Hello hello! I have been a little quiet on the blog front lately but I have pulled up my socks, installed a new blog template (I was having a few issues with my last one), and here I am back to hopefully post more regularly!
Todays post is all about the NEW Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation that I purchased a few weeks ago and have been testing out. I did a wear test video if you want to see how well this applies and lasts on my oily combination skin.
I bought this the day of release at Mecca Maxima (or you can buy it from the Mecca website) and in Australia it retails for AU$65 for 30ml. In the US you can buy it from the Urban Decay website and it retails for US$40.
The claims of this foundation are that it is full coverage, long wearing, matte finish, waterproof and oil free. All of these claims is exactly what I look for in a foundation so I was really excited to test it out.
The most difficult part of buying this foundation is picking the right shade. There are 24 shades available and they go from 0.5 to 12.0 - the shades that end with .0 are the warm (or yellow) toned shades, the .5 are the cooler shades (pink toned) and the .25 or .75 are the neutral shades (in between yellow and pink). I picked 3.5 because I prefer a neutral tone and I found 3.0 to be very yellow on me. When I picked this up on the day of release they didn't have all shades on display so I didn't see the 3.25 which possibly could have suited me better.
|top - wet / bottom - completely dry|
do note that this is a thick layer and the contrast is greater than when you wear it thinned out
The shades are tricky to wrap your head around so I do recommend swatching these in store. Also this foundation does oxidise slightly (it develop to a darker shade when it dries down and mixes with the air) so it's best to apply a test patch and then check the shade match 5 minutes after applying.
The packaging is fab! It is a pewter metallic cylinder with these really awesome looking cut outs so you can see the product inside. This is also an airless pump bottle (one that pushes up from the bottom as you use it) which makes it very handy dispensing but also means that when you have used the product up there is no wastage.
I find that one pump is enough to cover my whole face if I use my fingers to apply the foundation, but it takes around one and a half pumps to cover my whole face if I use a sponge or brush to apply the foundation. The foundation applies best with fingers or sponge and can emphasise pores and fine lines when applied with a buffing brush. A damp sponge will give more of a medium buildable finish and fingers will give a smooth full cover finish.
Above are photos of me with no foundation, one layer of the foundation and then powdered with the rest of my makeup on. You can see that it definitely covers all redness and imperfections with one layer.
If you watch my wear test video then you can clearly see how this wears, but I will try to quickly describe it. I have oily combination skin so I always look for long wearing foundations that won't break down around my nose and on my chin (my biggest makeup pet peeve). The great thing about this foundation is that it applies amazingly, looks flawless and it absorbs oil evenly. What I mean by that is I don't find that one oily section is breaking down and wearing off while another section of my face looks fine. This foundation tends to hold together really well and after a few hours it starts to look quite dewy when the oily starts to come through, and the longer you leave it the dewier it becomes but it still stays together and doesn't wear off patchy. So this foundation definitely doesn't stay looking matte (if you have oilier skin) but the great thing about it is that if you don't mind a dewy look to the skin then it does stay in place without you needing to touch up. I definitely don't think it lives up to it's matte finish claim, unless you have dry skin, and it only ever really looks matte on my skin when I have just powdered it.
When it comes to the longevity this foundation doesn't last as long as I would like. If you leave it for longer than 8 hours without repowdering then it almost becomes too oily and starts transferring and breaking down. This can be prevented by powdering (I recommend a translucent setting powder), but on it's own it won't last a long day on oily skin.
Overall I really like this foundation and once you figure out the tips and tricks to keep it lasting on your skin then it's worth the price tag. I am just curious about how this will last in the warmer months. If you have dry skin I wouldn't recommend this foundation because it could cling to dry patches.