One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 bills itself as a sheer foundation and tinted moisturizer in one, but the line between these products is more similar than different: Most sheer foundations can double as tinted moisturizers and the reverse is also true. More to the point, One & Done's formula, while indeed "high tech" in terms of look and feel, isn't all that moisturizing. But there's still reason to give this a second glance, especially if you have normal to oily or combination skin.
Packaged in a soft tube topped with a pump dispenser, the somewhat thick cream softens and thins out as its blended over skin, setting rather quickly to a soft matte finish that, true to claim, blurs imperfections—including the look of pores and fine lines.
You get translucent to sheer coverage depending on how much is applied. Essentially, it's a "your skin but better" look that doesn't look like makeup. Actually, men could wear this to temper oily shine and even their skin tone without worry that people would think they're "made up".
Urban Decay created a smaller number of shades than what they offer from their full-fledged foundations, but that's OK because what's here is good and the coverage plus level of tint is so sheer, most skin tones from light to dark tan will find a workable option.
The fragrance-free formula doesn't just blur imperfections and temper shine; it supplies broad spectrum sun protection from its in-part zinc oxide actives and contains skin brightening licorice root extract plus a couple of plant-derived antioxidants. That's more than many sheer foundations and tinted moisturizers can boast!
One downside to mention: Whether you apply this over bare skin or moisturized skin, the formula tends to drag a bit as it sets. This is good to know because whether you blend with fingers, a brush, or a sponge, you need to watch out for this because it can create a patchy look if not well-blended.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Contains licorice root extract to help improve uneven skin tone.
- Workable range of shades for light to tan skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn't moisturize all that much, so this shouldn't be thought of as tinted moisturizer.
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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