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?
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