Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
Powder foundations have come a long way from their chalky beginnings, and Urban Decay's Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is a good example of this progression.
This fragrance-free powder comes in a mirrored compact along with a sponge that's perfect for applying this product. The soft sponge easily picks up the foundation and helps smooth it seamlessly over skin.
The powder itself is creamy and blends like a dream; initial coverage is sheer to light, but you can build it up for medium coverage of discolorations and other flaws.
This sets to a soft powder finish that's semi matte, but still remarkably natural-looking. Skin looks smoothed, not flat. This formula also isn't drying as some other powders can be. If you have dry to very dry skin you'll likely find this doesn't have all the moisture your skin needs, but those with normal, combination, and oily skin are bound to be pleased.
If you do have dry patches, we found this didn't emphasize them. It also did a good job keeping oiliness at bay, though some shininess came through the t-zone around the six-hour mark. This wore well through a full work day without fading, and didn't highlight wrinkles.
Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation comes in a good range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones. If you've been hesitant to use powder foundations in the past, this is one to consider!
- Powder is easy to apply and blend.
- Natural looking semi-matte finish.
- Wears well throughout the day.
- Good range of shades.
- Fragrance free.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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