Urban Decay have just dropped their (mainly skin focused) new Summer 2016 collection and one of the stand out products for me so far has been the Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector. I’d already heard a lot of good things about it, so was interested to give it a go, especially because my skin generally hates most BB, CC, complection enhancer type products. I’m yet to find one that works well for me or at least one that doesn’t wear off after a few hours!
Don’t get me wrong, I do love a flawless, fuller coverage base, but day to day, when you just want to just look a bit more alive and evened out, it’s good to have a lighter (and quicker!) option. PRO TIP – I like to mix my foundation/ base products too, so will sometimes use a fuller coverage product through the centre of my face, mainly my nose and chin (which can have oil slick tendencies and is the area where I mostly need my coverage) and a sheer coverage product on my forehead and cheeks. This is a great way to balance the skin, so even if you, like me, have oilier areas, you can still rock a beautifully dewy as well as long lasting skin!
So, back to the product in question! The Naked Skin One & Done is available in six shades – Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium, Dark and Deep. I have the Light shade and being a MAC NC15/ more like what would be an NC17, it’s a perfect match to my skin. The shades themselves are actually pretty adaptable and each shade would cover several skin tones, so there’s a good chance there’s going to be one for everyone.
I do like the packaging. It comes in a sleek, metallic gunmetal tube with an in built pump, which makes it great for dispensing the perfect amount of product, with minimal waste/ mess, also secure and lightweight for travel. For £25/ 32euro, you get 40ml of product, which is good considering foundation usually come in the standard 30ml size (Available at Debenhams*). With this being a lighter coverage and the fact that it is buildable however (it builds well actually, without feeling heavy if you do want to build coverage), I have found that you do tend to use more of this product per application, compared to say a medium coverage regular foundation, so it probably wouldn’t last you any longer, regardless of quantity.
The Naked Skin One & Done has an SPF20, which for me, is an essential protective feature of a lighter weight base, especially as I get most wear from them during the summer months and even with the often questionable/ unseasonable weather we get here in the UK and Ireland, ha ha, you should still always protect your skin against sun damage. It’s hydrating, but not overly so. It blurs imperfections and gives a beautifully radiant, natural matte finish to the skin as well as feeling weightless on the skin and comfortable on. After wearing it now for a few weeks (both alone and also along with other base products and with a setting powder, which I would always use anyway), even on my dehydrated and often oily skin, it is lasting the day, which for a product of this type and my previous experience of them, is pretty damn impressive! And as well as giving my skin a healthy glow, it doesn’t turn me in to an oil slick throughout the day! I’ve experimented with application too and found the best method to either be a damp Beauty Blender (Available from Amazon (affiliate link)) or for slightly more coverage, working it in to the skin with a buffing foundation brush (amazon – zoeva foundation buffer brush).
Urban Decay claim that the Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector is also a treatment product, that not only works on application, but also over time. According to the brand’s website, continued use over time will make pores appear smaller and skin noticeably firmer and more radiant. It’s impossible to say at this stage if this is true or not, I don’t think a few weeks wear is a fair enough trial for those claims, so that remains to be seen. It’s safe to say though, I do really like this product so far, I’m enjoying the healthy, radiant look of my skin when I wear it and being able to wear something lightweight that actually stays put! It’s definitely made it in to my regular rotation of base products and I’d absolutely recommend picking up a sample next time you’re near an Urban Decay counter and testing it out for yourself!