It’s been more than five years since I first tried a foundation from Urban Decay and since then, my make-up collection has expanded to include a selection of its iconic eyeshadow palettes, setting sprays, foundations, concealers, lipsticks, a bronzer and mascara, and my most recent purchase; the new Urban Decay Stay Naked foundation.
The Stay Naked foundation is a waterproof, longwear foundation that offers a real skin matte finish that lasts up to 24hrs. With a buildable medium coverage, this foundation promises to feel like you’re wearing nothing on your skin due to the flexible, vegan formula that’s breathable and moves with you throughout the day.
Slightly different to the brand’s other foundations, the Stay Naked is available in 50 shades with nine shade intensities, three mastertones and seven undertones to choose from, so that you get a precise colour match. As much as I love the other foundations (Naked Skin and All Nighter), I personally find them too yellow toned for my skin, so I was really excited to be able to find a foundation that would be more suited to my complexion.
I already had an idea of what my perfect shade would be, but to confirm this I took Urban Decay’s quiz matcher. Now, this is a great tool for those who are overwhelmed by choice, or struggle to find their perfect shade. This quiz helped me to confirm that my ideal shade was 10CP.
I’ve been using this foundation for over a month now and it’s my favourite Urban Decay foundation by far. Everything from the shade to the formula, and the finish on my skin, Urban Decay have truly outdone themselves with this product. It’s easy to apply and a little of this product goes a long way, and unlike the other foundations, I find this one doesn’t oxidise. The foundation itself is a medium coverage, which is buildable without it looking cakey on the skin.
For me, one application is enough for the coverage I desire and although it gives a matte finish, I find my skin still looks luminous. I’ve not tested the 24-hour wear that the foundation states, however, it does last a full day for me. From 6:30am to 8/9pm my foundation does not move, or need touching up.
The only fault I would pick with this foundation is the packaging. The bottle is plastic and I’m not sure if it’s recycled, or recyclable? I think with sustainability being such a topical factor at the moment, I would have thought they might have switched to maybe a glass bottle.
During the first application I did realise that my Naked Skin concealer didn’t sit well with the Stay Naked foundation, as it was far too yellow toned. At the moment I’m currently using a Revolution concealer, but I will be purchasing the Stay Naked concealer in the future and I’m curious to see how it works with the foundation.
In addition to Stay Naked, I’ve also tried Naked Skin and the All Nighter, so I thought I would share how this foundation compares to the other two.
In comparison to Stay Naked, Naked Skin is a more light coverage foundation and is more luminous. I do feel Naked Skin oxidises and is a little too yellow for my skin tone. Stay Naked has more coverage and for me gives me that ‘my skin, but better’ look. All Nighter is very full coverage in comparison to Stay Naked and gives the skin a flawless matte finish. All Nighter oxidises, so always looks a lot darker than the rest of me, which is why I only use it for when I go out on an evening. If you need more information about these foundations, you can check out my Naked Skin foundation review and my All Nighter foundation review.
Have you tried Stay Naked yet? What’s your favourite Urban Decay product?
Sarah Jayne x
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