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Product Review: Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

There aren't many makeup products that leave me feeling totally ickified, but Urban Decay's De-Slick Mattifying Powder ($28) is one of them. Everything from the application method to the way it looks and feels on your face is a colossal disaster.

The hard-pressed light lavender (although it claims to be translucent) powder is difficult to get onto your brush, so you are pretty much forced to use the puff that comes inside. The powder feels chalky to the touch and doesn't spread well. In fact, because it's so oil-absorbent, it makes your skin feel dry, almost like it's cracking.

I was really bummed with the results, because I like a mattifier for my T-zone from time to time, and a powder compact in a cute purple case seemed like a great solution. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that unless you are going for a Bride of Dracula, Dita Von Teese, super-matte, pale face look (or if you happen to be someone with extremely oily skin), I'd steer clear of this powder.

See reader reviews of this product and add your own here!

JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
The lavender color really turns me off from this product and anyway I hardly ever get the greasies. I love the compact, it's so cute.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I find sometimes the much cheaper "who knew" product is the best. In the summer I find myself with a little more "shine" than I want, but I didn't want something too cakey and so forth. I pickes up NYC translucent powder compact at Walmart and it's perfect for me and it was CHEAP. I know some people assume if it's cheap it won't work or be bad for your skin but it's hardly either. I would recommend it for people who just want a little something to combat shine. :)
Wolfie Wolfie 9 years
Hey SarahPUFFY, thanks for that, I bought this today because of your recommendation. My skin is going crazy at the minute with hormones and this really made a difference today!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Who knew a product review could be so controversial!?
pywacket pywacket 9 years
Let's give this one more shot and then I'm out. Yes, we all have a right to our own opinion, however comma If I were to stand next to Nicole Kidman, she would thank me because I would make her look tan. If, as a really pale person, I then hopped up onto my cosmetic soapbox and gave a negative review of Fashion Fair foundation in Sable because it didn't blend in to my skin properly, my review would be misplaced. Just a tad. Good weekend to y'all.
rockd_out_vxn rockd_out_vxn 9 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. It works perfectly for me. And though yes, the review was the opinion of the reviewer, it's on a website dedicated to inform readers of make-up. And to be frank, it really was a very biased review. I love my de-slick and apparently others do to.
liltandweave liltandweave 9 years
I'm not sure why people are getting so up in arms about this. If she didn't like the product, she didn't like the product. It's just a review, which is just one person's opinion. If the product worked for you, that's great! But it's still Bella's prerogative to do the review in whatever manner she wants.
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
pywacket - you took the words RIGHT out of my nerdy mouth.
pywacket pywacket 9 years
ARGH!!!Really uninformed review. With all due respect to the reviewer: It is ludicrous, not to mention irresponsible, to scathingly review a product made for a different skin type with the basic reasoning being you hated it because it did what it's supposed to do. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder tried to tell you the consumer to whom it was directed. The words "De-Slick," "Mattifying" and "Powder" were supposed to clue you in. IT'S MADE FOR OILY PEOPLE. REALLY OILY PEOPLE. Bloggers whose self-description includes looking for something to mattify the "t-zone from time to time," are not "slick" and do not require mattifying. And no, I'm not Urban Decay's mother, I just find it odd to see so many readers give an obviously misguided review such credence. There is a good cross-section of (relatively high) opinions of this product on MUA, btw.
Spicyeggplant Spicyeggplant 9 years
Count me in with Kyley and sarahPuffy!!! This is actually one of my all time favorite products. People always compliment me on my skin just after I blot with this powder. So weird how different people can have such different experiences...
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
WHOO! Thanks Kyley! That the only time when I notice whitetoo! I actually don't care to use a brush with it, and prefer the sponge because it helps blot the oil - which is what its for anyways. Next to MSFN, its the only powder that doesn't get cakey or ashy when I apply it in layers.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
hmm... i'll have to try this myself to see it if works!
Kyley Kyley 9 years
sarahPUFFY I am with you! The powder blends well and sucks up my oilness. I love this product and it is one of the few that I tote everywhere with me. I have pale skin that tans easily and I only notice a whiteness if I have glommed too much on my face.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I'll add to the litany of "I was thinking about this..." - in fact, I almost bought it in Ulta earlier today! Thankfully I splurged on some Stila shadows instead!
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
Wow I think that's the worse review i've ever read on a beauty product. Another not so great review comes to mind from another blog, it was on the UDPP. I use Mac's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural for my t-zone. It works well for me. Lately i've been using Cliniques blotting papers too so I don't powder my face too much.
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
Are you serious? This is the best thing I've ever used, personally. This is VERY dark girl friendly as well. I found that it spread easily on my skin, and it absorbed oil pretty damn well. And I have a olive-y, medium deep skintone, and I was left with NO white cast. My skin looks BETTER after using it. Sorry it didn't work for you! Mrr...I'll have to post the official review of this on my blog once my cold goes away. ;-;!
minahmacchiato minahmacchiato 9 years
when i first looked at the product i was excited. after reading the article, however, there is no way i'm going to try this product. thanks for the heads up :)
emalove emalove 9 years
I was just reading about this earlier sounded promising, but I think I'll pass on it now!
soapbox soapbox 9 years
I was just looking at this today. I didn't even have to try it; just the color itself looked as if it would leave a white film behind.
vieve vieve 9 years
aww. i was thinking of trying that. nevermind
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