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Estee Lauder Double Wear vs Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

My all time favourite foundation for a long lasting, full coverage finish has always been Estee Lauder Double Wear, nothing has ever compared for me. I heard people say that the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation was even better but supposedly pretty similar – that’s where my interest was peaked, a direct comparison to my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear!?

For reference my skin is combination, I’m prone to oiliness in the t-zone but get quite de-hydrated in other areas, so for me a foundation always has to balance those two things whilst being long lasting at the same time. I also have quite congested skin too so it doesn’t take lot for a full coverage foundation to cling and enhance my pores.

Does the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation oxidise? 

There’s been so much talk about the All Nighter oxidising on the skin, which makes it pretty difficult to colour match instore. This really put me off ordering online and trying to guess my shade without trying it first. I finally managed to track down a counter willing to give me a sample of the shade 2.0 – A fairly pale shade with a yellow undertone. I thought this would suit me best when I’m wearing a little fake tan. I have the Estee Lauder Double Wear in the shade Desert Beige, in the bottle and on the skin this is slightly darker than the UD foundation, but taking into account the oxsidisation, they end up both looking very similar once applied.

I did notice the All Nighter became darker but only slightly, with all the talk of how bad it was I did expect it to oxsidise more than it did. I think from the swatches below you can see how when it dries it does become slightly darker.

swatches of foundation for estee lauder and urban decay

Formula and coverage comparison 

The first thing I noticed with the UD offering is how flawless it left my skin looking. As I buffed this in I couldn’t believe how much it masked, especially with the thinner consistency compared to that of Double Wear. Both are liquid foundations but DW is much thicker and takes a little more work to buff and blend, the All Nighter has a thinner, and has almost a creamy/ whipped consistency which doesn’t take quite as much work for a flawless finish. In terms of coverage the All Nighter is more pigmented, covering everything from acne scaring to tired eyes.

So in terms of coverage and formula it is similar to Double Wear, but I would say the All Nighter is easier to blend (works well with a beauty blender) and doesn’t dry down as quickly as double wear either.

The finish

The finish of these foundations is slightly different. After around 10 minutes of wear the Urban Decay foundation definitely has more of a  matte/satin finish, where as the Double Wear foundation really is just completely matte letting absolutely no shine come through.. That’s not to say that the Double Wear looks really unnatural, it’s just a completely matte finish that does make the skin look a little more flat at first.

How they hold up throughout the day

So many foundations don’t last even 4 hours on me, so longevity is one of the main things I look for when on the hunt for a new base. The first time I tried the All Nighter I was having a good skin day, and that’s when I loved it. When I used it on a not so good skin day, it didn’t last as well as I had hoped. If your skin is dry or dehydrated I would stay clear of the both of these foundations, but especially the Urban Decay All Nighter. On days where my skin wasn’t behaving it started to cling to patches around my nose and did sink into my pores slightly showing up texture on my skin only after a couple of hours. This is something I rarely experience with Double Wear and one of the many reasons it’s my favourite foundation.

Value for money and packaging

Both foundations are expensive, they’re from premium brands. I have to say I think the Estee Lauder packaging is nicer to look at, but it’s no where near as practical as the All Nighter packaging and pump!

My overall thoughts

Ok I’m coming straight out with it, Double wear is still my favourite foundation. I don’t think the All Nighter is bad by any means, and if you are already a Double Wear fan it’s definitely worth picking up a sample atleast. For me longevity is key, if a foundation doesn’t sit well on my skin it’s just not going to work out…  For now I’m sticking with my old favourite.

Have you tried either of these foundations?

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    Emmys Beauty Cave

    December 7, 2016Reply

    For me I prefer the UD one, I found it oxidised alot on my arm but once on my face it barely oxidised, so weird! I find the UD one keeps me matte longer than the DW does.EmmysBeautyCave | Blog Header Designs | GIVEAWAY Win ABH & More

    Parie Joshi

    December 7, 2016Reply

    I need to try both of these!Parie xClass and Glitter

    Erin Azmir

    December 8, 2016Reply

    I got my eyes on All Nighter but my skin is dry so I don't think it would suit me :/ xx

    Leanne Saunders

    December 8, 2016Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this comparison as I love DW but have heard this all nighter isn't good for dry skin which is why I'm not going to give this a try Leanne |

    Becca Fletcher

    December 8, 2016Reply

    I definitely prefer the Double Wear foundation. The first time I used the All Nighter one it looked great until a few hours passed and it ended up looking really cakey and patchy in my t-zone and Ive tried everything to stop that. Ive changed moisturiser, primer and everything. So Im a bit gutted that I spent the money on the All Nighter :(

    The Makeup Directory

    December 9, 2016Reply

    Loved this review Jodie, really useful! I still think I'm going to give Double Wear a go after this!The Makeup Directory

    Megan Elizabeth

    December 25, 2016Reply

    Thanks for this review! I've been looking for ages for a good high end foundation. After many great reviews, I've really been wanting to try the all nighter but I think I now need to try both of these!


    May 14, 2017Reply

    Was a double wear lover for years, wore fresco and desert beige. Tried all nighter, shade 2.5, 2.0 too white. Anyway I have comb oily skin and always use a face serum daily and wore the first time and loved it. Seamless finish and lasts all day no touch up. Better than Kat von d , as hers goes in pores and is cakey.better than tarte in tube. So I switched as wearability is great. Dry skin people should be using something under there makeup anyway. Iam an Esthetician and makeup artist and love all nighter.

    Michelle Croft

    June 15, 2017Reply

    I love both of these and I love mixing the two together for a night out when I want my base to be completely bullet proof and flawless. In Australia the Urban Decay is more expensive than Estee Lauder DW. Great PostMichelle xx | @shellie_belle_

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