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Estee Lauder Double Wear vs Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

With winter well and truly here the heavier bases are back in my everyday makeup bag. I’ve declared my love for Estee Lauder Double Wear previously, so I couldn’t wait to see how the "new kid on the block" compared.

There’s been so much talk about the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation with the main point being the issue that it oxidises. 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 on the skin - shade wise atleast.

I did notice the All Nighter became darker but only slightly, I have oily skin and with all the talk of how bad it was I did expect it to oxsidise more than it did. I found that testing a few shades on the back of my hand instore really helpful to decide which sample to go for, I waited around 10/ 15 minutes and had a browse around and then went back and picked a sample I thought would suit my skin best.

The first thing I noticed with the UD offering is how flawless it left my skin looking whilst still being lightweight. 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, almost creamy/ whipped consistency which doesn’t take quite as much work for a flawless finish. A little goes such a long way with both of these bases, offering a high coverage.

The finish of these foundations is slightly different. The All Nighter gives just as good a coverage as the Double Wear but looks more on the natural side – the matte/satin finish makes it look a little more skin like. 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. The initial finish of the foundations is never something I really worry about, it's more how it will last throughout the day and react with my skin type.

As I mentioned in my Double Wear review 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 felt like a completely different base. If your skin is dry or dehydrated I would stay well clear of this, it became patchy after 20 minutes and my makeup just looked awful. I found after an hour it would also sink into pores and cling to any texture on the skin - not a good look! 

When my skin is feeling hydrated and at it's best, the All Nighter actually lasts really well! Combined with my usual powder and setting spray this foundation will see my through the day like double wear! One thing I will say is that around my nose there was a little more transfer than what I would usually experience from double wear, but this was slight. 

There is a slight price difference but nothing major. The Urban Decay base is more affordable at £27, whereas Double Wear is £31. I tend to buy my foundations from Debenhams when they have 10% off to make them a little more affordable. Both of these are 30ml, but it's the packaging that does make the All Nighter much more appealing. I’m constantly wondering why Estee Lauder haven’t put a pump on Double Wear yet, who actually want’s a foundation without a pump!?

Double wear is still my fave. Whether it's a good day or bad day this foundation just works for me. If you have oily skin without any dehydration/ dryness in sight then I would recommend picking up a sample atleast, but for now I'm sticking with my old favourite.

Whats your favourite foundation for a flawless finish?


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

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  4. 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 :(

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

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  6. 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! x

  7. 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.

  8. 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 Post
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