Product Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Naked Skin1It seems like every woman has that product – that one product that she’s always looking for, even when she finds a great one, she’s still looking for a perfect one, and even if she finds a perfect one, it may not be perfect all year round or for all occasions. For me, that product is foundation.

There are so many great foundations out there, I have several that I absolutely love, but my skin varies dramatically throughout the year, actually, throughout the month for that matter. So, I’m always looking for an awesome foundation.

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Ever since the release of the cult classic Naked palette, Urban Decay has been expanding its Naked line of products. Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is described as coverage without compromise, a weightless formula that blurs imperfections for a flawless finish that feels invisible, but looks professionally retouched. The water based formula is oil-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free making it more friendly for those who have sensitive skin.

Urban Decay describes the finish as luminous and demi-matte, promising Naked Skin foundation will always blend beautifully whether you use the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush designed to work with Naked Skin foundation or a sponge or just your hands. The UD website doesn’t specifically discuss the coverage level of the foundation in standard light, medium or full terms, but they do state that the coverage is buildable, leading one to believe it has customizable coverage.

The foundation comes in a tall, slim, plastic, cylindrical, tube-within-a-tube bottle. A smaller, inner tube contains the actual product, while the overall bottle is about half an inch wider in diameter. When you remove the lid, there is a pump to dispense the product.

Naked Skin foundation is offered in 18 shades ranging from .5 to 12.0. UD has labeled shades with a pink or neutral undertone ending in .5, 3.5, 4.5 and so on and shades with a yellow undertone ending in .0, 1.0, 4.0, 11.0.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water/Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tribehenin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. All shades may contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides).

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I love the Naked line of products, including all three eyeshadow palettes. *click here to see my review of the Naked Basics palette* I also like the Naked lip products. *click here to see my review of the Naked Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color* And now, the Naked Skin foundation.

Demi-matte is a perfect way to describe Naked Skin’s finish. It isn’t too matte, but certainly isn’t dewy or wet. I’m not sure about UD’s claim that it’s luminous though. I’m not sure what constitutes a luminous finish if the foundation doesn’t have any shimmer particles, which it does not and it doesn’t have a dewy finish, which it does not.

Urban Decay created a dense, round, domed foundation brush, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush, just for this foundation. I love using this brush with several of my foundations, including Naked Skin foundation. I also like applying Naked Skin foundation with my fingers then patting over it with a sponge to blend. Naked Skin foundation is very thin and watery so I don’t usually apply it with a sponge; the sponge absorbs too much of the product.

Despite the watery texture of this foundation, it actually has decent coverage. It can be applied very sheer for a natural look or built up to provide medium to full coverage. For light to medium coverage, you only need about one pump of product for an entire face of foundation, a little goes a long way. When I need to build up coverage on to conceal breakouts, redness, or hyperpigmentation, I like to use my ring finger to gently pat on more foundation. Even when I build up coverage, Naked Skin still feels like nothing on my skin, it truly is weightless.

The packaging for Naked Skin foundation, in true Urban Decay fashion, is both sleek and bulky. I would really prefer if the bottle wasn’t bigger than it needs to be to contain 30 ml of product. Answering perhaps the top foundation packaging demand among consumers, the bottle comes with a pump, which is great for sensitive or acne-prone skin since it’s more sanitary. The lid isn’t particularly secure, which means Naked Skin foundation isn’t purse-friendly, though I still travel with it and haven’t had a problem.

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Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup has good, buildable coverage. It can be applied sheer for light coverage or built up to nearly full coverage. The finish is natural, not too matte, and it feels like nothing on your skin. The Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is great for application, but using your hands works well too. I love that the bottle has a pump, though the bottle is bulky and the lid isn’t as secure as it could be making it impractical for keeping in your purse. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite foundations. At $39 for 30 ml of product, it is pricey, but is comparable to other high end foundations.

Have you tried Urban Decay’s Naked Skin foundation? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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left: no makeup; right: only wearing Naked Skin foundation
left: no makeup; right: only wearing Naked Skin foundation

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left: concentrated swatch; right: foundation blended into skin
left: concentrated swatch; right: foundation blended into skin

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~ Fairly Girly

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