So this post, I’m afraid, is going to be all over the place. This is probably the most disappointing purchase I’ve made to date but there is light at the end of this tunnel. Hold on tight and let’s get on to it.
So with the recent launch of Urban Decay in Sandton, I suspected there to be throngs of people and not much leeway to shop and boy was I right. People had been queuing since 6am only to be let into the store after 11. Luckily though, there were snacks and a DJ to lighten the mood and fuel the atmosphere. I, on the other hand, impatient Maverick that I am, decided to skip the launch day and go the day after with a fellow beauty blogger and makeup junkie to feed my cravings. The tiny store was packed but there were no lines as we approached. I knew beforehand what I wanted so I went straight to the raved about Urban Decay Naked Skin Range.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
The foundation comes in a whopping 24 shades to suit every skin tone and cater to every undertone. All shades ending in a .0 (for instance I picked up 8.0) have warm undertones, .25 have neutral undertones, .5 have pink undertones and .75 have golden undertones. The foundation comes suspended in a sleek looking bottle that is very deceptive as the large housing holds the same 30ml of product as a regular L’Oreal, Smashbox or Rimmel foundation at almost half the size and is quite costly at R550 a pop. I don’t mind since the packaging is something I’m proud to keep front and centre of my vanity. The product is dispensed through an airless pump so every last bit can be used. The foundation claims to improve radiance, firmness and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Over the last week or so I’ve used the foundation quite a bit so I feel I can give my honest opinion on it. Upon application, the foundation is very runny, not watery, but in a good way. I usually use a pump and a half for my entire face. Coverage is excellent, medium with a Kabuki brush or full coverage with a Beauty Blender. I do have to spot conceal if I use a brush and since the formula is so lightweight, I can do full coverage every day without looking or feeling caked up. The foundation dries completely and has a demi matte finish, not completely matte but not dewy either, so it’s great for my combination skin. Also it doesn’t cling to the dry patches I have on my forehead and almost ‘blurs’ imperfections.
The foundation contains “Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm™, antioxidant green tea, and sodium hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption”. It is also vegan, oil and paraben free for those of you who are concerned about that. I was watching Fast 7 this weekend with the kids at home and when the song for Paul Walker started playing at the end, the waterworks started as well. And not the sniffles and teary eyes type, the running down my face like a water hose type. When I wiped my face in the bathroom, I was literally gobsmacked that the foundation was exactly the same. Now being waterproof is not one of the selling points of this foundation but that’s what it did for me. I’m excited to see how it holds up in the heat in summer. So as much as I fell in love with this product, I had a rude awakening as well. I’ve been confined indoors whilst I’m recovering from pneumonia and the weather has been on the darker side of dim lately. While I was sitting in the kitchen I asked hubby in passing what he thought of my foundation and he responded “I don’t like you with a red face”. SAY WHAT! I rushed to the bathroom and the foundation had turned a deep shade of orange and my face look detached from my neck. I hadn’t noticed since I usually wear a scarf and I highlight my undereyes with concealer to brighten the look. I don’t have problem skin and foundation has never oxidised on me before. It matched me perfectly in store and hell, it still matches me perfectly when I apply it. But then 5 minutes later…
I even tried to use The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops to make this foundation work. I added in four drops, usually I use just one or two, and mixed it in. When I applied it to my face it was practically beige and I was starting to think I added in too much. Then I started blending it out and then 5 minutes later…
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
So then I decided to pick up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer as well. I chose the shade Dark Neutral as it most closely matched my skin tone and I figured I could use it for spot concealing and to cover dark circles. The formula is so light and creamy on the skin and has amazing coverage. It lasts for hours without caking or cracking and isn’t drying at all once set with powder. It has to be set because it can settle in fine lines or wrinkles and crease up. There isn’t much to say about this concealer except it’s amazing. It’s also not cheap at R395 for just 5ml of product but a little does go a long way. This product also changes colour as it dries and what looks amazing when applied starts looking grey and ashy as time progresses. I’m not sure what the deal is with these shades because 5 minutes later…
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
Lastly, I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Corrector in Peach. This is the only product I regret buying. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but the shade of peach is more suited to fairer skin tones. This on me makes whatever concealer I use over it look ashy and stark. If they came out with an orange corrector I might be a bit hesitant to pay R250 again since it doesn’t blow my hair back. I’d say stick to MAC Prep & Prime or the affordable LA Girl ones from Dischem.
Both the concealer and corrector have doe foot applicators but what makes them a bit different is that they are flat on either side and this makes application so much easier and lays the right amount of product evenly across the face.
I did a couple of swatches of the products and you can clearly see in the image below the orange starting to show on the edges of the foundation as the product was drying.
I waited 5 minutes then applied the foundation next to the dry one to see the difference. Huge gap right? Also you can see the concealer is darker but it’s the same shade as the foundation when applied.
Like I said there is light at the end of the tunnel albeit a small one. I contacted the manager at Urban Decay South Africa recently and explained my problem. While they do not do swaps or refunds on products, she has asked me to go back to the store so I can get do a personalized consult so that they match me perfectly this time. I’m thinking go a bit earlier so I can walk around in the foundation and concealer to make sure I’m 100% happy. These things happen and I’m willing to try again because I am absolutely in love with these products. This is the first time I am saying this and it is honestly the best foundation I have ever used. I strongly suggest checking it out regardless of your skin type but do be sure to get a proper shade match.
All items are available at the Urban Decay store in Sandton with plans to launch in other cities soon. If you’re outside of South Africa, you can get it online at Sephora or directly from the Urban Decay website.
Have you tried any Urban Decay Naked Skin products before? Did you have a fairytale encounter or horror experience like mine?