January 7, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Urban Decay Powder Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation ($36) joins the Urban Decay Naked Skin family for Spring 2015 in 14 shade selections. Demi-matte foundation seems to be the secret word of the moment for Spring launches and this new Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation promises just that with a formula that can be applied wet or dry.

Take a look!

Urban Decay actually already has a Ultra Definition Loose Powder as well as a setting powder in this product range so I guess adding a foundation is the next logical step. I dunno about you but I don’t really like powder foundations! It’s really rare that I wear them. But..I have dry skin so maybe that’s why I feel that way!

The good news is this is formulated beautifully so if you are one for loving on powder foundation products you might just adore it.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation comes housed in a gunmetal compact with an embossed push button. It’s kinda resistant to fingerprints which is fab and was actually created to prevent scratches but it does come with its own little draw sing purple flower draw string baggie to store it in. It has a full size mirror and a sponge for application. The sponge actually is dual sided. The side with the UD logo is a rubbery sponge meant for using the powder wet where as the opposite side has a fluffier flocked finish that works best when using the foundation dry. Nice feature right?

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation

As I mentioned above it’s a demi-matte finish powder which seems to be “thing” and trend for Spring at the moment. L’Oreal currently has a new Infallible Foundation with a demi-matte finish so I suspect you’ll see more and more products sporting the finish as we head deeper into Spring. Demi-matte simply means that it has a finish that isn’t dry or flat in appearance and looks more natural and seamless than a drier, full matte powder would. The finish almost translates to the texture of the powder itself as it feels almost creamy and has a powdery texture that’s soft, finely milled, and almost velvety when swatched and applied. I actually didn’t like the Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder because it felt too dry to me but I think Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation has a lighter, more dry skin friendly texture that won’t cling to drier areas when skin is prepped well.

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

I find the application is very light on skin and barely there thus the “naked skin” name. It’s breathable coverage that blurs the appearance of pores and gives skin a very smooth, even appearance. The finish is beautiful as it looks and feels velvety but also natural. It builds well but I wouldn’t say it quite reaches the medium coverage mark but almost for sure! It’s the type of product that will wear nicely over tinted moisturizer and sheerer BB Creams. Dry it applies very well on my skin! No issues with it clinging to dry areas and it mattifies my t-zone nicely. Wet, it applies even better and provides more coverage so it does tip right into medium coverage. When it’s wet it takes on a creamy, tinted moisturizer-like feel as you apply and looks even more natural and seamless however, using it wet without setting powder shortens the wear by an hour or two. Worn dry I can get about six hours of wear, worn wet (not set) I’m looking at around four hours.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation (Light Warm)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation swatches

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Swatches (Light Warm)

Honestly, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation isn’t going to make me a powder foundation user by any means! But it is formulated ideally for lovers of such a medium with a gorgeous formula that applies easily and wears flawlessly. If you love powder foundations this is likely a dream product for you!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation launches this January and will available at Sephora, Sephora.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, Macys, and at urbandecay.com.

What do you think?

Do you like the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Collection?

Happy about a powder foundation addition?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Kara

    How do you think this will work for oily skin? I like powder foundations in the summer because I am super oily. I love their liquid foundation and I’m really excited to try this one!

  • CatG

    Powder foundations tend to look good on me so I will definitely be interested to see how this is received and try it out myself! This was the first review of it I’ve seen so thank you Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      cat if you like powder foundations I think you’ll likely love it! my pleasure hope it helped you decide if you wanted to try it!

  • Lane

    Love your in depth review! Would you say this is light enough to use to set liquid foundation to give that extra matte finish for those of us with crazy oily skin?!

    • Isabella Muse

      sure, dusting it on will sheer it out considerably which gives it more of a setting powder style finish Lane. I wouldn’t say it’s extra matte! It’s a demi-matte finish so it feels more velvety and lighter. It will absorb oil and shine but not as well as a full on matte finish setting powder would. Thanks glad you liked the review 🙂

  • Ami

    I’ve been so curious about this! Have you tried Laura Mercier’s powder foundation? Wondering how the two compare. Thank you!

