Full coverage foundations used to be my go-to. Having suffered from less than perfect skin for most of my teenage and young adult like, I craved the flawless canvas that fuller coverage matte foundations promised to offer. Years later, I discovered what wonders could be achieved by strategic use of concealer without resorting to the mask-like effect that high coverage foundations can sometimes result in. And more recently still, as my skin has matured, I find myself preferring medium coverage foundations that offer a satin, luminous finish. That being said, there will always be a place in my heart…and in my collection…for a full coverage matte foundation. So, of course, I was tempted by the release of the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation…
Urban Decay says: The Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation promises to “provide full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone”. Urban Decay says that while their original Naked Skin products are semi-matte, the All Nighter Foundation is completely matte and oil-free. The brand also claims that the formula is loaded with pigment (three times as much as Naked Skin), so there is not need to apply multiple layers to achieve full coverage. Finally, UD promises that their waterproof, paraben-free formula diffuses light to blur flaw in addition to mattifying and absorbing oil to reduce the appearance of shine.
Packaging: The All Nighter Liquid Foundation is housed in a sleek airless pump bottle in the brands signature gunmetal finish. The edgy asymmetric cutout pattern is not only cool looking but functional, allowing you to see the shade you’re getting.
Shade Selection: There are 24 shades offered in a fairly decent range from fair to deep. As others have noticed, the All Nighter Foundation tends looks much lighter than you would think based on the existing UD numbering system (as compared to the original Naked, for example). But bear in mind it does oxidize slightly. Apparently, this is due to the high density of a pigment. I choose the shade 3.25 which initially looked too light. Once it settles, however, the shade is a fantastic match for my light/light-medium skin tone (NC 25). UD recommends swatching the product on the skin and allowing it to set (I’d wait up to five mites) to determine the right match. One more thing, the shades ending in .0 seem to be more yellow based whereas the shades ending in .5 are more pink to neutral. Shade 3.25 is one of the only shades ending in .25 and is pretty much neutral.
Coverage: Full. I’m not one to throw around the term “full coverage” when describing many of the foundations I’ve tried. This includes the cult favorite Estée Lauder Double Wear which is not really truly Full in my opinion. But the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation is Full with a capital F. You only need a very small amount to achieve full coverage. True to the brand’s promise, no building/layering required. In fact, avoiding layers is best with this formula. Despite the high coverage, however, it does not sit heavily on the skin.
Application: Because of how pigmented and matte this foundation is, I prefer to apply it with a Beauty Blender. A dense buffing brush works as well and will give you even greater coverage. Even though my skin type is combination (oily in T-zone with some dryness around the cheeks), I’d also recommend using a use a good moisturizer. Sometimes, if my skin is feeling particular dehydrated, I’ll even mix in a drop of facial oil to soften the finish. This is especially true if you have drier skin. The All Nighter has a smooth creamy texture which sets fairly quickly but you do have a couple of minutes to work it in before it dries. My favorite way to use the All Nighter is actually as a mixer to increase the coverage or give my dewy foundations more of satin finish.
Finish: Definitely matte but not flat. As mentioned, take care to moisturize well, particularly if your skin is normal to dry, as this foundation can highlight areas of dryness. That being said, strangely enough, it does not emphasize texture or large pores the way I’d imagined it might do based on the finish and high coverage.
Wear: This stuff sticks around all day and continues to look awesome (9+ hours). I find that I get better wear when using a Beauty Blender (for a lighter layer). If you pile the foundation on too thickly, it’ll start to break apart faster.
Final Thoughts: Bottom line is that I’m really impressed with this foundation and it may have replaced the Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation as my go-to matte, full coverage option.
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