Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ~ Photos, Swatches, and Review



I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began testing the Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I had seen some other reviews and had the impression that it may be too dark for my skin and had also heard it had a bit of a tacky feel. Well I’m very happy to report that neither of those issues were present for me. The packaging of the Beauty Balm itself is squeeze tube packaging which I love for the sanitary aspects, lack of trapped/wasted product, and travel friendliness.


I thought I would show you all four sides of the outer box packaging. The front promotes the Beauty Balm as offering an SPF of 20 as well as the benefits of DNA Repair, Optical Blurring, and an Oil Free formula.


Naked Skin is so loaded with anti-aging ingredients that it can replace your anti-aging treatment. It’s that good!

• Pepha®-Protect, derived from watermelon extract, is rich in vitamins and amino acids like citrulline. It helps protect skin’s DNA against the damage caused by daily exposure to UV rays and free radicals.

• High-tech ingredients like Vitasource™ and dGlyage® boost skin firmness and elasticity while blurring fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections.

• Optical blurring pigments diffuse light to blur flaws while giving skin an ultra-definition flawless finish that looks luminous and youthful.

• Naked Skin doesn’t contain oil or paraben.


The Beauty Balm offers an SPF of 20 via Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide. Pepha-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage and skin is firmed, and elasticity improved, with Vitasource and dGlyage. I haven’t used the product long enough to speak to any long term skincare benefits but I’m looking forward to seeing an improvement in my skin.





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I am VERY happy with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I think it is important to note that this product performs more as an all in one skincare and primer solution rather than offering the coverage that most BB Creams offer. I am absolutely loving this as a primer. I still follow my normal skincare routine most of the time but when I am in a hurry I love that I can apply only the Urban Decay Beauty Balm and my skin feels sufficiently moisturized and prepped for makeup. It performs brilliantly as a primer. It evens out some of the redness in my skin, blurs my pores and wrinkles, and helps my foundation last all day. I found it set with a soft, smooth finish and I didn’t experience any tackiness at all. It blended really nicely into my fair skin giving me a bit of a warm glow and taking away redness. I have been using this daily as a primer since receiving it. I find SPF 20 sufficient for these winter days when I am not spending much time outdoors. In the summer I will likely layer a higher SPF underneath.


Naked Skin Beauty Balm (SRP $34) is available from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at,,, and

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  • Leticia - Cosmetics Aficionado
    January 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    This sounds great! I also tend to use BB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers as a prep for makeup.
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  • Joanna
    January 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Looks really great! Has a nice glow to it as well.

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections
    January 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Nice glow for sure on you!! But I am kind of over the whole BB Cream thing now, especially when they have silicones in them. My skin hates cones-it’ll just make me break out! I’m finally learning my lesson haha!
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    • Christa
      January 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Luckily I haven’t noticed any adverse reaction to cones on my skin. I try to avoid overload but don’t stress about some here and there on my face. 😉

  • Taylor
    January 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I I love a good BB cream! I love the Asian brands but find so much trouble coming up with a match. This look lovely on you. Very natural!

  • Marisa Anderson
    January 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm looks amazing! Love the before and afters. Really like all the benefits that is provides in just one product; SPF, primer, anti-aging, vitamins… and so much more! This seems to be the product that has it all!
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