During the recent Ulta sales, a few products from Urban Decay were half off. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed anything from the brand but I have tried some of their cult favorite products; like the Primer Potion, All Nighter Setting Mist and Vice Lipstick. I liked all three of those products but I didn’t think they were anywhere near worth their high price tag. I’ve since found more affordable alternatives. As a whole, Urban Decay doesn’t interest me much BUT I was intrigued by their Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Foundation and Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain.
The Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Foundation is $29.00 and you get 1.1 ounces of product. It’s packaged in a squeeze tube bottle; my personal favorite. It’s available in twelve shades and I have 30 Light Neutral. This is supposed to be a neutral tone but I think it leans more warm. This foundation claims to provide long lasting, medium coverage with a glowy finish. It also claims to be good for all skin types. It contains kombucha filtrate and marula oil for added hydration.
My skin type is combination with large pores and acne scars.
I really like this foundation but I don’t know that I love it. It is definitely medium coverage, glowy and hydrating. I really like all of those aspects but I don’t agree with the claim that this foundation is good for all skin types. I tend to get oily in my T-zone and that was very noticeable with this foundation. I know that some like the really “glowy” look but in my opinion, it just looks greasy. It also creases immediately because it’s so hydrating. Powder does help both of those issues but doesn’t totally fix them.
I found that this foundation applied and wore best if I blended it with my fingers and wore no primer with very little concealer. It didn’t mesh well with many of my other products but the coverage was good enough to where I didn’t mind wearing the foundation alone. It looked very pretty and natural on my skin.
The first two pictures are of my skin with nothing on it and the second two are with one layer of the foundation. You can still see some blemishes and darkness peeking through but the coverage is a pretty solid medium.
These three pictures are of my finished makeup on different days. The only time I wore concealer was for the look on the left. I really liked how my makeup looked all of these days and liked how this foundation looked on me overall. I feel that it gave me a “my skin but better” kind of look.
This was my foundation after about eight hours of wear. I’m not wearing any primer or concealer and used a small amount of powder. It is very glowy (oily) and has creased but overall, I think it still looked pretty good.
Whether or not you like this foundation will come down to skin type and preference. I don’t think this would be the best option for oily skin because the formula is so glowy on its own. If creasing is also an issue for you, this formula probably wouldn’t be the best choice. Other than that, I really like it and think it’s worth trying.
The Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain is $26.00 and has a typical brow pencil on one end with a felt tip stain on the other. It’s available in nine shades and I have Dark Drapes, a neutral dark brown. It claims to be waterproof and deliver the precision of microblading.
I really like the pencil side of this product. It’s creamy, easy to use and lasts all day. It’s also a perfect match for my brow hairs. However, I HATE the ink stain side. It has a reddish tint and it’s difficult to use. In the swatch pictures above, you can see how thick and uneven the ink stain line is. It was next to impossible for me to create a precise line with it because the product in the felt tip is too “juicy” and messy.
My right eyebrow is my problem brow. It has a large gap in the front but I feel that this pencil really made it look good. In the picture above, I did use both the pencil and ink stain sides but since then, I have only used the pencil and I feel like my results are the same. As much as I like the formula of the pencil, I can’t recommend just half the product at the full $26.00.
As always, my recommendation is to wait until a sale to buy either of these products. Urban Decay frequently goes half off and both of these are worth the half off price. If you’ve tried either of them, let me know what you thought. Thanks for reading and have a great day!