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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


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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer VS Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

nars tinted moisturizer compared to laura mercier


Cold weather is here and I am obsessed with tinted moisturizers! when the temps go low, we go high with moisturizers! hahaha! sounds familiar? 🙂 Seriously, chilly days like these really do require a lot of moisturization or massive hydration. Our skin tends to dry a lot, and even if you’re the oily type, you still need to moisturize a lot or your sebum will overwork. 🙂

I laid off my regular foundations, for now, to give way to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (in Bisque) and Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (in Groenland). These are at the top of the bestselling tinted moisturizers on the market nowadays. They’re much like a lightweight foundation or simply a tinted moisturizer as what they’re called. They both work like a charm and delivers a luminous and hydrated effect on the skin. In fact, my skin never feels or looks dry whenever I use one of them. They have such a natural finish without making your face look flat or dull.


laura mercier tinted moisturizer vs nars tinted moisturizer


Since I’ve been constantly using these two, I feel like they’re both similar but with subtle differences. But before we compare and contrast, let’s take a look at each tinted moisturizer’s specific benefit and description.

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf 20 (Bisque) Light Neutral complexion with balance of pink and yellow undertone. Since the start of this chilly weather, my skin has lightened quite a bit, thus the Bisque shade, which is a perfect match. This tinted moisturizer has antioxidants, Vitamins C & E, and sodium hyaluronate. It also has broad spectrum Spf 20 and is non-comedogenic. 
  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf 30 (Groenland)Light Medium with a neutral pink to peachy undertone. This tinted moisturizer is oil-free with broad spectrum Spf 30. It has natural polysaccharides for hydration and cell-renewal and also has mineral-rich seawater for adding minerals to the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic and it’s meant to even the skin tone by reducing dark spots or discoloration. In other words, this particular tinted moisturizer claims to overall improve skin conditions in 4 weeks. 



They both deliver a “no-makeup” but with a ton of makeup look. They both blend easily and are really lightweight on the skin. Both have no annoying fragrances and my skin never broke out from constantly using them. Lasting power is about the same for both, and they do stay on my oily skin for hours.



Nars Pure Radiant Moisturizer is slightly more pigmented than Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Since I’ve mentioned that my skin has lightened a bit due to this cold and gloomy weather, the Bisque shade of Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is probably the best shade that matches my now NC20-25 skin tone, but the closest equivalent shade that I found in Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is Groenland, which as you can see at the bottom is still quite slightly yellowish than Bisque, though both are meant to be light-medium or light neutral. However, once blended to my skin, the slight difference in color is hard to discern.

Also, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer only has Spf 20 compared to Nars Pure Radiant that has Spf 30. I mean, that’s not much of a big deal, right? The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer also feels more like a creamy moisturizer and has a very very natural effect, but the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, though very fluid, can feel a bit makeup-y. I guess because it’s oil-free, but, the effect on Nars’ is quite luminous and glowy. It also has a nice fresh flowery scent to it.


nars pure radiant moisturizer compared to laura mercier tinted moisturizer



I think, whichever you wanna choose, you won’t regret having any of these two. They’re really good tinted moisturizers and they’re so on trend with this natural almost “no makeup” look. Another great option apart from these two is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, which is hard to beat, for sure. 


Anyway, what d’ya think of these? Any tinted moisturizers out there that you can recommend? 


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