One of the most highly anticipated foundation launches of 2016, with its high coverage flawless finish and range of 24 shades, Urban Decay’s All Nighter foundation provides a natural matte finish housed in a truly beautiful metallic bottle. After hearing reports that it oxidizes quite badly, I was a bit apprehensive about trying it when it first came out. It’s hard enough finding a colour match in any foundation, let alone one that turns a couple of shades darker. This can make getting a match in this foundation a real pain – ideally you need to let this sit for a couple of minutes and allow it to change colour before checking it in natural light. In store lighting tends to be unpredictable, so I’d strongly suggest going to your local Urban Decay counter to get a couple of samples – this foundation is worth it.
The shade system is so easy to understand – shades ending in .0 have yellow undertones, shades ending in .5 have pink undertones, and the new .25 shades lean towards neutral undertones. The shades that I have managed to get my hands on are as follows:
2.0 – Neutral leaning towards yellow undertones for light skin, similar to MAC NC20. My current match.
2.5 – Neutral pink undertones for light skin, similar to NW20.
3.0 – Yellow and peach undertones for medium skin, similar to Nars Barcelona. This was my original match, but turned out to be too peachy for me.
3.25 – This is the most neutral shade from the selection with the perfect balance of pink and yellow undertones, but it’s a little too dark for me in the winter.
3.5 – Deep pink undertones for medium skin, leaning towards red. Similar to Nars Cadiz.
4.0 – The only olive shade from the light/medium range – the undertone matches me perfectly when tanned, however it’s slightly too dark. Similar to NC37 or Armani Luminous Silk shade 6. 5.
5.0 – Strong red undertones for medium to dark skin, similar to NC44 or Nars Tahoe.
I really love this foundation. The coverage is amazing, like seriously amazing. It feels like you’ve got nothing on and has a natural matte finish. It’s also free of spf, making it great for flash photography – but I have a couple of issues. Firstly, finding a colour match is a pain. Despite there being 24 shades I can’t seem to find a perfect match. I find the yellow undertones lean quite orange. I’d really like Urban Decay to release more neutral shades, and introduce some olive ones. Second of all, it transfers a lot – not ideal if you plan on hugging anyone. That said, I do really love wearing this due to the coverage and finish.
Love, Sarah xx