Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

March 2, 2013
My latest skin/foundation/primer discovery is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($34 for 35 ml/1.18 fl oz). I had been saving my Sephora Beauty Insider Points for months but as soon as I saw the Naked Skin minis available in-store, I redeemed some points for two mini 3.7 ml samples to try. I liked it so much after using a few days that I immediately ordered a full size tube from Urbandecay.com when they had their Friends and Family Sale.

After reading numerous reviews on this product, I decided to try this as a primer, over moisturizer but under foundation. I found that the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm has a peachy beige color but applies to an almost transparent finish. Since it comes in only one shade I was concerned about the way it would look on my skin. I have light-medium olive skin and right now use NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska and Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere in B30 along with Dolce & Gabbana’s Warm 100 in the Powder and Cream. I think I’m at the right skintone where the Urban Decay Naked Balm is perfect for my skin. I’ve been using it two ways:

1) Apply moisturizer, then layer Urban Decay’s Naked Beauty Balm, then dust powder foundation on top (I like Dolce & Gabbana’s and Chanel’s): the beauty balm helps to even out and prime the skin to help the powder adhere better but apply evenly, sometimes layering powder foundation over foundation can be too heavy, but applying powder foundation over moisturizer only doesn’t give enough coverage, the UD beauty balm helps give a good in-between
2) Apply moisturizer, layer Urban Decay’s Naked Beauty Balm, then feather in liquid foundation on areas that need coverage: the beauty balm helped the overall application of foundation and also helped it last longer on my skin throughout the day

I have normal but sensitive skin, I don’t typically use primers or beauty balms. When it comes to foundation, I like to keep the layering as minimal as possible: moisturizer, foundation then powder. Adding anything else usually ends up feeling too heavy for me although I have used and loved Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer, Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel and Chanel Base Lumiere. The results of the Urban Decay Beauty Balm surprised me. I haven’t used it a full eight weeks to test out everything such as improvement of lines, lift, smoothness. After using it for a little over two weeks now, I can say that the overall look of my skin with foundation added has improved tremendously. There is a soft slightly minty fresh scent to the balm, it seems odd, but it’s really subtle and rather refreshing. The scent disappears on me after a few minutes of wear.

Right now, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska is a good match for me, you can see side-by-side the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is warmer/peachier, it does blend out to an almost transparent finish.

Here are the ingredients from the sample package:

For me, I was lucky to try a sample (thanks to Sephora VIB points) long enough to see how it worked. This allowed me to decide whether or not to buy. I give it a huge thumbs up. However, given the fact that it comes in only one shade, I don’t think it will work for everyone. Also note that I like it as a primer which I don’t think is the intended purpose of this, so your mileage may vary. Hundreds of people have written reviews on Sephora.com and Urbandecay.com – I found them helpful.

Did you try Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm? What did you think? Did it work for your skin tone or skin type? Do you have any favorite primers or beauty balms?

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  • It seems everyone is really liking this as a primer. I never really thought of using something like that as a primer because I'm scared it might influence the overall shade. Looks like the BB cream is rather transparant idd tho, great! I wonder how it performs on oily skins? I'm not really much of a primer girl, I just haven't find the perfect one yet. As for BB Creams I've been really loving the Estee Lauder one! ^^

  • I love this as a primer as well. I also cashed in some sephora points to try this out and I'm so glad I did. I will definitely be investing in the full size. It makes my foundation last all day and I prefer the thinner consistency compared to other silicone based primers.

  • I really want to try something from the Naked line from Urban Decay. I've always heard amazing things about this line!


  • I also got a sample thanks to Sephora points, but it doesn't work for me – I'm too pale and cool-toned, and this gives me a slightly orange tint. I'm disappointed but not surprised.

  • I'm a bit darker than you, so I don't think I'll be purchasing this any time soon. Pity though since it seems really nice.

  • I've never really tried primer, but it looks like this one was a perfect match for your skin! Yikes, it's super pricey though! With that shade/level of coverage, you're probably right about it not being meant to be used as a primer. Still, for a heavy coverage I couldn't see why you couldn't use it under foundation. I really like your photos by the way. The simplicity of the white background really draws your eyes to the product. πŸ™‚

  • Really good tips! I have a mini sample tube from when I ordered the Naked Basics palette. Think it's time to give it a try!

  • I haven't tried this but I have been looking for a good 'sheer' primer to go under my powder foundation. My complexion is fair, so this looks like it may be a good choice for me.

  • I used my VIB points to get this sample as well. I absolutely love it! I normally just use tinted moisturizer, but this works wonders. I have some other BB creams lined up to try, but if those aren't what I'm expecting then I know I'll be purchasing this. I was not a fan of the minty scent, but it has grown on me.

  • I am very curious about this now…I had read reviews before but I heard "way too peachy" a lot and it scared me away πŸ˜› I do think my skin tone is pretty close to yours though so maybe I will give it a shot after all. But for me, I would probably want to use it as just a very light base on its own. Luckily, I'm not someone that really likes a lot of coverage so fingers crossed that this will work for me! πŸ˜€