Let me start this by saying how much I despise foundation in general. I have tried many MANY different brands, types and application methods. Every time I would at some point in the day feel like I had dipped my face in a vat of mud. Yuck.
I have combination skin, oily at times dry at times. Very prone to breakouts, of course as with everything else it can’t just be simple. I have dark spots and small scars from acne and my nose tends to get red.
After wondering around Ulta for a good 30 minutes (Im sure my husband would say 10 hours, he is such a good sport) I found the Urban Decay display. The vibrant colors and sleek packaging caught my eye. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for but since my Bare Minerals didn’t seem to be giving me the coverage I needed, I knew I needed some type of primer or foundation. (It hurts my fingers to even type that word.) Prior to this excursion I had never used nor heard of Urban Decay.
What I found: Urban Decay Beauty Balm.
My initial thoughts: This crap is 34 bucks, at the very least it will maybe help cover the, now noticeable, bags under my eyes. Who knows, maybe I will like it..doubtful though. I went home that day and had to start getting ready for work, I hate to admit that I was excited to try this product but I kind of was. I squeezed a small amount onto my hand and rubbed it onto my skin. The balm had a light and velvet like texture, it wasn’t overbearing or chalky. Now keep in mind, this is the one and only Urban Decay product I owned at the time so I mixed this up with my other stuff. So, on top of the balm I used my normal Bare Minerals powder. I immediately noticed better coverage and a very nice glow. Sure as shit..I think this stuff may just work.
When I got to work I had several comments on how nice my makeup looked and how much younger I looked. (The only thing different than any other day was the UD balm.) Through the day, at no point, did my face feel dry, oily or any of the other nasty descriptive words that I would typically associate with foundation or primer. At the end of my shift when my makeup would normally be gone it appeared as if I had just put it on.
Two weeks later, I am LOVING this stuff. It has, so far, done everything it claims to do and then some. My fine lines (that look like craters to me) appear thinner if they appear at all. I have noticed that even after I wash my face at night my skin feels firmer and dark spots less obvious. It gives a superior base but also is fantastic worn alone. The balm creates a luminescent shine that isn’t oily and functions with other products.
So, I actually like this stuff, a lot. Not that my opinion means much to anyone but knowing myself it is surprising. That is the cynic in me for sure. I have decided to try more of these products. I have recently purchased the finishing powder, the 24/7 eye pencil, lip liner and mascara. I am hoping I like these as much as the UD balm but I’m not going to start doing cartwheels just yet. (Not that anyone wants to see that anyway LOL.)
So here is the quick rundown.
Pros: Lightweight, great texture, a little goes a long way, lasting coverage, can be worn alone or with foundation, creates outstanding luminosity, blends well, doesn’t sweat off, actually does what it says on the bottle and advertising. O YEAH…this is a vegan product and PETA approved!!
Cons: For me personally, none. In doing some research the colors are limited so not everyone finds this to blend so well.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Its not often I will blab about something I like so much but hell, this stuff actually did it for me, so why not?
Not so sure whats next on the block. It sure would be nice to find something to do for my memory what this stuff did for my face, not likely though!!