Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm: Optical Blurring That Works For Me

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Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm Review

Last year when Urban Decay released their Naked Skin Beauty Balm I really wanted to love it. I truly did. But, the truth was that their single, “works for everyone” shade was just much too dark for my skin. I looked like I had dirt on my face when I used it. I gave it away to a friend that raved about it, which made me a tad bitter about the whole thing.

Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm Swatches
Luckily, they’ve just released two new shades of their beauty balm, and now I’m loving it! Naked Light and Naked Dark have been added, and the original shade is now named Naked Medium.

It is a bit surprising that the shade of Beauty Balm makes such a difference with this product, since there really is very little coverage. The consistency is like a light moisturizer, and when applied it does have a little bit of slip. As you spread the product around you’ll notice that the coverage disappears, blending completely into your skin.

There are light diffusing particles in this Beauty Balm and when I apply it I do notice a little optical blurring, it does make my skin look better. When I’ve used other optical blurring products I think its really just looked like I need to blend my makeup more (this is where I admit I still haven’t gotten the hang of using L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur). That isn’t the case here, instead it looks like my skin is a bit more perfect, and the blurring is really natural.

I’ve been using this Beauty Balm alone under concealer, but if I want a little more coverage I will add a tiny bit of concealer and blend it in to the Beauty Balm before spreading it around on my face. It blends perfectly for natural coverage which I love!

Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm Ingredients

Looking at the ingredient list, I have to admit that I had no idea what most of this stuff is, and I read a lot of ingredient lists! I thought it was a good idea to look at each of the major ingredients to see what they are. I grabbed the list of ingredients from the UD website so we could look at each ingredient.

Cyclopentasiloxane: You’ll find a lot of silicones in formulas for primers and BB creams, and this one is no exception. They provide a little slip and allow anything applied over the product (such as your concealer) to apply flawlessly.

Water: Obvious.

Isododecane: This helps to dissolve the other ingredients but also feels very lightweight.

Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer: 2 chemicals together. The Adipic Acid is often found in foods, it is basically a thickener. I believe Neopentyl Glycol is a stabilizer from the information I found.

Lauryl Dimethicone: Another silicone

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer: More silicones

Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone: Yet more silicones

Glycerin: A humectant moisturizer

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: This ingredient does a lot of things (read more about it over at Truth in Aging), but it basically is a moisturizer, and it helps evenly disperse pigments.

Propanediol: A thickener that helps things “gel” together.

Phenoxyethanol: Preservative

Dimethicone Crosspolymer: Silicones

Disteardimonium Hectorite: Derived from vegetables, this is a thickener and stabilizer

Isononyl Isononanoate: Emollient moisturizer

Sodium Chloride: Table salt

PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone: More silicones

Isopropyl Myristate: A lubricant and emollient moisturizer

Xanthan Gum: Thickener

Propylene Carbonate: Solvent and film forming agent

Isoceteth-10: Emulsifier

Silica: A mineral that does a ton of stuff, go read about it at Truth in Aging

Lysine HCL: An amino acid

The rest: Fragrance, Lecithin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Citrulline, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Baicalin, Linalool, Limonene, Tripeptide-9 Citrulline, Geraniol, Citral, Eugenol, Coumarin, Citronellol.

Notable in the “rest” of the ingredients are the Watermelon extract, which should be a source of anti-oxidants. As well, down towards the end of the list you’ll recognize a peptide.



  1. April 3, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    I can see how dark is the dark shade one. My skin is white as it can get and for me that will stick out as a sore eye. But then again the light is just too light. Where a girl can go. Hard choices.

  2. April 4, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    How does this product compare to the Ponds Luminous BB Cream that you love? Do you still prefer one over the other?

  3. April 4, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    @Alish, there's a medium I haven't pictured here!

    @Chelsea, I'm going back and forth with them depending on how much coverage I want from a BB. If I'll be doing a foundation I grab the UD, it doesn't have much on its own, but the Ponds does have its own coverage.

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