Review: Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills

When it comes to make up, I like to keep it clean and simple. Just give me a nice and light foundation, a bit of concealer and I am good to go. My previous NYX foundation and concealer did a good enough job, but upon finishing them , I decided to go for something different. I like to try on my make up before purchasing it, which made it difficult to buy online. I like to test the product first, see how it looks and feels on my skin, so I didn’t want to just order something for the sake of it, without knowing if it will work well for me or not.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any organic make up at the department store, so I decided to test Anastasia Beverly Hills and Urban Decay this time.

A bit of background about these companies before the review:

Anastasia Beverly Hills

This brand is certified by PETA, so they are completely cruelty free. They’ve also refused to sell their products where animal testing is required by law. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a range of vegan and non-vegan products. Make sure to ask your local seller for more information if you are looking for vegan make-up.

Urban Decay

Urban Decay remains to be cruelty free, despite their acquisition by L’Oreal in 2012. Their animal testing statement reads:

“Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand and is committed to ending animal testing. We do not test our products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Our Brand is certified by PETA as cruelty-free.”

Similarly to Anastasia Beverly Hills, not all of their products are vegan.

The review:

Foundation: Naked Skin by Urban Decay: One & Done, Blur on the run – touch up and finishing balm

After doing a bit of research online, I’ve read a lot of negative reviews about this product, so be wary that, as with every product out there, the results vary from skin to skin. This is why it’s always best to head over to your nearest UD shop, test your make-up and see how you feel about it before buying it.

For me personally, this is one of the best foundations I’ve used in a while. If you are into that natural, glowy skin look, you will love this product. It feels light, evens out my skin tone nicely, and it really does have that blurring effect on my pores and imperfections. I simply apply it over my moisturizer and I’m good to go.

Concealer: Naked skin by Urban Decay

I really enjoy this concealer. It doesn’t feel dry, which is something I really appreciate when it comes to make-up. It’s got a nice creamy consistency and it feels very hydrating on the skin. The coverage is medium, but you could layer it up if needed without it looking too cakey. I normally use it to brighten up my under-eyes area, and it blends in beautifully.

Brow Gel: Tinted Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills

My first ever brow product! I really wasn’t sure that I need a tinted brow gel, since my brows are quite thick and dark, but this one has been a revelation! It’s like mascara, but for brows and I am hooked! I was worried that it would make my brows look very dark and unnatural, but the formula is great! It lasts long, gives you a nice natural tint and keeps your brows in place the entire day. This is deffinetly a product that will become part of my daily make-up routine.

So there you have it. A quick little review of my spring time make-up basics. I love the fact that I can keep my skin looking fresh and natural without applying too many products on it.

Any other must haves out there I should know about? Let me know what you think about these products if you have tried them, and if they worked well for you or not.


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