Thoughts on The Entire Urban Decay All Nighter Prime & Set Collection
The original Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray ($33) is pretty much a legend at this point, and the testimonials speak for themselves. People say that the spray makes their makeup love-proof, rain-proof, sob-proof, and even mosh pit-proof! From personal experience, this is definitely the product I would reach for if I need to really protect my face and make sure the makeup won’t budge.
This month I had the opportunity to experience more products from the Prime & Set All-Nighter collection – which, by the way, I had no idea even existed! – and I found one that I may love even more than the OG, and it’s the new Urban Decay All-Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray ($33). The original spray doesn’t make my skin shiny or anything, it just gives it a natural finish. The matte one, however, is exactly what I’ve been dreaming of when I had to sweat-proof my makeup in the summer. This matte finish looks fantastic on my combination skin, so I can fully control the highlighted areas. What a fantastic release and a great addition to the line!
Pro tip: make sure to shake the bottle really well before applying to dissolve the oil-absorbing particles. They tend to clump together and settle at the bottom when the product is not in use.
There’s one more new-to-me spray I got to try – Urban Decay All-Nighter Pollution Protection Setting Spray ($34), which is enriched with a blend of minerals, including zinc, magnesium, and copper, to protect against free radicals. It’s kind of hard to tell whether those antioxidants work or not, but at the very least, I can tell you that it as a setting spray it performs just as well as the original All-Nighter. The finish on the skin looks very similar: demi-matte with very slight radiance, but no sheen.
The newly released Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer ($36) helps extend the life of your makeup even more by providing the perfect base that products will stick to like glue. It’s not a literal analogy because the primer doesn’t actually feel sticky, but it creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, further protecting it from the natural oils. It also has a bit of a slip, so any smudges are a lot easier to touch up, at least in my experience. I don’t really wear a primer every day, but I think this one will make a good addition to my special events and summer kit.
And finally, the product I didn’t love all that much – Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder ($34). Don’t get me wrong, it probably works for a lot of people, however, on my fair skin it looked almost like a light bronzer. When I initially saw the color in the pan, I thought it might be too dark for me but decided to give it a try anyway. As it turns out, I was right, and it’s definitely not a translucent shade. It should work for people with light to medium skin tones, and those of us with fair and deep skin tones should probably avoid it. I also feel like it didn’t do much for oil control because my skin was getting visibly shinier throughout the day when I wore this, as opposed to when I use any of the All Nighter setting sprays. UD has a wonderful De-Slick Setting Powder that is actually translucent, and it works really well to mattify the skin, but doesn’t turn your makeup waterproof like the All Nighter.
It’s nice that Urban Decay All-Nighter Prime & Set collection has products for every skin type. I think the original All-Nighter Setting Spray, the Pollution Protection Setting Spray, and the new All Nighter Face Primer will suit all skin types. New All-Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray will be perfect for those with oily and combination skin, and Waterproof Setting Powder would work best for those with normal or dry light/medium skin.
Have you tried the original All Nighter Setting Spray or any of the newer products from the line? What’s your favorite way to set your makeup? Share in the comments below!