I recently bought the new URBAN DECAY naked skin ultra definition loose finishing powder ($50 for 8g, in 5 or 6 shades) and I AM LOVING IT. I shall share with you the pros and cons of this product, and hopefully you will be suckered (just as I am) to pick up this product for yourself. Luckily, the pros all related to the actual performance of the powder, and the cons are more of the packaging.
I am using the shade NAKED LIGHT - which is the palest shade they do, and it looks quite a light to medium shade in the pot..I wish there is a lighter shade they do... but apparently not.
Some product info:
What it is:
A loose powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish.
What it does:
Blur flaws, set makeup, and cut shine with this weightless formula that feels amazingly silky on the skin. Designed to be virtually invisible, Urban Decay’s high-tech, light-reflecting formula fools the eye with optical blurring, seemingly airbrushing away imperfections and creating a soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched. This creamy, buildable, jet-milled formula applies beautifully, never looks chalky or cakey, and won’t settle into fine lines.
Close up of the soft, silky, ultra fine powder -
There's really no point in me swatching it, you can't really see it, as it blends into my skintone but I hope you can tell the area which the powder has been swatched over, it is visibly smoother to see, and also feel in my experience.
Here are a few iphone snaphots I took when I was wearing this powder, a little pre-birthday outing, chilling out by Keppel Bay. No doubt the natural sunlight is good as far as lighting is concerned, but I am really impressed by how the powder renders my skin flawless almost immediately after using. I have used so many loose powders before, and most of them will set and look flawless after a certain amount of time, but I must say that this UD powder has an instant retouching smoothing effect... but let me list the pros and cons below:
1. Immediate flawless and smooth skin appearance, including minimising the look of pores esp around my nose.
2. Sets your foundation, makes it last the whole day. This I can really attest to. Makeup looks relatively fresh throughout the day.
3. Has just enough coverage (very light but it's definitely THERE) the perfect amount of light coverage you need to set AND finish your foundation at the same time.
4. Oil control factor is decent, and I don't see myself feeling nor looking greasy after the usual 5-6 hours.
1. $50 for only 8g of product sounds really little/ too pricey - most loose powder comes in 15-30g capacity FYI... but I am guessing that because the powder is so lightweight, 8g is gonna last you a long time anyway.
2. The tiny opening of the powder itself - I like that it has 4 holes from which the powder is dispensed (nothing really spills or fly everywhere) but there is no puff provided, and my current powder puffs are all soo big to fit in the pot... so I usually have to tap the powder out into the cap and then use a brush or a powder puff to apply.
3. Speaking of application, I think I prefer using a brush to dust this on my face - if you have a powder puff, I think you might end up using more product than necessary.
This feels very similar to MUFE HD powder, and also NARS translucent setting powder (both the loose and pressed versions) -- BUT while those are all white transparent, the UD one actually has some coverage, and because it comes in different shades, there is no worry of looking ashy if a white powder (albeit it being transparent) if you have a darker skintone.
So if you enjoy the NARS powders- but feel that you need to use a separate product to set prior to it, I think the UD powder actually is able to combine the two steps of setting and finishing quite nicely indeed. (for my thoughts regarding Setting VS Finishing - click on this entry here).
I hope that this mini rave and sharing has been helpful, and thanks for reading!!
Happy rainy (at last) Sunday!