Being both insanely pale and blessed with really crap skin - I'm always on the look out for a decent heavy duty foundation that isn't super orange. Having said that, since I was guilted into a new skincare routine - I've been tempted over to the sheer side; alongside better skin has come a whole set of foundations that previously wouldn't have come anywhere close to the coverage I needed, and Naked Skin by Urban Decay was right at the top of that list.
I've lusted after this for a fairly long time, but I knew that it wouldn't suit my blemished skin - however now my skin is well on it's way to being sparkly clear (you better all be touching wood as you read this) I thought I'd give it a shot. Now, this isn't cheap at £27, but it isn't at the top end of high end foundations by any means - plus, and we all know this is like striking gold when you're buying a high end foundation, it comes with a pump built in - you go Urban Decay. Besides there being a dismal lack of Customer Service at my local Urban Decay counter (to the point where I matched myself, located the product and had to take it to another till due to lack of staff), I was super into this when I got it home.
You know what, though? I genuinely do still really like it - even if it isn't my sort of thing normally. It's super watery, like Face and Body-esque, and it has metal balls inside the container which you can shake up - not sure the point of them, but hey. I apply this using my Zoeva silk finish with Benefit Porefessional underneath - and that works for me; it's light to medium coverage at best, but it's a perfect shade for my skin, which I really don't often find. You really do need to set this if you can, which is a bit of a bummer as especially when it's hotter (which it isn't here, but let's just pretend for a minute) because although I used to be a matte kind of girl, I'm really loving a bit of dew - but it does tend to wear off if you leave it un-powdered, especially towards the end of the day. As with any light/medium coverage foundation, you can't get away with using just this to disguise blemishes - but as long as you get a pretty close matching concealer, this actually works really well at making your skin look much clearer and healthier; or at least it does for me.
Do I have some niggles? Always - nothing's ever perfect! Shaking this bottle has had me dropping it at least twice, and the foundation being so liquid means everything that was stored in the pump flies out - although admittedly that's me being a clutz. This is also really, really watery - which can make it a little hard to apply. It goes on nicely, but as I have to pump it onto the back of my hand and then apply to my face, it's like an elaborate circus act trying to keep it from running down my wrist and onto the bed. I would say it's worth it though, especially when I see the match to my skin tone (I'd say the perfect mid ground between the sightly too white Illamasqua Skin Base 2 and the slightly too orangey Mac NC15, tone wise) and how healthy my skin looks.
Is it my favourite foundation? No, probably not - but it is a good addition to the collection, and I probably would buy it again. Any other nice foundations for ghosts left in the comments would be much appreciated, though.
Have you tried Naked Skin?