I’m actually quite a fan of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, one which I’ve forgotten time and again to dedicate a full review to, but one that I use quite often. I’d picked it as one of my Top 8 Liquid Foundations, which is no mean feat, considering I have quite a few in rotation. I’ll remedy this soon (I hope!) I keep saying it but I really should just buckle down and get to it instead of just saying it eh? 🙂
When I first heard that Urban Decay was coming up with a concealer in the same formula, I have to say I was interested. While I have my holy grail concealer that I’d already repurchased, I’m quite a sucker for concealer.
I use a very light foundation base most of the time, so concealer is what I use and need, to help hide flaws that my foundation can’t deal with. I usually use them around my under-eye area (bad nights – what can I say?!) and along my cheekbones where my pigmentation/freckles are at their worst. So far, I’ve eschewed all concealer for my HG product.
But then one day, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer landed on my desk, and I got curious. What if I liked this as much as I like their Naked Skin Foundation? What if this was my new Holy Grail? (Women, we’re fickle!) Well, there was only one way to find out! 😀
The first thing I noticed about the Naked Skin Concealer is that it’s very lightweight, but creamy in texture. It actually feels creamier than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and is more liquid.
The wand is a flat, flexible sponge tip, that actually picks up far too much product each time. I highly suggest wiping it down the edge of the tube after you pull it out, or you will end up using too much product.
And that’s the primary problem I have with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Because it’s so creamy and because the wand can deposit too much product on your skin, it is very easy to overdo the concealer. Have you ever seen what an overdone concealer is like? It’s like a reverse panda you know, where the area around your eyes look lighter than the rest of your face. It’s about as awkward looking as having dark eye circles.
The trick for me therefore, is to wipe down the wand on the edge of the tube, dab 2 dots of product (One on the inner part of the under-eye area, one on the outer part) and then use my fingers or a brush to blend it out.
When done right, this Naked Skin Concealer is perfect. It conceals the redness and darkness under my eyes, it gives me a brighter countenance, and makes me look less tired almost immediately.
However, for me, I find that it’s what its best for – an under-eye concealer. It does not offer full coverage as the name of the product implies. It is rubbish on blemishes and only average to cover pigmentation/freckles.
The shade I have is Fair (Neutral) which is the lightest shade available. Lily at Chloeash has a swatch of Light (Warm) which is the next shade up. I’m not going to show you other concealers, because I don’t wear any others. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is my HG remember? I threw out all others 😀
Fair (Neutral) is a pretty light tone. On my skin at first instance, it looked a bit too light. In fact, a few bloggers I’ve come across mention that they pick this shade to use as a highlight shade (useful for anyone who’s into the sculpted, contoured look) For me however, Fair (Neutral) once blended out, fits my skintone quite perfectly.
Next to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, which is also my shade, you will note that Vanilla has a slightly more pink tone as compared to the yellow tone of the UD Naked Fair (Neutral). You may also notice the difference in texture.
The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has a slightly thicker texture, while the UD one is noticeably more liquid. Both adhere well to my skin without sinking into fine lines around the eye area, but I find that Nars gives me an edge. I find that it makes my skin look more radiant and natural, than the UD one which dries semi-matte and which I feel, makes my skin look a little flat. (I wanted to show you how it looks when I wear it, but I botched up my photos so one day I’ll update it)
Both are pretty weightless on the skin, and for the under eye area, both do a fairly good job. But if you want to use a concealer for everything that needs concealing (like I do – I don’t like messing about with more than 1 product in its category, if necessary) then I’d pick the Nars one. It does a better job at blurring and obscuring blemishes, and it does this wonderful illusion trick with my freckles that hide them from view when my foundation isn’t up to doing the job on its own. With the UD, I find it wanting in both these departments.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is a lightweight, creamy concealer that claims to offer complete coverage. While I agree that it is weightless and does a good job at concealing around the under-eye area, I do find it wanting when I have to conceal blemishes or pigmentation/freckles. The texture is creamy and lightweight, and the wand included picks up a lot of product, so do be warned. Thin layers or just 2 tiny dots on the under-eye area is more than sufficient to conceal any redness or discolouration. I use a brush or my fingers, depending on how I feel. Both work fine. Fair (Neutral) is a good match for my skintone when blended, but I do find that it doesn’t offer a lot of radiance, and in fact, can look a little flat. It’s a pretty decent concealer and a little goes a long way, but it doesn’t do enough to unseat my Holy Grail Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 🙂
PROS: Lightweight on skin, Dries to a semi-matte natural finish, Conceals redness and discoloration well especially around the under-eye area, Creamy texture means that a very little goes a very long way
CONS: Pricey, Does not work well to conceal blemishes, Wand picks up too much product each time
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who is looking for an under-eye concealer, Anyone who prefers a lightweight formula with decent coverage
If you are looking at the prices, then there’s little to separate the 2 as they are very close in price. Well, almost anyway. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is RM100/US$29 for 6.5ml and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is RM105/US$28 for 5ml (based on last known prices)
Ok, quick math tells me that at those prices, the Nars works out cheaper locally so, yep, my HG remains quite firmly seated at the top of its pedestal 😀
Have you tried this Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer? Do you have a HG Concealer?
