I was thrilled when Urban Decay emailed me and said that they wanted to send me a few items for review. I thought I was dreaming! Urban Decay?? It’s like one of the coolest makeup brands out there and I’m on their beauty radar! Yay!
Getting a kit from a US brand was so different. Locally, they usually send a printed write-up about the product and brand (with a CD or USB filled with photos). UD sent a short note and a little info card that mentioned all the highlights about the Naked Skin line. It was short and sweet and straight to the point—I likey!
If you watch my YouTube videos, you know that contouring isn’t part of my makeup routine. But wearable contour? I can get on board with that. I was beginning to notice that my face was looking a tad long and flat lately in photos, so maybe adding more natural shadows might help (more about that on my YouTube channel soon!).
For now, let’s do a thorough review of these makeup goodies!
Okay so here’s the scoop on the foundation: It’s gives you major coverage without feeling heavy, there’s also a blurring effect that’s supposed to happen, and it has light-reflecting spheres (and peptides!) to help lessen the appearance of fine lines. Sounds good so far, right?
I actually thought that the 5.0 was going to be too dark for me, but it turns out that it matched my skin color pretty well. And don’t take those numbers after the decimal point for granted—they’re actually important when you’re shopping for your shade. Here’s a little guide you can follow:
- .0 have warm undertones
- .25 have neutral undertones
- .5 have pink undertones
- .75 have golden undertones
Can you see the tiny gap I left in between the two shades? Take a closer look—you’ll see that the lines are more visible, appear deeper, and it’s just not as smooth as the skin that has foundation on it. So far, it delivers what is says about plumping!
I used the lighter shade (3.0) over the center of my face and the darker shade (5.0) over the outer edges and blended them together. I feel like it makes me look a lot better in photos (seriously guys, this foundation is super photogenic) and it added a bit more dimension. I’m not a big fan of matte formulas, so the demi-matte finish is good—especially if you have oily skin and don’t like to powder shine away.
The only catch? I feel like it’s a bit mask-like if you don’t have two shades or contour a bit—but this is because I first applied it with my fingers. I think you’ll be able to maximize the coverage of this foundation if you use a Beauty Blender (gasp—I don’t have one!) instead of your digits. You can use a stippling brush, but you’ll definitely have to buff well to work it into your skin.
Just like the Naked Skin foundation, it has peptides and light-diffusing technology to blur out and plump fine lines. It still dries to a demi-matte finish, so I’m glad it has ingredients like Litchiderm (it’s derived from lychee fruit) to protects your skin from dehydration.
For this concealer, Urban Decay used a shade-matching system, so you can find your best shade: the first one describes its shade intensity, and the second indicates its undertone. And since UD isn’t available in my country yet, this really helps making online shopping a lot easier!
Since I’ll be using this primarily for my undereye circles, the orange cast helps neutralize the dark, purple hue underneath my eyes. Whenever I use this concealer (which is like, every time I out on makeup now), I don’t even have to set it with powder. It stays put, brightens up my eyes, and it doesn’t crease after wearing it for hours. It doesn’t look cakey either, so yeah, this is a keeper!
I used the Medium (Neutral) shade on my undereye area (you can also use it as a brow highlighter) and I used the Med-Dark (Neutral) shade along the hollows of my cheeks to achieve the “wearable contour” effect that Team Urban Decay challenged me to achieve. I’m super happy they made me think of other ways I can wear my makeup and sculpt my look. When you think about it, our face isn’t limited to just one color. So playing with the subtle and wearable contour is the perfect way to look flawless on normal days or chill weekends.
Now there are a lot of babes out there who are on a budget, so if you’re wondering which one you should get first…I’d say it the Naked Skin Concealer. It’s the best one I’ve tried so far and I don’t like leaving home without it! Plus, there’s a travel-sized option that’s perfect for those who just want to give it a try without committing.
What do you think of Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation and Concealer + my wearable contour trick? Sound off in the comments below and tell me how you prefer to sculpt your face, too! ♥