Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation Review & Swatches

I am not an expert when it comes to reviewing foundation since I haven't used that many. I'm more of a BB cream/tinted moisturizer person but lately I've been slowly getting into a foundation routine, too. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (phew.. what a long name!) is one of the few foundation that I have and is the one I've been reaching for most often. I feel that it's so easy to use and the finish is good for everyday wear.

It has pros and cons and I'm going to try to review it with the most honest opinion. I'm going to even show you my completely bare face for the first time at the end of the post for comparison, too! I was debating whether to do it or not because the last thing I want is people scrutinizing my face, but I suppose that comes with having a beauty blog. So, please take it easy on me! :D

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

The foundation is housed in a double-walled, clear plastic bottle with a metallic gunmetal cap. It is a hygienic pump bottle but you can screw open the cap, too. Inside there is a metal ball to help mix the foundation when you shake the bottle (which you must do before every use). The shade name is presented in numbers at the bottom. There are 18 shades available. The ones that end in zero (such as 4.0 shown above) are supposedly for warm, yellow-toned skin, while those ending in half a stop.5 – are for cool, pink-toned skin. I purchased mine in 4.0 which seems to be a good match for my NC30 medium complexion with yellow undertones.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

I'd say the coverage falls in the light to medium category but it is completely buildable and doesn't cake up. With one layer on, it's enough to smooth out complexion, reducing the redness, blurring fine lines and softening the appearance of pores. A total surprise for me because it's such a lightweight liquid and I totally did not expect it to have such good coverage in one go. It doesn't completely cover active blemishes or dark acne scars, though. They still peek through and you will still need a concealer to cover them. It also accentuates dry patches around my nose so a well-moisturized skin is a must for a smooth application.

The consistency is very fluid-y (as shown in the photo above, it was my attempt to capture the liquid in a “falling” motion with a slight blur to show you how runny it is) and because of that, it is so easy to spread on the skin. Blending is never a problem with this foundation and I find that you can use fingers, a dense bristle brush, or a stippling brush to apply depending on the coverage you want to achieve. I found the sponge to soak up too much liquid, though, so it might not be the best way to apply this particular foundation.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Onto the finish. I feel that it is somewhere between a semi-matte and satin. It feels lightweight on without any sticky feeling. While it does great in toning down shine and giving you the skin-like appearance, I also find it to make my face looking a little… flat? It doesn't offer that dewy or glowy effect to the skin at all so keep that in mind if luminosity is a priority for you. I personally like to mix a drop of highlighter/illuminator with this foundation to add a little bit of radiance back to my skin and with a blush, bronzer, and a little bit of powder highlighter on top, I think it looks great.

The wear time is OK. It keeps most of my makeup looking intact at the end of work day but some of my acne spots do come through a little bit. My T-zone becomes a tad bit shiny, too, so it's definitely not a long-wearing foundation (and it doesn't advertise as such). The longevity is improved when I wear a primer underneath and extended even longer when set with a setting spray.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 4.0 on NC30; unblended (L) and blended (R)
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 4.0 on NC30; unblended (L) and blended (R)
Bare skin (L) and with Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 4.0 without primer or setting powder (R)
Bare skin (L) and with Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 4.0 without primer, concealer, or setting powder (R)

I do think it is a good foundation with a nice, second-skin coverage. It is not so overly expensive, either, for the amount you get. I always wear a little bit of highlighter and blush on my cheeks anyway so the monotone skin is a moot point. I am in the process of obtaining the new Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder which has just been released and already receiving so many good reviews, so stay tuned for my review on that in the coming week or so.

What's your go-to liquid foundation? :)

Purchase

US$39 at SephoraBeauty.comUrban Decay

฿1,700 at Sephora ThailandCentral

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11 Comments

  • Hey Jaa, your bare face is BEAUTIFUL! Our skin tones are probably quite similar (I might be half a shade lighter but I’ve also got a lot of yellow), so it’s great to see how foundations match you! For the moment my go-to is Guerlain Tenue de Perfection (I bought a bottle on Friday!). I like how it keeps my T-zone matte for longer, and it does last pretty well :)

    • Thank you, Sunny! :D

      Will you be reviewing the Guerlain Tenue de Perfection? It sounds good from your description. I’m all for anything that will keep my face matte! :)

  • You look gorgeous without makeup, dahling! Great way to illustrate how this foundation performs! Loving the split-screen effect. Amazing review, as always. :) I see you’re becoming a regular on Christine’s Sunday Link Love! Very exciting and so cool! I’m excited for you every time she includes a link to your site, but I can’t say I’m ever surprised. You do an excellent job, lady!

    • Oh thank you so much, Kristen!

      I’m so passionate about taking and editing photos and writing reviews. I think it’s my calling except I have a very limited vocabulary so something that people can explain in 2 sentences will equal a whole paragraph for me. You know what I mean? LOL!

      I’m so glad to be featured on Christine’s website! I’m still finding it hard to believe. :)

      Always glad to have your support, too, Kristen! You’ve been nothing but kind to me! :D

      • Jaa! Your vocabulary is astounding!! I thought you were a born n’ raised American! I think using more words to express something shows you’re extra passionate about it! Anyone could say, “That movie was good.” but it takes someone who really got it and loved it to express WHY they loved it! :D

        And of course! You are just a gem! A lil gem! A gem-lette, if you will!

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