Urban Decay: Naked Skin Foundation Photos & Review

Naked Skin is Urban Decay’s recently launched liquid foundation. It is described as a “weightless ultra definition liquid makeup” with peptides and light-diffusing particles. It is available in 18 shades ranging from 0.5 to 12. Colors ending .5 are cool/neutral and colors ending in .0 are yellow/olive toned. I picked this up in shade 4.0 which is a light-medium shade with slight yellow undertones comparable to MAC NC25-30. If you need some help finding your shade, there is a helpful shade finder here at Urbandecay.com. The packaging is beautiful, as is to be expected form Urban Decay and I appreciate that it has a pump that is easy to control so you don’t waste product – I usually use about a pump and a half.

It is a demi-matte finish, so is very natural looking, and really does feel incredibly light on the skin. This does not contain SPF, so I it might be a good option for flash photography. If you plan to wear it during the day, just make sure your moisturizer or primer has at least broad spectrum SPF 15 in it to protect your skin! Naked skin contains “Matrixyl 3000- anti-wrinkle and lifting peptides restore and maintain skin’s youthful appearance while increasing elasticity.” I have only been using this for a couple of weeks and haven’t seen any dramatic change in skin appearance, so I can’t really comment on those claims. What I can say is that I love how this feels on my skin. I would say it has medium, buildable coverage. The formula is thin which I like because it is extremely easy to blend, while still offering a good amount of cover. I usually have to apply a light second layer to areas where I have some old scarring from blemishes, so if you prefer completely full coverage, you may want to try something a little heavier. I applied this using the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush also by Urban Decay, and it blended out beautifully without a streak in sight! See below for before and after photos.

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Indoor Before:

Top: Forehead
Bottom: Right Cheek, Left Cheek

Indoor After:

Top: Forehead
Bottom: Right Cheek, Left Cheek

Outdoors Before:

Top: Forehead
Bottom: Right Cheek, Left Cheek
Top: Forehead
Bottom: Right Cheek, Left Cheek

As you can see, this does a great job of covering redness and evening skin tone. Some blemishes still show through so I will sometimes go back and add more coverage with a light coat of concealer. This does start to fade a bit after 5-6 hours, but Naked Skin is a winner in my book because I get the “my skin but better” effect, and at the end of the day my face still feels fresh. This retails for $38 for 1 oz, but it does exactly what I need so I would purchase it again!

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