Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm | Review

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UD 2 UD 3So a couple of weeks ago I was browsing the internet, minding my own business, when BAM, it hit me right between the eyes: a 50% off sale at Feel Unique. Well, what was a girl to do? I’m sure you all understand how helpless I was to resist this, and so I absolutely can’t be held responsible for the money spent. Agreed? Good.

One thing I picked up was this Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm. The RRP of this is £23.50, so it was an utter steal at half price. With the coverage of a BB cream, a SPF of 20 and the promise of a bronzed glow, I decided it would be perfect for my upcoming holiday. And I was SO right.

This stuff is an absolute dream. It’s quite sheer once applied, allowing your own skin to show through, but it also gives the most amazing wash of colour. This is ideal for me because I’m one of those weirdos who hardly ever fake tans my face (pore paranoia, what can I say), so I can apply this to sort out my white-face-orange-body issues and generally make my skin look about 10 x healthier. Although coverage is very light, when paired with a bit of concealer this does actually cover most of my blemishes up.

UD 5UD 6 UD 7The Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm promises to do 5 things:

  • Hydrate; instantly and also over time, this aims to improve the hydration of your skin
  • Prime; you can use this underneath foundation to help it stay put
  • Protect; this contains SPF 25 and also an ingredient that allegedly helps to guard skin against daily stress
  • Perfect; by instantly smooth out lines and minimising pores
  • Treat; within 8 weeks, this should help your skin look firmer and younger

The last one is a very bold claim indeed, and I can’t confirm whether it delivers on this promise as a) I haven’t been using it for 8 weeks, 2) I’ve got some pretty awesome other skincare on the go right now so wouldn’t be able to attribute anything to this and 3) I really have no idea how firm or saggy my skin looks to begin with. HOWEVER, regarding the other 4 claims, I’m happy to say that this delivers. I’m currently wearing it more or less every day, be it on its own to the gym (don’t judge me) or underneath my foundation, and I really do love it. It feels velvety smooth on the skin and just makes me look like the uber-tanned California girl I always wished I was.

Whether or not I’ll repurchase it at full price remains to be seen – I mean I like it, but girl’s got bills to pay, y’know? While this discounted tube lasts, though, I’ll be cherishing it and thanking the Lord for that Feel Unique sale.

Have any of you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

20 Responses

  1. Candice July 22, 2015 / 7:58 am

    I have used anything from urban decay before, this really looks like a great additional to any makeup collection

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      It’s one of the first products I’ve tried properly actually, so it’s definitely made me want to try more! xx

  2. Pam July 22, 2015 / 10:02 am

    I got a few samples of this from a huge UD haul I did a few weeks back, but I never paid too much attention to it. I must try it now given you love it so much 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      Definitely give it a go! Let me know how you get on with it 🙂 xx

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      Ahh would be great if they bought out a few different shades! xx

  3. Jem July 22, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I spent what felt like a week in that sale, added this to my bag then took it out! Totally gutted now!

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Ooh what did you end up getting? It was so good wasn’t it! Sure you got some steals too xx

  4. Annabel July 22, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I’ll try not to make this comment rude…But I did this you wrote “I have pretty amazing skin” not skincare haha!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Haha ‘pretty amazing’ would still be so modest, what do you mean 😉 xx

  5. Ella Grace July 23, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    This bronzing balm looks all kind of beautiful. I have been lusting over the Naked Skin for sometime now. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

    • Claire July 23, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      I’d love to try the non-bronzed version of the BB cream now too! xx

  6. Rachel July 24, 2015 / 12:06 am

    I’m surprised at all the positive reviews this product has been getting! I normally think products like this with all the claims are gimmicky, but this one might be worth trying out! And what a great deal you got!


    • Claire July 25, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      I know what you mean! As I said I’m not sure of the firming benefits yet, but even if that never happens then I’m more than happy with this as it is 🙂 xx

  7. Beth July 24, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I love Urban Decay but I haven’t really heard much about this product, which is a shame as it sounds amazing. I am definitely going to give this a go.

    Beth x

    • Claire July 25, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      I hadn’t heard much about it before either, but so glad I gave it a go! xx

  8. Emma July 27, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    How have I not seen this before, looks perfect? How do you apply it ? xx
    Glossy Boutique

    • Claire July 28, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      I hadn’t heard of it either but so glad I found it 🙂 I apply it with my buffing brush xx

  9. Jasmine August 5, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I almost picked up the mini of this for on holiday but resisted! Maybe I will give it a go as I don’t think the current weather is going to be giving me much of a glow any time soon 🙁 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Claire August 6, 2015 / 1:11 pm

      Ugh I know right, any dream of a natural tan seems to be slipping away! xx

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