NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint | Review

The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint has been one of the most talked about products so far in 2016. It has received rave reviews from so many beauty lovers out there, but did it live up to my mega high expectations?


Truth be told I intended on publishing my review of the new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint earlier, but I was trying so many different methods of application. Just to recap, my skin type is dehydrated but I can become prone to oiliness from certain products. I generally prefer a more dewy finish, and I am a Sheer Glow devotee, so I was a little scared about this ‘matte’ product initially. To save you all from mass paragraphs, I will break down each category of this product into dot points:


  • Quite fluffy
  • Thicker than the Sheer Glow (it won’t drip off your hand if you turn it upside down)
  • Still lightweight like Sheer Glow despite having a thicker formula
  • Blends quite easily
  • Concealers apply nicely over this product


  • Medium, buildable coverage
  • Less coverage than Sheer Glow, but more than the Tinted Moisturiser
  • It does make the skin look naturally radiant and flawless


  • Sooo not matte! To me the finish of this product is more satin!
  • My skin even feels tacky after I have applied it


  • Personally I think it applies best with a dense brush to build coverage and make this product less dewy
  • If you are after sheer coverage use your fingers
  • Using a fluffier brush creates quite a dewy look (but you most likely would purchase this product wanting a matte look, so why would you want to do that?)

Lasting power:

(Warning: I may go into slight rant mode)

  • The first time I used this product I didn’t use a setting powder because I wanted to see how it lasted without it – big mistake. I looked like someone poured oil all over my face
  • Since then I have proceeded to set this product with various powders, however I STILL look like someone has poured oil over my face. This isn’t even by the end of the day either – I’m talking about an HOUR after I have done my makeup
  • This transfers something shocking. I only have to lightly touch my face and the product comes straight off
  • By the end of the day it sometimes looks like it has separated around my chin
  • I have tried so many different moisturisers/primers underneath this product and each time I have the same outcome

All in all, this product has disappointed me. Since it was expensive ($68 AUD), I will continue to use it but it will not be replacing my faithful Sheer Glow foundation. I have used the NARS Tinted Moisturiser before and I much prefer that to the Skin Tint. Even though the Tinted Moisturiser is supposed to be a dewy product, I donโ€™t turn into an oil slick with it like I do with the Skin Tint. I’m pretty ticked off because I don’t usually have the issue of turning majorly oily from products, and this product is supposed to be matte? Seriously. I haven’t heard many people complain about the issues I have faced with this product, so it must just be meโ€ฆ

If you have tried the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint I would love to hear your experience!

Love, Gracie


4 thoughts on “NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint | Review

    1. No problem! It definitely is such a shame. I highly recommend getting a sample because everyone’s skin is so different! X

  1. Oh no, I’ve been so excited to try this product after all the reviews I’ve. As a lover of a great matte base and also the owner of incredibly oily skin I am actually thinking twice about trying this – especially for that price! If your skin looks quite oily after an hour I can only imagine what I would look like! Hopefully Mecca can give e sample before I actually commit to buying it! x

    Chantalle |

    1. Yes, I highly recommend trying a sample first if you can! Like I mentioned, my skin isn’t typically oily either. I just can’t figure out why this makes me so oily! I hope this reviewed helped you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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