Hello, first day of spring, hello everyone! It is getting warmer each day in Sydney, and I can’t wait for summer to come 🙂
I have sworn that I will not buy more foundation until I have used up all my stashes. However, I have found myself questioning often recently if my current stashes actually suit my skin type at all. I have normal to combination skin, and I have always considered my T-zone area to be oily. After pregnancy I find that my T-zone area is not as oily as I think and even become a bit dry and flaky; if I do not wear any makeup, I hardly see any natural oil coming through. I used to love a matte-finish foundation look, now I want a more satin look with natura glow as I feel that my skin can look dull or even caky if I am not careful. With that in mind, I decided to try something new and bought Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. The shade I have been matched with is 2.0 (Fair with slight yellow undertone) and it is the perfect match (for colour reference: I am MAC NC20). On a side note, I am not ready to try dewy finish foundations just yet such as Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation as I am worried that my T-zone area may not react well and look oily. Does this make sense, or I am just being paranoid?
The claims of the foundation is:
It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright; like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paraben-free formula creates a flawless, semi-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition.
Infused with Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening litchiderm, antioxidant green tea, and vitamins, this makeup loads skin with nourishing ingredients.
Pick from a range of meticulously calibrated shades. For your most perfected complexion, shake well, then buff on Naked Skin with our Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush.
In clinical studies, Immediately after using Naked Skin:
100% of participants had a measurable improvement in the appearance of skin imperfections.
96% had a measurable improvement in skin radiance.
90% had a measurable improvement in skin firmness.
93% had a measurable improvement in the appearance of fine lines.
Shade wise, it is said on Mecca website that “shades ending in “.0” are warm (yellow/olive undertones). Shades ending in “.5” are cool (rosy/neutral undertones).”
First impression and thoughts:
I tested the foundation with two types of primer (mattifying and moisturizing), used beauty blender and a synthetic foundation brush and dusted powder all around.
It goes on skin smoothly without looking streaky(later on, makeup goes on top of the foundation smoothly too) and even out my skin tone with one layer. It does not accenturate pores. With a foundation brush, I believe it takes away more product than the beauty blender. However, finish wise, it is pretty similar, which it gives me a matte, near powdery finish. It is light weight and I feel nothing on my skin after application(I used 2.5 pump) and it looks like skin. This foundation can only build up to medium coverage(does not cover my freckles at all). On me, it lasted at least eight hours, T-zone area did not become oily, however I noticed it faded around my nose. There is no oil control claim about this foundation, if you are interested to know, my eyelids are the most oily part. As I did not apply eye makeup and did not apply any eye primer, with one thing layer of the foundation on my eyelids, they become pretty oily at the end of the day. If you have oily skin, it is better to test it out before you commit buying the whole bottle. For dry skins, one thing I noticed is that this foundation clings on to dry patches; so I recommend prepping your skin with a good skin moisturizer and/or using moisturizing primer.
I like that this foundation does not contain any SPF, which is good for flash photography. That being said, a foundation with SPF is not a bad thing either if you do not have the habit applying sun screen every day; I like that this foundation is light weight on the skin; I like that the shade 2.0 matches my skin perfectly.
What I do not like is that it does not provide full coverage and clings on dry patches. With the price tag of AUS $56.00, I do not think I will re-purchase this foundation.
Hope this review provides you with a general idea about this foundation and helps you decide if you are going to try it out yourself. As for me, I am onto my hunt for my next foundation that provides me with that satin, glowy effect and full coverage.
Thanks for reading.
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