The new BB cream on the block: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm.
Unless you’ve been stuck on a deserted island for the past year, chances are you know about the 2012 rise of the beauty balm, also known as BB cream. Jumping on the BB bandwagon in 2013 is Urban Decay with its recently released Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20.
This lightweight, oil-free multi-tasker aims to replace your other beauty staples by hydrating, priming, protecting and treating skin, all while providing a sheer, flawless finish. Backed by clinical studies, Naked Skin Beauty Balm helps to diminish skin woes like wrinkles, lines and redness and lack of firmness. In fact, their studies showed that 93% of participants had significantly firmer, more lifted skin after eight weeks of use.
After cleansing your skin, simply smooth Naked Skin Beauty Balm over your face – you can layer over moisturizer if you need extra hydration – and your skincare routine is complete. The formula offers SPF 20 protection and an ingredient dubbed "Pepha-Protect" that inhibits DNA damage.
Naked Skin Beauty Balm is reminiscent of a tinted moisturizer with its milky consistency and lightly tinted formula. The product is available only in one shade, but the cream is so sheer it blends flawlessly into your skin. On its own, the formula didn’t provide enough coverage to hide my imperfections, and I layered mineral foundation over it to complete my look. In all fairness, Naked Skin Beauty Balm is not meant to be used as a foundation and instead, diffuses light with high-tech pigments that gives your skin a natural, "naked" look. The balm did appear to make my skin look smoother, served as a great primer and was hydrating enough for me to eliminate my moisturizer.
I’d recommend Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm if you're looking to eliminate several steps in your routine and don't need heavier coverage.
Spa Girls, have you tried a BB cream yet? What do you think of this craze?