08.13.2014
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Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm SPF 20
5.5 fl. oz. for $32
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Last Updated:08.13.2014
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Tested on animals:No

Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm is touted as a "luminous beauty balm for the body with a moisturizing formula that instantly blurs flaws and supports firmer skin".

It lives up to its luminosity claim, but otherwise Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm is full of false hope. First off, there's no ingredient in this fluid lotion that's going to make skin any firmer. The formula contains a teeny-tiny amount of antioxidants along with a nearly inconsequential amount of peptides, but the overall formula is a snoozer!

Secondly, there's also nothing that will "blur" flaws; not even the peachy golden-bronze color because it simply sheers out to a shimmering, gold finish. Perhaps Urban Decay equates shine with flaw-blurring, but we could still see our flaws through the sparkles!

On the plus side, Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm does provide broad-spectrum protection, but even that benefit is negated by the strongly fragranced formula which contains potentially irritating ingredients such as limonene, geraniol, citral, and troublemaker eugenol (see More Info).

Aesthetically, the all-over golden glow may be appealing to the eye and the non-greasy, lightly moisturizing lotion is adaptable to dry or oily skin, but in the end this body beauty balm's formula misses the mark, leaving skin potentially worse off in the long run.

Pros:
  • Luminous finish for an added glow.
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Non-greasy, lightly moisturizing lotion is adaptable to dry or oily skin.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrant ingredients that put skin at risk of irritation.
  • Won't firm skin or blur flaws as claimed.
  • You can get a more impressive formula from a $10 body lotion!
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can impede healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Zinc Oxide (3.4%). Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire D'abeille), Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Silica, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Propanediol, Fragrance, 1-Hexadecene, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lysine HCL, Lecithin, Linalool, Limonene, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Baicalin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Citrulline, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Citral, Eugenol, Tripeptide-9 Citrulline, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Coumarin, Citronellol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

Urban Decay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier; bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.

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Urban Decay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier; bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.

From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.

Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.

Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.

For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.