By Sheila Arkee
A couple of months ago I popped into Sephora and sought after a sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation. Highly touted in the beauty blogging biz, I wanted the chance to try it out for myself and see if it was up to snuff with Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, my current “holy grail”.
When it comes to foundation I am a huge proponent of being able to sample or at least test foundation before purchasing a bottle. In my days of working behind of makeup counter I would often send clients home with several samples because it is so hard to tell what your acutal shade is under the strange lighting conditions of stores. Get samples or get matched, you won’t regret it.
That’s part of the reason I have such a hard time with drugstore foundation – although I’ve gotten pretty good at eyeballing what shades would work on me, the process of blindly picking out a base is nerve wracking! Occassionally I’ll see drugstore brands have sample vials in their displays, which does leaves them open to being vandalized, but is a good move in my opinion.
Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation won my heart last year with it’s phenomenal coverage that lasts all day, feels lightweight, AND makes your skin look incredible in photographs. It’s a winner that will be in my makeup rotation for some time to come! It has a matte finish and I love the way the foundation looks in this photo. It’s perfect. I can’t gush any harder over this foundation.
The sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Liquid Finish promises and delivers illuminated skin. The sample I received was a nice amount that yielded four full faces, including this one.
While at Sephora I tested a couple of bottles of Urban Decay Naked Skin on the back of my hand and settled on shade 5.5. The shade range of 18 has two different endings – the ones with .0 have warm/yellow undertones, and the ones with 0.5 have cool/pink undertones. I am a true neutral with warm and cool tones, so this happened to be a great match for my skin.
The sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin lasted a good amount of time to get a feel for the foundation and make a decision. The coverage is buildable and it is lightweight, which is nice, but the nicest selling point and main difference between Make Up For Ever is illumination. Even though the finish is matte, there is hydration and a glow with Urban Decay that you just don’t get with Make Up For Ever.
So, is Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup full bottle worthy? I say yes. It’s different enough from Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, lends a nice glow, and is a good everyday base. I’ll still stick with Make Up For Ever for important photos.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup retails for $38 and is available at Sephora.