I’m a bit of an Urban Decay novice – I feel like I haven’t fully explored what the brand has to offer yet… But if these products are anything to go by, I will be making sure to keep adding more bits and pieces of their range to my makeup repertoire in the months to come. Their 2016 Summer collection caught my eye as soon as it released and I knew I had to get my hands on a few things – I decided on the Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector, the Beached Bronzer and the Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid. Want to know what you should pick up? Then read on!
Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector SPF 20 – Lovingly known as just ‘One & Done’, because, who’s going to remember that long as name? I was super keen on this product as soon as I saw its claims. This low-maintenance, multi-tasking base promises to deliver skin care benefits, sun protection and the coverage of a light foundation. In other words, it’s the perfect fuss-free, slap-on, look semi-presentable-to-the-world-without-putting-any-effort-in kind of base. Urban Decay claims it blurs out imperfections, evens out the skin tone, and provides a weightless finish that lasts all-day. Do I agree? I wholeheartedly do. This is one of the nicest everyday bases I have tried in a very long time. It provides a radiant, natural, skin-like finish and really delivers on the evening out the skin tone and blurring out imperfections promises. You can build up the coverage to a light-medium finish and I’m happy with that. The only BUT I have is that I do prime before using it (so not exactly “one & done”) – not because I have to, but because it makes it last on the skin a lot longer on those days I might need it. Sans primer, I still get a decent 9 hours out of it, but with primer, I get a full 12 hour wear. I have seen mixed reviews about this product, and mostly it’s because people expect full coverage out of a tinted moisturiser. Take it for what it is, and you will love it. This is THE summer/everyday foundation to keep in your bag – so easy to throw it on while at the beach or pool. I also appreciate the easy to use packaging and the fact that there is a pump – you can really control the amount of product you dispense. I wear the shade Medium.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Green Color Correcting Fluid – I, just like 48594796430857 others, love the UD Naked Skin Weightless Coverage Concealer. This is basically the same fantastic creamy, high coverage formula we all love, except in colour corrector form. The other colour correctors I’ve tried recently were the BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors (full review here). Unfortunately, the green shade in that collection – Pistachio, had small glitter particles, which is definitely not ideal when I’m trying to conceal blemishes/some redness around the nose and mouth area. This colour corrector is much, much better for the job. It does dry down matte and sets very quickly, but you get plenty of time to work the product in. It neutralises redness like a true champ! The fluid layers beautifully with a concealer/foundation on top, and you only need a very small amount of product. I would like to mention two important points about this product:
1. If you are sensitive to smells, then you might want to skip this. It has the same synthetic, paint-like smell as the Naked concealers but even stronger.
2. VERY important – You can sheer this product out on the skin, but you will not be able to go without makeup on top of the areas you’ve colour corrected – the green tinge is quite noticeable. The good news is you can cover that up with a light base.
I don’t necessarily think colour-correctors are a required step in anyone’s makeup routine, but if you’d like to try it out, then UD are your guys. I’m planning on getting the brightening Peach shade once these become available in Australia.
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed – That packaging though… that packaging. Nailed it, UD. The palm trees and rose gold instantly transport you to makeup paradise, no? UD released two matte bronzers as part of the collection, Sun-kissed being the lighter version of Bronzed. Both look quite warm-toned, and Bronzed has some red undertones to it, which I don’t mind on my medium skin tone as this mimics that glow you get after spending the day by the pool. This is such a pretty, natural looking bronzer! It’s super soft, finely-milled and easy to blend out – no streakiness, no muddiness. I like that it’s pigmented but not too pigmented – you still get some control and can build up the intensity depending on the level of bronzed-goddess you’re after that day. I also enjoy applying this in the crease with a fluffy brush, for some understated definition. It lasts extremely well on the skin too. Up there with my favourite bronzers ever.
Urban Decay has nailed it. I think all three of these are solid products! Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite Urban Decay products?