I’ve had the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation since it’s launch late last year. I’ve tried it out a handful of times but had really been trying to keep my hands off it whilst I was trying to clear out and finish up others from my collection.
Every launch from Urban Decay is hotly anticipated I think last years most excitable launch for many was this foundation. The All Nighter setting sprays have garnered their huge following of loyal fans, so an extension to the line was no doubt going to please many. Unfortunately it’s one that’s had me puzzled.
The shade selection from this line is lacking, I’m someone who is in the middle of the road for shades and I’m one of the lightest shades, with hearing advise before buying that they oxidize on the skin from Molly @ Rose Beauty Files. She was right and I’m glad I bought 2.0, if you consider there’s three shades lighter than this which all oxidize you’re probably in trouble if you’re pale. There’s currently 24 shades within the range and they seem to mostly sit in the tanned caucasian spectrum.
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the packaging, It looks quite cool with a cut out chrome pewter outer casing with the inner being the type of packaging that squeezes up every drop of foundation as you go leaving you with no waste. The packaging style does make it chunky and takes up valuable makeup bag space equity, the lid matched up perfectly but it doesn’t click on solidly and on more than one occasion I’ve taken this away for the night and noticed that the cap has come off when I got to the other end.
The Foundation is priced at £29, so it needs to perform well for the cost. Urban Decay describe this as a full coverage foundation with a ‘modern’ matte finish that promises to not look overdone and wear all night. This sounded like an oily girls dream, which is why I was really eager to give it a try.
I’ve tried multiple different ways of applying this, I don’t enjoy this with a buffing brush as I thought I might do when I first acquired it, I don’t mind applied with fingers or with a damp(ish) makeup sponge. I’ve found that I need two to three pumps of this foundation to apply to my whole face. I feel like I haven’t used this that much and I’m already about a third of the way through the bottle. It doesn’t spread very far so as soon as you’re beginning dabbing it into your face or smearing it out, it dries and sets pretty quickly.
Sometimes I love this foundation, sometimes I hate it. If my beauty blender is slightly too wet then it picks up the product from the top level of the skin, whilst pressing it into the pores and it looks like the worst foundation I’ve ever put on my skin. No primer I’ve tried so far has cured that this sometimes seems to be an unexplained issue and I’ve had to take it off more than once and start again because it was not salvageable. It doesn’t layer well at all as whilst it feels quite weightless, it does live up to it’s full coverage claims, but it doesn’t do a good job of blending together with what’s already there.
Other times I’ve worn this for nights out or special occasions and I’ve had so many compliments about my makeup and questions on foundation, for me it doesn’t look flawless all day for a full work day (KVD lock it still does a better job for me), but for a 4/5 hour time period it works really well, and stands up well against heat from nightclubs/dancing (in my one experience of that in the past 6 months!).
Whilst this can look really good, high coverage and a really nice matte finish that doesn’t look dry, I think when you look closer to the skin it has a tendency to look a little patchy and cakey – which is less noticeable from someone being a normal distance away from you, but when I look in the mirror sometimes I do have thought ‘yikes, don’t let anyone near you’. I’ve had a few dry patches on my cheeks where I’ve had a breakout clearing up, and it really clings to those dry areas, I don’t think people with normal skin, let alone dry skin would get on with foundation at all with one that’s purely better suited for oily gals. I still have to powder well using this, partially to make sure everything is as blended together as possible and it doesn’t keep oiliness away without it a that 4/5 hour mark is even shorter.
I will use this up, but it’s one that I need to use when I can afford the time to get ready slowly and with care, with the risk starting reapplying my foundation from scratch if it sits wrong. It’s a foundation that’s needy for attention, which is fine, but not great for everyday. However when I come to the end of this bottle, I don’t envisage me wanting to repurchase it – for £29 I need to love a foundation, not like it (sometimes), if it was cheaper it might be one that I’d repurchase, but when ever I have to take it off and reapply I feel can feel the £’s wasted with every swipe of a micellar water dosed cotton pad.
To celebrate the week I’ll be giving away the spare Grandee Lip Kit I hauled a few weeks and the gorgeous eye and highlighter Makeup Revolution Palette too. There are 2 Ways to enter:
1. Follow Me on Twitter & retweet the competition tweet (linked here!)
2. Be following my blog either via wordpress/email or bloglovin & comment on any of the posts in this series including this one (unless you tell me you’re not entering I’ll presume that you are!). Comments on each post are counted as multiple entries so come back all week to increase your chances of winning!
Entries close 11.59pm on the 20th February.
I’ll be announcing the winner week commencing Monday 20th February 2017!
Have you tried All Nighter Foundation yet?