Tested on animals:No
The makeup technique of color correcting is definitely having a moment, and more brands are coming out with their versions of the trend. While not all the options available are praise-worthy, Urban Decay's Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid has the goods to earn our highest rating.
Before we get down to the specifics of this product, a note about color correcting: It's a makeup technique that's been around for a while, in which skin discolorations (such as brown spots, dark circles, and areas of redness) are neutralized by applying makeup in a contrasting color over them. (More on those colors in a moment.) The process of color correcting does add an extra step or two to your makeup routine, since foundation or concealer is needed to cover up the additional color you're putting on your skin, but many find the technique helpful for achieving an even skin tone.
Urban Decay's Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid comes in five shades: Green to reduce redness, yellow to correct dullness, peach to minimize dark circles, lavender to decrease the appearance of sallow skin, and pink to brighten dark areas. Each is housed in a clear tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator.
The packaging is reminiscent of the brands liquid concealer, and so is the consistency. This fragrance-free formula has a smooth yet lightweight texture that's fluid but not runny, blends easily and dries to a satin finish. It's emollient formula means this may not be an ideal option for very oily skin, but it is workable for most other skin types.
As far as the color correcting aspect goes, each shade is initially opaque in its unique color, but can be sheered down quite a bit to blend into skin. That doesn't mean you'll be able to go without makeup over them—the green is still quite green even after it's sheered out—but a light to medium coverage foundation or concealer will work well to make skin appear natural. The shades do a good job correcting the discolorations they're designed to treat (the green does reduce redness, the lavender does correct sallowness, and so on), and they wear well throughout the day under makeup without showing through or fading.
One note about the other benefits this formula is supposed to contain, Urban Decay says the inclusion of antioxidant vitamins E and C helps "condition and protect" skin. While both are indeed present in the formula, they're not included in significant amounts, and the clear packaging means they won't stay stable in the presence of light (though this can be mitigated somewhat by storing the container in a dark place).
Otherwise, Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid fits the bill if you're in the market for a color correcting makeup product and its overall performance makes it one of the better choices available.
- Fragrance free.
- Lightweight fluid blends easily.
- Shades correct the discolorations they're designed to treat.
- Wears well under makeup throughout the day.
- Despite the claims, the amount of vitamins E and C are unlikely to have a significant impact on skin.