I waited until after I've purchased my FIFTH tube of this to write a review. It's a staple, I finally love a BB Cream, and after reading the other reviews here, I suspect I still don't know what is or isn't a good one. For me this functions like products that other brands call "CC" (color-correcting) creams. I LOVE the hint of peachy tint. It doesn't have noticeable color on me, but it doesn't get pink or gray on my olive skin. Overall this cream really helps blur my discolorations and it makes my skin look more even-toned. This has no glitter or "glow", and while I wouldn't call it a "mattifier" it does not look greasy or oily or shiny! I feel perfectly comfortable wearing this on its own for day wear, with just a little mascara and lipstick, and this product also makes a fantastic foundation primer. I've been hunting for years for a primer that has SPF 20+ sunscreen with zinc, and here it is. This contains zinc oxide, an inorganic compound sunscreen, and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate), an organic compound sunscreen. I like the fact that this blend of sunscreens both absorbs and scatters UV light. This cream has never irritated my skin or my eyes, and I have not noticed any tanning on my face when I use it regularly. Naked Skin BB cream can be reapplied throughout the day, without streaking or looking dirty, and application makes me look revitalized.
I found this product to work VERY well for me. I think it must have been made for my skin color and type! If you are oily prone, have visible pores, and olive to medium skin tones like myself, it may be just right for you too! I could see someone with pale skin or cool coloring not being fond of it. It is also probably not for someone with dry and/or mature type skin.
I find it to camouflage my redness, pores and keep my skin matte for most the day!
What a dream come true! Please keep making this product UD! Especially for those of us with oily and ethnic skin! It would be nice to have a wider range of shades though.
I have to say I like Urban Decay products but unfortunately I was disappointed with the Beauty Balm.
I used it alone and as a primer for foundation. So here are my impressions:
IF USED ALONE it doesn't even slightly cover any imperfections and redness. But it makes the skin mat (and it stays so for about 5 hours) and there is even no need to apply powder afterwards. It also gives firm, lifted look to the skin but it is only a temporary effect that passes in 2 hours or so. As for minimising pores, it worked only if applied with Beauty Blender and didn't do anything if applied with fingers. Moreover, when I had dry patches on the skin it did not hydrate but emphasized dryness. And when I used it instead of my day cream I felt like my skin was lack of moisture ( I have oily/combination skin.)
IF USED WITH Expensive FOUNDATION BB doesn't make much of a difference. My skin looked the same way as if I did not use BB as a primer.
IF USED WITH Cheaper FOUNDATION the difference is more visible, mostly because the skin with BB stays mat longer.
Conclusion: I feel like this Beauty Balm is a useless extra step in my make up. Any good quality day cream that mattifies and contains SPF can do the same things and there is no need to apply this primer in between and definitely it cannot be used instead of the moisturiser as it does not hydrate enough. So why to spend money for it?...
Recently I bought Garnier BB for oily skin and it is A) cheaper B) gives a slight coverage C) can be used instead of a day cream or/and instead of a foundation
Sephora sells a travel size. I tried it. I am pale it was just too dark. I sent it back.
I read it helps DNA (eyebrow goes up).
As far as BB creams go, this is very light-textured with a sheer coverage. It comes in one shade that is definitely not universal, but works on a variety of skin tones. If you have extremely fair or dark skin, or are looking for a product with more than a minimal amount of coverage, I would steer clear of this one. That being said, this is fantastic as a primer and skin perfector. I put it on over moisturizer and then add a little concealer or foundation where I need more coverage, and it gives my skin a great dewy-but-not-greasy finish, and is a great base for the rest of my makeup. This product looks scarily orange in the tube, but blends in really smoothly. It never really looks like I have makeup on, but my skin is noticably better once I've applied this. It's great on days when I don't want to spend a lot of time on makeup but still want to look polished, or as a primer under foundation when I want heavier coverage.
people need to realize a BB CREAM is not a FOUNDATION. its not MEANT to giv major coverage. its for evening out tone n hiding pores to PRIME for foundation. wich this does nicely. a brush is needed for application or else its not blended right. but this calms my redness, hides broken capillaries, smoothes, softens, tones down blemishes and keeps me way less oily. i love it. took off a point bcuz its not very moisturizing.
I really liked the Urban Decay Foundation so I thought I'd try the BB for days I don't want to wear so much makeup. I have light/medium skin, so in terms of the color, it was ok for me. However, the product itself is really greasy, with almost no coverage. I applied Bare minerals loose powder on top of it and it was still left my skin shiny.
