These new NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Sticks have me completely rethinking what I thought about stick foundations, which had previously brought up bad memories for me of thick, heavy, cake-face coverage and suffocating pores, but this new NARS incarnation feels light and looks like a tinted moisturizer…BUT IN CREAM STICK FORM.
You’re blowing my mind, NARS!
The Velvet Matte Foundation Sticks are sheer satin cream stick foundations now available in 20 shades at NARS counters and Sephora for $45 each.
The shades include…
- Siberia (Light 1) — light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Mont Blanc (Light 2) — light with pink undertones
- Gobi (Light 3) — light with yellow undertones
- Deauville (Light 4) — light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Fiji (Light 5) — light with yellow undertones
- Ceylan (Light 6) — medium with yellow undertones
- Punjab (Medium 1) — medium with golden, peachy undertones
- Vallauris (Medium 1.5) — medium with pink undertone
- Santa Fe (Medium 2) — medium with peachy undertones
- Stromboli (Medium 3) — medium with olive undertones
- Barcelona (Medium 4) — medium with golden, peachy undertones
- Syracuse (Medium-Dark 1) — medium-dark with brown undertones
- Tahoe (Medium-Dark 2) — medium-dark with caramel undertones
- Cadiz (Medium-Dark 3) — medium-dark with caramel and red undertones
- Macao (Medium-Dark 4) — medium-dark with yellow undertones
- New Guinea (Medium-Dark 5) — medium-dark with red undertones
- Trinidad (Dark 1) — dark with warm yellow undertones
- New Orleans (Dark 2) — dark with yellow undertones
- Benares (Dark 3) — dark with golden undertones
- Khartoum (Dark 4) — dark with espresso undertones
Did I mention that they’re sheer?
They look like real skin, which may be due in part to the fact that the coverage is purposefully limited. At the most, I get medium coverage from these, so my sun spots still peek through here and there. Generally, though, my skin looks a little more even-toned than it does without makeup.
How does it compare to NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint?
I appreciate new twists on products that have been around for ages, but I think you get more bang for your buck with NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, which is this new product’s predecessor, because 1) you have the option to go full-coverage with it (making it more flexible), and 2) Velvet Matte Skin Tint doesn’t move once it sets.
This new stick foundation version remains wet for hours. In fact, it never really seems to completely dry, so if I touch my face at all, the product moves around, and you can see my bare skin underneath.
You’re basically forced to set it with a powder to get it to stay put… Now, I like having the option to skip setting powder sometimes, which I can do with my holy grail stick foundation of the moment, Hourglass Vanish, so that’s one more thing to keep in mind.
A better alternative in the same price range?
I really wanted to love this because I’m such a Velvet Skin Tint die-hard fan, but if you’re going to go the stick-foundation route and want to stay in the same price range, I think Hourglass Vanish is a better option. It’s around same price, has a similarly satiny finish and all-day wear time, and you can sheer it out or build it up to just shy of full coverage.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,