03.16.2015
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Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Powder
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$34
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This finely milled setting powder has several great qualities. What really makes this product stand out from other finishing powders is that it has a blurring effect, which softens the appearance of fine lines and pores.

It's also fragrance-free and the ultra-smooth texture blends seamlessly over foundation, providing a semi-matte finish and increased staying power to any foundation it's applied over. The sheer to medium pigment is good for touch-ups as well. The handful of shades is workable for most light to medium-dark skin tones.

Note: Although this powder does have a semi-matte finish, it's not recommended for oily, breakout-prone skin because the formula includes wax.

Pros:
  • Smooth, finely milled texture blends well.
  • Attractive semi-matte finish.
  • Sets foundation and increases overall wear time.
  • Blurs appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Works well for touch-ups.
Cons:
  • None.
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Ingredients

Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Triethylhexanoin, Synthetic Wax, Trimyristin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- (All Shades May Contain ): CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides)].

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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07.17.2015
Powder or foundation?

I'm confused by this review. The product described appears to be the "Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder" yet it's categorized on your site as a powder foundation. The ingredients shown match the ingredients listed for the finishing powder on UD's website. They have another product called "Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation" with completely different ingredients.

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07.20.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Sorry for the confusion, it looks like it was in the wrong category.  This is for the pressed finishing powder (listed as Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder on Urban Decay's site).  I've updated the categorization too, so thanks for pointing that out =)

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07.15.2015
Oily skin, prone to break outs!!!!

Hi, I'm so glad there is a website like this to help with understanding products clearly!! However I'm so sad to hear that this product UD Naked Skin Definition Pressed Powder is not for oily skin because of the wax ingredients. This product is truly amazing but I have been breaking out since I've used it. I thought maybe it was because the lady at Ulta used a brush on me and I notice every time I have a makeup person do my makeup from Mac or Ulta that I end up breaking out! What do I do??

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Suzie
07.29.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Waxes are a good ingredient but can sometimes be problematic for those with oily, breakout-prone skin.  Everyone's different!  If you are concerned this product is causing a reaction, discontinue use for a while and monitor your skin's condition.  If it improves, you'll know the culprit!

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04.01.2015
Beautiful finish, comparable dupes

Smooth matte finish & tinted! NYX & ELF are dupes.

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01.13.2015
Very impressed

A Sephora employee recommended this product when I was searching for a pressed powder that could work as a setting powder & also for touch ups when I started to shine. It's a bit pricey at $34, but it really is a wonderful product. I use a soft powder brush to set my foundation, & then use a small setting brush to set my undereye concealer. It really does blur imperfections, large pores and blemishes and does wonders as a touch up. It is fragile so handle it with care.

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