Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Review

 Urban Decay's ever expanding Naked line now includes a Beauty Balm, or BB Cream. Urban Decat says their Naked Skin Beauty Balm is like an "instant retoucher in a tube" and makes the following claims:
  •   Perfects: Optical blurring pigment instantly evens out skin tone and minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.

• Protects: SPF 20 shields skin from sun damage and Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage.
• Treats: Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits.
• Primes: Extremely blendable formula creates a smooth finish so makeup goes on beautifully and stays put.
• Hydrates: Moisturizing but never greasy, Naked Skin Beauty Balm hydrates skin instantly and improves hydration over time.

Wow, prevents DNA damage? I mean, most BB Creams make big claims, but that's just straight up ridiculous. I swatched this Beauty Balm a couple of weeks after it was released and was very intrigued by it's texture and claims. However, I'd read a lot of mixed reviews, so I wasn't prepared to fork over $34 for a 1 fl oz (30ml) tube. Recently, Urban Decay decided to offer a 5 fl oz (15ml) tube for $14, so I picked up a mini tube at Ulta. Urban Decay does not test on animals, though the brand was acquired by L'Oreal less than a year ago. This BB Cream was made in America. 

 The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm comes in a metallic taupe cardboard box. The product name and Naked logo are printed on the front of the box in darker brown letters. The box is absolutely coated in information, claims, facts, and percentages. A drug facts label including the full ingredient list can be found on the back of the box. Inside the box is a squeeze tube with the same color scheme and design. The tube is closed off by a silver metal cap. Removing the cap reveals a needle nosed dispender.
 Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm is different. This BB Cream is available in one unnamed shade. This is a fairly fluid, orangey toned tinted moisturizer. The texture of the Naked Skin Beauty Balm is very lightweight and easy to blend into the skin. This BB Cream is slightly tingly at first, but it fades to a cooling feel. Urban Decay says this "lightweight, velvety, oil free, balm makes skin look better instantly and delivers serious results in 8 weeks. The universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent finish that works on most skin tones wile light diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched." Some of that is true, some isn't. The shade is not universal, its too dark for me. While the orange tone fades after half a minute or so, but it remains a couple shades too dark. The finish is natural and skin like, though there's a small amount of "light diffusing spheres" aka micro shimmer that isn't apparent on the skin but it does add a touch of luminosity. What the Naked Skin Beauty Balm does is kinda impressive - its very smoothing and blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines plus it really reduces redness. Coverage is pretty sheer, if the shade wasn't too dark I'd look makeup free. The blendable texture is a dream to work with. I get at least seven hours of wear from Urban Decay's BB Cream, with little to no oil break through. The Naked Skin Beauty Balm has a mint chocolate scent.
Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm is not a miracle product. Will it really improve your skin in 8 weeks? Doubtful. Does it repair your DNA? Well, there's no real way to tell, but lets be honest here - this is just a BB Cream, so please use common sense and take a large grain of salt when considering the claims. I like the formula, its easy to work with and it really does improve the appearance of my skin without adding a lot of coverage. If this BB Cream didn't have an orangey-tan tone I'd love it. If you're fair like I am, sin the Naked Skin Beauty Balm, but light/medium and darker skins are good to go. If you're on the fence about this Beauty Balm, pick up the travel sized tube and save yourself $20. I'll continue to use the remainder of my tube for color correction purposes, but I don't plan on repurchasing the Urban Decay Beauty Balm - unless they widen the shade selection. 


Ingredients:
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Isoceteth-10, Silica, Lysine HCL, Fragrance, Lecithin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Citrulline, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Baicalin, Linalool, Limonene, Tripeptide-9 Citrulline, Geraniol, Citral, Eugenol, Coumarin, Citronellol.
May Contain:
CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides). 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Sunscreen, Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 3.4%.

2 comments

  1. I think it looks pretty good but you are right, nothing is a miracle worker. I started making my own serums and enhancing my cream with pure vitamins from a store that sells botanicals, I will have a post on that coming up sometime soon.

    ~Erica

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  2. I'm happy to test my DNA to check these claims.

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