I do like this for the under eye area, especially on days when I’m really really lazy to put foundation on, and think I’m ready to face the world anyway, except that I look like a panda. So, I dab some of this on, blend it out, look human and run out the door. Good for weekends 😀 But for everything else, NARS is my pick 😉
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer comes in 8 shades
Price: RM105 | US$28 for 5ml Availability: Sephora stores
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[email protected] Reflections says
I love the NARS on my face to hide redness and blemishes but it’s just too dry for under my eyes. I’m jealous you can use it there haha! I like this one under eyes better, but I can’t really find a shade to use that’s good.
Paris B says
The shade for the UD is a little off isn’t it? I do find the lighter shade a bit white which works well as a highlight but not so much to conceal. Am thanking my lucky stars the Nars works for me 😀
I tested this last week and thought it’s a pretty decent concealer. But I still prefer the NARS one. Another one I like is the Maybelline Age Rewind but we can’t get this in Malaysia and I usually stock up when I travel. To be honest, I can’t be bothered if my dark under eye circles are showing most of the time and I don’t wear concealers as often.
Paris B says
I’ve heard a lot about how good the Maybelline Age Rewind is! I’ve seen it in Thailand, but not here. I often wonder why!
Oh thanks for the headsup! I was so tempted to pick this up since we’re finally getting Urban Decay here in Melbourne. I’ll save my pennies for NARS 🙂
Paris B says
Yep, get the Nars one. I think you’ll like it better. This UD one (we’d probably take the same shade) maybe a bit “white”.
Ahh been seeing these pop up on my news feed recently, and the reviews have been mostly positive 🙂 But I’ve got my trusty HG Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, so I’m all set for life, or at least till the next amazing product launches in the market! ( yes we are fickle 😀 )
BTW, did you know the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has gone up in price? I picked a tube up recently, just before the GST implementation, and it was already RM106. I wonder if the price increased further after GST. So these two are basically the same price, with a difference of RM1.
Another amazing one that I’ve tried is the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer which does a fab job too, and that too, with drugstore prices. Cant live without our concealers! 🙂
Paris B says
Yep! You know how it is with new things and PR 😛 It’s a good product, I won’t knock it. But I just feel that the Nars one just pips it to the HG post. And the price is up?! What the…. -_-” I think i’ll just buy it online next time 😛 And another recommendation for the Age Rewind concealer! I shall have to pick up a tube next time I’m in Bangkok 😀
Thanks for the shout out 🙂 I share the same sentiment that I prefer NARS for that more glowy finish. I have been using this quite often just to brighten the under eye area and I’m growing quite fond of the light texture.
Paris B says
I sometimes find the texture a little hard to control. Always end up putting on too much >.<
Evan Chang says
I actually prefer this for my face compared the the Radiant Creamy concealer from NARS.
The NARS one I find it to be more suited under my eyes while the UD is better for my face, I think its because of the shade range. I have very fair skin but with yellow undertones so I find that the UD is better suited for me color wise.
Paris B says
Nothing wrong in preferring this, Evan 🙂 I’m quite sure there are others who will agree as well. I only dislike it for the face coz it doesn’t nothing for my blemishes. But it’s pretty good for the undereye 🙂
Sam Still Reading says
My HD concealer was a Shu one – that got discontinued (which Shu Australia didn’t acknowledge for months! Grr!)
So, I’m back on the hunt and given that UD is now in Australia, I’ll look at this. But more than likely I’ll look at NARS too!
Paris B says
I remember liking one from Shu too! It came in a twist up type thingy but I think they discontinued that too LOL Take a look at UD but also consider the Nars. No harm just doing a quick comparison eh? 😉
Don’t compare things to your HG’s.. they’ll get crushed 99% of the time. I have 1 holy grail that’s no longer doing it for me.. but 5 others are still firm in control 🙂
Paris B says
Yep I fully agree, but you know how it is especially with makeup. There’s always a HG waiting around the corner 😉
Jut signed up to your wonderful blog in RSS. Love your reviews and the fact, we have the exact (looks like it?) skin type and complexion, makes the info super valuable! THANK YOU for what you do.
You now have officially a big fan in Russia!. 😉
Paris B says
Hi Victoria, thank you for reading my blog! 🙂 I never imagined to have readers from Russia so that’s very exciting 😀 I hope you enjoy the blog posts to come <3