Sunday Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Spring 2014

Monday 24 February 2014

This weeks Sunday Swatches and review is from the Spring Naked collection from Urban Decay, featuring the new Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipglosses and the Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder, used in my Friday FFF/FOTD makeup look post (here).

Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipglosses
These glosses are named "Ultra Nourishing" due to their ingredients; the hydrating and conditioning ingredients include: Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™, vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. Rosehip seed oil provides an extra vitamins, including vitamin A and vitamin C.
Colour & Pigmentation:  The colours Nooner (light nude with micro sparkle), Lovechild (medium light pink) and Rule34 (medium brown nude) are all fairly sheer as expected after seeing the swatches on Temptalia; despite loving the Lovechild Super Saturated Lip Color (SSLC), I was a bit disappointed with the pigmentation of this gloss by itself.. I'm yet to try it on top of the SSLC which may make it look better or on top of a lipstick/lipliner.
Texture: The texture is quite thick, but not sticky.. like a very rich balm/gloss.
Packaging: The packaging is the best point of this product! I absolutely adore it, from the rose-gold tube with cutout "Naked" to the paddle applicator which applies just the right amount of gloss.
Longevity: Due to the thickness of the gloss, it tends to last up to 1.5/2 hours on me.
Scent: I'm not personally overly keen on the minty smell of these glosses; it's like a sweet(ish) mint smell but despite the smell, it doesn't have that tingly feeling that the Lip Junkies (or other minty balms/glosses) have.
Price: At £14 each, they're the same price as an SSLC and £1 more than the Lip Junkies.

FrootiFactor: If I could rate the product based on the packaging alone, I'd give it a 5! However the pigmentation is slightly disappointing despite the fact that I know it's part of the "Naked" range. I do like that the ingredients seem to be great for the lips and I think the glosses will work well on top of lipstick/lipliner so I'd give the product a 3.5:

Naked Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
Again, another greatly packaged product (Urban Decay have been outdoing themselves with product package design of late!) and one that I'm quite loving too. It's free of oil, parabens, alcohol and fragrances and "Optical Blurring pigments" in the powder cause a soft-focus/blurring effect that is actually visible in the swatches below!
Medium Dark swatched on the finger
Medium Dark blended in - lines are blurred!
Colour & Pigmentation/Coverage: As this powder is meant for setting makeup and blurring imperfections, the pigmentation isn't really meant to offer much coverage. I went for Medium Dark in the colour range available (based on their shade match to the Naked Skin foundation) and feel like it may be a bit on the darker side, however it blends out beautifully and isn't very noticeable.
Texture/Finish: The texture is light and silky; it reminds me strongly of their translucent Razor Sharp Finishing Powder, but with colour. The finish is a demi-matte one, great for using on combination to oily skin but not too drying on drier skin. I like that it doesn't leave a chalky finish either!
Packaging: The packaging is sleek with its gunmetal lid and the sifter is cutely embossed with the "UD" logo inside. 
Price: At £22 it's £1 more than my favourite Razorsharp powder, however I do like that the shades available work well with the Naked Skin Foundation range and have a buildable coverage.

FrootiFactor: I'd give this product a 5 out of 5 as I'm pleased with it and like that it visibly blurs lines on my finger, let alone my face!
Both the lipglosses and powders are available to buy at selected Debenhams and House Of Fraser stores as well as online at the following retailers: LookFantastic, HQhair and BeautyBay

Have you tried any of these new Naked products? Which are your favourite Urban Decay products from the Naked range?

1 comment:

  1. The powder looks so amazing *_* would love to get my mittens on that and try it out, even though I'm not a huge powder person, the tone of it and the fact that you gave it 5/5 is seriously tempting me haha
    shame about the lipglosses :( they do look ultra luxurious and the packaging is probably the main reason why the cost is pretty high for a gloss, great review and amazing photos as always <3
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe


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