If there's one thing that I don't like about nights out (apart from the obligatory hangover the following day and the numerous bank card receipts that I have no recollection of acquiring) it's the fact that I always end up with my make up all smudged and half way down my face by the time I get home! One of my friends suggested I invest in a "setting spray" which is basically designed to set your make up and prevent it from budging or disappearing from your face. After researching these products, and discovering that some of them cost a small fortune, I settled on a bottle of Urban Decay's All Nighter spray which is advertised as a "long lasting make up setting spray" which was absolutely perfect!
The Urban Decay brand is often found in department stores such as Debenhams and has a large online presence to. It has been going for nearly twenty years now and it offers a full range of make up products along with some skincare products too. The prices are quite high compared to products that you find at places such as Boots with the majority of things retailing between £10 and £30. The All Nighter spray is a hypoallergenic liquid mist which will help to keep your make up set on your skin for sixteen hours. It contains colour dispersing technology which helps the make up to look freshly applied as well. It resists moisture (and therefore won't make your skin greasy) as well as a cooling ingredient to keep your skin feeling fresh. Basically this means your make up won't melt when it's warm and humid or become dehydrated when it's cold and windy which all helps to keep your face looking great.
The spray comes in a standard white bottle which has a large purple and black label stuck around it. The label shows the brand and product name as well as a rather gloomy picture of a moon (presumably the link to it lasting through the night) as well as your usual product information on the back of it too. The spray is dispensed through a push down dispenser which has a clear plastic cap over the top of it. Overall it doesn't look a particularly exclusive or expensive product but I didn't let this put me off.
It's incredibly easy to use and the directions instruct you to:
1. Apply make up.
2. Shake bottle well.
3. Hold it 8-10 inches.
4. Spray over face 2-4 times.
5. Let dry for several seconds.
I found that the spray was really simple to use and that it left my skin feeling really light as well as soaking into my skin within about twenty seconds. After it had dried I couldn't actually feel the spray on my face, it didn't leave any sort of gloss over my skin at all which was ideal. Despite the actual spray not feeling or looking noticeable on my face it was clear that it was still there. During numerous evenings my make up has "stayed put" much better than it tended to do prior to buying this spray. Powders such as bronzer and blusher, which used to fade during an evening or require reapplication, now lasts for several more hours than it used to while my eye liner also stays put (but sadly can still smudge when I'm doing disco fever on the dance floor)! Personally I think that the sixteen hour suggestion is a little exaggerated, I find that if I apply the spray in the morning it gets my through the day but I would have to reapply or freshen it up for the evening. I'd say it's great for a night out, especially in the summer when you can often sweat (a sure fire sign of my excellent dancing) and stops it from vanishing!
A typical 118ml bottle of Urban Decay's All Nighter retails for £19 in Debenhams although I managed to buy a 177ml bottle on offer for just £23 a few months ago. Arguably this isn't really an essential make up product, nor is it what you'd describe as a bargain. However I think it is a worthwhile investment as I've had my bottle for about three months now and, despite using it everyday before work as well as at weekends too, I've still got over half left. As the spray really does spread out if you hold the bottle far away as directed, you do only need a couple of sprays each day to ensure that the mist covers your whole face. If you were only using this a couple of times a week I'd imagine you'd get up to a year out of it. I'd estimate, based on my daily usage, that I'd get over half a year out of a bottle which is good.
I'm giving this product four stars, it looses one due to the price... my other friend tells me not to waste my money whenever she sees me using this... she prefers to use hair spray but I'm not sure about putting hair spray on my face... although it does seem to do the job for her. The choice is yours however...
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I purchased this Urban Decay All Nighter make up setting spray on a recent trip to the USA.
I spotted this on the Urban Decay stand and was instantly intrigued, after all what girl doesn't want their make up to stay flawless all night.
The sales lady at the urban decay stand instantly started telling me how wonderful the product was, but I have to admit I was sceptical as to whether or not she was being honest or just trying to sell the product!
