Jun 28 2015

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder Review


I totally purchased the wrong product…about a month ago I’d sampled the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation (I talked about it in an Instagram “Sample Saturday” review). I kind of fell in love and made the decision to purchase a full size. And I did…or so I thought. But, I actually mistakenly picked up the previously released Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder instead. What can I say? The bright lights in Sephora confused me. I don’t often have the opportunity to visit a physical store. Anyway, I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now…


urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review


Isn’t the compact packaging so cool? The characteristic Urban Decay gunmetal, I decided to have a bit of fun with the reflective surfaces in my photos instead of stressing out about it.

urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review

The powder also comes with a floral pouch…which is different…but a cute little touch…

urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review
urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder is described as a “weightless finishing powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish that blends flawlessly to set makeup and cut shine”.  It is oil-free, promising an invisible, natural looking finish with “optical blurring pigments [that] instantly minimize imperfections, diminish shine, and create a stunning soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched”.

The shade that I purchased, Naked Medium Light, is designed to work well with the UD Naked liquid Foundations shades ranging from 2.0 to 4.0. My shade in the foundation is 3.0. and the Medium Light powder does work quite well for me. In fact you can barely see the swatch against the inner part of my hand which is about a shade lighter than my face. Basically, Medium Light blends seamlessly into my complexion. It is fairly neutral, leaning just a touch warm.

urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review
urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review
urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review

A sponge is also included with the compact, that I’ve actually found quite helpful – especially for touch-ups around the upper cheek and nose area (where I get some redness) as it picks up and places more product on the skin than a typical brush would. Otherwise, I use the powder with an e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush (which, by the way are some of the best brushes ever, especially for the price).


urban decay naked skin ultra definition pressed finishing powder review


For a “finishing powder” this definitely does more than just set your foundation. Whether I pair it with a lighter or heavier coverage liquid base, I notice that the powder enhances that coverage without it looking like I’ve added anything to my face. The so-called “optical blurring pigments” are actually doing something.  What I like most about the powder is that I can use it to refresh my complexion where my foundation may have faded and it doesn’t look the least bit cakey. In fact, last week I had several long days back to back (16+ hours) and had to attend events in the evening on top of that. Each morning I used the powder to successful curb shine as well as each evening to touch-up. Throughout the week, several people commented how “refreshed” I looked despite the grueling day.

Retails at Urban Decay and Sephora for $34.00 USD and in the U.K. for £23.00 (i.e. UD UK, House of Fraser)

Have any of you guys tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder? And what about the newer Powder Foundation? I’m still thinking of picking it up…





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  1. Hey Kimmy, I’m glad it’s a happy mistake! I’ve heard great things about this powder. So glad to know it’s excellent for touch-ups! I can’t really buy more powders for a LONG LONG time. I just have way too many sitting around and I have to finish a couple before I can start thinking about it!

    1. I’m really happy with it. I don’t have too many powders at the moment so I felt a bit better about it. Lol.

  2. I’ve heard about this and have thought about trying it myself. It looks and sounds nice. I guess it couldn’t hurt to add another powder to the collection.

    1. Hehe. The things we tell ourselves, right? At least with bases and such we know we’ll eventually get through them, right? xo

  3. This sounds fantastic! A lucky mistake! xx


    1. Yes, definitely a very lucky one! xo

  4. Very rarely a mistake would turned out to be this good so lucky you, Kimmy! I’ve never tried this powder, personally haven’t bought any pressed powder for some time now and the last time I bought one, it was Rimmel Stay Matte. I am interested in UD Naked Foundation, it seems to get really great reviews.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. The Rimmel Stay Matte goes in and out of my rotation as well – a great, affordable staple. I think the UD Naked Foundation is better for those cooler months of the year, Fall…maybe Spring as it imparts that dewy look. It does work on my skin, though, which is oily-combo. The coverage is medium at best but I’ll likely repurchase it at some point. 🙂

  5. Your review really makes me want to try this powder 😀 Sounds amazing x

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Hehe. Then my job is done! 🙂 xo

  6. I wish my mistake purchases were all as lucky as yours. This sounds like a fabulous product!

    1. It is fabulous! Been using it almost everyday! xo

  7. Yay, happy mistakes are fun! I don’t think that has ever happened to me though… I might give this one a try, I’m all for the blurring and perfecting!

    1. I’m very glad it turned out so well. Let me know if you ever end up trying this powder, Melissa! xo

  8. Oooh, beautiful packaging! I’ve never looked at Urban Decay skin stuff, probably because I always get distracted by the colour cosmetics!

    Lorraine – John, It’s Only Makeup!

    1. Colour cosmetics can definitely be distracting…although, to be fair, I don’t actually own much from UD in the way of colour. :/

  9. Glad this worked out for you even though it wasn’t the product you thought it was! This was so nicely presented in the floral pouch – is this the norm for UD?
    I’m going to guess that you’ll likely go for the foundation powder some time in the near future? 😛

    1. I’m not sure if the pouch is normal to be honest – it did surprise me, and I’ve never purchased anything else from UD that came in such a pouch. 🙂 You’re absolutely correct, I’ll probably end up the foundation powder at some point. Hehe. xo

  10. There’s so much to see in Sephora! This sounds pretty awesome. I’ve been considering the Urban Decay loose powder, but I prefer pressed, and I just hit pan on my current powder, so I’m going to check this one out.

    1. There definitely is so much to see. I feel like I never have enough time, lol. When you’re travelling things aren’t as relaxed as when you shop at home, I think – and I only ever get to go to Sephora when I’m in the U.S. 🙂 Let me know if you end up looking at the UD powder next time you’re out shopping, my friend. xo

  11. Ohhhh Urban Decay just got to Australia, and this product sounds kind of cool – I like that it add’s coverage without ‘adding’ something thick or obvious, like you said perfect for a long day.
    I need to get more educated on the UB range now that its an option (albeit incredibly overpriced).
    Love ya Kimmy!

    1. Hiya Kelsey – how have you been, girl? I can’t imagine what the prices might be like over there! I actually down’t own many UD products – I’ve tried the Naked Foundation (decent for lighter coverage, drier skin), the eye shadow primer (both original and anti-aging version, they are pretty good), a handful of the shadows which are nice (don’t own any of the palettes, gasp!), the 24/7 eyeliners (not a fan, they smudge like crazy on em) and now this powder. 🙂 I keep telling myself I’ll eventually get one of their palettes but I never know which one. Lol. xo

  12. I love the packaging and the floral pouch on this!!!

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