I finally got my hands on a tube of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm! So excited about it! I avoided reading reviews about UD’s BB cream until I had a chance to try it out for myself without any prejudice.
I used it when I attended our family’s Chinese New Year dinner at Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant in Brooklyn and I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first. The texture is really thin and watery, and the color looks nothing like your average BB cream. I actually blinked when I first used it and thought, “How many Oompa Loompas does it take to make a tube of this BB cream?” because it is a somewhat alarming shade of orange.
Despite the sunset hue, I applied it to my freshly-cleansed face and was surprisingly pleased with the way it disappeared into my skin. Which now makes me wonder if I am an Oompa Loompa…
Seriously, though, the way it blended perfectly into my skin was amazing. It also dries to a matte finish which makes this greasy-complexioned chick want to dance! I also usually have trouble with face products that contain sunscreen (this BB cream has broad spectrum SPF 20) and break out into massive zits. Not with this product!
The biggest down side to Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream is that it is very very sheer. Despite the company’s claims, this is just not a universal product and definitely not for someone looking to conceal troubled or moderate-to-severely blotchy skin; it’s for the person whose complexion is mostly clear and even-toned. Don’t care what UD says, it’s not suitable for the very very fair-skinned.
In the two months or so that I’ve been using this BB cream, I’ve been applying moisturizer to my face before the BB cream. I made the mistake of using an AHA moisturizer and it resulted in some flaking later in the day, so now I stick to my beloved DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew. Yeah. Don’t use exfoliating moisturizers underneath your makeup.
Overall I really like Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I have been reaching for it almost every day. It’s easy to apply, it’s so sheer it leaves virtually no demarcation lines, and my skin doesn’t feel like it’s suffocating, especially nice because I’m not only a greasy-faced person, I’m also an overheated one. I can see myself using this during the hot steamy summer days that lie ahead.
My final verdict: DON’T buy this if you are very very fair-skinned or have blemishes or discoloration to conceal. DO buy it if your complexion is mostly clear and you just need a little bit of oomph to your face.