I decided to give the spray a go, perhaps as I was on my holidays I was feeling a little more relaxed about splurging on cosmetics, and I felt I was getting a good deal with the US dollars to sterling exchange rate.
I tried this make up setting spray twice during my holiday, both times I was very impressed at how it kept my make up on. I found that at the end of a long day walking round, my make up was flawless, exactly as I had applied it that morning. Bearing in mind that I was outside in the 30degress New York August sunshine, this was fantastic!
The product comes in a spray bottle and the directions for use are to apply 2-4 sprays onto face after make up is applied. The spray has minimal fragrance and does not affect how your make up feels, there is no stickiness.
The spray comes in a 118ml bottle which I imagine will last quite a length of time. I plan on only using this spray for special occasions and nights out so feel I will get my money's worth.
This product costs £19 in the UK. Also available in the range is a setting spray for oily skin and one for dry skin.
Overall this product is definitely worth it. It keeps make up flawless even on a long hot day. I am glad I discovered this product!
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There is not an awful lot i can say about this product other than it does actually work! I got a free sample of this when i went to an Urban Decay outlet and the lady there gave me and my friends a nice face-over and she was really helpful, patient and knowledgable. I bought a number of products and we bagged some free samples, this being one of them (never be afraid to ask for samples!).
My main concern was that it either wouldn't work or that it would make my face feel sticky and kind of 'glued' in place. It recommends you use about 2-4 sprays over the face. It was cool and light and didn't feel like there was anything on my face at all. It was a nice refreshing feel and it actually kept my face in place the whole day (and it was a nice hot sticky day as well), no runs or collecting in creases or even just a tired look you get after a long day. It really did work and i promptly went out and bought the bottle for £20. I would never go out on a special day without it. Well worth every penny.
Last year, I was lucky enough to get married abroad - in the USA - and my husband and myself really had a magical day that we will never forget.
During my intensive research into our wedding and whilst making the plans and arrangements, I was informed that the weather on our Big Day would most likely be extremely hot and of course I took this into consideration when buying my wedding dress and the like as I wanted to be as comfortable as possible.... I certainly didn't fancy trailing a huge veil and meringue combo about in the blazing sunshine!
As I was getting my hair and make-up done professionally in a beauty salon on the morning of the wedding, I was anxious about the heat and sunlight interfering with the results and in particular I was concerned about my make-up smudging or running and ruining the finished look... I was terrified that my wedding photographs would be a disaster as a result of the extreme temperatures we had been told to expect.
With this in mind, I set about doing some research, and I eventually found out about a product from the 'Urban Decay' brand of make-up and cosmetics. It seemed to be recommended quite highly and I thought it was certainly worth a try. I was particularly interested in trying this product, as it claimed to be "formulated to resist moisture", which is of course a polite way of saying that it won't 'sweat off' as it were! I thought this was particularly relevant to my own specific requirements!
Anyway, I set about trying to find the spray for myself which didn't prove to be too difficult as I knew a local branch of Debenhams had an 'Urban Decay' counter within its cosmetics department. When I approached the sales clerk and explained what I was looking for, she produced the exact product I had been looking for - a bottle of 'All Nighter' spray. I will confess that I was slightly dubious about shelling out some of my precious wedding savings for such a basic-looking product, but at £17 for the 118ml bottle, (which is what I paid at the time) I figured that if it would save my make-up on our big day, it would certainly have been money well spent.
Luckily enough, I had several occasions to try out the product as I had a Hen night as well as a more formal family 'bridal shower', and of course on both occasions, as the Bride-To-Be, I was in my best attire, complete with a full face of make-up and freshly coiffed hair-do.
The Urban Decay All Nighter spray is actually very easy to use. I'm not sure exactly what I had been expecting, but I guess that the simple 'spritz' liquid spray wasn't it?! To use, all I had to do was ensure that my freshly made-up face was completely dry and begin by shaking the plastic bottle of solution very well. Then, holding the plastic 'nozzle' about 10 inches from my face, I simply had to 'spritz' or 'mist' the spray over my face 2 - 4 times. Well, according to the outer box for the product, 2 - 4 times should be sufficient, but please bear in mind I was giving the product a trial out for the intense USA sunshine and I had to be sure that the product was going to be sufficient to keep my make-up where it belonged... on my face and not on my gorgeous ivory wedding dress! So, on the two or three occasions that I tried out the product before we departed for our holiday of a lifetime, I took no chances, and spritzed the product all over my face, heaps of times, and ensured no 'patch' of face or neck was untouched.
