Product Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation 

This foundation has been out for quite some time, but I was on the fence about purchasing it because there were so many mixed reviews.

I was really looking for a foundation with incredible staying power as well as coverage and this one seemed to meet those characteristics based off of its description and name. So, I ignored the reviews completely and decided to try it out for myself! I purchased this foundation about three weeks ago (in the shade 4.0) and have been testing it out since.

Keep reading for my full review on this foundation and to find out whether or not I think it is worth repurchasing!

About the Product

According to Sephora, this foundation claims to…

  • give a full coverage and completely matte finish
  • is waterproof
  • is oil-free
  • will last “all night”
  • comfortable enough for everyday wear
  • contains 25% pigment (about THREE TIMES as much pigment as their Naked Skin foundation)
  • says there is no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers
  •  diffuses light to blur flaws
  • mattifies skin and absorbs oil to reduce shine throughout the day
  • says to allow foundation to set before choosing the right shade for you (oxidizes, they suggest choosing a lighter shade if you are between shades)
  • comes with airless pump which makes it possible to get out every last bit of product
  • comes in 25 shades

 

My Thoughts…

I will start with my preferred method of applying this foundation. I tried applying it with both a kabuki brush and beauty sponge and definitely prefer the brush. I find that it drastically improves the coverage and blends the product out easier and faster. This foundation gives FULL COVERAGE. A little bit goes a long way, so the 1 ounce bottle will last quite a while. You do not need to build this up whatsoever, otherwise it might look a little too cake-y. While the description says this foundation gives a completely matte finish,  I find that it is more of a natural-matte finish on my skin. I do not mind this at all though because I do not like when matte foundations make my skin look flat and dull. One of my favorite things about this foundation is how long it lasts! To me, this foundation lasts twice as long as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. This was a major element I was looking for in a foundation and this one met that need 100%. The description did not specify in hours how long the foundation was supposed to last, but I did end up sleeping in my makeup one night (I know this is terrible for your skin and I do not recommend sleeping with your makeup on) and when I woke up the next morning my skin still looked flawless. This being said, the claim that it will last “all night” (hence the name) stands to be true in my opinion. The foundation also claims to diffuse light to blur imperfections. I agree with this statement 100%! Right when I apply the foundation, I notice that my skin instantly looks flawless and my pores are blurred. Even though this is a full coverage foundation, when I look into a magnified mirror, my skin still looks like skin and I cannot see the foundation just sitting on top of my skin.

 

I did find a few downsides to this foundation as well. While the shade range is pretty extensive, the undertones of the shades are not. The undertones are either very pink or very yellow. I have neutral-olive undertones and the shade that matched me best was 4.0. This shade, for me, is very yellow though and I do need to blend it down my neck and a little on my chest for everything to match. In Urban Decay’s defense, their description does claim that it will oxidize and that you should wait for it to dry down before choosing a shade. I have noticed that fuller coverage foundations tend to oxidize the most, so this is not a deal-breaker for me. 4.0 is slightly too yellow, but it was the only shade that matched me the best. The description also claims that the foundation is comfortable enough for everyday wear. I do not really agree with this claim for two reasons: 1) I personally do not like to wear full coverage foundation, or foundation at all, everyday and 2) I find that it is slightly too heavy to feel comfortable even if I did wear it everyday. This foundation is no BB Cream, and for that reason I think it is just slightly too heavy and full coverage to be comfortable wearing just on casual days. The claim that this foundation absorbs oils is something else that I do not exactly agree with. I still do get pretty shiny in my t-zone, BUT the foundation does not break up in that area which is a huge plus for me!

Final Thoughts

So… would I repurchase??? The answer is YES! While there were a few cons, I really do like this foundation and will most likely continue to repurchase it. When I go all out with my makeup, this has been my go-to foundation since I purchased it. I love how full coverage it is while not looking like a thick layer of makeup on my skin. The undertone is slightly off, but this is something I can fix by mixing in other foundations/foundation mixers. This being said, I do think that UD should add in shades with more neutral undertones to accommodate many more skin shades.

If you have been on the hunt for a full coverage and long lasting foundation- give this one a try! AND if you have been hesitating to splurge on this foundation specifically like I was, remember you can always get a sample from Sephora or try it out in-store first!

 

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My Maybelline Lipstick Collection + Swatches & Dupes

 

Maybelline is one of my favorite brands when it comes to lipstick! I love how they offer such a wide variety of shades in many different formulas and finishes.

