All Nighter Liquid Foundation
All Nighter Liquid Foundation lives up to its name, offering serious coverage that resists fading for the duration of wear. The liquid texture and matte finish are ideal for those with oily skin, offering a comfortable lightweight feel despite its strong opacity.
That said, All Nighter isn't a completely worry-free foundation; for example, it tends to draw more attention to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles if you've got them.
Dispensed via a pump bottle, a little goes a long with this highly pigmented foundation. It's a good thing Urban Decay knows what they're doing when it comes to creating flattering shades (24 to be exact) for a wide range of skin tones, because with this much coverage, a precise color match is crucial. You also need to be diligent about blending—we found a combination of using our fingertips and a "beautyblender" worked best.
The impressive part is how well this foundation hides imperfections—and then keeps them hidden! You won't be able to fool anyone into thinking you're not wearing any makeup, but it camouflages flaws to a truly remarkable degree.
As far as the long wear, there are some exceptions. While this foundation holds back oily shine better than most, it can still end up breaking down (separating) in ultra-oily areas. It can also look crackly in laugh lines or other crevices after a couple hours into wear (though smoothing the foundation out with your fingertip is usually enough to remedy this).
As for the waterproof claim—we found that a generous sprinkling of water droplets caused unevenness with this foundation, so don't count on that.
Nonetheless, overall, we'd say this fragrance-free foundation is worth a try for those with oily skin, and those with normal to combination skin may also find it suitable. All Nighter has its limitations, but you may find the coverage worth it.
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- Offers full coverage from a surprisingly lightweight liquid texture.
- Excellent shade range for light to dark skin tones.
- Resists fading all day long.
- Matte finish ideal for oily skin.
- Fragrance free.
- Can draw attention to laugh lines, fine lines, and wrinkles.
- Isn't as waterproof as claimed.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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