One of my favourite things about working in makeup, is learning about everything a brand offers and trying products I had probably never even heard of. I worked for Urban Decay for four months, and even though I no longer do, I feel like I really know the brand and all of its offerings inside out. So I thought it would be interesting to do a post on some of the products that don’t get so much air time and my thoughts on them. We all know and love the Naked palettes, but hopefully I will inspire you to check out something else next time you pass a counter.
The first thing I want to mention is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray which is obviously not a lesser known product, this is one of Urban Decay’s bestsellers and for good reason. I wanted to throw it into this post because it is one of my ultimate holy grail makeup products but I don’t know if I have enough to say on it to ever give it its own post.
This oil-free, paraben-free facial spray is said to lock makeup in place and that is exactly what it does. I have turned all of my family and friends on to this and it saved my life the day of my wedding when I was in the forty degree Las Vegas heat. What people don’t talk about are the others in the range; Deslick and Chill. It was one of the most common questions on counter; what is the difference? Deslick has oil-control so is aimed at more combination/oily skins while Chill offers temperature-control technology and works best on drier skins.
They have recently repackaged the bottles so ignore my photos but the product has stayed the same. You can get any of the three Setting Sprays in either 30ml (€12) or 118ml (€30) bottles with the bigger offering working out as better value for money as you get almost four times the amount.
A product I definitely knew little about before I started working for the brand is the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray. It is designed to be spritzed on before makeup to prepare and prime the skin while evening skin tone, absorbing oil and reducing shine but can also be used over makeup throughout the day. As well as its namesake Vitamin B6, it contains antioxidant Vitamin E and exfoliating willow bark.
I was really excited to try this out because of all of its amazing promises but honestly, I didn’t find my skin less red or my pores minimised or well, anything really. I tend to use this as I would any hydrating spray. It helps meld liquids and powders together if you look a little chalky and it also feels nice and hydrating as a refresher throughout the day but if you’re looking for anything more than that, you may be disappointed with this one.
This is another spray that has recently gotten a makeover and it only comes in the larger 118ml size for €30. To be honest, I rate Mac’s Fix+ over this.
UD are definitely not a brand that springs to mind when you think of brow products but when I met the Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush, I was so surprised that more people weren’t talking about it.
This pencil is said to have a long lasting waterproof formula, a smooth application and a microfine tip that makes it easy to replicate the look of real hairs. Almost everybody heralds the Anastasia Brow Wiz as the ultimate brow pencil and although I haven’t tried it, this instantly made me think of it and when I Googled images, these two look almost identical!
The nib on this is very tiny and precise which makes it really easy to use. It is simple to fill in gaps, create sharp edges and even add tiny individual strokes to replicate hairs.
The other end is a spoolie which is something I hold in high regard because I like to comb all of the foundation/concealer/powder out of my brows before applying product. The spoolie on this is a small, hard one which really does the job too.
Overall I really love this brow pencil and even though I haven’t tested its waterproof claims, it definitely doesn’t fade or smudge throughout the day. Where it does fall down is its colour range – there are only four shades available; Dark (pictured), Neutral Brown, Warm Brown and Taupe. While the shade range is small, the colours are all lovely and very wearable with no bizarre undertones and the taupe is ideal for blondes! I just mean that when compared to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, which comes in ten shades, the range seems small.
In terms of value for money, the Brow Beater costs €19 for 0.05g of product while the Brow Wiz retails for €19.60 for 0.085g of product making ABH’s offering better value but still harder to get your hands on. I definitely recommend trying the Brow Beater out if you’re in the market for a new brow pencil, it doesn’t get the credit it deserves!
Another product I had also never heard anything about is the Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil. I have never liked a concealer pencil before so when I started working for the brand, I just ignored this product straight off the bat. It was only when I started talking about it to a colleague that she told me that it was actually worth a look.
This is available in seven shades of which I have the lightest, CIA. I much prefer products that have names over numbers – MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadow is always going to be more memorable than Inglot’s 450 – but when it comes to concealers with names like CIA, FBI and DEA, it is really hard to distinguish lightest to darkest! I ended up having to swatch all of the pencils to figure out which was the fairest.
This claims to hide blemishes and dark circles with a creamy formula that dries matte and stays put. My experience with concealer pencils has always been that they are too thick, cakey and dry on the skin however that has definitely not been the case with this. I simply scribble it on where I need it and it is creamy enough to buff in with my Beauty Blender. Although it claims to set down matte, it doesn’t go too dry or cakey but it does live up to its long wear promises.
Where this product falls down for me is the colour. While the shade is very pale and a perfect match for my skin tone, I like something a little more brightening and this just doesn’t do that for me. I ended up taking and then retaking these photographs on a different day because you couldn’t tell a difference between the befores and afters but that is actually the result – there just isn’t a huge difference!
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is my all-time holy grail so it was never going to live up to that but if you have darker skin than me and are a fan of pencil concealers, this may be one to check out. It is available on the Debenhams website for €17.50 but the UK Urban Decay website is out of stock of all shades which makes me think they may be discontinuing this.
Another skin product I trialled for the first time on counter is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation. If you know me, you know I love coverage – a lot of it – so a powder foundation will probably never do it for me. However, I do love a powder foundation to use over liquid foundations for a full coverage finish.
This powder comes in a cute pouch which is handy for travelling. This powder kicks up a lot of dust when you touch your brush off it so this keeps the rest of your makeup bag clean.
