Urban Decay Naked Foundation Review & Before/After Pictures

Over the years, I have had the hardest times finding a foundation that I really like. I’ve switched from MAC Studio Fix to MUFE HD and while I like those brands, both products are a bit thick and if not careful, can give you the caked on makeup look. This summer Urban Decay came out with a product that seems to be the Holy Grail foundation I’ve been searching for. It glides on smooth, covering imperfections with ease without appearing to be thick or cake-like.

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Urban Decay makes it very easy to find your shade, something that is generally impossible when searching on the internet for foundation. If you go to their site, you can enter your current foundation and the closest shade you are and it will pinpoint your color. I did this, using my MUFE HD foundation as my guide and while it didn’t give me the exact choice for my number, when I picked the closest one too it (a shade below what I wear), it recommend the number below what I ended up buying in the store. Keep that in mind if you buy this product without swatching it first. While it is better than just looking at colors online, it still isn’t perfect. Although, I have to admit, shopping in the store isn’t much better since the lighting in most Sephora’s and Ulta’s is very low and warm, making it nearly impossible to find your color.

I applied this foundation as I would any other foundation, on top of a primer. I used my new L’Oreal BB cream (review coming soon) and discovered just like my other HD foundation, a little goes a very long way. To give me the air brushed look without having to pay for the equipment, I used my favorite beauty blender dupe applicator (egg shaped sponge) and worked on covering one side and then the other.

 

For my problem areas where I have acne scaring (primarily on my cheeks), I didn’t use concealer, I simply added more of the product, layering my already covered skin before blending it in with the rest of my face. The feel of the foundation against my skin was a breath of fresh air, because it allowed just that – my face to breathe. This foundation feels more like a tinted moisturizer than a foundation: very lightweight and dries to give me a flawless coverage, only most professionals could create.

A Buildable Liquid Foundation

Naked Skin is a buildable formula that allows you to customize your look. From light to full coverage, it feels like wearing nothing at all, yet transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with.

As with all Urban Decay packaging, the bottle delivers a fair amount of product with each pump. Just remember, a little bit goes a very long way – at least that’s what I discovered.

Thanks to Urban Decay’s state-of-the-art formula, Naked Skin will restore and maintain your youthful appearance, give you a more radiant complexion, hydrate your skin to keep it smooth, soft, and supple; all the while giving you the highly defined finish every woman covets.

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Review Recap:

    • Price: $38 USD
    • Availability: Sephora, Ulta, Urbandecay.com
    • Selection: 18 shades to choose from
    • Overall: Amazing coverage without the heavy cakey-feel. The color selection is decent, but all of them I tested seemed to have yellow undertones to them versus a mixture of pink as well. Even the ones that say they have pink. It is very possible my swatches were inaccurate as the lighting in the Sephora I went to was horrible.
    • Rating: A[/author_info] [/author]

Genie in a Bottle

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Every time I look at the now “old” packaging of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, cleverly duped UDPP, the Christina Aguilera lyrics to Genie In a Bottle start to escape my lips.

Not by choice, possibly the influence of the URBAN*DECAY, I have to fight the urge to break out into dance as I belt out the following:

If you wanna be with me, baby
There’s a price you pay
I’m a genie in a bottle
You gotta rub me the right way

The packaging was gorgeous, but as the lyrics suggested – it came with a price. In the beginning, everyone rubbed the packaging the right way, but as the product wore down, sure enough rubbing the right way became harder and harder.

Less than half of the product could be used before the container made it nearly next to impossible to use. Before URBAN*DECAY could say NO! NO! NO! women and men alike were taking their good kitchen knives to the container. I even made a video showing how I cut my UDPP in half. That’s how AMAZING this product is. YES! It’s so great, we’d risk cutting off our appendages to keep using it.

Finally, URBAN*DECAY caught on to all the pleas we made and came out with a new packaging. Now you get 25 mL more than the original packaging for about 25% more cost (new suggested retail is $45 USD). Honestly, price wise, I don’t mind. I am willing to pay for a product that is going to be easier to use and keeps my makeup in place all day long.

Thank you URBAN*DECAY for listening to the gripes, moans, and complaints of all of us. Your attention to detail is greatly appreciated! Now hurry and do this with the other UDPP’s you have out.

Will YOU buy this when your current UDPP runs out? I will!

Reviewing Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion

For a Christmas present from fellow YouTuber and bff – I was given Urban Decay’s Complexion Primer Potion. Toni knew how much I loved Urban Decay and that I was on the look out for a good primer. I couldn’t wait to try this!

Right away, I gave a thumbs up to the cute packaging and aesthetic appeal of the product. Once you twist the top and squeeze, a white cream is expelled. I have tried a variety of primers but none with this consistency. I felt like it was thicker than most and somewhat greasy as I rubbed it between my fingers.

I applied to to my face and went about my makeup application. I noticed my face felt somewhat oily before I applied my foundation. I wore this for a few days and then I realized I was breaking out. My face felt somewhat oily at the end of the night and it hadn’t been that way in a very long time. I discontinued the product and realized the oily feeling diminished as well as the pimples.

I really liked the way this product kept my makeup in place. I would say the actual product is just as good as MAC Prep + Prime as long as it doesn’t break you out. Since it’s thicker than other primers I’ve seen, you need to use a bit more to get it to spread over your entire face evenly.

I have the product ready to exchange at Sephora when I get a chance. I absolutely adore Urban Decay products, but for me this product did not work.  Buying from either Sephora or Urban Decay’s website, you can own this product for $30. This product did not work out with my skin type, but it might work out for you.

