Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation review

For once in my life i tried a different foundation, heres how it went…

Last week i noticed i was coming to an end of my bottle of Estee Lauder double wear, usually i would just repurchase it but this time i fancied a change. Over the last few months the Urban Decay all nighter foundation had been massively hyped and at £27, £3 cheaper than my usual foundation i decided to give it a go thinking it might even be better than my previous favourite.

If you prefer watching reviews rather than reading them you can watch my review of the foundation here, other than that lets get on with how this went..


The first day i tried this i used the exact same method i would’ve used when applying my Estee lauder foundation, i used the no7 airbrush away pore minimising primer underneath and a damp real techniques sponge to apply it. The result? I hated it. 

I couldn’t understand all the reviews i had watched and read about this being a lightweight easy to blend foundation, although the coverage was incredible and i did only need one layer all over my face  the finish was cakey, thick and almost uneven. This also oxidises but in my case this was okay because i could’ve done with going a shade darker and the lady at the counter said this would happen so i expected it.

The first time wearing this i couldn’t believe how disappointed i was, i had such high hopes and it only got worse throughout the day. After around 3 hours it started to go patchy, around 5 hours in when i touched my nose i noticed foundation on my hand, from my past experience long wear foundations do not transfer especially after only 5 hours, long story short i quickly looked in the mirror to be greeted with a bright red foundation free nose.

Even though the first try didn’t exactly go to plan i wanted to give this a fair test, especially because i was so confused at how something with such good reviews went so badly. 


The second time around i switched up my primer for the benefit porefessional and the result was much better, because this is a slightly more lightweight primer the thick consistency of the foundation wasn’t as pronounced but it still looked a little bit full on. In terms of blend ability i still didn’t completely get along with the foundation, because of its thickness, pigment and matte finish you really don’t need a mattifying primer underneath, if anything i think any type of mattifying agent mixed with this foundation is a recipe for disaster. 

The foundation lasted better on this particular day as well, although every time I’ve worn this it has caked up around my nose, on this day it lasted quite well but still not as good as Double wear. I find when i take a lot of time to focus on blending this foundation it works much better, you really need to work with it to get it to work for you.


One true claim this foundation makes is that a little does go a long way, by far the coverage is the best I’ve ever tried. Coverage is a huge factor for me having acne scars and this does do a really good job of covering them. Its also really nice to have the feeling of just one layer on your face which is quite hard to achieve when you have acne and acne scarring. 


So overall i don’t hate it, i did to begin with and i think when you’re used to wearing the #1 foundation world wide you’re probably going to be disappointed with the alternatives. However i will continue to use this foundation and I’m continuing to try out different bases and methods to get it to work to suit me. This isn’t a bad foundation at all, compared to so many this is really good foundation but i was just a little bit let down because i had really high hopes.

I think the trick to this is having a really really hydrated base, even with my oily skin it tends to look a little dry so if you have a dry skin type anyway i would definitely avoid this. The best thing to use underneath in my opinion would be a facial oil, the foundation will blend out much easier and won’t cling to any patches if you’ve really focused on hydration beforehand. 

Have you tried the UD all nighter foundation? – Maria x

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  1. December 15, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I want to try this so bad! Thanks for the really in-depth review 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N

    • December 15, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      no problem! I'd really recommend getting a sample first so you can see if you'd like it! – Maria x

  2. December 16, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Thanks for this review, been wanting to get this for a while now, but I have dry skin and the I HATE cakey foundations! You saved me £27 😊

    • December 17, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Thats amazing I'm so glad you didn't waste your money! In terms of longevity and finish this is no better than a drugstore foundation! – Maria x

  3. December 19, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Great in depth review! The urban decay naked skin foundation is one of my all time favourites so I'm eager to try this one!


    • December 21, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you! The naked skin is something everyone talks about as well! I'd always recommend getting a sample first before buying! – Maria x

    • December 23, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      aw i hope it works well for you! – Maria x

  4. December 24, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    I am similar to you and like to stick with same foundation for years. Heard so many mixed reviews about this foundation and they're saying it's either really good or really bad☹️ May have to give it a miss cos I get dry skin easily. I like to watch and read reviews, I liked both!❤ xh

    • December 27, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Definitely give it a miss if you've got dry skin, i think if you've found one you love stick to it! Thank you for watching/reading – Maria x

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