Every makeup enthusiast agree that having flawless looking base should be the first step to a great makeup, so unless you were blessed with a perfect skin, chances are you've been on a quest for that ONE foundation that ticks all the boxes for you. I know I have!
My skin used to be quite oily but not anymore, it's been lately a combination of oily T-Zone, normal cheeks and some dry patches which I've no idea why they're here. My skin also gets dehydrated quite often.
Although I've tried many foundation, some of them really nice, I'm yet to find one that I would be 100% happy with. I have a list of foundations I want to try as long as my arm, and I'm slowly but surely going through it, but every now and then a new release pops out and catch my attention immediately.
This happened with the new Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, £27.
As soon as I saw the first sneak peeks and reviews of it I knew I have to try it as soon as it's released in UK and in fact I ordered it on the very first day it was available on Urban Decay UK website.
If your skin is combination/oily, you like fuller coverage foundations which will last all day, or night, then I'm sure you get excited by these claims:
All Nighter Liquid Foundation provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. Get serious long-lasting wear and a blown-out effect you never thought was possible. Perfect for all-night affairs and other scandalous activities, our revolutionary formula is also comfortable enough to wear every day.
All Nighter Liquid Foundation is completely matte—but never flat (and it’s oil-free!). We loaded this formula with an insane amount of pigment (about three times as much as Naked Skin Liquid Makeup), so a little goes a long way. There’s no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers. This waterproof, paraben-free formula diffuses light to blur flaws for beautifully perfected skin as it mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine.
There's no denying that the All Nighter foundation comes in a gorgeous packaging, a sleek, edgy bottle that has a metallized gunmetal effect with asymmetric cutouts and an airless pump. I like that I can clearly see the shade and how much foundation is left. The bottle is made of plastic so it's very lightweight, although it looks otherwise, and easy to travel with.
There are 24 shades to choose from, from very pale to deeper tones, and divided by those with warm, neutral or yellow undertones. I picked shade 3.25 which is light with neutral undertones and it's too light for me right now, it's more of my Winter shade when I'm not tanned at all. I got it on purpose though as I've heard people saying that this foundation oxidises a lot when applied on the skin.
I confirm that the formula oxidises and the shade gets darker but, in my case, is about one shade up no more and I didn't find the foundation getting orange like in some people's experience.
So when choosing your shade online I'd say go definitely a shade lighter then you would normally if you want your face to match your body throughout the day. I noticed that once the foundation oxidises when applied to the skin in the first few minutes it doesn't get more darker during the day.
The formula and wear time
The All Nighter foundation has a thicker texture but it's quite creamy and it doesn't feel heavy or cement-like on the skin. The formula is very pigmented and a little goes a long way, a pump of product is more then enough to deliver a medium-full coverage to the entire face. The finish is semi-matte, there's still some natural luminosity visible but it's far from being dewy.
I've applied the foundation with brushes and with beauty blender and I much prefer the way it looks when applied with the sponge. I'd say the foundation is easy to blend but it sets quite quickly so it's better to work on small sections rather then applying it at once to the whole face.
The foundation definitely clings to dry patches and accentuates dry skin making it look even drier so exfoliated and well moisturised skin is absolutely necessary for this foundation to look its best.
I've also noticed that the foundation settles in my smile lines and wrinkles on my forehead so I try to apply a bare minimum to those places.
I think the formula is good at blurring large pores and imperfection but you need to put some work first to buff the foundation well into the skin so it won't just sit in your pores.
In my experience I can see my natural oils coming through the foundation after an hour or so, making it look actually better, more natural, and I get definitely shiny about 4-5 hours even with my favourite primers underneath.
The foundation gets a bit patchy/cakey on my nose and chin around 6-7 hours after applying it. Not bad but not what I was expecting. I've noticed that trying to touch up the foundation during the day is not easy as it would get even patchier so only light dusting of powder can save the makeup.
I can wear the foundation for about 10 hours with it looking still decent by the end of the day but I wouldn't say this is the foundation I would rely on if I wanted to look flawless all day.
1 - bare skin, just a moisturiser applied.
2 - one pump of All Nighter foundation was applied with beauty blender, I find that applying a very thin layer all over my face and then adding a bit of more coverage to the areas needing it like spots, or hyperpigmentation works much better then trying to get a full coverage everywhere as it would look just cakey.
3 - the rest of my makeup done, as you can see the foundation oxidised a bit but I also bronzed my face so it would match the rest of my body better.
My overall thoughts
Lets' put it straight, I don't love this foundation. I'm not even sure if I like it to be honest.
Some days I feel like it looks better then others but it's definitely far from being my perfect base product.
I've been trying it every day for almost 2 weeks now and I feel like I want to move on to another foundation as this one didn't impress me as I hoped for it to do.
It offers great coverage but even though it's very lightweight on the skin I don't like how it looks on my skin, I feel like it sits on top of it. Also, it accentuates every dry patch I have which happens to be a regular occurrence in my case, (I need to sort that out too, by the way).
I get quite shiny during the day with this foundation and it doesn't last as well as promised.
I've tried it with different primers and for me it works the best with hydrating primer as it doesn't seem to cling to those dry areas as much.
I think I need to forget about any matte foundations as it seems like my skin has been changing and it's suited now better those for normal, dry skin even though it still gets shiny in the T-Zone.
In my opinion the All Nighter Foundation would be perfect for anyone with normal/combination/oily skin who doesn't suffer with any dry areas or dehydrated skin and look for a full coverage base with semi-matte finish. Those with very oily skin should definitely apply it over a mattifying primer as, from my experience, the foundation doesn't control the oil production very well.
Have you tried the new Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation? What has been your experience with it?