Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation & Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

New foundation time :)
A while back I did a massive foundation haul of high end foundations to find which one I loved the most. I've actually gone through the majority of them, either all the way through or most of the way through, so when Urban Decay announced they were releasing a new foundation, I got very excited and actually didn't feel bad at all about buying it. Funny thing is, I didn't buy it immediately because it was released but then I sort of... forgot about buying it. It wasn't because of the reviews or anything, I was just having a really good span with the foundations I had in my collection so I didn't really feel the need to purchase new ones at the time.
I bought this foundation at the same time I bought some drugstore ones (which I didn't love as much as I really wanted to, reaffirming the fact, to me, that you get what you pay for) and this one was definitely the standout of the three.
In case you didn't know and are new to my blog, I have a full list of foundations and shades in my FAQ tab above:
A lot of those are almost perfect matches for my skin, if there was something to note then it's listed in parenthesis.
Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation is described on their website as "Coverage without compromise. Our weightless formula blurs imperfections for a flawless finish that feels invisible, but looks professionally retouched." It's actually been compared to the new YSL foundation which was the main reason I wanted to purchase it.
The shade I picked up was 3.0. All the even shades (ending in 0) are warm/yellow tones and the odd shades (ending in 5) are cool/pink tones (3.5 would be a light-medium with pink undertones for example). On the Urban Decay site, it says 3.0 is a light shade, but it's not as light as you'd think. I can comfortably wear it for the majority of the year and not worry about my skin matching. I'm pretty much a medium tone across the board, sometimes venturing into "light medium" territory. In the summer, I can use this shade of foundation and just use a creme bronzer to contour and still this foundation shade would be fine for me. In case you want to buy this foundation, I would definitely suggest going to the store and looking at the shades instead of solely relying on the descriptions available on the Urban Decay and Sephora websites.
It definitely is a very thin formula - make sure you shake it well before you pump it out because the first few times I didn't and it was almost watery when it came out. When shook up it's more pasty and less liquid but still not as thick as say Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation or Mac's Studio Fix Fluid, which are two of the thicker foundations I own. It's similar in viscosity as Mac's Face and Body, maybe slightly thicker.
On the skin it feels very light and doesn't leave a sticky feel at all either. It sets fairly quickly to a natural matte finish. It's got a medium coverage on first application but builds pretty nicely. My favorite way to apply it is with a buffing brush, like the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush, which I also purchased. I have applied it with my fingers and it applies nicely with your hands as well.
In case you're wondering, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is a completely synthetic and vegan  buffing brush. It's super soft, comes with a metal handle (recycled aluminum) and is evenly weighted so it's easy to use. It was specifically developed for use with this foundation. 
It's only $24, which is CHEAP compared to other high end brands and is comparable (well, not in price but in all other factors) to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The Real Techniques is still my favorite, as the bristles are slightly shorter, and thus feels denser and buffs better, but this applied my foundation beautifully, was easy to clean and awesome to use.
The foundation sets but doesn't make it difficult to blend concealers over. It has a good amount of "give" if you have an oilier skin, which I have. I know Sam from Pixiwoo noted that on her dry skin, it wasn't as easy to deal with because it grabbed on her skin. You may want to take that into account if you have a drier skin.
Wear-wise it lasted about 8 hours on it's own on a hot and humid day before I noticed fading and movement. When powdered and set with a setting spray (I used Urban Decay's All Nighter) it lasted a good 12 hours without starting to move and fade.
Urban Decay states on their website that they formulated this foundation without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. I don't know what those are, aside from the fact that they're bad for you... I guess lol. According to Sephora, it also was formulated with Matrixyl 3000 (anti-wrinkle peptide), Litchiderm (protective and brightening), Green Tea and Sodium Hyraluronate (antioxidant and optimizes skin hydration and nutrient absorption). Again, I'm sure those are good for you, I don't really know any better. It was worth mentioning though, I figured for those of you that are much more conscious of makeup science than I am.
Naked Skin comes packaged in a clear plastic tube with plastic top. It has a pump dispenser which I like the most, followed by a squeeze tube then last comes the open top. A lot of people seem to dislike the packaging for the foundation but I personally think it's great. It's a shiny plastic so from afar it blends well with your other bottles. It's made from recycled plastic which is always a plus. It's so much lighter to carry than glass bottles, and I'm not scared AT ALL of it falling or cracking while traveling. Some people have also complained that the cap comes off too easily - mine doesn't. Yes if you drop it, it comes off, but that's the same problem as with every bottle. Honestly, the plastic bottles that this and the MUFE HD Foundation come it make me MUCH less nervous to travel with, and therefore I feel like my money goes a longer way.
Naked Skin Foundation retails for $38 and the Optical Blurring Brush retails for $24. Both can be purchased at Urban Decay's website, Sephora stores and Sephora online as well as Ulta stores and online. I always like purchasing directly from Urban Decay's site, if I have a fair amount of Urban Decay products to purchase, because their shipping in California is awesome. They're located in SoCal (Southern California for all you non California kids) so I got my package within 3 days. They'll also include samples.
Overall, I had a great experience with both products and highly recommend them. The foundation is on the pricier side of high end foundations; Mac's Foundations typically range from $20-$30, MUFE is about $45, Chanel and Laura Mercier are about $50. For the quality of the foundation I think it's a great deal. The brush is an awesome deal and if you're looking for a good buffing brush but can't find the Real Techniques, even if it is quite a price jump, I still recommend it.

2 comments:

  1. I really like how you compared this to other foundations in how it feels/consistency - it helped me a lot to get an idea what this product would be like/whether it's something I'd want to try

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    1. :) thank you for reading! i do also suggest you "play" with and test the foundation in the store... and remember to shake the bottle! it does make a good amount of difference.

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