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A couple of weeks ago, I put this new(ish) product in my roundup of favorite products for spring and summer, the Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector.
As promised, here is my full review of the product. I explain exactly why I am personally so in love with this product, along with perhaps some shortcomings that may be deal breakers for you.
Summer is that time of year when you are looking for those magical products that bring out your best self without completely covering up. Lets face it, nobody wants to be worrying about a full face of makeup misbehaving when they’re out living life. Summer is a time to focus on family, fun, and adventure, so you will definitely want a product that is down for anything. Am I right?
Spoiler, I think I’ve found that in this product!
Keep reading to find out more about the magic of Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done!
the basics — packaging, price, & availability
The name of this product is somewhat un-descriptive, and it has been called numerous things depending on who you ask. I’ve heard it being called a primer, a BB cream, and according to Urban Decay’s categorization, a foundation.
The packaging is gorgeous, and the metallic tube looks beautiful sitting out on your vanity. However, the overall design makes it a bit top heavy. As much as you’d like to display is on a little perch, it tends to fall over and bring the rest of the castle down with it. This is aggravating. Not a huge deal, but aggravating nonetheless.
There is a pump, which is always convenient. You don’t have to worry about air affecting the product, plus it is just less messy. The pump feels sturdy and easy to control. I happen to be an extremely messy, clumsy person, so this is a huge plus for me.
This product can be purchased at the Urban Decay website, as well as Sephora, and wherever Urban Decay is typically sold. It costs $34.00 USD, and it is offered in six shades, from light to deep.
Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector >> Purchase at Sephora
what the “hybrid skin perfector” claims to do
According to the Urban Decay website, “Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector combines all the benefits of skin treatment and protection with the coverage of a sheer foundation.” It goes on to say it “Instantly blur[s] imperfections and even[s] out skin tone—for beautifully perfected, ultra definition skin.”
I am not a skincare expert, so I am unsure of what ingredients in this product fall onto the spectrum of skincare. Whatever they say I suppose. According to Urban Decay, you should see a noticeable improvement in the firmness and clarity of your skin after 12 weeks of consistent use. Again, whatever they say. If that is true, then great, but I’m not expecting my makeup to improve my skin. I have other potions for that. Just thought you should know.
On a more recognizable note, there is an SPF of 20 included in the formula. The active ingredients are octinoxate (7.5%) and zinc oxide (3.4%). This is always nice, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you not to rely on your makeup to provide adequate sun protection. It will always let you down.
One & Done provides very light coverage
I chose the color light-medium, which is the second lightest shade in the range. It is the lightest warm-toned shade, as the first shade is rather pink. In the photo above, you can see that the color looks quite orange in comparison to my skin, in both the blended and unblended swatches. Although the color match isn’t perfect, it blended out on my face beautifully. It gives me a very slight tint to my skin so I don’t look so pale and washed out.
In the photo below, I applied the product to the right side of my face using my fingers, (your left.) I kept the left side of my face bare. The coverage looks almost nonexistent at first glance. You can still clearly see all my freckles, and that pesky pimple right in the center of my forehead. However, if you look closely, you can see that the product did give a slight blurring effect to the skin, and it dulled the redness on my cheek and around my nose.
Looking closely at the skin around my mouth, you can see that the product did accentuate my dryness. It did tend to cling to the dry bits that love to overstay their welcome. I have the same amount of flakey bits on the naked side of my face, but they are invisible without any product added.
easy to layer other products on top for more coverage
The product itself isn’t really buildable, as I was unable to achieve much more coverage even with a full second coat. For that reason, I stick to one thin layer, and I use other products to cover trouble spots. On a related note, the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation Stick has been one of my favorite products for building coverage. (Full review if you are interested.) Because the product is so light, you can add almost anything on top, including multiple concealers, powders, etc., and it still doesn’t look too heavy.
You may be asking, Why the heck would you use this if you have to pile on so many other products along with it? It’s simple, actually. I like the majority of my skin, and I don’t especially like the full-coverage, flawless look. I want all the nice parts of my face to have their moment, and this product allows that. But it also allows me the flexibility to add coverage just where I need it without worrying about gunking myself up too much.
It’s the perfect in-between, multiple-look product.
The wear test – Beautiful finish with average lasting power
I applied the product in the morning and went about my typical day. This includes being indoors most of the time with some short bursts of running around in my coffee-induced frenzy.
The coverage and finish were exactly how I wanted it when freshly applied. The product sets to what I call a “normal skin” finish. My skin ended up with a with a soft matte finish that was neither dry nor oily. I found the lightly moisturizing, but you will probably still need a separate moisturizer underneath if you are particularly dry.
I used a setting powder over my t-zone and undereyes, because that’s just what I do. Then I started my day. It looked good for about 5 hours or so, at which point I felt like my nose and forehead were getting somewhat shiny. I touched up with blotting sheets and continued on. By the 8 hour mark, the shine was back. I tried to blot and re-powder, but the foundation was starting to break up around my nose and in between my eyebrows, so I removed it. By this time, I felt that it had run its course.
I think I can safely say that the product does not do anything to control oil. Not that it claims to, though. I wore it on other occasions with a mattifying primer, which helped, (obviously,) but it’s good to note that the formula doesn’t take a stand against oily skin.
The verdict – perfect for evening out skin tone, but not covering imperfections
Even with the light coverage and average lasting powder, this has become my new everyday product. It truly is One & Done.
What I love about it is that it looks like a photo filter on your skin. It tones down the discoloration and neutralizes some redness, but it is almost invisible on the skin. (Except for on the dry patches, which I should probably exfoliate anyway.) For this reason, I feel totally comfortable wearing this product along with some mascara and eyebrows, and heading out the door.
The problem I have with some other products is that they look like makeup on the skin, and so it looks weird, (in my opinion,) to not put on the rest of the shebang to get a “finished” look.
This product makes my skin look naked and beautiful; not like I’m hiding under a layer of foundation but couldn’t be bothered to complete the look. Kind of like if you painted your house with primer just to cover up the wood, but then left it like that. It wouldn’t look quite right. That’s how I feel about foundation-only looks.
Anyway, I’m going off on a rant there…
I love this product. And I am going to keep using it. It may not be perfect for everyone, but it is perfect for me. 🙂
Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector >> Purchase at Sephora
That’s all for today!
I hope this post was helpful, and you can make an informed decision about whether Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done is something you think might be a good fit for you. Try out this product for yourself and let me know how it goes; it’s always super helpful when we can all share what worked and what didn’t. Join in the convo, we’d love to have you!
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Till next time. ♥︎
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