With so many foundations, concealers and colour-correcting formulas on the market - some to diffuse redness, others to lift dullness - using makeup to create the perfect canvas has become a bit of an art form. Faces can resemble geographical relief maps before all the blending! But the trickery works…
… and if it’s trickery you’re after then Urban Decay has introduced some corkers. For Autumn the brand has released a new full coverage, long wear liquid foundation inspired by its cult All-Nighter setting spray. It follows the Spring launch of a range of colour correctors, which I’ve been testing out alongside for the complete ‘flawless’ finish (review comping up separately, shortly).
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
|Shades swatched: 4.5 (top) 5.0 (bottom)|
It’s available in 24 shades and the packaging is typically UD edgy – it comes in a sleek, highly metallized gunmetal bottle with asymmetric cutouts, making the shade visible through the gaps. I have two shades– 4.5 and 5.0. These fall mid-way through the colour chart and the former is slightly pinkier than the latter.
The formula is oil-free (and paraben-free) and completely matte, marking a departure from the Naked Skin complexion products which are all demi-matte. It’s designed to absorb oil, a call out to those with shinier complexions, though not something I can test on my dry skin.
Mattes are usually a total no-no for me but this isn’t grabbing onto dry areas. In fact, it keeps my skin feeling and looking moist – though I do slap on tonnes of moisturiser before applying any makeup.
In terms of pigment, there is three times as much here as with the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup - I’m getting fantastic coverage from using just the tiniest amount. It blends smoothly and easily (even with finger application).
|Before (L), After (R)|
It simply doesn’t budge – I’ve been wearing it for around 12 hours daily. Plus I’ve worn it at the gym. I wouldn’t normally go full-coverage when getting a sweat on but for testing purposes I have. Again it doesn’t shift and what really excites me is that my skin remains perfectly matte at the end of a full-on weight training sesh! Now that is impressive!
|Snap taken after 8 hours of wear|
The Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is available for £27 (30ml) here.
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