Urban Decay Skin Prep Wardrobe
Urban Decay has so much newness at the moment! It’s going to take a long time to put each product to the test, so I’m just doing a round up post at this stage, although I have first impressions of a couple in this brand new skin prep collection. I’ve used Urban Decay All Nighter for years, and UD eye primers are my go-to’s so I’m already in a receptive zone to see even more! Personally, I don’t use face primer as standard on my skin although I’m coming around to it more these days.
First up, is the B6 Vitamin Infused Primer Spray with a stabilised form of the vitamin and is best for skin prone to break outs. I’ve had a look at topical Vitamin B – it’s was a controversial ingredient because of lack of stability which led to skin irritation. Stablised B6 shouldn’t cause any problems and can help to absorb oil and reduce redness. Quick Fix is just everyone’s dream hydration, glycolic infused primer – and it’s the one I would reach for. Coconut water and caffeine also feature and it should work to brighten and smooth: a skin wake up if you like. These are both £23.50 HERE.
The next newbies to the collection are De-slick, Self-Adjusting and Optical Illusion. I’ve tried Self-Adjusting (don’t get this at all.. I suspect that make-up artists who can see the tonal nuance will love it) and Optical Illusion. Optical Illusion comes out looking like Germolene but once on the skin does a blur-thing that’s really very good. I didn’t find the effect long lasting so if you’re doing a Selfie, get it done quickly, but nor did it interact with my foundation which is a real bonus because blur primers almost always do. Key ingredients include argan, rosehip, meadowfoam and Vitamin E. Self-Adjusting is a mattifying, blur effect primer that adjusts to your tone. I genuinely didn’t see any obvious colour adjust but it was a very decent blur and matte finish. De-Slick is obvious.. mattifying for oily skin: one key thing to mention here is not to rub it onto your face. Instead, pat gently before applying foundation. They’re all £23 HERE.
So – old favourites get a repackage to join the rest of the gang. I’ve never used Chill before today; it’s designed for dry or combination skin and uses a time-release cooling agent to lower the temperature of surface make-up which in turn stops it smudging or setting into lines. This is rather exciting and I should think a must for your holiday beauty bag or hot days when make up just doesn’t want to stay on your skin. I’ve only surface tested but it’s top of the list for a proper test. All-Nighter and De-Slick are old favourites – All-Nighter really does give a longer last. If I use it too many days in a row, my skin doesn’t like it so I tend to use it sparingly for when I really do need an all-day last with no fading. They’re all £23.50 HERE.
The thing that I really like about this collection is that it’s ageless – really for anyone, and caters to different skin types depending upon what you need. I’m not into fine-tuning my face for Instagram or selfies but I am grateful for products that just make base look and feel better and last longer.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated