Optical Illusion Complexion Primer
Are primers essential for a flawless makeup application? Not for everyone, but if you're curious, if it is for you then Urban Decay's Optical Illusion Complexion Primer is a pretty great option!
The first thing you'll notice about this primer is that it has a thick, almost-paste like texture with a pale pink hue. While that might appear esthetically unappealing, as soon as you put it on your face, the product warms up to skin's temperature and glides easily, with the tint sheering away and the spackle thickness disappearing on skin.
This fragrance-free primer has a soft matte finish that works well for normal, combination, and even slightly dry skin (while it appears matte it does have a good amount of slip). It does a remarkable job softening the appearance of skin, blurring pores, lines, and other imperfections.
Optical Illusion Complexion Primer looks great on its own, though it also works admirably to help foundation apply more smoothly. Most will find that this also makes foundation last about an hour or two longer than it would otherwise.
If you're a fan of primers, this works brilliantly and does exactly what it says!
- Effectively blurs pores, lines, and other skin imperfections.
- Makes foundation apply more smoothly.
- Helps foundation last longer.
- 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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