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I’ve had an amazing run with concealer lately, loving the last few new concealers I’ve tried (to the point of getting multiples!). When Urban Decay announced they were releasing All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer, inspired by their cult favourite All Nighter Liquid Foundation, I knew I wanted to try it. I have never tried their All Nighter Foundation, so I don’t necessarily have that to compare it to, but waterproof, 24 hour wear to last through all the troublemaking a night can bring?? Providing matte coverage that lasts all day and night?? Get me a tube of All Nighter Concealer!

UD promises that All Nighter Concealer is ultra-pigmented and blendable, drying to a matte, stay-put finish that not only controls shine but also hides dark circles. It even promises to cover tattoos! The formula features light-diffusing pigments to blur flaws with a soft-focus effect, without settling into fine lines. Urban Decay recommends pairing All Nighter Concealer with their All Nighter Liquid Foundation or Naked Skin Liquid Makeup for high coverage as needed. And to make sure everyone can enjoy All Nighter Concealer, it comes in 14 shades that range from pale to deep.

Urban Decay’s recommended application: there is no need to build up coverage, instead, apply a very small amount of product, after foundation, and tap, tap, tap it into skin with either a finger or a brush.

So, just how did it fare?

First off, can we talk about the tube? What a beautiful (and beautiful-to-photograph!!), intricate metal-effect bottle! (I’m partial to all of UD’s gunmetal packaging, though…) The concealer has an angled paddle wand applicator within its cap, and because of that, travels nicely. That always gets bonus points from me. The wand applicator provides a generous amount of product, which is amazing for large areas. I found that I could dab on a drop of product, then pat it out to cover the area I was working on. All Nighter really is pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

Let’s talk about the finish. The product seems to dry quickly, which made me slightly nervous the first time I used it. I quickly realized though that I was still able to blend All Nighter without issue, and without leaving behind telltale outlines of heavy concealer. It is a matte-finish product, and will dry and set if you don’t work quickly, but not so quick that I had difficulty finishing my coverage. With it being matte, I was also concerned about it settling into my fine lines (let’s face it, I’m not 20, not matter what *I* think! lol). I’ve had challenges with heavy concealers in the past and have mostly stayed away from anything overly drying.  I found All Nighter finishes looking dry, but not cakey, and though there was some slight settling, it did not cake deeply into lines or crows feet. (I used it both alone and over foundation, and added a dab of eye cream when I patted it under my eyes. I found the eye cream helps to make the product even more blendable – a nice touch for the delicate eye area!) All Nighter is also excellent as a base for your eyeshadow; my eye makeup did not budge until I washed it off!

Urban Decay recommends choosing your shade by testing the product on skin, letting it dry completely to see the true colour, and going with the lighter shade if you’re in between two colours. Here are the 14 shades:

I will say that the product dries a touch darker than in the bottle, and I personally found some of the gaps between shades a little large. For example, the jump from Fair or even Light Warm to Light-Neutral was at least a couple of shades, while Light-Warm is a steadier climb. With my slightly tan olive skin tone I could go between Light Warm or Med-Light Neutral. What I love to do is use two shades of concealer for different parts of my face; for example, while going maybe half a shade lighter under the eyes, I like a full shade lighter for my eyelid, and true-to-skintone on my face. With two tubes, I can achieve multiple hues for all my coverage needs. All Nighter Concealer blends out so nicely at its edges that you can even skip foundation, and just apply concealer where you need it (as I often do on ‘low-makeup’ days).  And the wear was amazing for me. It stayed right where I applied it, did not budge, kept my eyeshadow from creasing or fading, and came off beautifully when it was time to wash my makeup off at night. I used both an oil-to-milk cleanser (seen here) as well as a face wash; both times the makeup came off beautifully.

The one thing I did not test was All Nighter’s waterproof coverage, but I can promise you  that based on its wear so far, I’ll be taking it on my next vacation!

Available now wherever Urban Decay is sold, including Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Urban Decay ($35 Cdn).

What’s your favourite Urban Decay foundation or concealer?

~xo

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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Inspired by Versailles at the heart of winter, the Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection is based around shades of pink and gold, emblematic codes of the House of Dior since the first couture collection in 1947. Dior was particularly influenced by the golden era of Versailles fashion, which celebrated femininity with its ornate fabrics and structured dresses that enhanced the waist.

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This holiday, the splendor of Versailles shines on in the Dior makeup collection, which draws inspiration from images of the iconic palace and its gardens covered in snow. Eyes are dressed in sparkling hues of white, yellow and rose golds, while lips are highlighted in sparkling fuchsia, vibrant red, and a rich burgundy. Nails complete the look in rosy taupe, red and golden plum.

