Urban Defense Complexion Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Urban Defense Complexion Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 brilliantly delivers on its promise of imperceptible sun protection and a smoothing finish that enhances makeup application. The weightless formula is ideal for normal to oily or combination skin and is particularly alluring for those who have been turned off by heavy, greasy sunscreens and primers of the past.
Housed in a UV-tinted bottle with pump, this velvety, soft-matte gel glides over skin like a breeze. The consistency helps create a smooth canvas for makeup and subtly blurs pores.
You can expect a bit of temporary shine control, although this isn't billed as a mattifying primer. Instead, it looks and feels natural on skin, which helps prevent your foundation from separating and crinkling as the day wears on.
We applaud Urban Decay for the broad-spectrum SPF 30 (synthetic based), which helps prevent sun damage and premature aging. We also appreciate the completely clear formula, compatible with any skin tone. The uniquely lightweight formula is phenomenal whether you wear it under makeup or on bare skin.
Adding to the positives is a nice mix of antioxidants, including anti-irritant bisabolol and vitamin E. Although their amounts don't appear to be much, the blend's synergistic effect likely delivers a nice extra punch of free-radical protection to skin.
- Creates a smooth canvas for makeup application.
- Helps prevent foundation from separating/crinkling as the day wears on.
- Subtly blurs pores and offers temporary shine control.
- Weightless formula absorbs down to a non-greasy, imperceptible finish.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Colorless formula suits any skin tone.
- 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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