My all time favourite foundation for a long lasting, full coverage base has always been Estee Lauder Double Wear, nothing has ever compared for me. With the recent launch of the new Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation that is supposedly pretty similar, I wanted to see how the new kid on the block compared.
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.
There’s been so much talk about this with the majority of people saying yes, 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 on the skin.
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 think from the swatches below you can see how when it dries it does become slightly darker.
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, almost 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.
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.
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.
There is a slight price difference but nothing major. The Urban Decay base is more affordable at £29.50, whereas Estee Lauder is £32.50. 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, it definitely needs it and does make it a pain to travel with.
Double wear is still my favourite foundation. Whether it’s a good skin day or bad, 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 of the All Nighter atleast, but for now I’m sticking with my old favourite.
Whats your favourite foundation for a flawless finish?
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