If you dislike the feel or look of liquid foundations on your skin, then I highly recommend trying out the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. I’ve found myself reaching for this foundation on a regular basis, as I just love the consistency, feel, look and finish on my skin. I generally prefer to wear face powder or powder foundations on a daily basis, so to find a liquid foundation that I actually like wearing shows me that this product is something special!
The formula is so comfortable, lightweight and natural looking that it is hard to believe I am wearing a liquid foundation. Add to that the fresh, radiant and healthy look it gives to my skin and I think Urban Decay are on to a real winner with this product!
I have an article on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer on the site which you can find here. I’m planning on updating the post as I wrote it back in 2016, so keep an eye out for the updated version soon!
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The Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation comes packaged in a long, rectangular, pewter coloured cardboard box. The box has a beautiful sheen to it and feels very smooth to the touch.
The front of the box provides the brand name, the product name and product volume (30ml/1 fl.oz). The box states that the foundation is ‘Peptide Infused’, ‘Light Diffusing’ and ‘Paraben Free’.
The back of the box provides the product details, including information on the finish, ingredients and suggestions for application tools.
The box summarises the ingredients as including Matrixyl 3000 (which is described as an anti-wrinkle ingredient), Litchiderm, antioxidant green tea and vitamins. I’m not a chemist or dermatologist so I don’t have much of an understanding of what those ingredients do for skin. The No 7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum which I love using contains Matrixyl 3000 Plus, so I guess that’s where the anti-aging aspect comes in to the foundation.
The back of the box also gives a range of results that participants taking part in studies experienced, in terms of skin appearance, radiance, firmness and lines. There are no details given on sample size, how the study was carried out, controls and so on. I don’t feel that I can base a decision on how a product actually performs without any background details on research design or research methods. I prefer to try the product out for some time on myself, watch reviews on YouTube or read blog articles to form an opinion on how effectively it works in practice.
The top of the box has a sticker providing the shade name. The sticker is coloured in a shade close to the product inside. I like that there is a sticker on the box, as it means you can store the foundation in the box (I sometimes like to do that) and easily find the right shade.
The box includes a little leaflet summarising the qualities of the foundation, along with details on the clinical studies. These details are summarised on the box as well.
Foundation Bottle Packaging
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation comes in a long, cylindrical plastic bottle, with a clear base showing the foundation shade through it and a pewtered coloured lid. The bottle has a reasonable weight to it, without being too heavy. The bottle has the same information printed on it as the outer box, in terms of the brand name, product name and volume.
The back of the bottle states that the foundation should be shaken before use. The back also provides distribution information for the product.
The base of the bottle has a sticker providing the brand name, product name and shade name. I like this feature, as you can find the foundation shade easily in your make-up kit, particularly if you have multiple shades. It might have been even better if the sticker had been placed on top of the lid, as the bottle could be upright, instead of upside down, to view the shade sticker.
The foundation has a pewter coloured lid which comes off to reveal the foundation pump.
I like that the foundation has a pump, as it makes it really easy to dispense the product. The nozzle is quite narrow, which is great as the foundation has quite a runny consistency. I think there is a good balance between nozzle size and foundation consistency, as you get a reasonable amount of product out without lots coming through.
The outer box states that the Urban Decay Naked Foundation has the following effects:
“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, demi-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition”.
There are 26 shades available in this foundation, ranging from 0.5 to 13. I had thought I might be shade 3.25 but the make-up artist matched me to shade 2.0. She asked me if I wanted to be matched to my face or my neck shade, which I hadn’t been asked before. My face is darker than my neck (particularly during the summer months) so I asked to be matched to my neck to ensure there wasn’t a difference between those two parts.
I’d highly recommend getting matched in store or asking for samples to ensure that you get the right shade for you. The make-up advisor gave me samples of shades 2.0, 3.25 and 3.5 to try at home, just to check that I was happy with the shade she had suggested. Shade 3.0 wasn’t available for me to try out at home as there wasn’t a tester available for samples in that shade. Shade 2.0 turned out to be a great match for me and blends seamlessly into my face and neck.
