In June I was lucky enough to receive a new complexion duo to trial from Urban Decay. Inside I received the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (aka foundation) in shade 1.0 as well as their Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Complete Coverage Concealer in the shade Light Warm. I picked these shades out after some careful online research – I assumed that shade 1.0 (fair with warm undertones) would match as it sounded VERY accurate to my own skin type and I chose Light Warm in the concealer because that is the same shade I use in the All Nighter version.
Before we get into this review, I’ll preface it by saying that I have tried both these products quite a long time ago – so long, in fact, that I cannot recall my thoughts. I did recently use the Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral however that is definitely too fair to match my skintone so couldn’t accurately review it from that either.
I have combination skin – I have noticeable (to me) pores around my t-zone, an oily nose and normal/dehydrated cheeks. I trialled this over a period of a month (not using it every day) and during this time I did at one point have some blemishes to cover.
First up, let’s chat foundation!
I really quite enjoy the packaging of this foundation – the bottle is definitely obnoxiously large and not the friendliest for travel but it has a very reliable pump – the positive outweighs the negative in this scenario. (Picky, I know) It contains 30ml (1 fluid ounce for those in the US) of product which is quite common and retails for $65 AUD at Mecca Maxima exclusively in Australia.
A few of its claims include that it perfects skin and feels weightless, is enriched with peptides and sodium hyaluronates to hydrate and restore elasticity in the skin and that it uses light-diffusing technology to create a radiant, flawless-looking complexion. It also says that coverage can be customised and built on the face as desired for a medium to full coverage finish.
Whilst I’m definitely not an expert on the ingredients, I definitely agree with it being a ‘weightless’ feel on the skin. It is a very ‘runny’ foundation and I find that I need 4 pumps to build to the medium coverage I prefer on my skin. I work with two pumps initially all over my face and then a further two pumps to build coverage on my nose and cheeks and blend slightly down my neck. This as I mentioned gives me a medium coverage with what I’d call a satin finish – I’m not glowing to the gods but there is radiance to my appearance.
When I did have blemishes I used a colour corrector underneath (funnily the one I own is also Urban Decay!) but I also used a concealer on top – I could technically have gotten away without that but for self-confidence I added a little bit of extra coverage.
I wore this foundation on different days for different times and during different activities – I never wore it to the gym but did wear it on a walk (no issues) and I think the maximum amount of time I wore it for concurrently was 13 hours. I did use this with primer as well as set with powder and setting spray as I usually do – for the best way of testing how a foundation works on my skin I use the same products as I’d do with anything else.
I found that this lasted really well on my skin throughout the day. I had a few small dry patches around my mouth at times and noticed it did sink in here – however it didn’t make it look overly cake-like or exacerbate the appearance – it was just noticeable to me. It did slightly wear over blemishes too – that’s something I’ve found with every foundation so no issue to me, just something worth mentioning. It didn’t appear to sink into any pores heavily or into any of the lines on my forehead and if anything became slightly more radiant as time went on – but not in an oily looking way.
It did get oily on my skin around the 6-7 hour mark – which is pretty good for a product that claims to give radiance to the skin. The thing I think I loved MOST about this foundation is how it wore on my nose. It got a little shiny and looked almost a bit ‘wet’ (oily girls, you get me) but it didn’t appear to be melting or separating from the other product. I used a little bit of my current blotting powder (also Urban Decay – this isn’t sponsored but maybe it should be?!?!) and it was as if it’d never been shiny and looked as flawless as when I applied it.
I’ve been looking for a new everyday foundation for months – I’ve tried ones from Maybelline, Rimmel, Clinique Nars… I’ve tried a lot of higher end and more affordable foundations but this honestly has become my go-to. I usually only test a foundation a maximum of ten times before a review (that’s enough to tell if something works/doesn’t) but I haven’t stopped reaching for this since which is a true testament of how much I’ve been enjoying this product. It’s been giving ‘life’ back into my skin and I am honestly a huuge fan!
Swatches bottom – top are Naked Skin 1.0, Revlon Colorstay 150 Buff and L’Oreal Pro Glow Shade 202 – if these aren’t your style I’m usually matched to a MAC NC15 – I just don’t have a sample right now to swatch! As you can see it is a really REALLY good match to my other two go-to foundations and I am so happy to have some more variety!
And next, the concealer! The Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer retails for $46 AUD exclusively at Mecca Maxima in Australia… Not the cheapest concealer around! It has roughly the same description as the foundation, however is stated to have a “light-as-air formula [that] melts into skin to visibly blur the appearance of fine lines and camouflage the look of imperfections”.
I have used the Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral in the past – I’ve used up at least a tube or two however that was back when I thought that highlighting under my eyes was flattering because it’s such a big trend in the beauty world. I’ve since (thankfully) come to realise that the combination of my pale skin, sunken eyes and dark circles/fine lines does not at all suit the highlighting trend and skin-toned concealers are now a way of life for me ! I chose to go this time with the shade ‘Light Warm’ – I figured that would be a good match because I use the All Nighter Concealer (also Urban Decay… am I a broken record yet?!) in the shade Light Warm and it’s honestly a perfect match.
I can let you know now that this is definitely at least a shade darker than the All Nighter Concealer – in fact it’s borderline too dark for me. I can definitely make it work however it’s very easy to go overboard! I can only use this with a translucent powder over the top and I need to make sure to use lighter eyeshadows so that it doesn’t make it look really dark. That one’s on me a bit !
Formula wise – ‘Complete Coverage’ is the claim from Urban Decay and I don’t agree with that. It’s more a light coverage concealer that is buildable to medium – I’d hate to try and build it to full coverage under the eyes – it takes me two layers to get to medium and I would be quite nervous that it would get heavy looking! I’m not quite sure if I can agree it visibly blurs the appearance of the lines under my eyes – it doesn’t however exacerbate them or make them appear deeper as some concealer formulas do and doesn’t appear to sink in quite as far.
I find this too wears quite well during the day – it sinks into my fine lines (as does every other concealer I’ve ever tried – and I’ve tried a LOT) but doesn’t have any further creasing. I’ve tried this with two powders (the RCMA No Color and Mecca Max Banana Bake) and whilst the No Color is my preference due to the shade it works well with either product. I don’t bake my concealer – it’s just not something that suits my skin type/under eye area.
It needs to be built up, it isn’t full coverage in the slightest to me but it does wear really nicely on the skin and I really do understand why this is such a cult product!
Swatches bottom to top are Light Warm (Naked Skin), Makeup Revolution C3, Colourpop Light 14, Light Warm (All Nighter). It isn’t just the lighting (as it appears a little in the photo) – the Naked Skin Concealer is definitely at least a shade darker than the All Nighter. Which is a little disappointing – you’d hope that with shades having the same names that the colour would transfer across product lines – but obviously different formulas pull differently!
In case you can’t tell by my 1,500 word ramble (thanks for sticking around!) I really am a huge darn fan of this foundation and concealer duo. They work well together and separately and with all the other products I use on a regular basis. The foundation is basically my dream (probably wouldn’t be ideal for those who are oily all-over but for me it’s manageable!) and the concealer really does have a lovely formula – even if I’m grouchy about the shade!
Again, these are available exclusively at Mecca Maxima in Australia – and they’re super generous about samples which is fantastic to be able to trial products/shades before making the investment! It is available throughout the rest of the world on the Urban Decay website, Sephora… and many, many more places I’ve never heard of before! I highly highly recommend sampling these products if nothing else – I’m sure you’ll fall in love just as I have!