Are you surprised that my search for a fun, new foundation continues? Well, it has, and I have recently tested and reviewed the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF. So what did I think?
Let me start by saying I was so intrigued by the descriptions of this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (I tested the color Groeland) product (matte, skin like, long lasting, packed with SPF), and I do LOVE Nars products – even at their elevated price ($44 for this product)! In fact, one of my favorite foundations is the Nars Sheer Glow! I also recently have started discovering their blushes and lipsticks but that is another posting.
Quick backdrop for this review. I have dry skin right now (due to my use of Retin A). I have quite a bit of hyper pigmentation on my lower cheeks and easily get redness in patches on my face especially around my nose. And, of course, I have fine lines and wrinkles…
Did it live up to my expectations?……….Ummm – sadly – no. The greatest fail for this skin tint is that it never became one with my skin. Instead, it just sat on top and looked like something on my face. I tried numerous primers and no primer and various application methods all with different formulas of moisturizer – should one have to work that hard though? The second greatest drawback for this skin tint was that it ITCHED my skin so much that I could not wait to wash it off! Ugh…this was not a fun test and a less fun review.
I do not know what happened because I hear such wonderful glowing reviews from others. Perhaps it is my sensitive skin? For example, I cannot wear BareMinerals powder foundation as it makes my skin crawl and itch like crazy. I have never before had itching from a liquid foundation (like) product however. Even without the itch factor though the appearance it created was not flattering and just sat on my skin – no blending or marriages between my skin and the product at all. I even experimented with different setting sprays to see if I could get it to work. Nothing seemed to make it both look flattering or feel comfortable. On top of it all, I am not thrilled to purchase a product that you have to stand on one foot, hold you hand at a 37 degree angle, and say “pretty please” ten times!
Any thoughts or recommendations? What are your experiences with this product? Sorry that I could not be more favorite to it. Regardless, I still LOVE Nars products!
If you want to see my video review and demo application, click below.