Keep scrolling to see swatches of every single Maybelline lipstick that I currently own (my collection will continue to grow 🙂

Left to right:

Wickedly White (great to mix with/lighten other shades)

Blushing Beige (dupe for MAC lipstick in Creme D’Nude)

Truffle Tease

Sin-A-Mon

Daringly Nude (Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Namaste)

Clay Crush (dupe for Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Dirty Peach)

Toasted Truffle

Maple Kiss

Raw Chocolate (dupe for ABH liquid lipstick in Ashton)

Nude Nuance (dupe for MAC lipstick in Whirl)

Warm Me Up (dupe for MAC lipstick in Brave)

Brown Blush (dupe for Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Androgyny & ABH liquid lipstick in Veronica)

Mauve It

 

Left to right:

Touch of Spice (dupe for MAC lipstick in Twig)

Blissful Berry (dupe for MAC lipstick in Darkside)

Rum Riche

Burgundy Blush

Violet Vixen

Midnight Blue

Orange Danger

Tarte Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (Review + Makeup Look)

I have seen this palette all over YouTube and Instagram recently and was drawn to it because it seemed like something that could be a new go-to in my makeup collection. 

If you would like to know my thoughts on this new Tarte palette, keep scrolling! 


The Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (retails for $46, but I used a 20% off coupon at Ulta) is one of Tarte’s latest launches this summer. After seeing it pop up so many times on YouTube and hearing all the wonderful reviews on it, I decided to pick it up and try it out for myself. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette at first because the shades really aren’t anything special, however I love the fact that this all-matte palette can be so versitile and all the neutral shades you could ever need are all in one place. I like how I could do my eyes, contour, bronzer, and even brows all with just this one palette. The versatility also makes this great for traveling or just on-the-go touch ups throughout the day. The palette isn’t too bulky and comes with a good sized mirror as well. 

The formula of the shades is absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette because the shadows have a very creamy texture and are also extremely pigmented. In my opinion, the formula of the Clay Play palette is no different, if not better. The shadows are very buttery to the touch and do not produce a lot of powder fall out. In addition to their amazing pigmentation, I find that the shadows and contour shades are very easy to blend.

Overall, do I think this palette is worth the money? Well, that depends. There are already tons of palettes that have these same neutral shades and at this point, almost very makeup lover probably has their own favorite contour palette. What makes this palette worth it to me is the amazing quality of the product, as well as the convenience and versatility the palette offers. I definitely see this as being the one palette I bring with me when I do not have access to my entire makeup collection because everything I need is in one palette. 

I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions about what I think of this product!

My Foundation Collection + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite aspects of makeup is testing new foundations, so as you can see by the picture below, I have accumulated quite a few!

Keep reading for a brief review of each foundation, which ones are my favorites, and which ones I would not repurchase.

From left to right:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (light medium sand)- This is a great foundation if you are looking for something lightweight that provides a good medium coverage. Even though it is a “water foundation”, it does not make me skin look too dewy.

Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate (07)- This shade is way too dark for me, however is dries down to a beautiful demi-matte finish. It is unfortunate that Ulta no longer has Fiona Stiles products because I would love to try this foundation in a lighter shade. If you are looking for a super matte foundation though, I would not recommend this one.

Elf Flawless Finish Foundation (porcelain)- I bought this shade because out of the two available at my drugstore, this one looked like it would be the closest match. It is pretty light on me, but I just mix in a little bit of a darker foundation that I have and bronze my skin a little bit more. For $6, this foundation is really good and has a gorgeous natural finish. I just wish that Elf would extend the shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (128 warm beige)- This foundation is a favorite amongst the beauty community and it really is amazing! I have repurchased this foundation a couple of times already and it is definitely a must-have for me! This foundation does not have a super matte finish, and I feel that it would be great for all skin types. If you are an aspiring makeup artist, I think this would be a great foundation to have in your kit! Also, the shade range is amazing!

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation (220 natural beige)- This is another great foundation from the Fit Me line! This has more of a dewy finish (hence the name) but it does not make me look too greasy. I definitely prefer the Matte + Poreless version, but this is still a great drugstore foundation if you want a more glowy look. I also find that this foundation has slightly less coverage than the Matte + Poreless version.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (bronze beige)- This has been raved about by beauty influencers since it launched and in my opinion it definitely deserves the hype. This is another great foundation to have in your makeup kit because it photographs beautifully and works with all skin types. Every time I wear it I have a great makeup day! Definitely cannot live without this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (nude)- Yet another great foundation that I cannot live without and will continue to repurchase. This is a great everyday foundation that has medium-full coverage and works with all skin types. When people ask what foundation I recommend, it is definitely this one!

