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Urban Decay
Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation
Rating
$35
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Cream-to-Powder Foundation
Last Updated:02.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation is described as an ultra-lightweight formula, and it is. The texture is practically weightless and very silky and application is easy. As you blend, this quickly goes from a creamy glide to a soft powder finish that leaves a bit of a sheen. The drawback is that unless you blend it impeccably and touch it up during the day it settles into lines and large pores, but that goes for many cream-to-powder foundations, so Urban Decay is hardly alone.

The non-aqueous formula comes in neutral shades, with options for light to tan skin tones. One more comment: If you decide to try this, toss the mini foundation brush that’s included because using it produces a streaky, striped result. You can blend it away, but results are faster and more natural looking using a sponge.

Claims
Ingredients

Isononyl Isononanoate, HDI/Trimethoyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Pearl Powder, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide), 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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