I will start out by saying that there is a trick to using this balm & that is that it is the optical blurring brush. I am a prestige consultant @ Ulta and was trained to stipple this product on as opposed to applying regularly. That being said, to me, this BB is best worn as a primer. If you are looking for solely coverage from your BB, this is not your balm. If you are fair skinned, it will look orange and it is unflattering on darker skin tones. So sad they missed it with this one:c
Urban Decay's ever expanding Naked line now includes a Beauty Balm, or BB Cream. Urban Decat says their Naked Skin Beauty Balm is like an "instant retoucher in a tube" and makes the following claims:
Perfects: Optical blurring pigment instantly evens out skin tone and minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.
• Protects: SPF 20 shields skin from sun damage and Pepha®-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage.
• Treats: Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits.
• Primes: Extremely blendable formula creates a smooth finish so makeup goes on beautifully and stays put.
• Hydrates: Moisturizing but never greasy, Naked Skin Beauty Balm hydrates skin instantly and improves hydration over time.
Wow, prevents DNA damage? I mean, most BB Creams make big claims, but that's just straight up ridiculous. I swatched this Beauty Balm a couple of weeks after it was released and was very intrigued by it's texture and claims. However, I'd read a lot of mixed reviews, so I wasn't prepared to fork over $34 for a 1 fl oz (30ml) tube. Recently, Urban Decay decided to offer a 5 fl oz (15ml) tube for $14, so I picked up a mini tube at Ulta. Urban Decay does not test on animals, though the brand was acquired by L'Oreal less than a year ago. This BB Cream was made in America.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm comes in a metallic taupe cardboard box. The product name and Naked logo are printed on the front of the box in darker brown letters. The box is absolutely coated in information, claims, facts, and percentages. A drug facts label including the full ingredient list can be found on the back of the box. Inside the box is a squeeze tube with the same color scheme and design. The tube is closed off by a silver metal cap. Removing the cap reveals a needle nosed dispender
Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm is different. This BB Cream is available in one unnamed shade. This is a fairly fluid, orangey toned tinted moisturizer. The texture of the Naked Skin Beauty Balm is very lightweight and easy to blend into the skin. This BB Cream is slightly tingly at first, but it fades to a cooling feel. Urban Decay says this "lightweight, velvety, oil free, balm makes skin look better instantly and delivers serious results in 8 weeks. The universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent finish that works on most skin tones wile light diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched." Some of that is true, some isn't. The shade is not universal, its too dark for me. While the orange tone fades after half a minute or so, but it remains a couple shades too dark. The finish is natural and skin like, though there's a small amount of "light diffusing spheres" aka micro shimmer that isn't apparent on the skin but it does add a touch of luminosity. What the Naked Skin Beauty Balm does is kinda impressive - its very smoothing and blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines plus it really reduces redness. Coverage is pretty sheer, if the shade wasn't too dark I'd look makeup free. The blendable texture is a dream to work with. I get at least seven hours of wear from Urban Decay's BB Cream, with little to no oil break through. The Naked Skin Beauty Balm has a mint chocolate scent.
Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm is not a miracle product. Will it really improve your skin in 8 weeks? Doubtful. Does it repair your DNA? Well, there's no real way to tell, but lets be honest here - this is just a BB Cream, so please use common sense and take a large grain of salt when considering the claims. I like the formula, its easy to work with and it really does improve the appearance of my skin without adding a lot of coverage. If this BB Cream didn't have an orangey-tan tone I'd love it. If you're fair like I am, sin the Naked Skin Beauty Balm, but light/medium and darker skins are good to go. If you're on the fence about this Beauty Balm, pick up the travel sized tube and save yourself $20. I'll continue to use the remainder of my tube for color correction purposes, but I don't plan on repurchasing the Urban Decay Beauty Balm - unless they widen the shade selection.
I had such high hopes for this item while searching for a great bb cream. Unfortunately, this didn't work out for me as expected. I almost got sucked into buying the full-size tube when I saw the smaller version of this because I really didn't know what to expect and I'm so glad I bought the smaller size because it will probably be the last time I'll buy this.
The great thing about this bb cream is that the color is pretty much universal with light-medium tones so it blends in your skin easily. Second, I like the scent of it because it doesn't have that chemical smell and upon application, it goes on smoothly but that's where the pros end. The coverage is not great at all. Even after putting layer after layer on some of my dark spots, they were still visible until I had to top it off with my regular foundation. The coverage is extremely thin, even though the whole product itself feels lightweight. I will say that the coverage is good if you only need a very light one but if you're looking to cover scars and marks, I suggest to keep looking.