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Sample Stash Sunday: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

It’s been a while since I did one of these! Basically, Sample Stash Sunday is a section in my blog dedicated to me using up my samples. I have been lazy on the sample front, however, I have been trying a few products here and there, so I am ready to begin posting entries belonging to this series again.

Here’s a good one, though one that’s been covered by a lot of people already: the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I got a deluxe sample in my last UD order.

Sample Stash - Naked Skin Beauty Balm

Now, for some reason, I kind of expected a “mini” size. I don’t know why that is, but I did not expect to be holding a peanut. It is 3.7ml.

On the tube, it claims to have/do:

  • broad spectrum SPF20
  • DNA repair
  • Optical Blurring
  • Oil Free

Sample Stash - Naked Skin Beauty Balm - Swatches

Swatches, L-R: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm unblended, blended.

OKAY. So, basically, I don’t know what to say about it because I really don’t feel like it did anything favorable to my skin, aside from providing SPF. There was little to no pigmentation, which I guess is a good thing, because it only comes in one shade), but it also offers pretty much no coverage, so if you are accustomed to more veiling products, this is not a good thing to pick up.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm - Instagram For light days, I suppose this is a good alternative to foundation or heavier tinted moisturizers… if you don’t have that many spots to cover. If you have pretty clear skin, save for some blemishes that are easily covered up with concealer, this is an OK product to have, just for its SPF (which isn’t even that high).

I don’t really know what else to say about this product. I have found a product that literally does not do anything and it kind of wigs me out because I can’t imagine paying for something that does nothing visibly tangible to my face. Unless I was maybe looking for expensive sunblock? Or mystical balls otherwise known as Guerlain Météorites? I’ve only used this once, though… so I guess this is something like a first impressions? I don’t see the point of testing for wear and longevity if I barely see it on my face.

See, that’s where it’s a bit confusing… because, what does it do? I know it’s not supposed to be a foundation, but is it a competent “beauty balm” or “BB Cream”? I don’t really think that it is. I liked it on my face when I wore it because it’s not fussy, but the reason why it’s not fussy is because I didn’t feel like there was anything there.

I think it works decently on the blurring front, so if you’re looking to blur out your face, then you might want this. I think it’s more a “gaussian blur” than a “motion blur” effect, though, so don’t expect mountainous pimples to be blurred out by the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. It’s not a miracle product, people!

Anyway, I’ll maybe post an update if anything changes as I’ll be bringing this to Japan to use up. But for me, this was and is a big question mark, if only because I need to shell out $34 to blur out my face and I can easily do that with Photoshop.

JK, I don’t Photoshop my face (just colors, for accuracy), but you know what I mean.

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9 Comments

  1. I got a “peanut” size sample of this as well. To begin with, I was sort of put off by the smell of it. It was way too scented for me. I also noticed that the swatch I did was basically invisible after blended in, but without covering really anything. I don’t know who would pay that kind of money for it lol. I love Urban Decay, but come on guys.

    • I didn’t notice a scent but maybe I just overlooked it. I find the NARS Tinted Moisturizer to be more scented, but it’s OK because it’s a pleasant lemony scent, hehe.

      This is true. 😦 I don’t know if the “invisibility” does anything else, but I really couldn’t tell.

  2. ya i got this tiny sample too, as a sephora 100 point perk no less! i’ve read reviews where people like it as a primer, and I definitely thought it would be better as a primer than anything else. but i haven’t gotten around to trying it that way. i agree with you, it didn’t seem to do anything at all by itself! lame

  3. Laughed at your peanut comment. I was also surprised at the size of the 100 point gift. I didn’t think it did anything color or texture-wise. As a primer, well, I might as well call moisturizer primer. I’ve got massive pores, I need industrial strength blurring that this water-light texture just can’t provide.

    • Whoa, this was a 100-point perk?! Oh the humanity! That sucks 😦 Yeah, it was a really meh product for me, too. I don’t have terrible skin, so it was OK for me but I can imagine it being such a bummer for people who like better coverage or priming because it does close to nothing.

  4. Hi Carina! When you bought your UD online, how much did you pay po for international shipping? Also, were you asked to pay for customs fee? Thanks! 😊

    • Hi Hazel, I used a third-party courier so I didn’t go through the post office here. Hope that helps!

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