REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in “Naked Light”

I may be the only person who’s been able to show some display of resistance towards the Urban Decay Naked range, but the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder recently caught my attention. I say “resistance” loosely because I do have the Naked Basics Palette and the original Naked palette as well. However, everything else in the line never caught my attention.

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Described as “a weightless finishing powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish,” it claims to “blend flawlessly to set makeup and cut shine.” Also, Urban Decay states that “this oil-free powder is virtually invisible on skin and has a silky texture that feels amazing.” It contains “optical blurring pigments [that] instantly minimize imperfections, diminish shine, and create a stunning soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched. Unlike powders that leave skin looking chalky or cakey, this powder imparts a radiant complexion and natural-looking coverage.”

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I chose the shade “Naked Light” and I feel like there should be one called Naked Extra Light. While “Naked Light” is decent enough — color-wise — I feel that it’s a tad bit dark. However, since it’s a powder and it blends out, it’s really not that noticeable on the skin. You can really tell when you compare other setting powders I have in my collection. The compact itself is cute and comes with a pouch. I like this concept for highly reflective cases so it won’t get scratched up in your makeup bag. The enclosed sponge is useless and I find that using a brush gives a better, more light appearance. The finish is luminous and light in texture — like the product insert states — even after the application of this powder, your skin looks and feels like skin.

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Overall, I like the powder because it reminds me of how the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder looks, and I’d recommend it to those who are looking for a semi-matte, oil-controlling powder. Also, since MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural clogs my pores, it’s nice to know that I have a similar alternative since I loved the MSF Natural so much awhile back. However, I find that $34.00 USD to be a little ridiculous for the amount of product you get. While I like the powder and it feels nice, it still doesn’t beat the Giorgio Armani Micro-fil Loose Powder in 00 or the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N10. Also, it doesn’t look pretty when worn alone, like the two powders I mentioned. I think this is a good standard powder, but I wish it was more multi-functional.

Made in USA.
Retails for $34.00 USD.
0.26 oz.

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