Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Optical Illusion Complexion Primer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 156.
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This velvety soft, lightweight primer has a slight pink tint to illuminate skin pre-makeup, but drie ... Read more


Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

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This velvety soft, lightweight primer has a slight pink tint to illuminate skin pre-makeup, but dries down to a translucent, matte finish. Like the name suggests, Optical Illusion creates an optical veil of scattered light, giving skin a soft-focus effect. The result? A beautiful, airbrushed finish (no Photoshop skills necessary)! Our cushy formula provides just enough glide to fill in lines for a smoothed-out complexion, and dries down to the perfect powdery finish.

In a clinical study of Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, immediately after use:*

• 90% of participants had a reduction in pore visibility.
• 90% had smoother-looking skin.
• 93% had more even-toned skin.
• 81% had a visible reduction in fine lines and blemishes.

*Based on clinical grading in a 30-person study.

This cushiony formula contains optical blurring pigments for beautifully perfected skin. A luxurious blend of argan, rosehip and meadowfoam seed oils provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits while vitamin E conditions.

Optical Illusion Complexion Primer comes in a luxurious clear bottle with a metallized gunmetal cap and base. We even equipped the bottle with an airless pump—so it’s easy to get out every last bit of product.

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.

Fill Weight: 28 ml / 0.95 fl oz

To use, apply all over skin before foundation or powder. The perfect all-around primer, this formula works great for EVERY skin type and concern. For hydrated skin that’s perfected and protected, start with Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray and apply our Urban Defense Complexion Primer, which has an SPF of 30. Finish with Optical Illusion and apply your makeup as usual.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate Benzoate, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil / Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Dimethiconol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aqua / Water, Hydroxyapatite, Sodium Olivoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. [+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides].


