It's Monday again, boo! By the time this post goes up I'm probably already taking on the role of Consuela from Family Guy and cleaning my house from top to bottom. Anyway, I hope you guy's enjoyed last week's "hair" themed posts because this week is going to be all about some of my "face/base" products and tools! Oh yeah, this is the week you get my long awaited Beauty Blender review (has it been long awaited? I feel like I'm the only one awaiting it, haha) You can expect to hear about some great products this week. Then at the end of the week I'll be putting up my current foundation routine for the summer! You'll be able to see these products in action! :) So ... on to the post!
Now that the hype of these Urban Decay Naked products has died down I thought I'd be "that" person and bring it back! If you're in the market for a "typical" BB Cream that's a tinted moisturizer with a bit more coverage, then Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm won't be for you. BUT if you're looking for an optical blurring, fantabulous primer with SPF, than you've found your match. This product isn't your typical BB cream and it doesn't claim to be one, either. It doesn't give any coverage, at all. If anyone's ever said this covers any blemishes they'd be lying (or maybe not, maybe it did for you ... don't shoot!) What it does do is create this nice blurring effect on your face that is easier shown than explained. Imagine you took a portrait of yourself, put it up on a photo editing site, took the blur tool, and ran it across your face. That's the effect you get with this BB. It blurs any minor imperfections such as lines and pores so that, assuming you're not examining your face in 10x zoom mirror, you don't notice them.
The consistency makes me think that if Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation texture and Benefit's POREfessional primer texture had a baby, you would get the texture of this Beauty Balm. It's liquidy, but isn't runny, if that makes any sense? As you can see from the swatch below the Naked Skin BB is of the orange-tint persuasion which, when I got this in a sample, scared me! I was afraid it'd just tint my pale face orange and I wasn't auditioning for the reprise of The Jersey Shore anytime soon! It blends easily into the skin and then practically disappears. Now if it wasn't obvious, I don't particularly use this like I would my Dr. Jart++ Waterfuse Beauty Balm. Like I said, it doesn't give any coverage, but what it does do is make a great primer! It smoothes out your skin so when you go to apply your foundation it applies evenly and doesn't stick to dry patches as much!
I do have to mention that it has a scent, which I don't mind and quite like, but I know some people may be put off by it - it's a bit minty. Also, if you've just gone on holiday and couldn't help but burn your face, I'd stay away from this for a while. It likes to cling to the dead skin that starts to peel as the burn heels and literally roll with it. While you blend this on a heeling burn you'll see bits of skin rolling off your fingers and it's ... it's not beautiful, haha. I'm not saying this to put you off from the product, as I absolutely love using it, but more as a word of caution!
There are two reasons why I've been loving using this especially now in the warmer months, as well as to reasons why I essentially think you'll love this stuff. Numero uno - It's got SPF 20! Won't be great for taking pictures on night's out but if you're like me and forget to put SPF on your face, you'll be set because it'll be in your primer! This came in really handy when I spent the day in Six Flags on Saturday! It was a beautiful sunny day but I had no sun screen, at all, anywhere! I was glad there was some in my make up because if I didn't, I'd have pretty red face right now, haha. Numero dos - If you're having a particularly, what I like to call, "lazy make up day" and you're not going anywhere too crazy, a bit of this on your face and some powder on top, you're pretty much set for a "your face but better look" Does that make sense? Boy, I hope so!
What do you think of Naked Skin Beauty Balm? Have you tried it? What are you favorite BB Creams?
Holy cannoli, sorry that post was so long!