Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

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$30 - 1.69 fl. oz.
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

The sunscreen portion of this tinted moisturizer fails to provide sufficient UVA protection, so right off the bat there’s a letdown, because it doesn’t contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Tinosorb, ecamsule, or Mexoryl SX. The packaging is cute and the pump applicator is fairly easy to control, but what’s inside isn’t up to par with today’s best tinted moisturizers. The texture leans to the greasy side of creamy and it sets to a sheer but moist finish that’s only for normal to dry skin. Some good antioxidants and anti-irritants are included, and the packaging will help keep them stable, but that still doesn’t change the fact that this isn’t nearly as modern as it could be. As for the shades—they’re good and include options for light to tan skin.

Active: Octocrylene 8%; Octonixate 7.5%; Inactive: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Glycerin, Silica, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Montmorillonite, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

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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