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes Please! I was searching for another primer after I finished my previous one which I wasn't a huge fan of. I love everything UD and this is a new product so I thought of course I'm going to try it. I LOVE IT. It makes your skin feel soft. Goes on amazing. Perfect to pair with my Naked liquid foundation and you get a lot for your money. The tube is bigger than I thought it was going to be. Definitely a bang for your buck <3
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! This! I love it when a product lives up to the hype and expectations. This one does, and then exceeds them. Perfect porcelain skin in one easy step, and it really does last all day. I've been wearing it for 12 hours now, still flawless. Comfy, feels great, smells wonderful, and it's easy to apply. Can't be beat at any price, and trust me - I've tried just about everything there is. This is the holy grail.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I don't need to wait any length of time to give a review! I only received it today and thought I would just try a little at home.. not going anywhere, before trying it when I knew I was going out. Well it's amazing! It feels like silk going on! I am no spring chicken and it even helps the appearance of my skin! I absolutely LOVE it! Completely love it and I didn't even get to adding my foundation! I think I'm going to have to try the foundation also and I didn't think I would ever change my foundation! Try it, guarantee you won't be disappointed! I haven't even mentioned the packaging.. believe me, the way Urban Decay packages your products, nothing will be broken!
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! But... This is an excellent primer if you have dry skin! It makes my makeup perfectly adhere and blurs it to perfection... on my cheeks. Well, everywhere except my forehead. Now, I'm a novice when it comes to primers, actually this is the first primer I've ever used! The first time I used it, I may have used too little because, though the rest of my face was perfectly primed, but it made my forehead dry and it emphasized the flakes on my face. And it was right after exfoliating! The second time I used it, it may have been too much and it left my face feeling greasy. For reference the first time I used it, it was 2 pumps and the second, 3. I really do like this product and I do recommend it to people, but it may be hard to find a happy medium if your skin is dry and temperamental like mine.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was so impressed! I usually use a different primer, but got this to try and HOLY COW, it's awesome. I have used to UD foundation for over a year and had a hard time finding a primer that worked well with it, but this primer was obviously made to compliment the foundation. I work 12-14 hour shifts and use this primer, UD foundation, and UD all-nighter setting spray and my makeup looks just as fresh after work as it did before. With other primers, my makeup looks shiny after about 6 hours. I didn't expect such a huge difference and I'm so glad I gave this one a shot.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES I was never a big primer user, but once these new ones came out, Optical Illusion was the first to grab me. I tested it in store, and new I would love it. It's seriously changed everything for me. I have combo skin, and using this makes everything look better. My All Nighter applies smoother, and even without makeup on my pores, especially around my nose and fronts of my cheeks, are visibly smaller. I want to try the other releases, but don't want to stray from this one!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLY GRAIL!!!! After trying numerous primers for under eye fine lines and wrinkles and none of them doing what they had promised, I went to Ulta and had the make up artist recommend this product. If I could give it 10 stars I would. It not only fills in the lines but keeps your concealer looking perfect. If you have this issue please try this product and you will not be disappointed!!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great primer I've been very happy with this primer. It definitely helps my foundation last longer and it also cuts down on the amount of foundation I need to use. It's sort of a funny white, thick consistency which is why I only gave it 4 stars for ease of application. Once you get used to how much you want to use (only one pump will cover your whole face if you distribute it correctly) then it's easy to use but it's not appealing. However, it's totally worth it and I would recommend it! also, it hasn't bothered my skin at all - no clogged pores, no dryness, etc - which is great.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice smoother -- not the best color choice for me I like this as a smoothing start to my (very simple) morning make-up regime but, next time, I'll probably opt for a more neutral tone. Things may change with the seasons and as I (hopefully) get to spend some more time outdoors, but right now the pink just seems to highlight my own pink when I'd really rather be toning it down. I top it off with Naked One-and-Done, which certainly helps, but I'm already considering my options for my next purchase...
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Locks down your foundation! I used to use a $6 drugstore primer because I didn't think it mattered all that much and also I'm broke! But after a lady at Ulta put this on me one day, I bought some immediately. This stuff LOCKS YOUR MAKEUP DOWN. Seriously, my foundation (full disclosure, I don't use UD foundation, but I do use a premier brand) lasts literally until I take it off...a day, maybe two if I'm feeling really lazy BAD I KNOW! It feels a little weird going on, but then sort of melts into your face and disappears, except, it doesn't because it gives your foundation this fantastic base; it goes on smoothly and evenly and blends like a dream. This primer is worth every red cent and I will be buying it from now on.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Product!! I absolutely love my Optical Illusion Complexion Primer! It is amazing. It glides on so easy and gives me such a smooth, airbrushed finish! I love how it covers all of my pores, lines and tones down my red Rosacea and it makes my All Nighter Foundation go on so much easier. This is an awesome product and i am so happy with the how it works and the results it gives me. Urban Decay has done it again!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love this primer! When I use the Optical Illusion primer, my makeup applies so smoothly and lasts all day. I usually have to use a lot of primer to get my face covered, but with this one, a little goes a long way. It is a little pricey but since I don't have to use much, I expect it to last a long time. It doesn't make my face oily, nor do it dry it out--it does exactly what it needs to do to make my makeup look flawless. I also love that it comes in a pump bottle, so, it doesn't get contaminated. I definitely recommend giving this primer a try.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!!! As I have gotten older I noticed my pores have increased in size. Went to Ulta to buy a primer and she showed me how amazing the stuff was. I got home took all my make up off and I don't even need to wear foundation, it is so amazing. It works for underneath Eye discoloration. It seemed to stay on all day without any foundation over it I can't wait to use it with foundation...
