi Perkins on YouTube, but this post and seeing it next to all the other NARS products were great. The swatches, too!
    Your photos for this post are amazing by the way!

    Meliza Joyce |

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Thanks Meliza!

  • Bella January 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    I have used the Nars primer and tinted moisturizer for years. This was my go to for several years, and then at the last Sephora sale, I switched and have been using the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I like them both, but I feel that the Laura Mercier lasts longer. By using a light dusting of powder my makeup last much longer as I have mature skin and can not wear heavy make up at all! I was watching Desi Perkins and she said that this was a medium coverage. I will get a sample and check it out before I commit.

  • Lauren Dall January 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    What a great post! I'm a big lover of the creamy concealer! Which colour is the lipgloss in the picture – looks lovely!

  • t February 2, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I really want to try this! I love the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer but I also love a matte finish!

  • Karen February 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

    These Velvet Matte Skin Tints look absolutely gorgeous! The packaging is so sleek and the formula sounds amazing. I must give this a go once it hits stores in Australia!