Foundation Fail: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Hello gentle reader.

My hunt for my new, perfect foundation is turning out to be a nightmare. I have pretty demanding requirements: My foundation has to have buildable light/medium coverage, be compatible with my very dry skin, be satin to matte, very flexible and of course, free of all chemical sunscreens. So far, the foundations I have tried have been a wash. The foundation we are going to talk about today is no exception. This is Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 1.0. I live in Bum Fuck Egypt and until just the other day, there was no store in which I could obtain a sample so I just read reviews and took my best guess and ordered the full size bottle from the Ulta website. Big mistake.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in shade 1.0. Urban Decay says that this is a virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish. There are eighteen shades, ranging from porcelain to deep, in warm and cool undertones. Just about anyone should be able to find a shade match. In my experience, this applies and dries down a little light. When requesting samples, get one that may match you and one a half shade darker.


Packaging is a sleek, clean vacuum pump bottle with silvered gunmetal trim and cap. This bottle looks chic and expensive and feels luxe in the hand.


The ingredients.


Drop and heavy swatch on my hand. Trust me, you do not want to see this on my face. This shade turned out to be about... Half a shade light for me. The perils of ordering online is shade guessing. I was able to get this to match me with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. That powder ever so slightly darkens my foundation, helpful in this case.

Urban Decay Naked Skin has a thin, slightly runny liquid. Pigmented and smooth, it spreads easily across the skin, sets very quickly to even the skin tone yet let your natural beautiful shine through. This foundation feels weightless and comfortable on the face. Unfortunately, this foundation is not at all dry skin friendly. I keep my skin very well exfoliated and moisturized and I am an avid user of under makeup primer yet this foundation managed to find any tiny dry patches and it sank into my fine and not so fine lines, cracked and was a mess. I looked like a haunted house character in this foundation. It wasn't pretty. Add to that, it made my skin itch like a sonofabitch.

I paid $38.00 for this foundation and, because I didn't get back to the Valley within the return window, and I refuse to pay to return something by mail, I am stuck with a very expensive bottle of foundation I can't use. I've pumped out about four pumps, altogether. Yeah, I really got my money's worth. I'm still kicking my own ass for this one. Lesson learned? No more higher end foundation purchases without sampling, first.

Look, I'm not knocking this product. I know that a lot of people love it, it just didn't work for me. I don't know what I am going to do with this foundation... It is just sitting, in it's box in a drawer. Gah! I am such an idiot!

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup? Does it work for you?

Thank you for spending a little of your Saturday with me. Have a beautiful weekend.

18 comments

  1. Bummer that the color on this shade didn't work for you. I know a lot of people seem to like this foundation from what the reviews I've seen of it.

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  2. An UD makeup artist tried this on me at Ulta. It was awful. It ended up mottled and flaky. Definitely looked much worse than my skin completely bare.

    Have you tried Clinique's matte foundation in a tube? I forget the name right now.

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  3. I've tried a couple of Clinique foundations. Complete fails. :(

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  4. The shade was fine, a little light but I could tweak it. The formula was a bust for me. :)

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  5. This is a bummer...I guess from what you described, it would make a better Halloween makeup. :S

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  6. After 60 days you should still be able to return it to an Ulta location for exchange or store credit. I think that's what their policy says- refunds up to 60 days, exchange/store credit only after 60. You should at least be able to get something else!

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  7. I loved this stuff! Try applying it with a damp beauty blender. Make sure you bounce the beauty blender, don't smear it.

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  8. Well, at Halloween is coming up. Maybe you can incorporate into a witch or mummy makeup?... Lol. Sucks, though!

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  9. Have you tried any of the CC creams or foundations from Physicians Formula. I have major issues finding good foundations too, but I tried the Organic CC Cream (silver tube) and have never looked back. It's amazing stuff. I won't even bother buying anything else. It's my holy grail foundation/BB/CC. But, to each their own ... I don't know if it would work for you or not! Everyone's skin is so individual. And I know their products are mostly natural ingredients, but I don't know about the sunscreen. I don't even know if it has sunscreen in it at all. Good luck! You will find something!!

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  10. Unfortunately, all of the foundation/BB/CC creams from PF that I am even remotely interested in contain chemical sunscreens. Shopping for foundation, skincare, even makeup is a bit of a nightmare. I have to read ingredients lists like a hawk! LOL

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  11. I don't know what I'm going to do with that foundation. I am going to re read the terms and see if I can still take it in and get store credit. That will work fine.

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  12. I tried my Beauty Blender. No joy. It isn't the application process, the formula just isn't compatible with my skin type. :)

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  13. Thank you. I'm going to pop in and see if I can do an exchange or get store credit. :D

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  14. I don't want to use any more, as I want to try to return it. :)

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  15. Good to know! Well good luck... There has to be something out there for you :)

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  16. Maybe your a difficult shade to match and haven't found the right foundation brand that works with your skin. I'm a MUA also and many of my clients use Urban Decay. That's great. But like you I can't use it. I tend to be dry. I love Makeup Forever's foundations and Lancôme. But none of it works if I don't prep with a Aragon Oil..I like Josie Marrin product. Good luck. It's out there waiting for you.

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  17. Sadly, all of the Lancome foundations I have looked at contain chemical sunscreen, I am highly allergic to chemical sunscreens, so my choices are pretty limited. It makes finding the right formula very difficult. LOL

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  18. There is, I just have to keep looking and getting samples. IT Cosmetics CC cream works for me so I do have something until I find my new HG foundation. :D

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