  • Angel

    Aw, I was totally sold until you talked about the coverage. I really like the Demi-matte concept and this packaging is great. Much better than my go to foundation Benefit Hello Flawless. I hate the Benefit packaging and the stupid brush and sponge are useless. But it has medium to full coverage. I might try this out next time I’m at Sephora, because everything else in your review sounds great. Thanks for another thorough review Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      demi-matte is interesting if you have drier skin as regular matte on dry skin is flat, chalky, very unnatural. Demi-matte def makes matte more wearable for dry skin. But I can understand you not liking it if you’re oily as it doesn’t quite have the mattifying abilities of a regular matte powder. I used to love hello flawless!!!!! 😀 my pleasure! if you try it let me know what you think!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I was a liquid foundation girl for YEARS! But now I’m starting to get more into powder. I might have to check this out.

  • Bonnie S.

    If you are porcelain-skinned like me, well-Urban Decay has never matched my skin tone with any foundation or powder thus far. They are all too yellow. I just wish I could buy that little purple baggie separately – it’s divine!!! I have UD’s big sparkly purple makeup case that they came out with a couple of years ago and love it. UD does make great makeup bags and gorgeous (and tempting) cases, that is for sure.

    • Isabella Muse

      these might be ok! I tried the lighter shades and they def seemed pink toned! haha! maybe on e-bay!? 😀

  • kim

    I want this!! I have dry skin in the winter, but I feel like liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers emphasize my dry patches even more than powder. I have been sticking to physicians formula mineral powder and ponds dry skin cream and my skin looks much better. I will definitely check out the new UD powder foundation when it hits Sephora.

  • Kerry

    Does this have SPF? I love powder foundations, and a lot of the high end ones have sun protection (Josie Maran, NARS). I don’t think I’ll switch if it doesn’t. 😣

      • Isabella Muse

        just a note most times spf in powders and makeup isn’t as effective as actually applying SPF itself. You have to really load on powder, like seven times the amount you normally would for it to actually protect your skin!

        • Kerry

          I wear an spf moisturizer also, but, I guess I like knowing there’s a little extra in my makeup. 😀

          • Isabella Muse

            def smart 🙂 can’t rely on makeup SPF unfortunately! wish we could!

  • fancie

    My skin is more on the dry side but I love powder foundations. I used to be the same way at first but powders are just so much quicker and easier to use. I hope I’m able to find a match in this line because I’d love to try this formula

  • anne

    Hmm when i heard powder fdn i wanted to say no lol. lately ive been really into translucent setting powders like LM translucent loose, nars cyrstal loose, UD… The only powder i have with more coverage currently is the dior flawless, i love the cvg but im more likely to wear it on its own in the warmer months, or even over a really light layer of UD liquid. Im intrigued, i love their pressed and loose/

  • Fallon

    Would this be good for deep acne scars? I am still on the search for the right combo of primer, liquid an powder. I have found make up forevers mat velet really helps but I am having a terrible time finding a powder that doesn’t make them look worse!

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t think it’s pigmented enough for deep acne scarring. Have you tried bb creams? Many are concentrated and have excellent coverage. Or even Bye Bye Concealer is super pigmented and can conceal the issue.

      • Fallon

        I have only tried one bb cream and it was from the drugstore. Next time I am at sephora, I will have to see what the recommend and I will try that concealer. I have boi-ing concealer and it’s ok but would like something better. Thank you!

    • Bonnie S.

      Jen, I don’t think anything can compare to MUFE profinish – that’s my HG go-to always-have-a-backup powder foundation, best I’ve ever used and every time I use it I can’t help but think, “Wow this foundation is great”, even after a million uses 🙂

  • beth

    So I’m wondering if this is a refillable compact? I’d love to try it, but if I did like it, I’d hate to throw away the compact yk?

    • Isabella Muse

      no beth, sorry, it isn’t. you can possibly recycle the compact somehow after the powder is gone but UD doesn’t offer replacement powders to fill it.

  • Littlecreek

    Good thing I got gift cards over Christmas. I love powder foundation and one that’s not totally matte will be great!

  • MizzJ

    The ability to apply it wet or dry is intriguing! How do you apply it wet?

      • Amy Yeary

        I just purchased this today. I always use a brush to apply foundation. Would it work with a brush? What about a damp brush? Trying to decide how I want to use it. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ve never used mac foundations paige, I don’t really like them, so not sure sorry! 🙁

  • Cristina

    Based on your review, it’s seems to be very similar to Lancome’s Dual- Finish, which I’ve used for YEARS. I wonder if UD will discontinue the regular pressed powder in the NAKED line and use this as a replacement? Since it can be used as a powder or a foundation? Hmmm…

  • Kate C.

    Did you try a setting powder (or more than one) with it wet to see how well it held up, and what would you recommend? I currently have the Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder, but was wondering if it would be better with the Urban Decay Ultra Definition finishing powder.