For years and years and years, my foundation shopping thought process went something like this: Does it match my alabaster complexion? And is it the cheapest foundation in the store? If the answers are a unanimous “yes” then that is what I’m going home with. But throughout the course of the past year or so, my beauty interests have morphed into a bit of a hobby and as a result I’ve shuffled a bit out of my drugstore comfort-zone.
One of the most exciting purchases I made during this adventure was the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation in the shade 0.5. I have been testing it since last Fall and now that I’ve had 4 seasons to formulate an opinion, I’m finally ready to share it!
DOES IT DO WHAT IT CLAIMS?
This foundation claims to provide makeup junkies everywhere with a build-able (and therefore customizable) demi-matte finish that is essentially weightless and invisible on the skin.
True to it’s name, this “weightless” foundation is probably the lightest foundation I’ve ever tried in my life. It literally looks and feels like my skin, but better! That having been said, you hardly get anything out of this foundation in terms of coverage. Yes, you can build and build and build without even the slightest hint of cakeyness, but no matter how much you blend, buff, slather or layer, those freckles, acne scars and dark circles aren’t going anywhere.
Weightless & Invisible: Yes
For an example of what I’m talking about, check out the pictures from the collaboration I did with SAY HELLO TO GORGEOUS. We both created Summer Cocktail inspired eyeshadow looks, but if you look at my skin specifically you will notice the visibility of freckles (forehead and cheeks) and chicken pox (forehead) and acne scares (chin).
Go ahead and click the image below to be taken to my post where you will be able to view more pictures of my skin as I wear this foundation.
Scent: The scent doesn’t linger once you are done applying it, but I do think it’s worth noting that fresh from the bottle this foundation smells like a chemical factory. The only other foundation I’ve ever tried that comes close would be the L’oreal True Match foundation. Like I said, the scent doesn’t linger, but it makes you really wonder what they put in there…
Finish: I think “demi-matte” is a pretty legit description of this foundations finish. I do not recommend this foundation to folks with dry skin because it does cling to dry patches but if you are normal to oily looking for a more “natural” looking matte finish, this foundation is a great option.
Cost: $39 USD
AFTER 12 HOURS OF WEAR
I wasn’t planning on showing you all how the foundation looks after 12 hours of wear so sorry for the less than thrilled expression on my face, but my husband wanted to practice his photography skills at 11 pm at night… I am wearing primer (elf Blemish Control Face Primer), powder (elf Tone Correcting Powder) and a setting spray (elf Makeup Mist & Set), but I’ve worn this foundation with a number of primer/powder/setting spray combinations over the course of the past 9 months and I seem to generally always get the same results.
I’m impressed with the longevity of this foundation and how it wears over the course of the day. One thing worth mentioning is that this foundation does a decent job of evening skin-tone and combating redness. I would not recommend this foundation to anyone with dry skin, or who wants a medium to full coverage that will hide acne scars, dark circles or freckles. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a lightweight foundation that is non-oily and will look like your skin but better, then the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless foundation is a must!