Tested on animals:No
Urban Decay claims their BB cream instantly minimizes pores, wrinkles, and redness, which any good foundation can do, but this is not as much a foundation as it is a traditional tinted moisturizer. In fact, most U.S.-sold BB creams are basically tinted moisturizers, while those from Korea tend to go on and look more like foundations.
This does provide broad-spectrum protection (from octinoxate and zinc oxide), but unfortunately, this benefit is undone by the inclusion of potentially irritating fragrance ingredients such as eugenol, which can cause redness and dryness (Sources: Toxicological Sciences, October 2011, pages 501–510; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, July 2011, Epublication; Collegium Antropologicum, March 2011, pages 83–87; Toxicology In Vitro, August 2009, pages 789–796; and Toxicologic Pathology, August 2007, pages 693–701). Granted, the amount of eugenol is small, but given the number of BB creams formulated without this fragrant troublemaker, why take the risk?
Naked Skin Beauty Balm also falls short because it comes in only one shade. The color is said to be universally flattering, yet its peachy tone does not work all that well for fair skin tones, or for medium to dark skin tones, either.
As for Urban Decay's claim that this product will significantly firm and lift skin in 8 weeks? There's nothing in the ingredient list that can do anything of the sort, although the sunscreen it contains, like all well-formulated sunscreens, does fight wrinkles. It's best to leave this on the shelf and check out our list of Best Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams.
- Provides sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight formula.
- Contains fragrant ingredients that put skin at risk of irritation.
- Comes in only one shade, a peach tone.
- Does not contain ingredients that firm and lift as claimed.
Many skin-care and makeup products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.