Happy August everybody!
Welcome to my first ever one-product review with a very unimpressive category named… An Honest Review!
First up on the list is Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Foundation!
This highly raved about product promises to equip you with a high coverage foundation that lasts “all night” as mentioned in its name. I don’t know what your definition of “all night” is, but as a homebody myself, I would only wear foundations for about 12 hours a day at maximum, while I’m out at work, and I’m rarely out of my home for more than 12 hours at a time.
A lot of people have this foundation as their holy grail product, and you might see why in this post.
Urban Decay is also cruelty free which earns +1000000 points from me!
I would say, for the price point, it is definitely a high end foundation, and it is probably the most expensive foundation I have ever owned at £27 or $62 (Singapore Dollars). But since I am someone who really enjoys high to full coverage when it comes to foundations, I decided to give this a try and bought a bottle from the Urban Decay at London’s King’s Cross. I was also shade matched there, and the staff were very lovely! I bought it right before I came back to Singapore as I knew it would cost more here.
I never usually spend this much on ANY foundation, but I’m glad I did for this one!
Firstly, the packaging is BEAUTIFUL and it is probably my favourite part about the item. It looks heavy and metallic, but it is actually a very lightweight plastic. Looks are very deceiving as it almost weighs half as little as it looks. It is very chic, slim but the cap of the product makes it tall. Not very portable, but not too chunky either.
Secondly, I love that it has a pump. Foundations without pumps always lose points for me. The pump is also very easy to control and I have never gotten more out of the pump than I needed.
Let’s now talk about the texture.
Most full coverage foundations are usually very thick and cakey, but the texture of this liquid foundation is surprisingly not as thick as I thought. I have used it with both a damp beauty blender as well as a dense foundation brush, and I honestly find it works better with a beauty blender, however I am not a fan of makeup sponges as my OCD forces me to wash them after every single use which causes wear and tear quicker, which also costs me more money.
So I usually end up using brushes that I wash between every 2-3 uses. It takes a bit more time to blend out but it’s not unmanageable.
It is probably more cakey than most other foundations on the market and I would not classify it as lightweight or feeling like nothing, but as someone who appreciates full coverage, the thickness doesn’t bother me.
I suffer with extremely oily skin, hence I do think that this foundation is not really suitable for people with dry skin as it does dry demi-matte and is thick. I’ve never had dry skin so I can’t say for sure, but you could give it a try if you have dry skin but yet love full coverage.
This foundation comes in 29 shades which is alright, but it could be better. With my Asian yellow-toned light-medium coloured skin, I use shade 4.0. I used to use 5.0 but realised it was way too dark for me and it didn’t match my neck. I have a lot of difficulty matching foundations to my skin as the colour of my face is darker than the rest of my body because of my acne scarring and lack of SPF during my younger years, so I never try to match my neck anymore as it just won’t work.
4.0 is a nice middle ground for me, after concealer and powder, it looks fine.
Is it worth the hype?
Personally, I do think this is a great foundation and a bottle can last a long time because of how full coverage it is. I don’t think I would pay £27 for any foundation that performed less than this. However, I have also tried foundations that perform similarly for more than half the price. Do with that information what you will!
If you’re into more high-end products and spending an extra £27 will not harm you, this is a great option. I do think as good as this foundation is, it will be my last bottle as drugstore foundations are really working exceptionally well for me at the moment. I don’t use this foundation on a daily and I think that alone says a lot. So, in fairness, I would say it is NOT worth the hype, only because it is a very expensive foundation and I’ve found others that work just as well for my skin that are cheaper, not because it isn’t a good foundation itself. It is an incredible product!
I’ve tried a few Urban Decay products, and I can still confidently say that this is my favourite from them.
Have you tried Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Foundation too! What are your thoughts? If you haven’t tried it, has my review made you think about investing in it? That’s right, I said investing (lol!). Let me know in the comments below!