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July 27, 2016

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

I’m the type of girl who will never chance a foundation choice based on the words: sheer or tinted. Those two innocent descriptions will typically have me walking in the other direction when I’m reading up on a potential new face base candidate while browsing beauty paradise. It’s simply a risk I’m not willing to take because for me foundation acts as a security blanket. I like to hide behind it and maybe not for reasons one would have springing to mind right off the bat. For me, medium-to-full coverage is a necessity in order to conceal the very few remaining acne scars still lingering about my face. Albeit they may be small and fading, it’s the principle of me knowing they are still there and the outside world has the opportunity to stare at them and make me feel a certain type away about my own skin which always translates to: insecure. And so it should come as a big surprise that my latest favorite foundation discovery is the new Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector ($34 / 1.3 oz). Dubbed as a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer (however you want to look at it), One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector has the building blocks of a sheer foundation with the nourishing skin treatment of a moisturizer and the protection of a broad spectrum SPF (factor 20). I say surprising because the overall directive of the product is to act as your skin but in plus without masking it entirely like foundations tend to deliver on – aka, the one thing I absolutely love about foundations and what my skin calls for.

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I had absolutely no intent of walking out of Ulta that day with a new foundation, let alone one that is not even remotely capable of the powers that my usual suitors offer me. The Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector was launched as part of Urban Decay’s Summer 2016 collection earlier in the year and promises “ultra definition skin” with an oil-free formula that blurs imperfections and contains light-diffusing spheres that aide in diffusing the appearance of pores and imperfections. Hesitantly dancing from one foot to the other whilst standing in front of the display reading this info on my phone, it was then I read the bit that the formula is infused with vitamins, peptides and a plant-derived ingredient that promises to improve the tone and texture of skin. ALMOST SOLD. What put me over the edge to make the jump was when I swatched the actual product onto the back of my hand and instead of completely sheering out into a water-like substance that has very minimal coverage (if any), to my pleasant surprise it blended out into what looked like a regular foundation. It was official from there on and the shade Medium came home with me.

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First a look at the packaging. The foundation is housed in a 1.3 oz tube that has a convenient pump for an applicator that dispenses just the right amount of product every single time I use it – 2-3 pumps perfectly covers my entire face. It should be noted that when I first took it out of the packaging, it took quite a few pumps before any product came out but I did not have to mess with the actual tube. It just took my right arm and a little cramping. It’s mess-free and I like that I have control over the assurance that no product will go to waste.

Swatched on the arm:

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Now onto the product. As I mentioned above, the formula is infused with vitamins, peptides and a plant-derived ingredient that evens out and illuminates the skin. It’s oil-free and also contains moisturizing properties, which means it functions as a skin treatment while it protects the skin with a SPF of factor 20. The consistency is light and creamy and it melts right into the skin offering sheer to light coverage. It’s light enough to where you could potentially layer it and it won’t settle or crease, but 1 coat is enough to brighten the skin tone and conceal any small imperfections and redness. I love how the foundation sets into a smooth and dewy finish giving my face an almost flawless appearance despite of my own insecurities. On me it wears for about 7-8 hours if I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Lightreviewed here – and in combination with a setting spray. With just solely the setting spray it seems like the foundation fades around like hour 5 if not sooner. Oh, and no oxidizing so color selection is true to form.

Product ingredients and other information:

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Overall, I really like the One & Done. It’s foolproof and easy to use. Provides sheer to light coverage but improves the skin immensely while wear by making the face appear refreshed, evened out and much brighter. The finish is smooth and dewy, and I really like how soft my skin feels throughout the entire time. Even when I remove it at the end of the day my skin feels noticeably softer. The formula is emollient making blending super easy and the texture is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced using a traditional foundation. Usually any tinted moisturizers or BB/CC creams are a “one size fits all” deal in terms of color options offering limited a selection which means some skin tones lose out tremendously. UD was quite generous with their shade selection and has six total colors available that should suit a wider range of complexions. Simply put, I love how this stuff makes my skin look and feel, and I swear that the longer I wear throughout the day, the better my face looks. I definitely give this 2 big thumbs up!

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