22 August 2012

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation; Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush



Urban Decay have extended the Naked franchise with their new liquid foundation, boasting a weightless, oil-free formula for a flawless finish. A specially designed Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush joins it on counter; I’ve had both to play about with for the past couple of weeks, courtesy of the brand.  




First, a bit of good news. This was initially priced at €37, just €1 less than the new YSL product, which obviously pitched them head-to-head. But based on consumer feedback, the brand tell me that they’ve lowered prices here in Ireland and you can now pick this up for €34. Hats off, Urban Decay – good move!
And while we’re on the subject, this has drawn a lot of comparisons to YSL’s Le Teinte Touche Eclat (check out my post on beaut.ie here). But actually, the finish is more comparable to Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere - another one of my favourite bases - but Naked Skin is thinner and more lightweight, doesn’t have quite as much coverage and doesn’t last as long on the skin. You get a more flawless finish with the Chanel product, but more of a ‘bare skin’ effect with this.



There are 17 shades in the range – those ending in .0 are warmer, and those that finish with .5 are for cooler skintypes. The shade I have, 3.0, is actually a little warm – I think 3.5 would be a better match. But, regardless, I like this a lot – it lasts for the full working day and gives a polished result that manages to look natural despite the generous levels of coverage (medium to full). It’s described as ‘demi-matte’ – just like Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere – so it still has luminosity, without dewiness or shine.
And the brush? I LOVE the brush! It’s marched straight into the position of #1 Favourite Brush In The Whole World, Ever. It’s really dense and soft and makes application an absolute cinch  - I stipple on the product and then buff it into my skin, it takes hardly any time, effort or skill and looks expertly blended in seconds. It’s eco-friendly, cruelty free and €28.50, so a bit spendy, but it’s worth it for the fabulous, fuss-free finish.
Well, are ya tempted? And what are your favourite foundations right now?

21 comments:

E. said...

Thanks for the review - tells me not to buy! If it doesn't last as long as PL, which is not long at all on me, then there's no point. Will be having a little look at the brush tho!

Looks lovely on you tho! What's the lippie btw?

The Dainty Dolls House said...

That looks amazing...I will look into this. I like the brush as well. It looks great on the skin and if it lasts all day, then that's even better!! Have a super day doll!! xx

Laura said...

I like the look of that brush!

Laura xo

Karen said...

I love the finish this foundation gives and I feel a lot more confident wearing it compared to the YSL one. It gives me a natural glow but without the shine and for that, I lahve it :)

Adele said...

The brush sounds fabulous. My foundation brush is on it's way out so I may treat myself to one of these!
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Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I think this foundation may be my next treat. I like dewy foundation but I think my Mac Mineralize foundation might be a bit too much for daily wear.

CherrySue said...

Oh I do really like this, I'm alternating between this, YSL and Garnier BB for oily skin at the mo (though I don't have oily skin)

I'm seriously contemplating picking up this brush, my Laser may melt but it's a contender for my next purchase x

little t said...

I like the look of the brush- I might pick that up, if not the product.

Lisa Dunn said...

I love this foundation! I bought it a week ago in shade 0.5 and for the first time I ACTUALLY have a foundation that matches my skin tone. I use my elf flat topped powder brush to apply it - would you say the Good Karma brush is much different?

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Nicola @ The Sequin Cinderella said...

Urban decay is my fave x

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Coco said...

It looks great on you but I'd fall in favour of Chanel. My fav foundation now is Bare Minerals. xo xo

Sam said...

You had me at the Blurring brush, I must find it here soon! Looks like a really great and lightweight finish, which is something I prefer. I must say I am lazy when it comes to trying on new foundations, I've stuck to MAC for years now.

Emma said...

I am really tempted to try this when my YSL runs out. The idea of a demi matter finish really appeals to me especially during warmer weather, I find the YSL doesn't last as long as I'd like it too because of the heat, It'll probably be better in the autumn. Such a good call lowering the price! Wish more brands would follow suit! Great review Emma!

Emma x

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I can't wait to try this and do a review on it. Also want to try the new YSL. That brush is fab! Excellent review Emma!
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Leslie said...

Love their naked eye palette so I'm sure this is a wonderful product.

Natalie said...

definetly will consider using!!


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fluff and fripperies said...

@Lisa I love that ELF brush too! This one is a bit softer, a bit denser, doesn't soak up as much product and is WAY easier to wash :)

Lisa Dunn said...

@Emma Thanks so much! Yeah I'm thinking my elf brush might be getting on a bit, so maybe it's best I retire it to back-up status and get a lovely brush like this one for every day use!

Quick question though, do you use a primer underneath?

fluff and fripperies said...

Only if I'm heading out straight after work and need my makeup to last extra long! xo

Nic @Strawbry_Blonde said...

So glad I read this review as I def don't think this will have enough coverage for me so you've saved me ££! Looks lovely on your young skin though hon xx