For information purposes, examples of the shades I usually wear include: No 7 Warm Ivory, Bare Minerals Original Foundation in 03 Fairly Light, Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Linen and Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Sand Beige.
Foundation Consistency, Finish and Coverage
I’ve found myself reaching for this foundation on a regular basis, as I just love the consistency, feel, look and finish on my skin. I generally prefer to wear face powder or powder foundations on a daily basis, so to find a liquid foundation that I actually like wearing shows me that this product is something special! If you really dislike the feel of liquid foundations, then I think you might be pleasantly surprised by this one, as it just feels wonderful on the skin!
The formula feels incredibly light-weight and breathable on the skin. My skin feels very comfortable and supple when I wear this product; it’s like it keeps the moisture in my skin without making it oily. I particularly like wearing this product when my skin is feeling tight as the formula prevents it from feeling or looking dry.
I agree that the foundation has a demi-matte finish. The finish looks satin-like on the skin, in that it doesn’t look too dewy nor does it look overly matte or flat. My skin just looks very healthy, fresh and has a natural glow. There is also a slight peachy-undertone and illumination to the formula which makes my skin look more radiant and brighter. The overall effect on my skin is incredibly natural; just like my own skin but brighter, smoother and more radiant.
This foundation gives light coverage but it still covers imperfections and any redness on my face. The formula is quite runny and thin, which possibly lends itself to the weightless, lighter feel on the skin. I particularly like that whilst the foundation offers some coverage, it still lets my skin shine through and doesn’t look mask like in any way. If you are someone who likes a full coverage look, then this foundation might not be for you as it does give a very natural looking finish.
Setting and Longevity
This foundation is one of the few that I can wear without having to use any powder to set my face, as it dries down to a semi-matte, satin-like finish on the skin. I particularly enjoy going without any powder when the weather is warmer, as it further lends to the weightless feel on the skin. I like using cream-based or stick blushers in the summer, so these types of products work well for me over a foundation which hasn’t been powdered.
When I’m using powder blushers, I like to apply a little translucent powder on my t-zone so that there is a powder base for applying blushers smoothly. I find powder blushers can go a little patchy if I apply them directly to a liquid or cream-based face product like foundation.
I would recommend applying a powder over the top if you want this foundation to last all day, as I don’t think this product is the longest lasting on its own. I like to use a little setting powder in the t-zone over this foundation to prevent shine coming through if I want it to last all day. Urban Decay has various Naked powders which you can use alongside the foundation if you want to stick to products from the same brand (click here to see the powders). I like using the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Pressed Powder whenever I wear liquid foundations (you can read more about this product on the site here). I’ve been using this powder for years as it looks incredibly natural and keeps my make-up in place all day, with minor touch-ups.
I’d recommend just pumping a little out at a time, as I find this foundation can drip a bit if I pump out too much in one go. The foundation has quite a drippy consistency, which lends to the light-weight feeling on the skin but makes it a little more messy if you aren’t careful. I usually need a pump and a half to apply the foundation to my face, so you don’t need too much for an all-over application.
I like to use a buffing brush to apply this product (I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush), as it helps to distribute product evenly and gives a very smooth finish. Urban Decay suggest trying their Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush on the box, in case you fancy trying out one of their brushes with the foundation. I don’t apply the foundation with a damp sponge, as I find that sponges sheer out foundations and I like the coverage level and overall look I get with the brush.
I’ve swatched the three shades I picked up as samples in store so you can see what they look like. I got shade 2.0 (the one that matches my skin tone), shade 3.25 and 3.5.
Stockists and Price
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup Foundation costs £28.50. You can purchase this product from various stores in the UK, including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Look Fantastic, Feel Unique and the official Urban Decay website.
Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup Foundation? Do you like it? Or do you have other foundations which you love to use? Let me know in the comments section below.