Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

May 27, 2009

Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Review

So you want surreal skin? Yes, well welcome to the club. We all want surreal skin. Perfect skin, flawless, gorgeous skin. A myth? Possibly. But occasionally we run into one or two products that help us fake it. Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder can add to the illusion of flawless skin nirvana.


Click it for the surreal facts about Urban Decay Surreal Skin!

Hello, my name is the Muse and I hate mineral foundations. Yak, itchy, mask-like, flaky, horrible mineral foundation. I've run across maybe one or two mineral foundations that I like and I'll go so far as to admit most end up in the bottom of my draw. I dunno why but I just can't get on board with minerals. However, I will admit that Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Foundation is my go to item for Summer coverage. I like this one, alot. And that's saying something for a mineral foundation hater.

I'm trying to decide if I like this for the formula or if I just love the convenience of the packaging. I'm not on board with the whole tap, swirl, buff routine so this makes things simple. It has a puffy soft sponge on top and a simple dab on my face and a quick swipe around will get my face looking pretty flawless.

I should mention that Philosophy Supernatural comes in the same style packaging but it's not nearly as good. It's not pigmented, quite sheer really, plus it makes me itchy. I didn't experience any of this with Urban Decay Surreal Skin. Surreal Skin is quite pigmented with buildable coverage for sheer or medium application depending on what you reckon your skin needs. This doesn't contain talc so this could be one reason my skin likes it so much.




As the Summer sets in and my forehead decides it wants to shine like a mirror I'll be happy to have Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder in my beauty arsenal. It gives my skin good flawless coverage, keeps it semi-matte without flaking or making my dry skin look worst, doesn't itch, doesn't look like mask, and just generally works brilliantly.

This is one of the few mineral makeups I do like which makes it worthy of a look at. Loves it.

Good stuff and a Summer Makeup Must Have for this Muse!

Anyone try?

Love?

What are your fav mineral foundations?

Tell the Muse!

Labels: , , ,

26 Comments:

Anonymous Laura R said...

L'Oreal's minerals worked well for me last summer, but I know MUAers have given it mixed reviews and I get that it's not for everyone. Plus it can be way too matte if you apply too much. I am currently using Maybelline Mineral Veil as finishing powder, but the colour's not as true and it's low pigment (which works for the purpose). A friend's planning to hook me up with Jane Iredale pressed minerals.

May 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger pixel8162 said...

I feel the same way about mineral powder foundations, they don't seem to work well with my skin, as it tends to be on the normal/dry side. But the summer is coming, and I do need a powdery foundation to combat the humidity, and as a big fan of all things Urban Decay, I'll definitely give this a shot. I have used their Liquid Surreal Skin for years and still use the regular powder wet/dry compact.
I don't love this kind of packaging, however. I've tried it with Rimmel and Mineral Fusions and I end up taking off the puff and taking my kabuki brush to it, b/c I can never seem to shake out enough product through the puff.
Awesome review, as always!
LizMoney

May 27, 2009 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous LizMoney said...

I feel the same way about mineral powder foundations, they don't seem to work well with my skin, as it tends to be on the normal/dry side. But the summer is coming, and I do need a powdery foundation to combat the humidity, and as a big fan of all things Urban Decay, I'll definitely give this a shot. I have used their Liquid Surreal Skin for years and still use the regular powder wet/dry compact.
I don't love this kind of packaging, however. I've tried it with Rimmel and Mineral Fusions and I end up taking off the puff and taking my kabuki brush to it, b/c I can never seem to shake out enough product through the puff.
Awesome review, as always!
LizMoney

May 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Kelly Gould said...

I think it's the bismuth that most people have a reaction to that cause the itchies in warmer weather, or so I am told. I can't use my usual mineral foundation in the summer for that very reason and it makes me nuts! Don't give up on minerals yet- Purely Cosmetic and About Face have nice alternatives that are top notch as far as ingredients you are likely to have a reaction to!

May 27, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Anonymous sarahPUFFY said...

no matter how hard I tried I couldn't make it work. application was always splotchy, and the shade didn't match. even when at my palest in the winter, the foundation was still too light (bought the darkest shade). at least philosophy has my shade! garsh -___-

May 27, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

The primary reason I love mineral makeup is because it's pale enough for me. My favorite MAC foundation (Moisturefix) was too dark.

My favorite mineral foundations right now are:
Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing foundation in Fair Maiden
Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese
Fyrinnae Mica-Free Foundation in Moonstone

I've never had a reaction to one of those three, but several other mineral makeup brands have made me itch and caused me to break out.

May 27, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura

haven't tried loreal yet but I tried maybelline but wasn't loving it too much, made me itchy a bit :(
Jane iredale you say? Hmmm! Must look at her minerals!

May 27, 2009 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi pixel!

ditto for me except summer time when they work pretty well :-D I never tried the bottle sureal skin and have always been curious you like it than?

that's true it does kinda not give enough..I find if I tap it on my cheeks that sometimes makes it come out well :-D

thank ye hun :-0D

May 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Kelly Gould!

Interesting...I thought it might be the talc :P

About face I haven't tried and purely cosmetics I've been meaning to indulge for a while now :-D

thanks for the tips darlin'!

