If there is a make-up brand I love and get extremely excited over almost all its new launches that would be Urban Decay. I've reviewed and mentioned my fair share of UD products on this blog and most of my must haves are from them too. From their Godsend concealer to the most amazing eyeshadow palettes, there are products I have yet to try but what I have has not disappointed me in the slightest. We all know their Naked palettes are must haves but so are their base products. Their UD concealer, in my opinion, is miles better than the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, and their Naked Skin Foundation is still currently in my top 3. Which is why I over the moon to see a new foundation in the market which claimed to be full coverage, matte and waterproof. I've now read a few reviews in the blogging world about this product and it's fair to say that views are fairly mixed. Some love it, some hate it which is why I'm here to share my two cents with you.
The Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (£27 for 30.0ml) claims to be the ultimate full coverage foundation for flawless-looking complexion with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. The formula is deemed to be waterproof making it last all day (or all night) and comfortable enough to wear every day. Urban Decay also guarantees us that the foundation is loaded with a great amount of pigment, hence no need for building up coverage, and light-diffusing pigments for blurring effects. What drew me even more to buying this was the promise of high-tech ingredients working to mattify and absorb oil to reduce the appearance of shine, which sounds like a dream come true for my combination skin. This all sounds very fancy, but did it actually work?
Left: Fresh swatch // Right: Swatch after 30 seconds
It certainly delivered on full coverage, it did look matte when it dried and it lasted well for around 7 hours on my skin before signs of shine which indicated my face natural oils were breaking through and as a result, the skin did not look fully matte any longer. My problem areas are always around my nose and chin, and the foundation started separating on these after 8 hours of wear which isn't too bad as most of my other foundation break way sooner than this; this only loses for Estée Lauder Double Wear, the longest wearing foundation I have in my stash.
For almost every review I've read, oxidation was the main issue people had with this product. Issues with shade matching due to darkening makes this one a must try before you buy. UD's website claims that this range's calibrated shades align with their existing Naked Skin Liquid Makeup shades, making it easier to find your perfect match. Given I wore shade 2.0 (Light with soft warm undertone) for Naked Skin, I went with the same shade for this one. I confess that when I first pumped out product onto the back of my hand I got worried as the shade was much too light. Thankfully, I noticed that the foundation dried darker within 30 seconds to a minute as I applied which matched my skin tone perfectly. So what turned out to be a flaw for others, worked pretty well for me.
Left: Naked Skin Faountion // Right: All Nighter Foundation
To cover my face, I used around 2 pumps and that was more than enough for full coverage. I wouldn't recommend building up coverage as it may look cakey and overdone. I find this foundation works best with a damp sponge, yielding a more forgiving finish than a brush. Moreover, this is one of those foundations that needs to be blended out quickly as it does not like to fiddled with after it has dried down.
Overall, I like how this foundation sits on my skin; it looks good, wears well and does not require any touch-ups throughout the day. It is so full coverage that I only needed a tiny bit of concealer to hide my dark circles. The lasting power of 7/8 hours when worn alone is also a plus for me, and with a setting powder it behaved even better. I wore this on extremely hot days too and it didn't budge despite the hot temperatures making it indeed waterproof and sweat-proof. The only downside for some may be the issue with shades which is why getting a sample or matched up sounds like a good idea especially if you haven't tried their foundations before otherwise you can go with your old shade and it should work for you. I have yet to find a foundation that sits well on my nose for extended period of times and whilst this may not the ideal one, I am not writing it off. In fact, this may just be my go-to this winter.
|2 pumps of All Nighter, final make-up result.|
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