Much like the 5 Couleurs palette from the Dior Mystic Metallics collection, the two 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow palettes in the Golden Winter collection are like tiny works of art. Beautifully finished with a quilted pattern, the 5 eye shadows in each Golden Flower (634) and Golden Snow (644) should have appeal to everyone.

Golden Flower is a beautiful warm palette, including a pearly peach, a vanilla shimmer, a rich chocolate, a gilded bronze, and a whitened gold glitter in the centre. I am totally obsessed with this palette! It is perfect for most skin tones and can be used for both day and night looks. What more can you ask for?

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The Golden Snow palette leans a touch cooler than Golden Flower, and includes a pale pink shimmer, a medium-toned gold glitter, a blackened-steel grey, a grey-lilac, and in the centre, a snow white glitter. Another spectacular colour combination, with a perfect name!

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Presented in a vintage-looking golden tube, the Diorific Lipsticks of this collection are presented in three gorgeous shades: Diva (038), Winter (042) and Minuit (046).

Diva is a a ruby red, perfect for the holiday and winter season. Winter is a deep burgundy creme for your inner seductress, and Minuit is a sparkling fuchsia. See Minuit and Diva below:

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Two sparkling Dior Addict Gloss shades are also available in Enchanted Rose (451), a sheer nude with pearl-pink finish, and Pink Fantasy (776), a scintillating sheer but vibrant raspberry sparkler (top to bottom):

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Three divine Diorific Vernis shades complete your look in Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right. Aren’t they magnificent?

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And finally, inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles, the Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo combines two versions of Diorific Vernis: a sumptuous gold lacquer to apply as a base and luminous crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle on top for a three-dimensional result!

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Swatches and reviews coming shortly!

(EDIT: See swatches HERE!!)

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Seize your chance, follow your destiny…

Christian Dior’s lucky charm shines over the 2013 autumn collection and decorates the mythical 5 Couleurs palette. Sculpted with stars, the eye shadows shimmer with metallic shades and reflections. Shrouded in mystery, eyes have never been so magnetic.

Truly a work of art, the 5 Couleurs palette, below in Bonne Étoile (384), is cohesively comprised of blue-greens and browns that can be used in harmony or individually. The shadows apply easily, either with the included applicators, or your choice of eyeshadow brushes, and can be layered for maximum opacity or used sparingly for a lighter touch. The Bonne Étoile palette is Limited Edition and will not be offered at Sephora.

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Below are the shades swatched, starting with the centre brown and moving counter-clockwise through the palette. In natural light:

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and in artificial light:

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The colours are diverse enough to be used on a variety of skin tones and eye colours. I personally love that the palette offers a range of shades from a slight sheen to full shimmer!

The radiance of a stone, the magic of iridescence, and the intensity of a metallic hue… The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows easily blend across genres to recreate the depth and contrasts of a catwalk look. With an unprecedented rounded, gel-mousse texture, Diorshow Fusion Mono can be used both in its natural state, either with the provided smudging applicator or with fingertips, and can be used with a damp brush to create a totally different look. Applied damp, it provides an extreme metallic effect with a lamé finish. And it truly is an unprecedented product. You can feel the gel texture as you press the applicator onto the shadow. Highly buildable, Fusion Mono starts out slightly sheer, but builds quickly and effortlessly as you apply the product. When applied damp, it builds quickly, reaching opacity and delivering on its promise of the metallic effect! This has become one of my new favourite, must-have products!

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The swatches below are provided in the following order (L to R):

  • 381 Millenium
  • 081 Aventure
  • 881 Hypnotique
  • 281 Cosmos

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Last but not least, two new shades in a lipstick and lipgloss formula that can be worn together or individually.

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Bonne Aventure (986) is a deep, dramatic wine shade that applies lightly on its first coat, but much like the rest of this collection, is buildable to full depth. The formula is rich and applies with buttery softness, providing moisture, and finishing in a soft shine:

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Dior Addict Gloss in Ensorcelante (981), though appearing much darker in the gloss tube, is actually quite similar to Bonne Aventure once applied. It has a slight hint of a shimmer that sends light glimmering off your lips! My favourite part about the Dior Addict Glosses? They are moisturizing and non-sticky!
Here is Ensorcelante by itself:

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I am totally obsessed with this collection, and cannot get enough of the Dior Addict lip products!

See my other reviews of this line here!

The Dior Mystic Metallics shades are now available at Dior counters and you may want to run to get your hands on these Limited Edition products! For more information, head to Dior.com.

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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