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation (30 warm nude)- This is a great drugstore foundation! The finish reminds me a lot of the Born This Way, but it does have a thicker consistency. Overall, it is a great foundation!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation (W3 nude beige)- This shade is labeled as being warm toned, however I find that once it dries down it looks slightly too pink on my skin. Other than the shade being a little off, it gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. I definitely would not recommend this to people who have oily skin though and I prefer the Maybelline Dewy + Smooth foundation over this one. I probably would not repurchase this foundation.

L’Oreal True Match foundation (W4 natural beige)- This has been a staple foundation for many people, however it is not my favorite. There are so many other foundations that I prefer to this one, so I would probably not repurchase.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation (203 true beige)- This shade is a little too pink for my skin tone, but the finish is really nice. It reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation, but if I had to recommend one, it would be the Maybelline one for sure.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Perfector (medium light)- This is my all-time favorite BB Cream hands down! I love the finish and it has great coverage for something so lightweight! I absolutely recommend this product and I love wearing it on natural and full glam days. I will definitely continue to repurchase this product.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte foundation (cream)- I bought this foundation because beauty influencer Casey Holmes kept raving about this product and unfortunately it is not my favorite. The shade range is lacking (the shade CREAM is too orange for me) and I overall I was just not as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid foundation (F200)- This is a shade too dark for me, but it still matches my undertone perfectly. If you have olive skin, I definitely recommend this product! It dries down to a gorgeous skin-like finish and has medium coverage. I really like this foundation and will be repurchasing it in a lighter shade.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation (light medium sand)- This is one of my all time favorite foundations! It lasts all day and has great coverage. The shade I have also matches me almost perfectly and the shade range is great. I love this foundation for spot concealing as well as all over wear. I will continue to repurchase this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation (natural buff)- This is a great drugstore foundation if you want a dewy finish. I can only wear this foundation in cooler weather because it will make me look too shiny, but is is pretty long-wearing. I find that the shades do run a little on the pink side, but I can make it work with concealer.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (buttercream)- This is not my favorite BB Cream. It has light coverage, but it sits on top of my skin and makes my face look kind of cake-y. I really do not like the way this product dries down and will not be repurchasing it.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream (light/medium)- This is a great drugstore BB Cream and lasts for a pretty long time on my skin. I find that is has more of a natural skin-like finish rather than a matte finish but I still really like the way this product looks once it sets. It has a good medium coverage and feels lightweight. In my opinion, this is a good drugstore dupe for my favorite Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done bb cream.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (creamwhip)- I absolutely love the coverage and finish this foundation has, but the shades run very pink. It is such a shame because I love everything about this foundation except the shades. I wish Clinique would come out with more shades suited for neutral/olive undertones. If you do have pink or peach undertones, I definitely recommend this product and think it would work for all skin types.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (desert beige)- This is a cult favorite foundation amongst the beauty community and it definitely stands up to the hype it receives. Eery time I wear this foundation my makeup looks amazing and lasts ALL DAY. It does contain SPF, but I have not noticed any bad flashback. This has become a favorite product and I will definitely repurchase.

Garnier BB Cream (light/medium)- This used to be my favorite BB Cream, but the Urban Decay one has taken its place. This is still a great product if you are looking for a drugstore option, but I no longer reach for this one because I have others that I prefer.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir (buff beige)- This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore foundations. It has really good coverage and looks like a better version of my own skin once it sets. It has a natural finish and I think this would work with most skin types. I will continue to purchase this foundation for sure!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation (sandy beige)- This is another great foundation from Maybelline. This is a recent addition to my collection and has become one of my favorites. The shade is slightly too dark, but once I apply concealer it becomes a perfect match. I think this foundation would also work really well with all skin types.

NYX Foundation Mixer (white)- I love using this product to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. I find that it is so much easier and cheaper to use this product rather than having to purchase a lighter shade or return foundations. I love having this on hand and I do not find that it changes the finish or consistency of the foundations I mix it with.

 

 

 

 

Product Review: *NEW* Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation 

Everyone has been raving about this new foundation from Covergirl and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! Keep reading to see what this product claims to do, as well as my full review. 

