Urban Decay Naked Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder: Yay or Nay?

Beauty, Makeup

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Hello again, my beauties!

So I’ve been on a hunt for a good finishing powder of late (as you would probably have known from my previous post). After a whole lot of research for the best powder that suits my skin type, I finally decided on the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder. What appealed to me the most about this product was the absence of any kind of parabens or sulphates in its ingredient list:

Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Triethylhexanoin, Synthetic Wax, Trimyristin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Because I’m drawn to such “safer” options, I was naturally quite interested in the BareMinerals Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 too. I mean this definitely earns a plus point thanks to the SPF that it has – however, I was looking for something oil free too. The UD Naked power is oil free whilst the BareMinerals is not. The main reason why I expect my pressed powder to be oil free is plainly because I feel the purpose of a pressed powder is really to reduce the oily look that appears on your face after about 6 hours of the foundation application (aka oxidation). So if the powder has oil it in, it kinda defeats that purpose now, doesn’t it? Well, that’s just my logical opinion though.

BareMinerals Touch Veil Mineral Veil ingredients:

Alaria Esculenta Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Boron Nitride, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Phosphate, Coco-Caprylate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Geraniol, Iron Oxides, Jojoba Esters, Lauroyl Lysine, Linalool, Mica, Silica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide

As you can see, the BareMinerals version is also paraben and sulphate free. But yeeeep, the oil ingredient really bothers me. Even though I do have dry skin, my skin type is really a combination so the last thing I want is patchy dryness and oiliness (ew!)

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Here’s a swatch after taking ALOT of product up with my fingers. I chose a shade lighter than my skin tone as it blended really well when the Sephora specialist tried it on my face. Afterall, you really only need a teeny bit of this to blend all over the face as its supposed to be more of a veil than anything else.

So I’ve been using the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder for about two weeks almost everyday now because it has literally become indispensable  in my make up routine. As I prefer to have a lightly done face, I usually only put on the BareMinerals tinted moisturizer as a light foundation and thats all… what would happen (as with any other foundation) was that my face (esp T-Zone area) would become really shiny. Ever since I’ve started to use the UD powder on top on the light foundation, I have not had this problem AT ALL. Problem solved forever.

urban decay  naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder 1My favourite feature of the UD design is the little button at the side to open the compact easily. I find it so cute and easy to work with. The compact also comes with a lavender floral pouch which I always keep my compact in to prevent too many fingerprints on the shiny surface of the compact. I’m not fazed by this though because I completely looove the packaging – i think its so unique compared to the other somewhat boring compacts that other brands have.

Another point to note is that I didn’t opt for the loose powder version because when I tried it at Sephora, the powder just flew all over the place and it really put me off. I mean hello thats 50 cents of product flying around! No can do.

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Overall, I love this powder so much and I’m so glad I settled on this among the many brands. It’s finely milled, has COLOUR (those translucent types are sure to make me look like a ghost when I get captured on a flash picture and I’m way over that phase thank you very much) and keeps my face luminous yet matte all at the same time whilst imperfections are blurred almost magically. (The only minus point is its ✘ steep price given the amount of product given, but I can live with that because it really is that good.) Great job, Urban Decay – you sure know how to make a girl happy. YAY!

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