Is Your Eyeshadow As Important As What Goes Under It?

The other night I did a little experiment with my eye makeup. The results are rather disturbing, I think. Makes me think that this eyeshadow is not that great – at least not as great as everyone makes it out to be.

The night I did my Vlog, I wore purples. I was really lazy that day, and I didn’t wear eyeshadow to work. Instead I just applied my face and cheek makeup. For my Vlog, I wore MAC. I applied it without a primer (no UDPP, no TFSI, etc). The results were shocking. The usually highly pigmented purples didn’t show up on my lid. I had to go back and reapply over and over to make it pop. For a combination I have worn multiple times, this was not something I was used to. Finally satisfied with the look, I made my video.

Last night (Friday) I went to see Avatar in IMAX (I’ve already seen it in 3D). In honor of the Na’Vi, I wore blue MAC and Urban Decay shadows. I was in a rush because I spent too much time on my hair. I skipped the primer step and applied just a base. I used the Painterly Paint Pot by MAC – one of my Holy Grail items. For my lid color, I applied MAC’s Tilt and I am sad to say that by the end of the night the color had all but faded and brushed off. The Urban Decay I put in the crease had done the same.

The results of this experiment tell me that for me personally PRIMER + BASE = PERFECT EYE SHADOW. I will no longer be cutting corners. I will be applying both at all times and not worrying that my makeup is going to come off. My face is really broken out at the moment (from a combination of things I think) , but my eyes have not been affected.

So my thoughts on the topic are as follows.
Maybe the shadow isn’t as important as we think. 
Maybe it’s what goes underneath the shadow.

I have now learned for my face the shadow has to have a primer and a base. I am going to take some of my drugstore makeup and try to do some looks and see how long it stays in comparison to my “designer” makeup.

I just had to share how disappointed I was that my makeup didn’t stay on either evening.

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Purple Sunset

  So I was looking for a new background for my desktop and I came across this picture. Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t you just love it when you go from being completely unmotivated, to seeing gorgeous makeup looks in everything?

Maybe it’s just me, but since I started doing this YouTube makeup gig, I catch myself staring at people’s lids.

Take for instance, my husband…he has gorgeous eyes, and if I ever thought I would get away with it, I would totally give him a makeover! Of course I can’t get away with it, so that’s the end of that conversation!
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Face:

  • MAC Studio Moisture Tint: Medium
  • MAC Refined Golden Bronzer
  • MAC MSF: Medium

Brows:

  • Anastasia Brow Powder: Brunette
  • Benefit Speed Brow

Eyes:

  • UDPP
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil: Milk
  • Almay Bright Eyes Pencil
  • MAC Nylon e/s
  • MAC Satellite Dream e/s
  • MAC Violet pigment
  • MAC Sketch e/s
  • MAC Soft Brown e/s
  • MAC Shadowy Lady e/s
  • MAC Fig 1 e/s
  • MAC Naked Lunch e/s
  • MAC lilacky powerpoint liner
  • MAC Feline eye kohl
  • L’Oreal Carbon Black Liner Intense
  • YSL Faux Cillis Masacara: black

Cheeks:

  • NARS Sin Blush

Lips:

  • Nivea Kiss of Moisture
  • Urban Decay Paranoid Lip Pencil
  • Urban Decay Sellout Lipstick

I can only hope you love this look as much as I do!

xoxo

Urban Decay Liquid Liners

A few months ago I decided I was going to try some liquid liners. I took a trip to a Sephora with my mother and they had the Urban Decay Smog liner at the counter trying to sell it to the group of people that can be hooked while you are at the checkout.

I went ahead and grabbed it because at the time it was only a few dollars for the liner and I wanted to try out some liquid liners. As you can see from the pictures, I have gotten some more since buying my first liner.

 

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For $18 and from either Urban Decay’s or Sephora, you can get your hands on the easiest to apply liquid liner around. If you sign up for either or BOTH websites newsletters and join their email lists you just might get word of discounts and sales.

The applicator is easy to hold and applies very smoothly. The wand is flat and even an inexperienced person at applying eye liner can apply this with ease. I say that because my mother who has the worst eye sight of anyone I know and has always had difficulty applying pencil liners can apply this liner.

The bottle is really cute with an ink well type of bottle and if you are afraid of shimmer or sparkles, then have no fear, they have plain colors too.

So far I only own three of these liners.
So far….

I have noticed I pull for these liners way more than I pull for ANY other liners. I don’t use my MAC fluidlines hardly at all now. I just can’t believe that. I can use the tip of the wand to make a super thin line or I can lay the wand flat and make a thick line and wing it out.

I look for faults in all the products I decide I am going to blog about and the only two I can find that are deterrents are price and colors. I think for the amount of product you get the price is not too shabby. Some might find fault with that, but a little bit goes a long way, but some people don’t want to pay that up front. I also think that most of the colors are bright and bold and somewhat metallic. There are colors that are what I could consider “flat” but possibly not enough to keep the neutral makeup lovers happy. Being a neutral makeup wearer myself most days, I can say the three I own look amazing just on top of something as simple as MAC’s shroom/cork/wedge.

So with that being said, I LOVE these liquid liners – I WILL be buying more!!
I give it 4.5 OUT of 5

Questions –

  1. Do you use liquid liner?
  2. Have you tried this liner?
  3. If you use liquid liner – what’s your favorite?
  4. If you use liquid liner – do you prefer drugstore to name brand?
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