May 27, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey sarah!

I admit some of the shades don't look entirely suitable for darker skin tones. I love this one...and that's saying alot as I hate minerals :-D

May 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

oh duh kelly the shespace :-D

anyone that refers to it as About Face I'm like what?!

May 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd my mineral queen!

that's b.c your blessed with gorgeous skin :-D

how about aromaleigh any break outs?

May 27, 2009 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Ok, let me just tell you I LOVE Aromaleigh's Glissade formula.
That being said, I can't find a good match in their colors. I thought I was 1YL but it looks too yellow on me.
I have a mix of undertones: a bit of beige a bit of cream a bit of peach a bit of yellow and a little bit of a pink overtone.

I've been experimenting with mixes of Alabaster, 1CL and 1N, but can't quite figure out the best mix for my skin.

With as many colors as Aromaleigh offers, you'd think I'd be able to find a match, but my undertones make me such a pain!

May 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Bev said...

I just bought this a couple of weeks ago. I've had very oily but dehydrated skin for a long time, so I've avoided minerals because I felt they'd just show up my flaky bits - yuck!! Since I changed all my skin care, my skin looks and feels alot better and a SA tried this on me. I was SO impressed. It did feel a little itchy to start with, but that seems to have gone.

I haven't tried the puff. I use a UD blusher brush and the Too Faced Kabuki, and I seem to get a good finish from that. I have it in Illusion and Nirvana - wearing Nirvana for now, but it's a tiny bit dark for me so intend to mix it with Illusion to lighten it a tiny bit when the summer leaves us.

Alas, I have a tiny suspicion this might be causing the odd blemish on me, though I can't be sure right now. It's either this or the Korres Primer, or perhaps it could be hormonal. Hoping for the latter!

It has changed my mind about mineral foundations, though I'd love to find another one without parabens and the like. But I'm very happy with the product for now. :)

BTW, Muse - have you seen the new eyshadows and liquid eyeliners from UD? They are BEAUTIFUL!!! Minx and Ecstacy are the colours - the liners are on UD's site but the shadows aren't. Think they are on Sephora though. The liners are amazing, and Minx eyeshadow is to die for, kind of like Flipside mixed with Shattered and Midnight Cowboy. Anyhoo, thought you'd be interested. :) xxx

May 27, 2009 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY! said...

same here! I bought it thinking I would fall in love with minerals afterwards. sadly it wasn't the case. I still ADORE the De-Slick compact, though. I'm considering buying Too Faced's translucent powder compact (its cheaper and I wont be afraid to drop it!) but gosh...I <3 De-Slick too much!

May 27, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Mel said...

I've had this in Illusion for a year now and I really like it. I'm not a foundation girl in general and so I only wear it for special occasions: like my wedding a year ago! That's when I went into Sephora and the UD guy was on site and made me up. I love this foundation. The puff is so simple for a quick application and it applies beautifully with a brush if you take the time. Not a single breakout when using this. I haven't used any other mineral foundations but this beats creams hands-down for me.

May 27, 2009 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Jodie said...

Yeayyy I can finally comment since I have a blog =)
I am a long time lurker of the Muse... I gota say, thanks for doing this review. I have always had a lemming for this foundation. Now I think I have the confidence to buy it.

May 28, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd I had a hard time deciding on a shade myself. I ended up going with a possibly too light shade but have to see when it arrives :-D

May 28, 2009 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

bev,

same prob as you. quite dry here and yes the 1st try with this felt very itchy but a few uses and it's stunning!

:-D

no pimples yet thankfully...and I've been using korres primer too, had a tiny sting when I first started using this and I thought it might break me out but so far we are BFF :-D I think for the most part it's just an adjust period :-D

YES YES YES I seen :-D I picked up both shadows. LOVEZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

May 28, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw damn sarah sorry to hear. thought it might be a love for you! :(

May 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

mel,

lucky yoU! Wish I can get away without foundation but I feel nekkid without :-D

totally a great success story with UD though, glad you're loving. I'm on the same kick, it's a love for me too! :-D

May 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

I can't wait to hear what you think!

*big hug*

May 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jodie!

thanks for coming on the comment wahooo! good luck with your new blog :-D

This was a love for me, hate minerals but liking this. Def give a try out, think you'll like it!

Thanks for the awesome comment and reading Musings so long MWAH!

May 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

yay!! Finally, someone else who loves this min. powder foundie!! I love this over tinted moisturizer or a bb cream.
I agree, I hate ITCHY minerals *ahem* bare escentuals...
bismuth oxychloride sucks butt :(

May 29, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi whit!

absolutelyyyyyyyyy hate itchy minerals too :-D

this is just right! glad you're loving it too! good stuff!

June 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

dd

it's a coming shortly :-D

June 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comment! Comments are moderated and won't display right away. Thank you.

Please keep in mind all of the following when commenting. Readers are solely responsible for the content of the comments they post here. Comments are subject to the site's terms and conditions of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the editor of Musings of a Muse. Readers whose comments violate the terms of use may have their comments removed by the editor without notice.

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home