I could not, I repeat, could not resist purchasing Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder ($34/0.28oz) after reading 2 stellar reviews about it from fellow beauty bloggers. I love naked, clean, glowy skin. My #1 beauty wish (from a beauty genie of course) would be to always have beautiful skin even if the rest of my body went down the tubes. I covet a natural, "naked" look and this powder seemed like perfection. It's described as an "addictively silky, weightless finishing powder" that "sets makeup, cuts shine and blurs flaws" (yes! now! this instant!) "Optical blurring pigments minimize imperfections, creating a stunning soft focus effect that looks professionally retouched." The powder is "creamy, buildable and jet-milled" without any cakiness with application. It's free of oil, alcohol, fragrance and parabens. It comes in five shades and I selected the "Naked Light" which is the lightest shade available. It comes housed in a clear jar with sleek, clean graphics. The UD icon is on the reflective metal lid which unfortunately is just begging for fingerprints. The top screws off and on very smoothly. Once opened, it has a "gunmetal sifter shaped like the UD icon to dispense the right amount of powder each time." So, did this loose finishing powder give me clear, glowy skin as promised? More importantly, am I becoming obsessed with the NAKED line?
Verdict: I think so cuz I love everything I've purchased so far! This finishing powder is perfection! I love it so much that I might start weeping! Firstly, the color Naked Light is seamless on my skin, a perfect match. I do think all 5 shades are very forgiving though in that respect. The powder feels like silk--light as air and whisper soft on the skin. It virtually disappears on contact, leaving skin smooth, oil-free and fresh. I used a light and heavy hand with this powder as it does have buildable coverage. Either way, the result was still the same. I was left matte for 6+ hours before I had noticeable shine and needed to touch up. That alone is saving me sooo much money on blotting papers. One of my work friends mentioned my skin "looked glowy" and asked what I was using--I think it was this powder! I had zero reaction with its use in terms of breakouts and it removed easily.
To purchase or not to purchase? Yes! Wonderful packaging, light as air, silky, weightless powder, blurs imperfections and pores without any chalkiness, free of nasty chemicals and has strong mattifying effects. I will say it's not very portable as I traveled with it and the sifter had released quite a bit of powder when I unpacked. Perhaps it needs a seal of some type? Anyhoo, my normal routine is to dust it on in the morning and right before I leave for work. I then end up bringing Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Pressed Powder for touch-ups with me. This system works but I must confess: I miss the loose powder terribly, like a long-lost lover. Oh well, it just makes me cherish my time with it even more. Now off you go to sephora.com or urbandecay.com so you too can fall in love with this powder.