And the award for the biggest mouthful of a product name goes to…. Urban Decay for the latest offering from their “Naked Skin” line. As many of you know, I love the foundation, and was reasonably impressed by the BB Cream (posts here and here if you fancy taking a little trip down memory lane) so taking this compact out of the box definitely elicited a little “ooh” and maybe an “ahh” for good measure. Powders are a tricky one for me, and for brands if my too-shiny, too-matte, oft-patchy face has been anything to go by. Nobody wants to look lifeless and older than they really are, but a little powder can keep you looking more glowing than sweaty so it’s important to pick a winner.
Housed in a pretty floral pouch, this palette is lightweight and compact which makes it an excellent travelling partner. My only gripe is with the packaging, which is plastic. At £22 this isn’t a cheap throwaway powder, and although this is light and easy to carry around, I would love it if the packaging was perhaps metal, more sturdy, and able to be refilled. If I know I can buy less expensive refills I have no problems paying a little more for the initial compact, like I used to with Chanel. Honestly, the powder inside is far superior to any I’ve tried from pricier brands so it would be nice to offer this option.
The powder compartment flips up to reveal a sponge housed underneath,great for on the go applications and I like that it’s kept separately to the powder itself so any oils don’t transfer to the product. The powder is an absolute dream, it’s finely milled and mattifies in a single sweep whilst still leaving you looking firmly in the land of the living. I’ve tried this a few ways – as an on the spot mattifier, a setting powder with a brush over freshly applied foundation, all over and just on my t-zone and each time it leaves me impressed with the formula and staying power. On top of the foundation it gives a real soft-focus finish, but it’s worked well with BB creams, as a touch-up over mineral makeup, and with cream and liquid products too.
If you’re in the market for a new powder this is well worth a try. Silky, luxurious and long-wearing, if you’re a fan of the foundation you’ll love this. The shade range is designed to cater to all skin tones but I’d be interested to hear if the deepest shade does work for darker skin tones, if anyone has tried it please do let me know in the comments.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Powder is available now priced at £22.
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