This week is dedicated to all the beauty items that haven’t worked for me. I didn’t purposely plan this but when I assessed my upcoming posts for the week, I realized every one of them scored less than a 5 on my Stash Worthiness scale. These posts will be filled with rants and possibly some snark. You’ve been warned! First up:
The official name of this UD concealer is Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer:
I have the shade Light Neutral. I redeemed for this item during the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points event in February, so it didn’t cost me anything, but it normally retails for $35 CAD for 5ml of product.
I didn’t really plan on getting this concealer so soon. I wanted the Nars Creamy Concealer originally but since Shoppers doesn’t carry Nars, and I had points to redeem, I figured I’d give this one a try. This concealer claims:
• Ultra lightweight
• Luminous, demi-matte finish
• Looks like second skin
• Buildable coverage
• NEVER settles into fine lines no matter how much you apply (caps emphasis taken from website)
I take that last bullet as a challenge! 😛
The first day I wore this, I thought I was imagining things – when I got to work, I noticed that my under eye area looked positively orange. I asked my coworker and she politely said, no no it looks fine! But I knew better, the concealer was oxidizing on me. The colour appeared fine initially but when it dried down, it turns at least 2 shades darker / more orange. Here it is freshly applied:
And BAM! This is 10 minutes later:
It’s no illusion, here’s that same dried swatch with another freshly applied swatch beside it to the left.
😮 And if you recall, I was initially matched to Medium Light Neutral and the MUA accidentally put the Medium Dark Neutral in my bag. Can you even imagine how that would look?!
Urban Decay spews out a bunch of other benefits:
We loaded Naked Skin Concealer with lots of ingredients that are good for your skin. Matrixyl 3000 contains anti-wrinkle peptides to improve skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity. Japanese green tea revitalizes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Litchiderm™ (derived from lychee fruit) protects against dehydration, resulting in a brighter, more radiant complexion. And sodium hyaluronate helps skin attract and retain moisture.
Not true! This concealer looks dry and settles into fine lines! I asked another coworker if my eye area looked dry and she admitted yes it did, and said that’s not how they normally look. Thank you! Because this concealer made them look dry and crepey. I even used my night eye cream during the day to compensate for this concealer but it didn’t work – this concealer just insists on sucking all life and moisture from my under eye area.
Worn alone, this concealer also doesn’t provide enough coverage to conceal my dark under eye circles. The only way I was able to make this work was to wear the Becca Under Eye Corrector underneath it (see swatch 2 pics up). The Becca acts as both a moisturizing primer and neutralizer to minimize the oxidation. I’ve used this concealer for other areas around my face for light concealing and it’s just ok, I find it doesn’t last well on the skin.
And lastly, to add insult to injury, the packaging is rubbish, UD claims:
The modern flocked applicator lays down just the right amount of product, and it’s soft enough to use on the delicate skin under the eyes.
Basically the wand is a mini floppy spatula and it feels like I’m slapping a dead sardine on my face. The opening of the tube is also too narrow for the wand to fit through easily, so I’ve accidentally flicked concealer everywhere while attempting to dislodge it from the tube. Every time I use this, I have to carefully wiggle the wand out of the opening. The only thing I like about the tube? It has that satisfying “click” locking mechanism. That’s IT. 🙄
Here are the ingredients of this awfulness:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water/Eau), Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
It is made in Canada. (sorry!)
• Natural looking finish
• Not cakey
• Wide range of shades
• Oxidizes a lot
• Doesn’t provide enough coverage
• Makes under eye area look dry
• Settles into fine lines
• Wonky wand and tube
• Does not perform well on its own
Stash worthiness: 3/10
I’m not the the only one who experienced these issues, so did Annie of Annie’s Beauty, check out her post on this concealer. If you’re really hellbent on buying this tube-o-crap, it is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, and at Sephora. I’m glad I didn’t pay actual money for this, or else I just might have returned it. I’ll use this up – and thank goodness for the Becca – but I would not repurchase. Have you ever tried this concealer?