Considering how much of the product I used each time, I was quite surprised at how 'light' it felt as I was using it, and in actual fact once the 'wet' feeling of the spritzed product had passed, there was little or no difference to how my make-up 'felt' on my skin normally, and after using the All Nighter spray. To me, this was a huge plus point, as I had imagined a rather 'caked-on', heavy feeling which would have been very off-putting I'm sure.
The results were actually fairly impressive. In the case of my Hen night, I had returned home at some rather ungodly hour, wrapped in streamers, feather boas and many other items of pre-wedding paraphernalia. Falling into bed at goodness-knows-when, and under the influence of goodness-knows-what-alcoholic beverage(s), I had of course omitted to remove my make-up in the normal 'skin-friendly' manner that I usually try to adopt. It was some surprise then, to awake the following afternoon (having slept through most of the day) with what appeared to be a near-perfect full face of make-up. Yes, my mascara had smudged around one eye, but other than that, I could see very little in the way of differences between my made-up face the night before and the one staring back at me from the mirror on this occasion. If there WERE differences, then they were fairly minimal ones.
Trying the product out once or twice more allowed me to gain similar results to that of my hen night and I was therefore satisfied that my wedding day make-up stood a better chance of survival after being 'set' with the use of the Urban Decay All Nighter product than without it. With that, it was duly packed into the humungous sized make-up bag that contained just about every cosmetic and make-up tool that Boots had to offer, and off it went with me on my trip of a lifetime.
On the Big Day itself, my sister, mother and I returned from the beauty salon with champagne in hand, and set about getting ready. My mother and sister both used the Urban Decay All Nighter spray as their worries about the intense heat interfering with their beautifully made-up faces were similar to my own and I was able to demonstrate how to spritz the spray properly over the face. Even though my mother wears contact lenses, she had no problem with the spray irritating her eyes, which had been a concern she'd had and which I personally hadn't thought of. Similarly, even though my sister has extremely sensitive skin and patches of eczema on her face, the Urban Decay spray didn't cause her any aggravation or sensitivity and they both wore the product sprayed over their make-up all day(and night!) without incident.
As for me, well, I must admit I was extremely impressed with the results achieved from using the Urban Decay spray, and I do feel that the staying power of the product was really put to the test on our Big Day. In a dramatic twist of fate, our wedding day was actually bang in the centre of a huge heat wave (even the locals were aghast at the high temperatures and we witnessed two of them fainting in the heat) and I have no doubts whatsoever that without the use of the All Nighter spray my make-up wouldn't have lasted until lunchtime, never mind all day.
As it was, my perfectly made-up face remained thus all day, without so much as a smudge, a run or a mark. My make-up in each and every one of my wedding photographs is immaculate, pristine and looks exactly as it should, and well, I will be forever thankful to this rather boring-looking plastic little bottle. I am in no doubt at all that this spray allowed me to save face.... Quite literally!
I have continued to use the Urban Decay All Nighter spray for special occasions and nights out and it is only now nearing the end of the bottle. That is ten months use that I have had from the product, and so the purchase price doesn't seem to be quite so steep now that I know the results achieved are worth forking out for. I feel that the product is a permanent addition to my cosmetic collection and quite honestly, I wonder now how I ever survived without it - especially when I am abroad on holiday to a warm climate! I think that the product deserves full marks and I have recommended it to just about anybody who will listen!
The Urban Decay All Nighter Spray can be bought online at www.debenhams.co.uk, where the price is now £19.00 for the 118ml bottle. Some larger branches of Debenhams and other department stores have an Urban Decay counter in their cosmetics department and you can also buy the product from there.
Urban Decay / Type: Make Up Setting Spray