Foundation Face Off

Foundation Face Off
Evening! We hope you’ve all had a good week since we last spoke.

This week we’re giving you three reviews in one. There’s been an increase in the variety of long-wear foundations over the past 6 months; so we’ve selected three to review.

The 3 foundations we have put to the test are:

  1. YSL All Hours
  2. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion
  3. Urban Decay All Nighter




YSL All Hours Liquid Foundation has you covered for endless nights: own the night and the day with a matte foundation for a flawless complexion, which stays put for up to 24 hours. A rich level of fine pigments means full coverage with a flawless, even finish, without a mask-like effect. The high coverage foundation’s innovative formula is waterproof and transfer-resistant, with no compromise on comfort and no need to touch up.The oil-free formula gives a matte look throughout the day and helps to reduce the appearance of pores. 

The YSL All Hours Liquid Matte Foundation formula is enriched with a skincare complex and UV filter leaving skin looking fresh and smooth. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Dermatologically tested. Non-comedogenic. SPF 20. (Description found here)


This foundation applied beautifully however it was applied, however, as always, our favourite way to apply was with a beauty sponge. It was full coverage from the get-go and stayed this way the whole day. It sat on this skin very smoothly and looked totally flawless. It did dry down after application but there was a small window to blend it out. This is something I really liked.

After 4 hours of wear, it was still very smooth and hadn’t settled into any fine lines. On oilier skin, it went slightly shiny around the nose area but disappeared with ease after blotting and there was zero shine elsewhere on the face. On drier skin, it sat smoothly and didn’t cling to any drier patches.

At the end of the day, the coverage was still all intact and the wear was still pretty flawless. After a longer day of wear, it did begin to settle slightly into lines on the forehead but was easily concealed again after a gentle blotting.

The colour of the foundation matched beautifully and is a range of 22 shades that range from cool to neutral to warm. We both chose the colour B20.

It’s also worth mentioning that the sample of this product before purchasing it was very generous. It came in a small bottle with a spatula attached to the lid which made for easy application.

This foundation retails for £33.50 which isn’t too crazy considering it’s YSL.

(Photo sourced from the YSL website)



All the wear, all the coverage, without the weight. Laura’s longest wearing foundation of flawless full coverage and 15 hours of wear fused into one weightless formula.

High-performance wear that’s sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant. Colour stays true all day and won’t oxidize. Coated pigments glide on to create buildable medium to full colour that beautifully evens out skin tone and minimizes the look of pores and imperfections.

Controls oil immediately and throughout the day. Matte finish is never dull, flat or cakey. Weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. Skin-fusion technology provides ultimate long wear with comfortable, breathable ease. (Description found here)

Medium to Full weightless coverage. Matte finish. Ideal for all skin types, especially normal to oily. Oil free. Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.


The initial application of this foundation was again, impressive. Although it wasn’t as full coverage as expected, it was buildable and still turned out to offer a good application. We found that it had quite a bit less ‘play-time’ than the YSL as it dried down much quicker. Because of this, we found that it was better to apply a bit at a time and blend it out, instead of applying in dots all over the face and blending in that way.

On oiler/combination skin this foundation wore horribly. Within several hours, it was a hot HOT mess. It had broken down around the nose, chin and forehead area and was very shiny. After an attempt to blot it, the situation went from bad to worse as this removed patches of the foundation, even under the eyes. We found this was very odd and really put us off trying it again.

On Hannah’s drier skin it didn’t wear as badly however it didn’t impress as much as the YSL did.

Just to note, both the YSL and Laura Mercier were trialled on good and bad skin days for both oily and dry skin types.

Overall, this one just didn’t rate as highly which was strange considering the reviews we had already heard.

The tester pot that this product came in before purchase was a small round tub that required you to dip a finger into in order to get the product out. Not the worst but also not as good as the little YSL bottle.

This foundation comes in 20 shades which offers a good variety and includes warm, cool and neutral tones. It also retails for £35.00 for 30ml.

(Photo sourced from the Laura Mercier website)



All Nighter Liquid Foundation provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. Get serious long-lasting wear and a blown-out effect you never thought was possible. Perfect for all-night affairs and other scandalous activities, our revolutionary formula is also comfortable enough to wear every day.

All Nighter Liquid Foundation is completely matte—but never flat (and it’s oil-free!). We loaded this formula with an insane amount of pigment (about three times as much as Naked Skin Liquid Makeup), so a little goes a long way. There’s no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers. This waterproof, paraben-free formula diffuses light to blur flaws for beautifully perfected skin as it mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine.

With a wide range of meticulously calibrated shades that align with our existing Naked Skin Liquid Makeup shades, it’s easy to find your perfect match.

We packed All Nighter Liquid Foundation with high-performance ingredients. A high-tech polymer gel system provides lasting wear, while 25% pigment and a special blend of next-generation silicones provides a full- coverage, waterproof, matte finish. We also laced this formula with light-diffusing pigments to blur flaws for beautifully perfected skin.


This foundation is definitely a matte finish and I really wouldn’t doubt the waterproof claim either, once it’s on, it’s on! For an oiler skinned person, this foundation is perfect for a night out. I would agree that for any skin type, it’s probably not a good everyday foundation, however. With Hannah’s drier/normal skin, she can get away without powdering as it is a definite matte finish.

The coverage is also, undoubtedly one of the highest I’ve ever found, probably more so than the Estée Lauder Doublewear which is saying something.

For a night out clubbing and dancing, this foundation would be my go to, purely for the fact that I know it’s not going anywhere. It doesn’t settle into fine lines, or bunch/break up around the nose area which is something I look for in a foundation.

Overall, a relatively good review however I know it’s down to preferences because it can be just a bit too much for those with drier skin or that aren’t a fan of full coverage foundations.

The packaging follows perfectly with Urban Decay’s brand style and the window in the front means you can see how much of the product you have left, which I quite like. The pump is a good feature and keeps everything hygienic as well as ensuring the foundation isn’t exposed to too much oxygen, altering the colour.

This foundation comes in 24 shades, all with either a subtle pink, soft warm, neutral, or golden undertones and ranges from 0.5 to 12.0. The only trouble that we found is that the shade we bought is probably slightly too light for the both of us and will probably require a darker one to be able to mix with it so that we can customise the shade, depending on the time of year.

It retails for £29 for 30ml
(Photo sourced from the Urban Decay website)

Here are the swatches of all three foundations side-by-side for comparison. We would say that the YSL one was probably the best match out of the three for the both of us.

Right to left

Urban Decay (1.5), Laura Mercier (1N2), YSL (B20)

If you’re interested in our top three foundations, check out our Holy Grail post here!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this rundown of three current long-wear foundations, we’d love to know if you’ve tried them.

Lots of love,


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