My review is finally here of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation in 4.5, I know I’ve been promising I’d write this up for ages but I kept forgetting to do it. So, here is my review on my favourite foundation at present and my reasons as to why I love it!
Here is some information on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation…
It feels like wearing nothing, yet Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation transforms your complexion. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright with a luminous demi-matte finish: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Light-diffusing spheres provide a visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blurring imperfections to make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation provides truly buildable coverage with a weightless feel and a luminous finish. And it’s loaded with nourishing ingredients, including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm™, antioxidant green tea and sodium hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption. The sleek, hygienic pump provides more control, with less waste of product. Oil and paraben-free.
Shade Descriptions: Warm shades ending in “.0” = yellow/olive undertone. Cool shades ending in “.5” = rosy/neutral undertone.
Now firstly I’d like to say, when I purchased this I had not swatched it or tried it before. I literally wanted something different and had some House of Fraser Recognition Points, so thought what the hell, why not. With not swatching it, it meant I was unsure of what shade to buy and if you are the same would recommend checking the Find Your Naked Skin Shade (Here). It matched me to 4.5, which is a cooler toned foundation and is perfect for me – I don’t think I could have got a better match if I tried.
Naked Skin foundation is a liquid foundation which has a pump action bottle. The foundation is extremely runny even after shaking it well (It sounds like a spray can when you shake it!) and I’ve found 2 pumps is more than adequate to do my face with a sponge, if I’m using a brush I use about a pump and a half. I prefer the sponge method of application and didn’t like the finish at all when I used my fingers.
Although Naked Skin Foundation looks quite yellow in the swatch, I would like to say it is a cool toned foundation and does not look that way on the skin at all. I’m fairly tanned at present and it really brightens my skin up without it looking cakey. The .5 in the Naked Skin range are cooler, rosey/neutral tones. Its my skin but better (Well, minus most of the blemishes and scaring).
On my face before using this foundation I only have moisturiser, there is no primer and I have not used concealer afterwards. I get good medium coverage from Naked Skin foundation without it looking cakey. The finish is a demi matte, it looks like my skin and is very natural. If I do not powder over this and set it, I get about 4 hours wear out of it, if I loosely powder over the foundation and set it, I get about 6-7 hours wear (This is based in the hot sunny weather we have had recently and I cannot comment on when the weather is cool). I think that’s really good for any foundation and if I apply a primer underneath it lasts even longer!
I will say if you like a full coverage foundation I don’t think this will be for you. I can build this up to almost full coverage and it still doesn’t feel cakey, but I also don’t have that many blemishes or scars. For those who do I think you’d want a heavier coverage. What I really love about this foundation though is it feels so light, almost like a BB cream. I hate wearing heavy foundation in Summer and this feels just right on my skin. I also find it doesn’t sit in my fine lines, so would be great for people out there who have a few fine lines and early wrinkles.
Over all, I’ve fallen in love with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation. Its only my 5th higher end foundation I’ve owned and out of all of them is my favourite hands down. The coverage, how it lasts and how it looks all make it more than worth the outlay of the product. Plus, I find I use half the amount of this that I use of other foundations (Compared to both highend and drugstore) and the product size (30ml) is the same. I currently have combination skin and find it suits my skin well, if you have really oily skin I still think this would be good for you, but use a mattifying primer under it before hand.