Update: Having used this for a week more, I have found that blending it out with my fingers gives a higher-coverage, streak-free finish.
I was shopping the other day and strayed into the beauty section of a department store. My weak resolve and need for a new under-eye concealer moved me towards the Urban Decay counter, where I proceeded to try and buy the Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
Packaging The tube is made of thick, solid plastic and overall it feels fairly luxe. There is a very pleasing click as you screw it shut. The metallic lid is bound to show fingerprints but that doesn’t bother me. I also always appreciate a doe foot applicator, especially after struggling with Mac Pro Longwear’s fiddly pump for about three bottles. This applicator is also flatter and more pliable than those I’ve used in the past, which makes for easy sweeping under the eyes.
Colour The counter lady offered to match the concealer to my skin or to go a little lighter. I asked for a direct match, which has turned out to be a tad fairer than my foundation, so is perfect under my eyes. I’ve found it retains its original colour and does not oxidise. Unfortunately the concealer’s colour range is not the widest, with only eight shades: the result of an infuriating flaw in the industry. I am shade light warm, which is close to NC20 in MAC.
Smell The smell straight from the tube reminds me of house paint, which is not great, but it fades once blended.
Consistency This concealer is rich and creamy and blends out readily. It does not drip down your hand. It tends towards a matte finish, so may appear dry if you powder it too heavily.
Coverage I’m very impressed with the coverage of this concealer. I bought it solely for use under my eyes. It is pleasingly opaque after one application, but it also builds well for a fuller coverage. I apply it using the wand and blend it using either a buffing brush or a sponge (which provides the higher coverage of the two), and repeat if necessary.
I applied primer under my left eye but not my right eye, and baked the concealer after application. Below is a slideshow showing my eyes straight after application 10:40 am, then at 4:50 pm after a day out, and then again at 8:50 pm after dining out. It’s important to note that my nose is in a bad state because I wore glasses all day and blew my nose. In addition, my eyes streamed from a brisk January walk into university.
I think the concealer directly under my eyes held up well. It maintained its coverage over a ten hour period, and while it did crease, I am yet to find a concealer that doesn’t under my eyes. The creasing may also be due to my habit of powdering heavily. I am pleased that it didn’t smear off my face, especially after my eyes watered.
Price This costs £17.50, which is approximately standard for a high end concealer, in my opinion. It is exactly the same price as MAC Pro Longwear, so it was no step up for me in terms of expenditure. If you’re used to buying high street brands, perhaps test this in person before spending the moolah.
Overall, I think this is a very effective under eye concealer for a reasonable high end price, which lasts well but may crease.
Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer? Let me know what you think!
Have a wonderful weekend,