Forgive the expletive, but bloody Nora is the latest drop by Nars deeeeelicious. There I was thinking I’d covered new base launches in this post, when this tube hit my desk. I duly popped it onto my face, earmarking it mentally for a round-up or something. In a single swoosh I changed my mind entirely – this is fully deserving of a post of its own.
I’m getting excited. Let me relay the facts in full. Its name: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30/PA+++. In terms of coverage, this sits between a tinted moisturiser and foundation. It also contains transparent blurring powders to give uniformity beyond the powers of the pigment and Rose Fruit Extract to help control shine. The SPF is high enough to make this an ideal morning foundation to slip on if in a hurry.
Let’s talk about the finish. It is, after all, the finish that sets this apart from other bases on the market and caused me to have that eureka moment. The above picture is a good indicator of how it looks once on – see what Nars had in mind when they married the words velvet and matte? My skin’s on the oily side but didn’t need powdering down (and I was wearing Emma Hardie’s Protect & Prime underneath which lends some sheen to whatever is applied after it). I tapped concealer on top where needed, but some of you lucky things may need none for this one as the coverage and blur combination is kind and jointly act as a bit of a real life instagram filter.
I’ve one eensy-weensy niggle: the colours. Yes, Nars is good at making very pale and dark shades, but the 12 on the market often leave gaps – I, for example, sit right between Alaska Light 2 and Terre-Neuve Light s0 at the moment have plumped for the darker one and decided to style it out with a bit of bronzer. That aside, it’s a double thumbs up from me.
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30/PA+++ costs £30 and is available here until the 1st of March when it will be available nationwide.