(This picture was taken in natural lighting with absolutely no editing done)

Product claims: 

  • Infused with Vitamins E, B3, B5
  • SPF 20
  • Buikdable to full coverage 
  • Gives skin a naturally glowing finish 
  • 14 shades 
  • Lightweight formula 
  • Oil free
  • Luminous finish while also eliminating the appearance of oily shine (?) 

My review: 

After trying this foundation out for about a week, I can truly say that I love it! I was nervous to try it at first because it does have a luminous finish and I have combo skin, but this did not leave me too greasy at the end of an 8-hour wear time. If you are very oily, I do recommend using a mattifying primer underneath and definitely setting the foundation. Since I have combo skin (oily T-Zone), I find that using a more mattifying foundation in the center of my face and the Covergirl one on the perimeter of my face gives my skin a flawless look. 

The coverage is definitely medium to full and no matter how much I build it up, it never looks cakey on my skin. To me, this foundation is comparable to the Too Faced Born This Way foundation because it has a similar finish and coverage. It looks like my skin but better! I was able to find my perfect shade (buff beige, I believe) and it does not oxidize on me. It does have a slightly warmer undertone, but I just blend it down my neck a little and that does the trick. 

On the downside, I still need to set this foundation with a powder because it does dry down kind of tacky, but this isn’t really a huge draw back for me personally. Once again, if you have oily skin and really want to try this foundation, I think it could still work for you as long as you prime and set your face. 

Overall I love the versatility of this foundation. I like how I can wear it on light and fuller coverage makeup days while still benefitting from the added antioxidants and lightweight feel. I have not been able to put this product down since I bought it! 

My March Ipsy Glam Bag! 

I’m loving all the products in my March Ipsy Glam Bag + the bag this month is my favorite so far! Keep reading to see what I got and my review on the products. 

Ofra Cosmetics Peach blush: this is a gorgeous shade! It is a little too shimmery to use solely as a blush for me, but I love it as a highlight or shimmer shade for the center of the eyelid. 

City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector: I love the dark circle Corrector from Nyx and this one works just as well for me! It has a little bit more of a peachy tint so it corrects my dark circles really well. It does not crease on me and concealer still applies well on top of it. I can also wear this by itself if I don’t feel like putting on any heavy makeup. 

Chella Tweezers: First, I think the design of these tweezers is so cute! Aside from that, they are really good for getting out tiny stubborn hairs that grow outside the shape of my brows. Love them! 

Eyeko Fat Brow Liquid Liner: I was kind of thrown off by this product because I’ve never seen or used anything like it. Basically it is a felt tip eyeliner pen- for your brows! It is not super pigmented which is a good thing because it does not make my brows look like they are drawn on. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the shade because it has a slight greenish tint to it. But if I only use a little bit you cannot really tell. Overall, I like how unique and easy to use this product is! 

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream moisturizer: Snail secretion in facial moisturizers is a Japanese beauty trend that is making its way to America. Snail secretion sounds gross to be putting on your skin, but it has amazing moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. I was super excited to receive this product in my Glam Bag this month because I have wanted to try this trend out for myself. I love how quickly this product absorbs into my skin without leaving a greasy residue. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth. It also smells really good, which I was not expecting. 

Product Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream 

I am not sure if this a new product, but it is new to me! I have been looking for a foundation that isn’t super full coverage and that I can just apply really quickly and run out the door. 

Keep reading for my full review on this product! 


Product claims and info (from the Bare Minerals site):

  • Acts as a BB and CC cream 
  • SPF 30
  • Dewey, radiant, smooth finish
  • Sheer to medium coverage 
  • Contains marine botanicals and electrolytes that help to hydrate your skin
  • Claims to increase skin hydration by 215% in just one week of use 
  • 16 shades (I am the shade Buttercream) 
  • 1.18 fluid ounces for $29.50 

My review: 

This product is perfect for achieving the popular “no makeup” makeup look. This product does say it gives sheer to medium coverage and this is very true. One layer evens out my skin tone nicely, but to cover any blemishes I apply a second layer. It builds up to a medium coverage nicely and still just looks like a better version of my skin. Sometimes if I do not want to wear a foundation, I will Conceal any blemishes and then apply this product on top. This technique gives me a full coverage appearance without feeling too heavy or looking like makeup. 

