Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

The hunt is over for a medium-coverage foundation.  After testing out four different brands, I’ve finally found a formula and shade I’m happy with.

 Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 6.0

Housed in practical yet chic packaging, Naked Skin Foundation comes with an easy to use pump.

What initially drew me to Urban Decay’s foundation is the extensive shade range.  While happy with Benefit Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Foundation, I was displeased that I fell between two shades.  After sampling Naked Skin, I also realized that Urban Decay’s formula is superb for combination-oily skin.

I now go without a mattifier.

I can skip powdering repeatedly.  Actually, I can skip powder altogether.

And the finish is a perfect demi-matte that lets my face look natural.

My naked face.

My face with Naked.

As you can see, Urban Decay’s foundation provides a good amount of coverage.  My undereye area can use some more brightening, but my freckles and the redness of my nose are eliminated.  With two thin coats (equal to 1 1/2 pumps), I don’t feel the weight nor do I see the mask-like appearance of wearing a full-coverage foundation.  Unless someone has severe skin discoloration, I can’t imagine needing anything heavier.

This is one of the first full-size foundations I’ve purchased from a non-drugstore brand.  I hesitated until now because I didn’t want to go wasting money on something that wasn’t worth it.  Urban Decay’s Naked, however, is worth it.

How does Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation compare to other foundations?  Here are swatches of some popular bases:

Please note that the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer oxidized big time for the photo.  It is 1-2 shades lighter and yellow toned when it first comes out of the tube.

Then to compare to products with similar coverage, I’ve swatched sheer-to-medium foundations:

Naked 6.0 is a pretty good match, isn’t it?  Benefit’s Honey is ever so slightly too light for me, but Beige is way too dark.  I was excited to try Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation, but it oxidized horribly.  Even Mr. M made a comment twenty minutes after I applied it saying I probably shouldn’t wear it anymore.  And of course I added Sonia Kashuk in Buff because it’s such a great shade match.  It does, however, require mattifier on my oily skin and the pores on my nose become visible with it.

Have you tried Urban Decay’s newest foundation?  Do you feel it will become as legendary as their similarly named eyeshadow palettes?

  • http://twitter.com/lov2read68 Kristi C.

    That is no easy feat to find a color match & formula that you are happy with. I’m still on the hunt. I’ve found a BB cream that I’m pretty happy with but I’d still like a foundation that is a little easier to come by.

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  • Nicki Manivanh

    For the benefit hello flawless, would you recommend using the beige foundation with the honey powder on top to achieve the right shade color? I’m the exact shade color as you NC37 Mac and 6.0 from UD Naked foundation.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      I would probably go with the Honey foundation and use bronzer and contouring to deepen it. Or a very light dusting of the Beige powder. But you can always get a sample of the powder and the foundation you’d like to give it a try. If you do, let me know how it goes!

      • Nicki Manivanh

        Thanks for the tip Alison! I will get samples and give them a try. If I find some combination that works for me i’ll definitely let you know :)

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