Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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Naked Skin ConcealerI’ve been on a bit of a concealer kick lately and had really high hopes for the Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay. I’d heard really good things about it on YouTube and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

I picked this up at Shoppers the other night and have been trying it out for a couple of days. So far…I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. Read on to find out why.

The Good: This concealer makes good on its “complete coverage” promise. It’s loaded with pigment and offers a lot of coverage, more than you typically get from a liquid concealer. I find just a small amount covers my dark undereye circles almost completely. Naked Skin is also very long-wearing. Once blended, it sets to a budge-proof powder finish.

The Bad: First off, I couldn’t find an exact shade match. I stood in front of the UD display at Shoppers for a long time trying to decide between Light Neutral and Light Warm. I ended up getting Light Neutral because Light Warm seemed too yellow. Light Neutral seems like a good match at first, but once it’s blended into the skin, it oxidizes and takes on a slightly orange hue. It’s not overly noticeable, but it’s just enough to bug me. I also find that this concealer doesn’t blend into the skin as well as I expected it to. If you look close, you can see it sitting in pores and fine lines. It also clings to dry patches. The dry, powdery finish makes it somewhat unflattering around the eye area. I don’t find it “weightless” at all. Again, only my cat gets close enough to my face to notice these things, but I expect more from a $34 concealer.

The Ugly: It smells terrible! I didn’t notice it when I swatched it in the store, but it smells like liquid paper. The smell disappears once it sets, but it’s a little off-putting during application.

The Verdict: I’m thinking about returning it or exchanging it for another shade, but I’m not certain. I might continue to use this as an undereye concealer because I can count on the coverage and longevity to get me through the work day. Also, I can mix it with other concealers or set it with a brightening powder to mask the slight shade mismatch. It’s not ideal for blemishes or redness around the face because it sits a bit heavy on the skin, and the shade is off just enough that I think it actually draws more attention to problem areas. Given the hype and the price, I thought I would love this more than I do.

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