Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup's original formula became a favorite among those who prefer lightweight feeling foundations but still want medium to full coverage results. It's been reformulated slightly since it first hit store shelves, but thankfully it's still one of the best out there so we doubt existing fans or new ones won't be disappointed!
This fragrance-free foundation comes in a clear plastic container with a pump dispenser. The texture, while a bit watery, is still easy to blend and quickly sets to a soft, demi-matte finish that's best for normal to combination or oily skin. It offers medium coverage right from the start, though you can easily build to full coverage without the results looking cakey.
Speaking of how this looks, it's remarkably natural, mimicking the appearance of smooth, healthy skin while evening its tone and appearance. It wears well over the course of the day without fading, creasing, or making pores more apparent.
As far as the shade range goes, Urban Decay is seemingly always a standout when it comes to complexion products, and this foundation is no exception. There's a great range of shades, including natural-looking options for those with very fair to deep skin tones.
While it's true that this foundation does contain some skin-beneficial ingredients, including vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate, and a couple of peptides, they're not present in large amounts, so this isn't exactly makeup-as-skincare. Still, it's nice to have these ingredients included, as they're not typically seen in liquid foundation.
Overall, though not the least expensive option available, if you're looking for a great, natural-looking foundation for normal to oily skin, this one is absolutely worth your attention!
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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