Quest for the Perfect Foundation

Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup Foundation No. 11 Swatches and Review by Erin Baynham

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation No. 11 I know I'm a little late to this party, but better late then never, no? I bought the Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup a couple months ago, and it has definitely been in heavy rotation.It's a $40 foundation, so it better be amazing.

As you can see, you get a lot in a single pump. This could coverage your entire face if you wanted it to. But you really have to be careful, since there's only an ounce of product in the package. It'll take me a good while to finish it, since I rotate foundations.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation No. 11

Price: $39 Weight: 1 oz.

Here's a before and after picture of the foundation, so you can see just how much it covers. It really evens my skin out without looking unnatural. It's not too red or too yellow, which is great for me since I'm a bit of both.

Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup No. 11

Urban Decay describes it as:

Coverage without compromise. Our weightless formula blurs imperfections for a flawless finish that feels invisible, but looks professionally retouched. Whoever said 'you can't have the best of both worlds' never tried Naked Skin. Not only does our new light-as-air foundation give you the buildable coverage you desire – it also looks and feels like you're wearing absolutely nothing.Naked Skin uses light-diffusing spheres to 'blur' imperfections for a luminous, demi-matte finish that feels invisible but looks professionally retouched. Naked Skin is oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and loaded with nourishing ingredients:

How I Apply

I like to use my good old faithful Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($9), among others. It's inexpensive and buffs like crazy. Can't get enough.


This foundation is totally buildable-- the more you add, the more coverage you get. Just as the name suggests, it's totally weightless. I never feel like I have on a face full of makeup. This picture was taken minutes after I applied my foundation. I didn't apply a powder, just so I could see how powerful the foundation was on it's own. The foundation does transfer, but not as much as typical foundations.

Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup No. 11


The picture below was taken six hours later. As you can see, there is minimal shine, which is pretty impressive for me. Although I have dryer skin, my t-zone gets oily fairly quickly. As you can see, there isn't too much oil there. Very nice.

Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup No. 11

 Overall, I really like this foundation. There are only a few foundations that I have in constant rotation, and this is one of them. Purchase and try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup at Ulta, Sephora and Nordstrom.

Quest for the Perfect Foundation: The Make Up For Ever Complexion Kit by Erin Baynham

Make Up For Ever Complexion Kit You all know how I feel about MUFE. I sing its praises all the time. Sephora is offering a new complexion kit, featuring a full-sized HD foundation, a mini HD-translucent powder and primer. Not only that, but you get the softest, fluffiest, most awesome kabuki brush known to man. I wear no. 175, which I love. If you purchase this kit, you get $30 off of regular retail price!! Yep, this $80 kit will supply you with everything you need for a lovely face. Can't beat that! For more information, check out the HD complexion kit here.

Looking for a tutorial on how to use this fantastic foundation? Here's one by yours truly! 
Note: These products were provided by the PR company for review consideration. I speak only the truth. I promise. 

MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Images, Swatches, Review, Comparison Chart by Erin Baynham

IMG_0799 Edit: This post has been edited on 1/23/15 with new images, before and after photos.

Product Description: Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 features innovative patented pigment technology, which encapsulates micronized pigment particles in translucent spheres. The technology gives true-to-life shade perfection and unprecedented coverage while allowing the skin’s natural shade to show through. The result is a customized shade with a demi matte finish, giving skin the natural colour without looking ashy or chalky. Featuring 14 shades, Matchmaster contains the lightest and darkest shades of all M·A·C’s foundations, giving artists and consumers more versatility than ever before.

Comes in the following shades: 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0

This range of foundations includes the lightest and darkest shades that MAC has ever made, plus some new shades in between. This is a BIG plus for MAC. When I used to work for them, there were many people I'd have to turn away because there were no shades for them. Please pay attention to the half shades toward the end of the spectrum. This is really great for us brown girls, because they've given us way more options. That's almost 10 shades for us. Very nice.

MAC Matchmaster 7.5

After I applied the foundation all over, I got a much better feeling about it. While it was still a little yellow, I really like that I had such a fresh look. Normally I'd apply a powder with some red in it (see the Makeup Up For Ever powder that I'm obsessed with) to even out the look, but when I review foundations, I like to see what the product will do for me without using anything else to alter it.

Here is a comparison chart that I found via Google search from There may be more information available there, click the image to head straight over to their site.

MAC Matchmaster 8.0

Here's a picture of me wearing Matchmaster foundation in 8.0 at the Oyin Handmade store. The foundation looks very natural (but very shiny--it was very hot that day), even though I did a medium-full coverage. I'm sure a mix of 7.5 and 8.0 would be a great mix. You can see that there was a big difference in my face and chest. I took the picture with natural light and no flash, but it looked as if the foundation had gotten darker throughout the day. I'm trying to take my tan into consideration, Also, my forehead is oil-slick city! This foundation wasn't created specifically for oily skin, and I didn't blot or apply powder throughout the day. I can't really be mad at the situation on my nose and forehead, can I?


MAC Matchmaster 7.5

Here's what my face looked like six hours after I applied my foundation. Since it's Winter, I don't get craaaazy oily.


I did like the foundation, but I own so many that I adore, so it won't be my go-to. I'd say this is a good everyday foundation, but I don't want to scream while jumping down in excitement over it. It is definitely an awesome concept. This entire post might change if I go to the counter to find my exact shade. If you decide to purchase, I'd definitely say to get matched professionally. Hopefully the above conversion chart will help. If you have a skin tone that's hard to match for foundation, this may be your answer

Price: $34, Available September 22nd

Where to purchase:

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Note: This product was sent for possible review consideration. This gave me the ability to touch, swatch and accurately review the product. This post reflects my honest opinion. The Gilt link is an affiliate link.