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Porcelain Skin! I received a sample of this in one of my orders, which was awesome, because I had been curious about the product. Using this really does smooth out the imperfections in your skin and allows your foundation to go on smoothly! I wore this under mineral foundation and had a nail appointment after working all day. My nail lady (a very honest woman) complimented me by saying that my skin looked really nice! This inspired me to go ahead and get the full-size version! Go for it!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Primer This primer got me started on using a face primer. It has just the right amount of slick without feeling greasy or tacky. When getting ready i realize I need to apply my moisturizer and wait for that to set in before applying this product. I love how it evens everything out. Topped with my one and done foundation. Oh yes.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great smoothing primer There are similar smoothing primers and I was surprised by how much I liked this one. One big plus for me: it was easier to work with than other brands. It didn't feel heavy on the skin and it didn't dry me out or give me dry patches. My makeup looked fantastic all day long.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I never knew I needed! Love how smoothly this product evens out my skin. Works beautifully! Used with other products from the Naked Skin collection it makes my skin look flawless
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing - blurs my skin like a filter This is an HG primer for me. It makes makeup last a lot longer and doesn't dry out my super dry skin. I tested so many different primers and this one has the BEST pore-disappearing effect. I bought a bottle in December 2017. It lasted me a WHOLE THREE YEARS. I only need a tiny pea size. Pore blurring primers are almost always for oily skin, so I'm SO glad to find one that is so excellent for dry and sensitive skin. I really appreciate that it's fragrance free. Please never stop making this UD!!!
Date published: 2020-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was using a moisturizer before i used this and holy cow I'm never going back!! makes my face look silky smooth and my makeup lasts all day!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Color me impressed! I just bought this yesterday, and I couldn't wait until today to try it out! OMG! My makeup has never looked better! I have quite large pores on my cheeks, and it has been next to impossible to cover them with foundation and concealer. When I discovered this primer, I had to give it a shot, and I am thoroughly impressed! My pores have practically vanished, and my complexion looks even and smooth. I will definitely be a return customer for this! It is heaven-sent!
Date published: 2019-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Optical Illusion Complexion Primer I like the smoothness of this primer. I have found that as the temperature gets in the high 80’s and 90’s, it melts a bit - too dewy. No surprise, really as everything else melts too. If I wear matte everything, I’d look like a ...hmm, cracked sidewalk? ;).
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soft and silky This primer is so smooth. I love it, somehow my mom got a hold of my sample and she loved it so much she swears I gave it to her.. (i definitely did not, I've been looking for it). definitely going to buy a full size since my sample got swiped.
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will look poreless I have tried a number of primers and this is the best hands down. I also use the urban defense during the day (crazy sun sensitive). This primer goes on like silk, blurring flaws and eradicating pores. Your makeup will look perfect!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Primer This primer is life!!! It is the only primer I have found that will keep my makeup on in extreme heat and humidity! My skin looks flawless with it!!!! Sheer perfection!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Silky smooth What a wonderful feeling from a primer! Goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and it makes your skin look and feel flawless. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST I have tried many different primers (mac, makeup forever, too faced..), and this is by far the best. I have very red combination skin. I'm not totally sure how this blurs out anything, but my skin looks and feels better after applying. The consistency of this primer is fantastic and makes my foundation look beautiful. My makeup lasts so much longer when I use this primer and it looks so much better.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG - AMAZING!! When I put this on the very first time, after applying the primer - not paying much attention - super easy to apply and feels wonderful - I looked in the mirror and actually said out loud - WOW! Just the primer alone - nothing else on my skin yet. I honestly didn't know my skin could look so good - and didn't know it looked so bad before putting on the primer! Nothing short of MIRACULOUS!
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever This primer immediately became a staple in my routine the first time I tried it. I have combination skin with some dry patches and this primer is ah-mazing for my skin. A little goes a long way. Love it!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oily skin, no problem! I have enlarged pored and an oily skin type. Often times, products that claim to be pore filling will cause me to get oily... but not this. I really love this stuff and use it daily. I'm actually still working on my sample, but when I'm out I'll purchase it for sure. You only have to use a tiny bit- so, even though it's a little pricey it will last a long long time!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW. I got a deluxe sample of this because I'd been hearing so much about it. Honestly, I was hoping it wasn't great because of the price point but....WOW. It's incredible. It feels like liquid velvet, it's incredible. My makeup looked nice ALL DAY. Without a doubt the best primer I've ever used. I have very dry skin so that's saying a lot.
Date published: 2017-12-21
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