Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation5:00 AM
Hey everyone! Today's review is a new foundation out from Urban Decay called Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. It seems like nowadays every company is creating their own formulation fit to withstand today's high definition cameras and Naked foundation is no exception.
I wanted to swatch and review three shades for you so can get a bit of an idea on the shade selection and how it wears.
The foundation comes in a range of 18 colors from a porcelain 0.5 to a deep golden 12. Each shade ending in a ".0" runs warm or yellow-based while those ending in ".5" are cool or pink-based, so there should be a color for nearly anyone! I was personally thrilled to find this out since I seem to have difficulty finding the right yellow-based foundations to match my medium Asian skin.
As you can see below, I have shades 0.5, 4.0, and 5.0. The shade the matches me perfectly is 4.0 although I'd be able to pull off 5.0 as well.
The packaging, like on all Urban Decay products, is quite attractive. I'd be proud to have this sitting on my counter just because the metallic cap and clear exterior are so aesthetically pleasing. Also like most Urban Decay products, the entire thing is a magnet for fingerprints so if you are picky about that, it's something to keep in mind.
One interesting feature is that the bottle contains mixing balls inside which you can actually hear when you shake the bottle as recommended.
Here are swatches of shades 0.5, 4.0, and 5.0.
Naked Skin Foundation
0.5 / 4.0 / 5.0
0.5: Very fair porcelain that would match MAC shade NW15.
4.0: Medium beige with yellow undertones. This matches my NC30 skin.
5.0: Golden medium. It has a slightly ruddier undertone and one step tanner than 4.0.
You can see on the left swatch how watery and lightweight this foundation is. The texture is actually much more liquidy than any of my other foundations yet it gives an overall light-to-medium, buildable coverage which leaves a beautiful satin finish.
Naked Skin Foundation
On my sensitive skin which has a tendency toward oily zones, the finish looks pretty incredible upon first application. I was shocked to notice that setting powder was unnecessary and this foundation didn't dry out my skin either. The formula is also oil-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free, which are all huge positives in my book.
The only negative I would say about this foundation is that it seems to break down quicker than most of my other foundations. At around the 5-hour mark, it no longer has the silica-smooth finish and I can tell my skin is significantly peeking through.
It also contains no SPF which can be a good or bad attribute depending on what you want out of this foundation. Naked wouldn't be my first choice for any serious filming or photography projects but works beautifully for an everyday, natural face.
This foundation is now available at urbandecay.com as well as retailers like Sephora and beauty.com for $38.
I hope this review was helpful for those of you looking for a new everyday foundation or were interested in purchasing Naked. Have you tried out Naked foundation? What features do you look for in your perfect foundation? Let me know in the comments!