The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ franchise (if I can call it that) is getting bigger and more comprehensive year by year, and now they have created a lightweight foundation, the ‘Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid’ base.
It comes in a very sleek looking tall bottle:
There is 30ml of foundation in this bottle and it comes in 18 shades, which seems to cover very fair to dark skins. The number system with a point 5 indicates a rosy tone and the rounded numbers (is. 4.0, 5.0) indicate a golden skin toner.
They say: Naked Skin uses light-diffusing spheres to ‘blur’ imperfections for a luminous, demi-matte finish that feels invisible but looks professionally retouched. Naked Skin is oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and loaded with nourishing ingredients.
The foundation I have is 4.5 which is a medium beige rose tone. I would otherwise go for 4.0 which is a golden tone but to be honest, this surprisingly works well on me – I think because my skin tone is actually quite neutral-beige rather than full on yellow – definitely worth checking out the .5 tones if you find some golden foundations too ‘yellow’ (and being Asian, sales assistants are very quick to throw a yellow base at you!).
First off, the texture of this foundation is very runny – as you can see from the below picture, as I pumped it it was running off my hand! So it is very lightweight to work with and apply.
Despite being light, I am impressed by the amount of coverage this foundation gives.
I found it covered pores quite well, and redness too (my skin was quite blotchy the day I tested it) and everything was nicely evened out. A foundation with similar texture is my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation base but that one really struggles to give good coverage whereas this one doesn’t.
The finish I like A LOT – it’s a semi matte glow. I can definitely see ‘glow’ in my skin, but it’s matte too – a slightly airbrushed finish so to speak and quite different to my current foundations which are super dewy!
I have read some luke warm reviews of this base so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I do really like it. In context, I have quite dry skin with a sometimes oily t-zone. On my dry skin it works very well, and I didn’t need to powder. On oily skin I’m not sure how durable this base is – I noticed some shine on my nose after a few hours.
On my face – I look like I’m daydreaming I know! But you can see the finish is quite matte and my circles are covered quite well (no concealer):
I like this foundation from Urban Decay – I usually go for quite rich creamy foundations but this product is much lighter and less of a job to apply – I can apply this with my fingers and it doesn’t seem to dry streaky or unevenly, nor does it cling to my dry patches. I also don’t need to powder it so when I want the lightweight texture of a tinted moisturiser but coverage of a decent foundation this is the one I will use.
This costs £27 – there’s currently 10% off and free shipping at Debenhams! You can also buy it in Boots.