Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Release Date: July 24, 2012
Availability: Sephora, ULTA, Urban Decay
Price: $38.00

Urban Decay has released a new foundation: the Naked Skin Foundation. The foundation comes in 18 shades.

This review shows both shade 2.0 and 3.0. I received a courtesy sample of shade 2.0 at IMATS and then purchased shade 3.0 once the product was officially released.

Keep reading to see my thoughts and photos!


Packaging: 9.5/10

This foundation comes in a clear, cylindrical bottle made of plastic. It has a small pump to dispense the the foundation.

Quality: 9/10

The Naked Skin Foundation has a thin, liquid formula that feels slightly thicker than MAC’s Face and Body foundation. The sample of 2.0 I received provides light coverage or almost-medium coverage if you apply 2 layers. Strangely, shade 3.0 provides much higher coverage. I’ve also seen discrepancies in the coverage reported by others, so it seems that some shades don’t provide as much coverage as others.

The formula sinks into the skin, gliding over it smoothly and leaving a very natural skin-like surface. You don’t see any streakiness or pigment sitting on top of the skin. The foundation also has a very natural finish, meaning it’s neither matte nor dewy. The formula feels very light and you can easily forget that you’re wearing product on your face as the day goes by.

Shade 2.0 applies lighter on the skin than it appears in the bottle. I initially thought that it would be too light for my NC20-25 skin, but the pigmentation and coverage is sparse enough that it will match. I suspect it will also work for NC15 skin. Shade 3.0 was a better fit, which is important since it is more pigmented.

The foundation wore well through the day. It won’t do anything to reduce any oil or shine your skin might produce, but it also doesn’t break down for at least the first 7 hours of wear.

Overall, this is a nice, natural-looking foundation that those with minimal “blemishes” and normal-to-combination skin will enjoy wearing. Those with dry skin will probably thirst for more moisture than this foundation provides, but using a cream before application should solve this problem. Those will oily skin will definitely need to powder over the Naked Skin Foundation and blot during the day. If you have any noticeable imperfections beyond minor discoloration (like blemishes or under-eye darkness), you will need to apply concealer.

I do wish this foundation had sun protection in it. Given its light coverage, it’s a foundation most people will opt to wear during the daytime as opposed to nighttime.

Ease of Use: 10/10

This foundation’s thin, liquid formula spreads easily across the skin. More importantly, it doesn’t leave streaks and, therefore, does not require extra blending or buffing.

Price: 9/10

For $38.00 you get 1 ounce of product. This is a standard amount to receive in a liquid foundation and an average price for a brand like Urban Decay.

Final Grade

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Box Packaging

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 3.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Packaging

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 3.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 3.0 Swatch

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 3.0 Swatch Blended

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 2.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 2.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 2.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Shade 2.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Swatch in Shade 2.0

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Swatch in Shade 2.0

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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