Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Reviews

WHOA. IT’S TIME FOR A REVIEW!

Hey friends,

I know it’s been a while. Let’s dive right into it, shall we?

Today’s victim: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. I recently started using this concealer as a replacement for my MAC Pro-Longwear, since MAC recently started selling in China, which means animal testing, but we won’t get into that here. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling the love for MAC, despite Pro-Longwear being my favorite concealer of all time, so I had to look for something else.

The name is a freaking mouthful.

But since the name isn’t important, let’s start with the packaging:

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I. Hate. This. Packaging.

As a makeup artist, I hate doe-foot applicators. They’re not sanitary, they make contamination an almost guarantee, and honestly, they’re not that easy to work with anyway. I’d much prefer a push-down squeeze-top type thing (I know they have a name, but I don’t know what it is, and I know that you know what I mean). My MAC Pro-longwear had one, and though that particular packaging made it hard to dispense a small amount, I’m confident that either a squeeze-tube or pushy-top would more than suffice for this particular product. All that aside though, the packaging isn’t a total deal-breaker, its still possible to use it on clients if I’m careful, and it’s absolutely fine for someone to use on themselves.

The product boasts complete coverage, and I’d tend to agree– to an extent. For minimal redness, a small bump, or not-so-dark-circles, I’d say yeah, you’ve probably got a decent concealer here for you. However, if you’re like me, and your breakouts are occasionally hard to manage, you’re going to need more than one layer of this, which can make it look cakey as the day goes on. If your skin doesn’t have any sort of texture, and you’re just popping it on over dark circles, it’s probably fine, but if you’ve got some texture, you don’t really want to be putting multiple layers of this product on over it. It also boasts a ‘weightless’ feeling, and I’d have to agree. Even with multiple layers over my incredibly dark circles, it doesn’t feel like makeup, which is something I really loved about my Pro-Longwear.

The finish is considerably matte, which will work well for normal-oily skin. However, if you’re covering acne, you’ve probably got some dryness, and over time the product will start to flake on those dry spots, which is not something you want to happen mid-day. It’s not impossible to use, but I’d recommend using a good moisturizer prior to application, or even exfoliating regularly and getting rid of those dead skin particles.

As for longevity, I was surprised by this product. It has a decent amount of staying power. I’d say it lasts anywhere between 6-8 hours if you don’t touch your face or aren’t sweating too much. Less if you are. So, it’s got a good work day in it. Not too bad.

The price is $28, which to me seems like a lot to spend on concealer, but honestly, it’s around the same price as the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and is $4 less than the Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer, so you’re probably at a good mid-range price, and it lasts longer than anything you’ll find at the drugstore.

The Verdict:

This concealer isn’t bad. It is by far not my favorite, and if the packaging were different, I’d probably forgive all the other stuff, and go ahead and make it my go-to. The side effects for dryer skin types can honestly be combated to the best of your ability and you can make it work. It’s a decent mid-range price, and makeup artists or makeup students can get a discount from UD pro. All in all, this is a suitable substitute for my MAC Pro-Longwear for the time being.

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