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So many things to say about new makeup launches, so little time! In January I posted about the new face makeup products from Urban Decay. I promised to report back on how I was liking the products on my oily, acne-prone and aging skin type.
Originally I’d planned to publish this post about 2 weeks after the original… imagine my surprise when the products I thought I’d love I just wasn’t into and the products I thought I’d hate became loves. I decided to play around a little more, just to be sure.
Final answer? Yup, I have some surprise loves.
At first I decided this concealer was too drying for me and didn’t look right. Then I stumbled on Robert Welsh over on YouTube who flat out said we all use way too much concealer (check out this video – I cued it up) and demo’d right right way to apply (which is two small dots at the inner corner, one at the outer corner and tap in place then both to the center using your finger). When using this method with Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer the results are perfection.
So perfect, in fact, that I all but quit my Tarte Shape Tape. That aside, if you’re still not convinced Urban Decay Stay Naked Concealer can replace Shape Tape or you’re looking for a drugstore dupe for Shape Tape check out NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (love this for Spring/Summer) and Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer (as the drugstore dupe).
In addition to those I’ve also been loving Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector for brightening the inner corners of the eye socket and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealing Pot to spot conceal any evil areas that my foundation wasn’t able to even out on it’s own.
The Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer was a love for me as well, though I can’t say it knocked my Tatcha Silk Canvas out of the number one spot. In terms of performance I was impressed in longevity of my makeup and how nicely I was able to apply my makeup, but I just can’t turn my back on the skincare benefits of the Tatcha. Love that smell, too.
Since we’re on the subject of primers we might as well talk setting sprays. I thought the Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Matte Makeup Setting Spray would be my end-all-be-all. I didn’t hate it. It did do a great job in helping my makeup to last. However, no matter what I did… no matter how much I shook it up or how far I held it away from my face I always ended up with white spots all over my makeup. If you catch it right away it’s no big deal to smooth away… but if it dries. Nope. Be prepared to take off that small area of makeup and fix it.
Because of that I won’t use it again. I’m always looking to simplify my makeup routine, not prolong it. The original Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray remains my HG.
On to the Urban Decay Stay Naked The Fix Powder! Which, BTW, I also thought would be my new end-all-be-all. This one ended up being a little too drying and powdery for me. This one probably shocked me the most because I love a good powder foundation. I didn’t hate it, but I’ve found that I’m just not reaching for it over others.
I’ll tell you, though, it hasn’t been easy these last few years knocking the IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation out of the number one powder spot.
Oh, so you like pigmented blushes? Then you probably already purchased the Urban Decay Stay Naked Threesome Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter Palette. A very little goes a very long way and lasts all day long. You’ll be hearing no negatives from me in that department!
Speaking of lasting all day it’s time to talk about my absolute favorite product of this entire launch – the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder. Knock me over with a feather.
Normally I loathe a pressed setting powder. Generally, if you’re oily, loose powders work better and I do still love the Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder when I first apply my makeup. However, as a makeup refresh? I use blotting papers and then dust some of the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder on top. Good as freaking new. Blown away and I’ll never be without it.
Even at the end of writing this post I’m still shocked that I did not love the powder foundation or the setting spray. While my skin is more oily it is aging and I think that is becoming more represented in the makeup products my skin is responding to. Not being full coverage is my middle-aged (?!) jam.
Have you tried any of the new products from Urban Decay? Leave your thoughts the comments below!