Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup review

Friday, March 06, 2015

I've had the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid makeup for quite some time now and yet I've never actually featured it in any makeup posts or youtube videos. I think that must be a sign that there is something that doesn't quite hit the spot for me in relation to this foundation, so let's take a closer look.


This is supposed to be a weightless and invisible foundation of buildable coverage and a luminous, demo-matte finish. It's oil-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free which is great and it supposedly nourishes your skin with ingredients such as Litchiderm (which protects from stress, dehydration and ageing), Sodium Hyaluronate (which attracts water and helps with hydration), Vitamin E (increases elasticity and hydrates), Matrixyl 3000 (which is an anti-wrinkle peptide) and Japanese Green Tea (which soothes and provides anti-oxidants) among other ingredients. 

I like that it's supposed to be good for your skin and at the same time it is supposed to have light-diffusing spheres that give you a smoother finish. It doesn't contain SPF which can be a good or bad thing depending on what you want to use it for. 


The packaging isn't particularly exciting or beautiful, it looks quite medical in a way. The body of the bottle is transparent so you can see the shade and how much there is which is useful. The lid and pump are silver, maybe that's why it looks quite medical. 
It comes with a pump and as the formula is quite liquid it's important to shake it well before use. It has mixing balls which you can hear when you shake which help to mix the foundation well. It contains 30 ml which is the usual amount for foundations.


There are 18 shades to choose from which is pretty impressive and they've made it easy to find the right one by making the ones ending in zero warm-toned and the ones ending in five cool-toned. 

I didn't get the chance to try it out and I bought it online so I went with the lightest warm-toned shade, 1.0, which is actually quite light and I probably could have gone for shade 2.0. 
As the formula is very liquid and sheer to start with it isn't a problem and it works well with my skin. 

Application and Finish

As I mentioned the formulation is quite liquid, probably the most liquid of any foundation I've tried until now. One pump is enough to cover the whole face and this will give you a light coverage which evens out your skin tone and covers your natural redness. 

I haven't had the chance to try this with the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush which was designed to be used with this foundation, but I try to buff it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush in a similar fashion. If you haven't got perfect skin you'll need to add more layers for more coverage. It is buildable to an extent but it'll never be full coverage. 

The finish is demi-matte so you won't need to powder it unless you have very oily skin. I have an oily t-zone but I don't usually powder with this foundation or it would look too matte and dull. I have to admit that it really is lightweight and the finish looks quite a lot like skin as long as you don't add too many layers. 
Once you start to build the foundation it can look a bit much on the face although it still feels weightless. I think that less is more with this foundation. 

Wear time

I have read conflicting reviews regarding its wear time so it may depend on your skin type. In my case I have combination-oily skin and I'm quite disappointed with the lasting power. 
It's true that my working day is very long and I expect a lot from a foundation but this one seems to disappear and become patchy around the 5-hour mark. 

I really like that it contains beneficial ingredients and that it provides a light, natural finish to the skin. My intention was to use this on a daily basis as it would provide enough coverage to cover light imperfections and would be good for my skin too. 

For me the main problem was its lasting power, it didn't seem to wear well on me and I found myself using other foundations instead of this one. I couldn't fault it badly but my skin type didn't agree with the formula and I look shiny after a few hours. 

It costs £27 for 30 ml which places this foundation at the same price range as some higher-end foundations so I think many people will probably opt for other brands. I don't think I'll repurchase this foundation and I'll probably give it to my mum to finish so that I can try other lightweight foundations. 

As I said at the beginning of this review, there is something that doesn't quite work for me although everything seems perfect on paper!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think of it?

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