Is it Vegan? Yes
I’ve spent a good few months now trying out cruelty free foundations, testing them for coverage and wear etc. Whilst I’m impressed with almost all of them that I have tried, I’ve always found that none of them have been full coverage, making my skin look absolutely flawless and airbrushed. That is until I heard about the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. This foundation claims to be the ultimate foundation for a flawless-looking complexion, with a ‘modern matte finish that never looks overdone’. To me, this sounded exactly like something I was missing out on. Most foundations I have been using are pretty dewy until I set them with powder, so I was looking forward to see how this performed.
First of all, I got shade matched. This is actually where I noticed the first problem. The lady at the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams tried the three lightest colours on my face. All but one of them looked orange after a few seconds. It seems to be well known that this particular foundation oxidises, so what may look to be your perfect colour to begin with, won’t be your perfect colour in 5 minutes. This meant I had to get the palest shade with is 0.5. This is actually a touch too pale for me and I’m always getting comments on how pale I look. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pale naturally, but this is an extreme. However, if you are ghostly white, this may be perfect for you! If not, you might have to build up your contour, bronzer and blush like I have to.
Getting past the shade range (which comes in 24 colours!), the foundation itself does sit nicely on the skin. The fact it’s so full coverage means I only have to apply a light layer to completely cover my flaws. This means I use less foundation than I do with something that’s more of a buildable coverage, which means it lasts longer. Of course, I’m always here for foundation that lasts me longer as it means I don’t have to keep repurchasing it so often! All my products sit nicely on top for the most part, however if I have any dry patches on my face, it will really emphasise these due to how matte it is. This happens in particular around my nose and on my forehead, which shows this isn’t the best foundation for dry skin.
If you are more on the oily skin, this foundation should work much better for you. The oil-free formula helps to keep oils at bay and in theory, should last throughout the day. On me however, it does crease a lot as the day goes on which makes me look dreadful by the end of the day! I wouldn’t say my skin is that dry, although it’s definitely not oily. Whist wearing this, it seems to sink into my smile lines and separate on my chin, nose and forehead. I’ve tried so many different methods to stop this happening such as; topping up my foundation with concealer throughout the day, adding powder to stop any oils coming through and creating the creases and separation, buffing the foundation back into my skin with my Spectrum B03 brush, and applying setting sprays. However, none of these fight it and I always end up looking bad at the end of the day!
With this being said, it does make me look great at the start of the day, it almost makes my skin look like porcelain. It may work better for those with more normal/oily skin, but for me, it really doesn’t play well, and I feel as though my skin has gotten dryer since I have been using it which is unfortunate.
One thing I do love about this foundation though, is the packaging. The packaging comes with an air-free pump which allows you to get every last drop of foundation out. The clear cut outs at the front also allow you to see how much foundation you have left so you know when you need to top up, rather than getting a surprise one day whilst you’re half way through your makeup and find you only have enough foundation for half of your face!