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!

 

MOTD: Metallic Cobalt Blue Halo Eyes

I used the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette and the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette to create this bold eye look today! This is by far one of my favorite looks that I have created so I hope y’all like it just as much as I do!

Keep scrolling to see more pics of this look and a full list of products that I used!

EYES:

  • For primer, I used the Smashbox Studio Skin concealer
  • In the crease, I layered shades Sauced and Cayenne from the UD Naked Heat palette. I used these same shades to smoke out my bottom lash line as well.
  • I applied the shade Chi (metallic cobalt blue) from the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette all over my lid. I used my finger to apply the shade Giza from the same palette in the center of my lid to create a halo eye effect. I used the same technique on my bottom lash line, but did not smoke these shades out too much.
  • Sephora crayon eyeliner in “My boyfriend’s jeans” (metallic cobalt blue shade) in the water line.
  • Curled my lashes and applied a coat of Essence I Love Volume mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade 128)
  • Smashbox Studio Skin (light/warm) and Tarte Shape Tape concealer (light sand)
  • Set my face with Essence matte setting powder
  • Bronzed my skin with the Covergirl True Blend bronzer in 200 bronze
  • BH Cosmetics Nude Blush palette (neutral shades)
  • BH Cosmetics Spotlight Highlighting palette (shades Dream and Glow)

BROWS & LIPS:

  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
  • Wet N Wild lip gloss in “Ring My Bellbottoms” (sheer gloss with gold reflects)

 

Dramatic Smokey Cat Eyes (Kim Kardashian Makeup Look)

Kim KW’s infamous makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, posted the photo below of an intense cat-eye look he created on Kim and I was instantly inspired to recreate it! I typically don’t do a lot of cat-eye/ winged liner looks, but I loved this photo and wanted to try something different.

Keep scrolling to see my recreation of this look as well as a full list of products used!

EYES

  • Used MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate to define the crease of my eyes.
  • Used Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow and a liner brush to create a winged effect and smoked it out with a pencil brush. I brought this shade down to the lower lashline and connected it with the wing on my top lashline.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies.
  • Lined my waterline with a black kohl eyeliner from Ciate.

FACE

  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation
  • Smashbox Studioi Skin concealer under my eyes
  • Set my concealer using the highlighting shade from the Wet N Wild Contour Palette in Dulce De Leche
  • Set my face with the Coty Airspun loose powder
  • Contoured using the cream contour from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the powder contour shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Becca Multitasking powder in warm honey
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Sensual
  • Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in molten gold

BROWS

  • ABH Brow Wiz in dark brown

LIPS

  • Maybelline lipstick in Blushing Beige
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie overtop

What’s In My MAC Palette?

I LOVE the empty MAC Pro palettes! For the empty palette alone (inserts not included), they are only $8 and FREE SHIPPING on the MAC website! I love these palettes because they are sturdy and great for traveling. I definitely recommend using a little extra magnetic tape on the bottom of the pans (for non- MAC shadows) for a better and more secure hold.

I have a double sided pro palette which holds my ABH contour kit shades and some Wet N Wild blushes that I depotted, but I am just going to show my single one today because I personally think the colors are more exciting. Also, both the double and single sided palettes are $8. Purchasing these empty palettes will save you a ton of money because on the MAC website, the eyeshadow pans are only $6 rather than purchasing the pan in the compact. The individual pans from MAC come with a magnet already on the bottom so you can just pop it in the palette! This will also save you space and help declutter your makeup stash.

** If you depot 6 MAC eyeshadows, you can bring back the empty compacts to a MAC store and trade them in for a free eyeshadow or lipstick!**

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I like how the cover is clear so I can see my shadows. The plastic cover is very thick and not as flimsy as the Z-Palette covers.

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From Left to Right:

Prestige Cosmetics eyeshadow in “Hocus Pocus” (great dupe for MAC Blue Brown pigment)

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Stealth”

MAC eyeshadow in “Greensmoke”

MAC eyeshadow in “Sketch”

NYX eyeshadow in “Flirt”

MAC eyeshadow in “Star Violet”

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Bitten”

MAC eyeshadow in “Copperring”

MAC eyeshadow in “Antiqued”

MAC eyeshadow in “Bronze”

MAC eyeshadow in “Swiss Chocolate”

MAC eyeshadow in “Corduroy”

Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Lost”

MAC eyeshadow in “Soft Brown”- THE BEST TRANSITION SHADE EVER

MAC eyeshadow in “Satin Taupe”

MAC eyeshadow in “Nylon”

MAC eyeshadow in “Tempting”

The four square pans at the bottom are from a Sephora Desert Sunset eyeshadow palette from a while ago (I think it was limited edition)

The two rectangular pans are “Blackout” from the UD Naked 2 palette and “Blackheart” from the UD Naked 3 palette (I also depotted all the shadows from my Naked 2 and 3 palettes and put them in another pro palette, that way I could toss the bulky packaging and have them all in one spot).

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and go out and buy your own Pro Palette or saw some shadows that you really liked. It is so satisfying to depot eyeshadows and reduce some of that clutter!