Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Foundation — An Honest Review

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.

The Product

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.

Shade Range

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! 

56 responses to “Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Foundation — An Honest Review”

  1. Sounds like an amazing foundation, I am yet to own anything by urban decay so this post might influence me into trying this one out! Love the packaging!!


  2. I have heard such good things about this foundation but I still haven’t had the chance to try it yet. It is pretty pricey but if it works then it’s definitely worth it x


    • It definitely worked well for me, but for normal-dry skin it might be a bit too thick/cakey, it’s entirely up to whether or not you feel the full coverage is worth the weight of the product on your skin 😊


  3. Love this idea of ‘Worth The Coin’ – it is so helpful! I’ve never tried this foundation; or even spent much money on any but I have always wanted to try out a few more luxury, high end ones. It’s definitely one to add to the Christmas list (albeit a little far away but judging by how fast this year has gone it’ll be here before we know it!) I love how Urban Decay is cruelty free too.

    Paige // Paige Eades


    • Thank you, I love getting feedback on new things I try on my blog 😊 this is a good high-end starter foundation if you want to dive into the world of pricier products which is very unlike me but I decided to give this a try because of the hype 😊


    • Maybe this isn’t the foundation for you if you prefer something lightweight, but I’ve heard some people use this foundation as a concealer for scarring etc.


  4. I already knew that this foundation would not be the one for me when it came out – I have dry skin and prefer light coverage! Definitely looking forward to more posts in this style though, it’s extremely informative x


  5. Thanks for reviewing this. I was a huge fan of UD’s ‘Naked Skin’ foundation but it was discontinued and replaced with ‘Stay Naked’. I just couldn’t get away with that one. I mostly use tinted moisturiser now but I am keeping my ear to the ground for good foundations to use when I’m going out and want that extra coverage. Because I already love a lot of UD products I’m glad to hear this one is good. I’m a combination skin girl, so it could go either way for me. I might see if I can get a tester or sample and see how it works for me.


    • I’ve heard that some people use this foundation as a concealer, and it works well for them especially if they don’t want an entire face of full coverage, maybe you could try that 😊


  6. Love this idea for a blog series! I haven’t tried Urban Decay’s foundation, so it was great to learn about it. Being cruelty free earns it a number of points for me too, but the price is a bit high. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  7. This sounds like a great foundation but I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend that much and I don’t tend to wear foundation anyway! Also the shade range doesn’t look great, the 0.5 shade looks wayyyy too dark for my skin! I struggle to match things so much!

    Tash // A Girl with a View


    • Me too, that’s why I’m not repurchasing it, after I finish my current bottle that’ll be it for me but it is a good foundation, I’m just an affordable-dupe kinda gal 😊


  8. I have been thinking about getting this foundation for awhile b/c I love full coverage foundations & I also love the packaging. From your review it does sound good!


    • I’ve heard such good things about the Stay Naked foundation, but when I tried the sample it was too dewy and greasy for me! But it does have a very beautiful finish. Thank you for reading x


  9. I have heard about this foundation but never actually tried it, so thank you for this review! I personally look at it if I think the product will last me a long time, and is worth it then I don’t mind spending the money xx


  10. Great review! I would agree that it wouldn’t be worth my coin either but I would keep it in mind when I need a good foundation for work functions.


  11. Urban Decay is such a good brand! I buy their products occasionally because they do tend to have a high price tag. I’ve heard good things about this foundation and will have to check it out next time I run low 🙂


  12. I’ve never tried this foundation, but that’s only because I’d heard that Estee Lauder Double Wear was better, and only a tiny bit more costly. Although Double Wear frustratingly doesn’t come with a pump!

    Your review has intrigued me, so I’m tempted to invest and give it a go!

    Em x



    • The reason I avoided Double Wear was because of how expensive it was and that it came with no pump! Also holding a glass bottle kind of scares me, especially if I want to travel with it 😛


  13. I’ve certainly been on the fence about this particular foundation. I prefer a high/full coverage foundation because of acne and hyperpigmentation, but I had heard that this one didn’t do as well with lasting as it claimed. However, after reading your review, I’m definitely more likely to try it! I’ve had good experiences with Urban Decay products in the past, so this intrigues me! I appreciate your honesty with this review.


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