When Being in the Nude is Perfectly Fine with Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

by lyn on February 20, 2014 · 4 comments

in Foundation, Urban Decay

urban decay naked foundation

Urban Decay has been enjoying a lot of success coining the word “Naked” and stamping it on almost every bestseller they have released. It all started with the much publicized Naked (original) eye palette and they have since come up with quite a few palettes with the latest installment being Naked 3. They have also branched out the Naked line into base products and their Naked Skin Foundation was one I was most eager to get my mitts on.

urban decay naked foundation

Believe it or not, I purchased this foundation about 2 years ago and have not gotten around to reviewing it until today. I know my bottle looks like it has hardly been touched and that’s only because I rotate with many different foundations and have not been wearing much makeup last year. 2013 was a year when makeup, blogging and beauty related matters sat on the back burner.

urban decay naked foundation

My foundation is in the shade 1.0 as I found 0.5 a wee bit light on me. The consistency is a bit runny but it doesn’t feel tacky or wet on my face and actually has a slightly powdery finish.  I usually apply the foundation with a Sigma F80 or a Real Techniques Face Buffing Brush. I do have the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush, which is what they recommend to use with the foundation, but the other brushes seem to provide a better finish.

urban decay naked foundation

Left: bare skin | Right: with one layer of foundation

The foundation provides a light to medium coverage and is buildable. However, if you’re looking for fuller coverage, I don’t think it will suit your requirements because the whole purpose of the Naked base range is to give you a more natural finish. It does pick up on flaky bits so do moisturise your skin well before applying.

I like how this foundation looks and feels on my skin. I don’t usually fancy heavy foundations and this one feels very lightweight and skin-like. I have a shiny t-zone so I need to set with powder but if you don’t have oily skin, you can probably wear the foundation alone. It has fairly long-wearing properties and will last approximately 5 hours before it starts to show signs of fading. Thankfully, this foundation does not get patchy over the day.

urban decay naked foundation

The Naked Skin Foundation is a definite winner for me and I really ought to use it more often. Although the finish is relatively matte, it does not make my skin appear flat and dull. It does not claim to control oil so I’m not sure if I’d recommend this to very oily skin types. I have combination skin so it seems to perform quite well on me.

You can find the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation at Sephora Malaysia for RM142 and the Optical Blurring Brush costs RM90. If you already own a similar foundation brush, I’d suggest skipping theirs. I think Sephora carries 18 shades locally so it is a very good range to cover most of our Asian skin tones.

Have you tried the Naked Foundation and what do you think about it? Let me know in the comments what your current favourite foundation is.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan February 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

This looks really nice on your skin, love the sleek packaging too!
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lyn February 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Thanks, Megan. It is a pretty good foundation and I like the packaging too. It’s a relatively lightweight bottle but I don’t think it’s completely travel-friendly.


Victoria February 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

One thing about choosing your foundation shade in Sephora is that there is no SA to assist you. So you end up having to try it yourself and it might not be too accurate in terms of shade. Just to ask your opinion, if I had to choose between this foundation, Benefit Hello Gorgeous Oxygen Wow Foundation and Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser which would you recommend? Would the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush be suitable for this foundation? I am looking for a foundation with medium coverage that is light because I would like it to look natural and not cakey. Thanks in advance for the answers and have a great weekend :-)


lyn February 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Hi Victoria, I honestly think it’s better that the SA don’t assist because I’d rather test the foundation on my own. When I do get assistance, they always recommend the wrong shade. I can’t comment on the Nars Tinted Moisturiser as I have never tried it. Between UD and Benefit, I do prefer UD because it feels more lightweight. However, they both have different finishes and so it really depends on what you’re after.

With regards to the Shiseido foundation brush, I don’t have much luck with it. Maybe my technique is wrong but I prefer brushes with rounded edges, which is why I like the Real Techniques brushes a lot. But if you’re using the Shiseido brush with some success, I don’t see why you can’t continue using it.


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