Today’s post is a review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, which I purchased in April during the Sephora VIB sale. Correctors were huge in 2016, and at the time I was interested in trying one, but I didn’t really have enough issues that warranted a colour corrector. However, I’ve had some hyperpigmentation issues in the last half a year from breakout scars, and even a high-coverage concealer wasn’t able to cover them up. That’s when I decided to give correctors a try to see if it would get the job done.
Just a note, I have close-up photos of my bare skin, which I’m super self-conscious about lately. Read on to see my thoughts on how this corrector works on these problem areas!
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid retails at $35 for 6.2 g and is made in the USA. For Canadians, the easiest way to find it at Sephora, Ulta, Urban Decay, and the Beauty Boutique at Shoppers Drug Mart.
I purchased this corrector in the shade green, which is supposed to neutralize redness. It also comes in lavender (to cancel sallowness), pink (to brighten dark areas), yellow (to correct dullness), peach (to mask circles and spots), and a deep peach for dark skin tones.
From the Urban Decay website: The Color Correcting Fluids is a liquid corrector that “uses a new, lightweight formula that neutralizes and blurs imperfections, leaving skin illuminated and bright. The formula is is supposed to have pearlescent pigments which diffuse light to make the skin look perfect, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect.
The corrector comes in liquid form, so it is packaged in a clear tube with a silver cap – the packaging is very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealers. The wand is a flat shape instead of the usual doe-foot applicators. For me, the different applicator shape doesn’t really make a difference to me, since the tip is more or less the same size as a doe-foot, and for my particular issues I only use the tip of the wand anyways.
First of all, let’s talk about the scent. To me, it smells a little like cardboard, but I don’t find it offensive. I can only smell it if I put my nose right to the applicator or tube, but not as I’m applying it to my face.
The green corrector is a bright-ish mint shade. It works fairly well with my skin, but I’m actually a bit curious as to whether this shade is suitable for a wide variety of skin colours – I feel like this colour will just not work for those who are really fair or really dark, but I have yet to read a review from someone whose skin tone is on the far ends of the spectrum.
Similar to the packaging, the formula of the corrector is supposed to be based off of their Naked Skin corrector. I have never used the corrector before, so unfortunately I can’t compare the formula to see if this is true or not. The consistency is really creamy yet lightweight, and it doesn’t feel sticky. It can be built up from sheer to opaque depending on what you want to use it for, and it sets nicely without creasing. The corrector doesn’t look cakey at all once applied onto the face, even if if layer it.
After I first bought this, I was pretty darn close to returning it, because it just wasn’t performing the way I wanted it to. I applied this under my concealer and foundation in hopes that it would cancel red spots on my face, but it wasn’t performing the way I hoped.
The way I applied this when I first bought it was dotting it right on top of the spots that needed covering up, and then blending it out the way you would a concealer. Afterwards, I would apply concealer and foundation on top as per usual. I found that applying it this way made it way too sheer to make a difference in covering anything up – it looked no different than when I only used concealer and foundation without the corrector.
After playing around with it for a few days, I found that the trick is to dot it on the problem areas (photo on the left), and then smoothing it out so that there’s a thin layer of the corrector on each spot, but it’s not in a glob. I leave it opaque like the photo on the right, instead of completely sheering it out or blending it into my skin. Then, I wait a few minutes for it to set a little, and then I apply concealer on top and blend it out. Lastly, foundation goes on top.
I really like the way my skin looks with after using these products together. Even though I don’t blend the corrector into my skin, the concealer and foundation are able to cover it up so that you don’t see any green spots on my face. As you can see in the photo above, you can still see a little bit of imperfection under my foundation, but honestly, I’m totally okay with that. I prefer my skin to look more on the natural side, anyways. Without the corrector, the hyperpigmentation peeks through too much for my liking.
-Lightweight but creamy consistency
-Looks natural on skin
-Shade may not work well across all skintones
Honestly, I really enjoy this corrector, and I think once I finish this one up, I am more than happy to try green correctors from other brands.