In this post I’ll be reviewing the Stay NAKED weightless liquid foundation from URBAN DECAY Cosmetics.
This summer I got really tan so I was on the hunt for a good foundation that matched my skin tone. I have combination to oily skin so I wanted something matte, medium coverage, weightless and comfortable for everyday wear.
I was told that this is exactly what I was looking for.
Here is a quick overview of the Stay Naked foundation:
- vegan and cruelty-free
- medium coverage and buildable
- weightless and breathable formula
- liquid formula to matte finish
- available in 50 shades
- longwear – for up to 24 hours
DAY 1 – It was my husband and I’s anniversary. I decided to review this foundation on our night out.
I applied the foundation over a moisturized and primed face with a damp beauty blender. The liquid formula blended beautifully onto my skin. I only applied one layer of the foundation but you can layer it for a more full coverage. Then I applied my concealer and baked with the Laura Mercier Loose powder in Translucent, and finished with the rest of my face. So far, I was happy with the feel of the foundation.
After 2 hours of application
After only 2 hours, I noticed creasing and cracking under my eye and around my mouth… Also, the shade of the foundation had gotten a tad bit darker than when I first applied it. I understand that this is due to oxidation but I took every step to prevent this from happening (primer, oil free products, setting with loose powder etc.). I don’t have this problem with my other foundations. I also felt like my face was heavy and cakey! This was a little upsetting considering that I was going out with my husband and had to leave the house in 10 minutes! I decided to give this foundation more time to set in so I left the house as is.
At the end of the night
When I got home from a night out with my husband, I found that the foundation lasted well. However I still found significant cracking and creasing around my eyes and mouth. And the cakey feeling was still very much there. In terms of oiliness, the foundation did well to keep the shine at bay. (I wish I had taken some photos at the end of the night! Sorry guys, had a bit too much to drink…)
I was pretty upset with this foundation after that night! I was considering returning the foundation for a full refund when I decided to give it another go. I’ve learned that I can’t give the foundation a proper review without changing a few steps in my make up routine.
DAY 2 – A few days later, our family decided to hang out by the pool before summer ends. I decided to give the foundation another try but this time, I mixed it with my Aveeno daily moisturizer.
If any of you have tried the Aveeno daily moisturizer (SPF 15), you will find that it has a thicker consistency and a white film because of the SPF component. I knew I would be in the sun by the pool so I wanted some UV protection. I mixed one full pump of the moisturizer with one full pump of the Stay Naked foundation. Once I blended the mixture onto my skin, I already felt the difference. Compared to just the foundation application alone, the moisturizer and foundation mixture felt so much better.
My blemishes were faint but my skin looked natural and almost flawless with a subtle matte finish.
This time, I decided to apply loose power to only one side of my face. I thought, maybe the cakey feeling I had before was because I set my face with loose powder, which may not have been necessary when a matte finish foundation. I was curious to see how each side of my face looked in a few hours…
After a few hours by the pool
What a difference! Significantly less creasing, cracking, and cakey-ness! I felt so comfortable in my skin which is very rare.
In terms of setting with loose powder, I didn’t see much of a difference on either side of my face. Hmm…
After the first try, I was ready to return this foundation for a full refund! I was very disappointed by how the matte finish made my makeup look and feel cakey. I also was upset about all the cracking and creasing around my eyes and mouth.
Once I blended the foundation with my daily moisturizer, it made a huge difference. I can see myself using this foundation-moisturizer blend everyday!
Thanks for reading everyone! xoxo