NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint | A Review



Velvet Matte Skin Tint is NARS latest base product.

The product hasn’t been categorized by the brand as either a tinted moisturizer (so more of a skincare product) or a foundation (more of a makeup product) but we know is a face tint with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. It is described by NARS as a very good base for summer as it has a long-lasting, oil-free and shine resistant, velvet matte formulation.

The name ‘tint’ is a bit confusing to me. I personally see it as a creamy hybrid between a tinted moisturizer with SPF and a foundation.




The packaging: is very sleek and travel friendly. It comes in a squeezey matte black tube. You have a lot of control over how much product you use as it delivers just the right amount of foundation when you squeeze it. No spills on sight.

The shade: I went for Alaska (light 2). If you are familiar with NARS bases you will know that they can run either on the more yellow, pink or balanced-neutral side of things. Alaska is their light shade with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones. I personally think that Alaska is by no means really light. If you have pale skin you will need a bit of a tan to rock this shade. It is a bit warm and gives you a very pretty and healthy sunkissed look. For reference, Terre Neuve (light 0) is the light pink shade, Finland (light 1) is the light yellow shade and Groenland (medium 1) is the light medium neutral shade.

The texture: is very creamy. A thick cream really, that takes a bit of time to be properly distributed and buffed into the skin. To be completely honest, this is my least favourite feature of the product. I have kind of a hard time working it into the skin so it looks ‘natural’. It works better applied with a very damp Beauty Blender.

The finish: when you first apply it, it looks very glowy and a bit thick on the skin. After a bit of wear, it mattifies and becomes lighter in texture (see pictures below). I like it better on me after an hour or so of wear, when it finally sets and the blurring-velvety finish is more noticeable.

The coverage: solid medium coverage. It can be build to a more full coverage but it will eventually look cakey if you use too much product. If you prefer a lighter coverage you really need to use a tiny pea size amount of product and lather it well with a damp sponge.

The wear: it is definitely a long-wearing product. It lasts the whole day under the sun on my face. It is sweat resistant. Sadly, I don’t know if it’s truly oil resistant as I have dry skin, but I’ve heard good things coming from more oily skin friends.



NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint – Swatches (Shade Light 2 Alaska)


The verdict: I like the fact that it has proper SPF protection as well as some skincare properties (Vitamins C and E for example). Apparently, thanks to the good ingredients in it, it is actually good for the skin on the long-term. It covers my red cheeks quite well and it lasts the whole day on my face. As I said before, it is sweat resistant so a good base for summer. The packaging is super travel friendly and  the shade Alaska is a good match for me when I’m a bit tanned so I’m taking it with me on holidays. The only down side for me is the texture (not the finish). Velvet Matte Skin Tint is not 100% invisible on my skin and it feels a bit heavy. I look like I’m wearing makeup. This is not necessarily a bad thing, is just that I’m used to very light bases.

I think the result might vary for everybody. It will sit differently on different skin types and in combination with different skincare. I advice you to try it and see how you get along with it.

Have you tried this foundation and how do you like it? Do you have any good tips for a better application?

NARS VELVET MATTE SKIN TINT is available on and retails for $44