Earlier this month I predicted that matte makeup would make a comeback this year. It seems like that prediction is becoming a reality. Although the 1990's was the last decade to bring matte makeup back to the forefront this matte is not exactly the same. Formulations have changed considerably as has colour selection. I remember back in highschool (yes I was in highschool in the 90's) foundation was fairly pink based. MAC Cosmetics was one of the few makeup companies available to the mainstream market introducing yellow based formulas. However, the formulas felt cakey and heavy.
Fast forward to 2016, NARS is releasing this February Velvet Matte Skin Tints. Why now? The new matte in makeup is a velvety texture. A breathable and smooth finish that suppose to enhance not mask your skin. The face behind NARS, Francois Nars explains:
- comes in 12 shades
- oil-free formula
- flip top, squeeze tube
- provides sun protection
- soft-matte coverage for all skin types
- contains rose fruit extract that suppose to minimize the appearance of pores
- vitamins C & E
- price $54
based on my skintype: combination but dehydrated
Not going to lie still trying to get a grasp on the matte finish as I love the look of dewy foundation. However, anyone who is buying this clearly knows this is a matte finish as indicates in the title and therefore wants that finish. One stand-out feature I loved was that it truly feels weightless and breathable. I liked that I didn't feel like I was wearing any makeup. A sheer to medium buildable formula that applies better with hands. Perhaps because of the cold weather I did notice that I needed a good base; weather that be a primer or moisturiser. Nicely pigmented and left me with a semi-matte finish. My shade was: Groenland (light 3) but for Summer I'd be a St. Moritz (medium 1). On days I was feeling pale I'd mix a drop of the St. Moritz to add a bit more warmth.
For reference I am shade Punjab in the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.