The powder comes in a compact with a sponge and a large mirror so this product is ideal for touch ups on the go. If you aren’t a fan of powder foundation over liquids, this is still perfect to give you a little boost of coverage throughout the day or fix any makeup meltdowns you may have.
Here I put the powder on over bare skin to show you the level of coverage. This claims to have a velvety formula for weightless, buildable coverage and a luminous demi-matte finish.I would call this a medium coverage and definitely find that its buildable claims are true. Because of its velvety texture, it never feels dry or cakey on the skin.
On the left I’m wearing the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and on the right, I put the Ultra Definition Powder Foundation on top. I should probably explain to you about the shade right about now! There are fourteen shades available which is a brilliant range but at the Urban Decay in the airport (where I worked), we didn’t stock all fourteen and so when I was told to choose a colour as part of my makeup allocation, I opted for the lightest we stocked which is Light Neutral when realistically my match would more than likely be Fair Neutral or even Fair Cool. It looks crazy in the comparison photo but realistically I can make it work by bronzing up my neck etc.
Here it is over the All Nighter with the rest of my makeup applied which looks a lot more normal (although I didn’t bronze my chest as I was wearing it purely for the sake of these photos). This is probably as bronzed as I get and let me tell you, it’s not very dark!
Overall I love the coverage of this for use over foundation and I adore the finish. It still offers radiance and makes skin look flawless. What turns me off is the price. This retails for €33 for 9 grams of product which isn’t a lot and as I mentioned, it kicks up a lot of dust meaning you will definitely hit pan fast on this. You do need to bear in mind that you are, in fact, buying a foundation so the price makes a little more sense when you think of it that way!
If you are looking for a powder with coverage to use for special occasions or you simply don’t mind splashing the cash, I would definitely recommend this. If I happen to be on a spending spree in future, I will definitely consider picking up a better shade in this although I don’t know if I have the will power to keep it for ‘good’ use only.
Another product I definitely feel is worth mentioning is the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer. When this was released two summers ago (I think), there was a huge press drop and every US YouTuber seemed to be talking about it. The packaging is so summery, adorned with palm trees and to be honest, I think the box always got more attention than the product itself.
I mean, it is hard not to mention it – look how cute it is! UD claim that this is a finely milled, super soft formula that applies smoothly, doesn’t streak and gives a radiant glow. It is said to have a sheer, natural looking coverage and a creamy texture that feels amazing on the skin.
There are two shades available; Sunkissed and Bronzed, both of which are matte. I opted for the lighter of the two – Sunkissed – yet was still a little nervous about how it would perform on my pale skin. Fair skinned ladies will know the struggle of finding a bronzer or contour shade that doesn’t look bright orange on your skin!
Sunkissed is the most perfect shade for pale skin as it warms up the complexion without looking orange or muddy at all. In fact, with it being a sheer, buildable formula, it is almost impossible to get this wrong. In case it isn’t apparent, the photos above are meant to be a before and after, even though the bronzer looks really subtle in the second photo. I actually have it buffed all around my hair line and under my chin as well as under my cheekbone. My lighting tends to wash me out a little so don’t worry, in person it isn’t quite as subtle! However if you’re a bronzer newbie or even paler than me (is that a thing?), then this could be a match made in heaven! Bronze babes, check out the Bronzed shade as it was the more popular option of the two on counter and looks amazing on tanned skin.
I won’t lie and say this is my ultimate bronzer of life as I actually don’t mind going a little strong with the contour and this does take a lot of building to get to the level I like but I will still definitely get use out of it and I know that for those who are a little more pared back than me, this could be a life saver. It retails for €29 for 9 grams of product.
I decided to save the best to last, meet my favourite lesser talked about product, the Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen. I love this so much that I would happily dedicate an entire blog post to it but I really don’t think there is that much to say except it works and I love it.
You may recognise the name as the Perversion line stretches across the brand and encompasses anything that is the blackest black. There’s the Perversion Mascara, a 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion, Perversion black lipstick… and now this is one of their latest releases, the Perversion Eye Pen.
This is said to be a super smooth, free flowing pen that lays down intensely black lines with absolute precision. It is also waterproof and promises not to smudge, feather or run.
I am always the first to admit that I hate pen liners. I’m a gel-and-brush gal and find pens next to impossible to use. Yet there is something about this one that just works for me! It lives up to all its claims. It never skips or dries out mid-line, it is incredibly black, it doesn’t smudge and it has some kind of magic nib that makes it actually easy to use!
I still always opt for my Inglot Gel Liner over this but I often pass back over with this afterwards, partcularly if I’ve applied lashes and want to even everything out. I have had a few pens that I have gotten on okay with but more recently if I’ve used any of those, I’ve found myself grabbing this one to go over them as nothing comes close. This is the ultimate pen liner and it has actually changed my opinion on pens altogether! I can’t recommend it enough and am already planning a future post where I compare it to the other pens in my current collection so let me know if that’s of interest to you.
It retails for €21 which isn’t cheap but if you struggle with liner, this is a game changer and definitely worth the price!
So that is my round up of thoughts on Urban Decay products you don’t hear too much about. I still have a lot of UD in my collection and have planned some future in-depth posts on certain products but let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know more about.
Have you tried any of these products?
Do you know of any lesser known products from other brands that deserve attention?
Disclaimer: No PR samples were featured. No affiliate links were used. All of these products were allocated to me when I worked for the brand except for the All Nighter Setting Spray which I bought (countless times!) with my own money. Although I did work for the brand, I am in no way affiliated with them and all views are my own.