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Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Review

Summer’s getting really close so it’s time to gear up and grab your best mattifying beauty products ASAP. Even if you don’t have an oily-prone skin, it’s still better to have something that keeps the shine away, unless you’re vying for that super dewy look, which isn’t bad at all. But with all the heat and humidity that summer brings, it’s good to be always prepared.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Review


Almost all of us are probably familiar with the fan-favorite Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint, which is the velvety-textured sister of the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (reviewed HERE). This product wasn’t a love at first sight for me because I thought I was already contented and really in love with the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I also didn’t like the somewhat thick consistency of the formula when I swatched it on my arm during my usual ramblings at Sephora. When I finally decided to give it a try, because you’ll never know until you take the plunge, right? Boy I was wrong. This Velvet Matte Skin Tint from Nars is now my ultimate upcoming summer vibe.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum Spf 30


The ingredients are pretty much like the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and even the scent is somewhat similar (perhaps has a bit more spf-ish), but the texture is velvety-matte. It may feel kinda feel thick at the beginning, but it goes and blends smoothly. You don’t even need to put a lot, just emphasize on the areas that are prone to shine. I really like that this has Spf since it protects the skin while nourishing it with Vitamins C and E. Apart from the difference in texture, this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint has a slimmer and more elongated packaging than the Tinted Moisturizer, so it’s easy to identify which is which among the two. Once applied, it feels very lightweight and could last for 6-8 hours on me. Of course, I may still have to blot the shine once, but most of the time, my face doesn’t look extremely oily.


Here’s two of my preferred shades:


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint groenland review

  • Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in GroenlandLight-Medium with Neutral Pink/Peach Undertone. This is my ideal shade since it fits really close to my skin tone. I love how it looks like I’m not wearing anything heavy on my face. The effect is very natural despite its mattifying effect.


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum Spf 30 st. moritz

  • Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. MoritzMedium with Neutral Yellow Undertone. My preferred shade when I want to look a tad bit tanned, though it has quite a bit of yellow undertone for me, but it’s not so obvious. I like to wear this a lot during the summer.


nars groenland st moritz swatches


Apart from its mattifying effect, I noticed that this particular moisturizer also has good concealing ability. You can layer a bit of product on your blemishes or acne marks and it does an excellent job of hiding it. Ain’t it cool? I swear, if you don’t have this product right now, you should go ahead and try it.


The Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum Spf 30 is available in the following stores: Sephora, Barneys NY, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-PorterUlta and


What’s your favorite mattifier this year?


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NARS Audacious Lipstick Review

Hola Everyone! If you’re looking for a new lipstick to try, here’s a few from Nars Cosmetics that I discovered lately. Well, actually, it all started with Emma Stone’s lip color at the Oscars. I love the La La Land film and I’ve been a fan of Emma ever since Easy A and Zombieland. So of course, when I saw her makeup at the Academy, I thought she looked really good on it, not to mention her beautiful vintage-inspired dress. But what struck me the most was the shade of her lipstick. I don’t know why, but whenever I meet people, I always tend to look at their makeup, and I’m always fascinated by the color of their lipsticks. The same thing is true when I saw Emma Stone’s lipstick on TV. And obviously, I searched online and discovered that she was wearing the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Mona shade.


NARS Audacious Lipstick review


I’ve had a couple of Nars Lipsticks in the past and I really love them. I think I may have had the satin finishes like; Niagara, Roman Holiday and Dolce Vita. They were relatively easy to wear, non-drying and quite long lasting. I’ve also tried the Nars Velvet Lip Glide (reviewed HERE), the Nars Lip Gloss, and the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but I’ve never tried the Nars Audacious Lipsticks before. So, off I went to Sephora and decided on 4 shades that I really love, and one of them is Mona of course.


NARS Audacious Lipstick


NARS Audacious Lipstick


  • JaneTerracotta Rose. A true blend of orange and brown, just like the terracotta stoneware. It’s a very versatile shade that adapts to the lighting and skin tone and can be worn day or night. Though the color tends to be on the muted and warm side, this shade is very unique and versatile enough for everyone.
  • AnitaAntique Rose. A muted light mauve-pink that is just simply pretty. It’s so great as an ideal everyday lipstick and it works really well for light to medium skin tone. Could even be the best pink-nude shade if your skin tone is on the warm side. This shade gives the right amount of flush on my lip’s natural color.
  • BarbaraTan Rose. I really love this shade when I swatched it in Sephora, but when I started wearing it, it just seems a bit too nude for me, like a little washed-out or a little “walking dead”, LOL, jokes. I think this would look really great for lighter skin tones, but if your skin tone is on the warm side, might as well try another shade. This shade is the kind of shade I would reach for when I want to rock a heavy drama eye makeup, or for a casual yet edgy chic look.
  • MonaMahogany. Absolutely the best shade among the Nars Audacious Lipsticks in my opinion. No wonder it’s still sold out in Sephora. It’s vampy but different. The blend of red, brown and berry makes this shade very interesting and very versatile. It works on all skin tones, just like the way it looks really good on Emma Stone. It also looks good on my medium skin tone and my friend who has a darker tone than mine looks really good on it as well. I love dark shades of lipsticks, and most that I have are either red-browns or red-berries, but it’s rare to find one that seems to have it all, like Mona. So smile like Mona, from now on. Ohs?


NARS Audacious Lipstick lip swatches


The Nars Audacious Lipsticks are all satin finishes and they are audaciously pigmented. The colors last about 6 hours on me, give or take, and there are no discerning scents. Just a standard lipstick scent that smells slightly waxy and nothing else. It’s buttery smooth upon application and is non-drying throughout. This Allure Best of Beauty winner lipstick also feels weightless and comes in bold array of colors. Each costing $34 for 0.14 oz tube.


Happy Thursday Everybody!




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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Review

nars radiant concealer custard review


Ask me what’s my favorite concealer and I will tell that it’s from Nars. It’s the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. There’s just something about this particular concealer. Well, it’s actually a lot of things. First, this is a medium to full-coverage concealer that is blendable and won’t make your skin look cakey. It’s creamy and won’t settle on your fine lines. Second, it really conceals the skeletons in your closet, LOL Third, it can also work as a highlighter for contouring and strobing. Fourth, it also works to correct skin redness, evens complexion and retains moisture. And last but not the least, it’s packed with antioxidants to give your skin a radiant and glowy finish. Hmmm, this reminds me a lot of Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. The more you use it, the more it improves your skin and the more you’ll love it.


nars radiant creamy concealer custard


The Custard shade is ideal for my “slightly lightened” winterized skin. It has a yellowish tone that suits anyone with a light to medium skin tone. I use it a lot for my undereye circles, and then set it with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.  Well, this really works wonders for me. My face looks more awake during the days where I lack sleep.


nars creamy concealer custard


This concealer is a bit pricey, but it’s so worth it because it really does its job very well. It’s no surprise that it’s an award-winning concealer because its quality is outstanding.

Are you a fan of this concealer too?

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