I’ve never been particularly interested beauty balms, mostly because of the level of marketing hype that seems to surround them, at least in the US. But after receiving a sample of the Urban Decay Beauty Balm, I was pleasantly surprised.
Claims about skincare benefits aside – to me, this is a primer. And a really, really good one. It extends the wear of my foundation, keeps my T-zone less oily longer, and feels completely silky on my skin.
When I first saw the color, I thought – how could UD think this would be flattering on anyone, let alone “univerally.” It’s a very pink beige. The type of color that tends to read artificial and orange-y.
But, when you apply a thin layer as a primer, something magical happens. The pigment blends away and it becomes almost translucent. You’re left with a slightly more even skin tone and minimized pores with barely a trace of orange. Thankfully, there’s not quite enough pigment to alter the color of foundations applied over it.
I don’t wear this on its own, but Urban Decay does say you can use it that way. Alone, the effect is subtle and my self-portrait skills aren’t good enough to really capture it. For that, I recommend checking out Christine at Temptalia’s Urban Decay Beauty Balm review - she has great before and after photos that show the difference this product makes.
June marks my first year of beauty blogging. It’s completely surreal that my blog is a year old – I just can’t wrap my head around it. It’s truly a case of time flying when you’re really enjoying what you’re doing.
In the spirit of my blog’s first birthday, I picked up an extra Urban Decay Beauty Balm to give away. I embedded this giveaway deeper in the post than usual, hoping to deter some of the giveaway spam I’ve gotten in the past. The giveaway opens June 6, 2013 and runs until June 20, 2013. I’ll ship worldwide. For any details/additional rules, please see the Terms & Conditions section in the Rafflecopter widget below
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Note (7/23/13): Urban Decay’s parent company is not cruelty-free, but they have maintained their cruelty-free practices & remain Leaping Bunny certified.