Here I go again, getting Naked! It started with the very first Naked eyeshadow palette. It was a cult favorite. The queen of eyeshadow palettes that took the Urban Decay brand to a whole new level. Every beauty junkie had it. Except me. Every time I strolled through Ulta or Sephora, I’d take a look at it. Why on earth would I buy more brown and gold eyeshadows when I have about a billion of them already? Finally one day, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to try it for myself. Of course, the rest is history. One swipe of that smooth, creamy, shimmer on my lids and I fell in love. All that pigment and sparkle without glitter bits falling all over my cheeks?! I never knew that was possible. I had to have it.
After the success of that palette, we all knew there would be a sequel but when Naked 2 palette came out and I stood my ground. The second one is never as good, right? I don’t know because I’ve never allowed myself to even swatch this one on my hand. I actually still don’t own it which surprises even me. Next came Naked 3… again, I resisted. Don’t ask me why I bothered. I mean, it’s ROSE GOLD for crying out loud! I should have known I’d never be able to resist it in the long run. But I have my Lorac Unzipped palette which I adore and I didn’t want to feel like I was cheating on her with the new pretty, popular girl. But then it happened. The cashier at Ulta told me I had over $100 in credit from my Rewards Points and asked if I’d like to use some of them. And there she was, that shiny, coppery pink metal case full of rosy goodness…just sitting there on display right by the counter…and this woman is telling me I can take it home for free? Umm…you’ve never seen anyone grab something so fast. I may have scared the cashier a little bit. And so the love affair with Naked 3 began and I’ve never regretted it once. I would go back pay the 50 bucks in cash for it tomorrow if I lost this one. Once again, all the hype about how great it was proved to be true. The very first day that Naked 4 comes out, I’m just going to throw up my hands and my 50 big ones and buy it the first day. Not that I know there will be a Naked 4 but if Harry Potter can do magic for seven books, Urban Decay and do it for eyeshadow.
All that said, I was not even remotely tempted to try the Naked Skin foundation. I love my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It is one of the few makeup products I never waiver on. I have been using it since it very first came out and I had to hunt it down because it was impossible to find. The GA colors match my skin tone like no other and the finish is well, luminous, just like the name says. So how did I end up falling in love and getting Naked again? Well, this time it really wasn’t my fault. You see, my son wanted to shop around at a sporting goods store that happens to be right next to Ulta. Naturally, I stopped in there to kill time while my son shopped. I mean what the heck would I want to see in a sports store? Makeup is my sport. Besides, I was just going to take a look around. I wasn’t going to actually buy anything. I mean, I had just been there the week before (and at the Neiman’s beauty event and at Sephora. Don’t judge. Plenty of athletes spend a lot of time and money training for their sport too). Plus, I didn’t even need anything else. (I hear you saying “So?!”). I didn’t have any makeup on that day so I decided to just have some fun playing around with the goodies. First up is foundation, of course. They don’t carry Armani so I decided to try the Naked. I was only going to put on a little makeup since I wasn’t going anywhere else, so a “naked, no makeup, makeup look” seemed like a good idea to try. I tried out a color on the back of my hand. Perfect match. Interesting that my color is Number 7.0 which is the same number I wear in Giorgio Armani. I applied one swipe to my cheek. Wait. What?! Look at that coverage! That’s not naked. Well, kind of naked, only better. I had expected something far more sheer but this actually has a medium coverage with plenty of pigment to the color. The texture super smooth and the finish is demi matte. I bet this will make me break out, I thought. Nope. Read the label and it’s paraben (and all those other scary words) free. I also read that it’s full of antioxidants (and all those good, fancy words for anti-aging). Nice. But I’m not buying anything today, remember?! So I went to put it back on the shelf and I saw the price, $38. That’s a lot, yes. However, that’s nothing compared to the $62 price tag on my beloved Giorgio Armani. So I figured that in this case, spending more money was actually saving me money and into the basket it went. Why did I have a basket if I was just looking, you ask? Well, of course, I didn’t want to be rude when the nice girl handed me one as I walked in the door. And how did the basket get so full if I was “just looking”? I have NO idea. If I had a therapist, I’m sure she would have a theory. Which is exactly why I don’t have a therapist.
Some tips for looking good Naked:
- The .0 colors are for warm, yellow skin tones. The .5 colors are for cool, pink skin tones.
- Consistency is very fluid. Shake before use to mix well otherwise it could be runny and not apply correctly.
- Coverage is medium but buildable to full.
- The finish is a demi matte. Somewhat flat, but natural looking without being shiny. It looks somewhat airbrushed to me, which is a good thing unless you are looking for a dewy finish. When I want a little more glow, I add a bit of a more luminous foundation such as the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or L’Oreal Dream Lumi.
- This foundation is probably best for “normal” skin types. In my experience, it sticks a little to dry patches and rubs off a little too easy in my oily spots.
- The staying power is not the greatest when used alone. Using primer before, setting with powder, and topping with finishing spray is a must if you want it to last all day.
I will talk more in detail about this foundation and few others in an upcoming video on my YouTube Channel so stay tuned for that! I often hear the term “makeup porn” playfully used in reference to pretty pictures of cosmetics on Instagram and I never really feel comfortable using that term but it probably does apply to this pic! 😉