It is suggested to apply the product with your hands, but I still like to use a beauty sponge and the finish still looks great! I was expecting the consistency to be very liquid-y, but it actually had a lightweight whipped consitency. My skin has become less oily and more on the combo to normal side, so I really like the dewey finish this tinted moisturizer gives. 

The website does not mention how long lasting this product is, but I have worn it for a good 10 hours and it still looked pretty good when I went to wash off my makeup. It separated a little bit around my nose, but almost every foundation I have does the same thing. On me, it did not look too greasy and held up nicely throughout the day. However, if you do have really oily skin, I would not recommend this product for long wear. For oily skin I think it would be nice if you just need some coverage to go run a few errands, but since it does have a really dewey finish, I do not think it would last as long on oily skin types. 

Overall, I am very happy with this product and have been wearing it everyday since I bought it. The Garnier BB Cream used to be my #1 favorite, and while I still like that product, the Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer definitely stands out for me! 

Hot Product of the Week: NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette 

I have heard so many great things about this highlighting palette and couldn’t wait to add it to my makeup collection! 

Keep reading for my review! 

This palette consists of 7 beautiful highlighting shades and retails for $19 at Ulta. This might seem like a steep price for NYX, which is a drugstore brand, but in my opinion it is well worth it! 

The top row consists of 4 highlighting shades that have a slight iridescence to them. Iridescent shades have been quite popular lately with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit and the more recent Kat Von D Alchemist palette. If you are looking for a more inexpensive way to achieve these kinds of looks, this palette is definitely a great option! 

In addition to the iridescent shades, the bottom row consists of three more wearable shades. The Lee is a shade for medium skin, deeper skin, and pale skin. Basically, every highlight you could ever need is in this palette! 

Aside from the colors, the formula of the highlights is incredible! They are extremely buttery and pigmented and don’t have too much powder kick-back. These aren’t the most intense highlight shades at first, but you can definitely build up the intensity. This makes it perfect for everyone, no matter what kind of look you are going for. 

What’s In My February Ipsy Glam Bag?!

Keep reading to see what I received in my Glam Bag this month as well as a quick review on each product! 

Befine Food Skin Care gentle cleanser with sugar, mint, oats, and rice: Obviously I do not have much of an opinion on this product quite yet since skincare products require more than a first impression (in my opinion). I do like that it has a bunch of awesome natural ingredients in it though and it smells amazing! The texture is a thin gel consistency and seems very moisturizing and gentle. 

NYX Butter Lipstick shade Lifeguard: This is a beautiful blue-toned red shade! The pigmentation is amazing and it goes on very opaque. I have never tried a NYX lip product that I haven’t liked and this one is no exception! 

Winky Lux Diamond Powder in medium: I love this powder so much! It has a slight luminosity to it, hence the name, and I love using it to set my under eye concealer. It doesn’t crease on me and it really brightens up the area and makes my skin look flawless! It is a little bit powdery, but it the consistency is very smooth and blends out beautifully. 

Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer: I really like the shade and texture of this bronzer- it is not too cool, but not too warm. The only thing I don’t like is that the sample is way too small for me to even get a bronzer brush in the pan. So instead, I use it as a transition shade when I do my eyeshadow and I love the way it looks! 

Luxie 514 Blush Brush: This is the product that I was most excited for because I have never tried any Luxie Beauty products before and everyone raves about their brushes. This brush is a little too small for me to use as a blush brush, but I love it to contour with! The brush hairs are incredibly soft and not too densely packed so it applied product and blends it out flawlessly. It is perfect if you want to achieve a soft contoured look, but you can also build up the color as well.

Hot Product of the Week: Elf Mad for Matte Eyeshdaow Palette 

I have heard nothing but great things about the Elf Mad for Matte eyeshadow palette and finally got my hands on it! This palette came out back in 2016, so it is not a brand new product to Elf, but it is to me! 

Keep reading for my review and swatches of this palette! 

This all matte palette retails for $10 and comes with 10 pigmented shadows as well as a mirror. 


Right off the bat, I am so happy that I bought this palette! I have been using it everyday since and it never fails to impress me every time. The shadows are very smooth and buttery to the touch, and have great pigment when applied. Even though they are pigmented, they are still easy to blend. When you go in with a brush, they do have some kick-back, but for a $10 palette that doesn’t bother me personally. 

The colors themselves are nothing special, but if you are looking for a great inexpensive neutral palette, this is the one to buy! Even though I have so many palettes that have these same shades, I still find myself reaching for this one because the quality is amazing and they blend out effortlessly.