Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Review & Pictures

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ReviewRemember the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray that I showed you in a previous Haul of Shame post? No? Haha, well, that’s probably because it was back in November 2012!

I’ve been using Urban Decay All Nighter Monday through Friday for the last 5 months, and there’s still some product left. After using it so much, I now feel comfortable giving you my in-depth report.

You know what? I wanted to try Urban Decay All Nighter for a long time, but what stopped me before was the price, which I found to be high. Plus I had never used any setting spray before.

So, was it worth the money? Will I be repurchasing it? Or was it a let-down? You’ll soon find out!

Note: Since I purchased this in 2012, my bottle has different packaging than the new one out this year. With the new packaging, Urban Decay changed some of the ingredients to improve the product. (I’ve listed the ingredients for both in case you’ll find it helpful.)

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Pictures

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Ingredients

Aqua (Water), SD-Alcohol 39-C, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PVP, Phenoxyethanol,Caprylyl Glycol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Methyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance

In case you’re wondering about what the ingredients are in the NEW packaging (not reviewed here), they are:

Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PVP, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perflouroisobutyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Caprylyl Gylcol, Menthyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, N,2,3-Trimethyl-2-Isopropyl Butamide, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Extract

Claims: Mostly TRUSTED

  • Weightless setting spray (Yes)
  • Keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours (Yes)
  • Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive (Yes)
  • Prevents melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines (Yes, but depends on makeup)
  • Smoother-looking skin (No)

Key Notes

  • Name: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
  • Amount: 118 mL (4 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $28 CAD (Purchased from Sephora during the 20% VIB Sale)
  • Where to Buy: Urban Decay website, Sephora stores & Sephora website

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Review


While I didn’t find this product to be miraculous, it did lengthen the wear time of my face makeup (for most foundations I tried it with) enough that I noticed a difference when I used it versus when I didn’t.

After shaking the bottle well, I use a few spray to target all the areas of my face to help lock in my foundation.

I didn’t really notice that my skin looked smoother than before. (That claim isn’t a big deal because I’m not using this to smooth my skin, but to improve a foundation’s longevity anyway.)

It goes on clear and immediately has a slightly sticky feeling, but when it quickly dries down, the finish is not sticky at all.

Wherever I sprayed it made the area transfer-resistant. I really noticed this because the foundation I’m currently wearing seems to transfer very easily by itself. But after using the Urban Decay All Nighter spray, the foundation didn’t want to travel much. (It was a homing pigeon with the TV set to a shopping channel.) 😉

For some foundations, it worked like a charm and made it power through my work day and into the evening and night. But, with some foundations, it didn’t seem to provide a noticeable benefit. I couldn’t see a pattern, or I would be able to confidently say which types of foundations it’ll work better for. I guess it depends on your skin type, the consistency of the foundation, and how they interact with the setting spray.

Speaking of skin type, the Urban Decay All Nighter spray is suitable for all skin types. I’m pleased to report that it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I also didn’t get any breakouts from using this product daily. (But, as with any product you use directly on your skin, individual results vary.)

I also liked how it felt weightless, just like they claim it does. I really don’t like the feeling of something heavy on my face. So, if you’re like me, you’ll love how after this product dries down, it feels like there’s nothing on your skin.


There’s a fresh and clean scent, but it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what the fragrance is. It’s not clean like a sea scent. It might have a touch of fruitiness, but it certainly doesn’t scream citrus or anything very distinctive.

While I found the mild fragrance pleasing to my sensitive nose, when the Urban Decay setting spray dried down, there was no detectable scent. I liked this because I’m not a fan of having a fragrance on my face, especially because I wear an eau de parfum daily and it could clash with it.


The Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray has a non-aerosol pump, which means it won’t harm the ozone. It’s still easy to get the product out with this traditional-style pump. And the nozzle has extra protection with the cover.


Normally, this Urban Decay makeup setting spray costs $35 CAD, but I got it during Sephora’s 20% VIB sale for $28 CAD. Even at this discounted price, I still thought it was pricey. However, when you factor in how it can help your foundation last longer, I think it’s worth the splurge because it has the potential to make even a BB cream wear better.


  • Can improve the lasting power of a foundation (but you’ll notice a variation depending on which foundation you use it with)
  • Has a fresh fragrance that goes away as it quickly dries down
  • Weightless
  • Non-sticky (after it dries)
  • Has a non-aerosol pump (better for the environment)


  • Expensive (I’d recommend to get it on sale to make it a bit easier on your wallet.)
  • Initially sticky when you spray it on (but it dries fast & becomes non-sticky)

Final Verdict: 8/10

Sure, using this Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray adds another step to your overall routine, but considering it can help you get better wear out of many foundations, I feel like it’s worth the extra effort and the expensive price.

This product is available in a 30 mL travel size that retails for $15 CAD, so if you’re curious about this, but you don’t want to plunk down money for the full-size, that’s also an option that allows you to test-drive it before committing.

Do you use makeup-setting sprays? Have you tried this or any of the other Urban Decay setting sprays? If you’ve tried the old and the formulation of All Nighter, did you notice a big difference?


24 thoughts on “Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Review & Pictures

  1. Allison

    I got this free with an online purchase & your description is pretty accurate! I work retail and obviously was very busy these last couple of months. Despite everything, including working up a mild sweat some days this did keep my face looking fresh. It is an added step, so I doubt it will ever be an everyday thing for me, but it’s a good thing to have around for those extra long or busy days!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Allison!

      I’m so happy to hear that this Urban Decay spray also worked well for you!

      Oh wow – you worked in retail? I bet it was crazzzzzyyyy during the Christmas rush! Kudos to you and those in the retail industry who slave away and help customers get just the right gifts for our loved ones.

  2. Arathael

    I bought the De-slick version for oily skin at Macy’s. I hadn’t used a setting spray before. Similar findings, it helps…but now I’m trying others. I got a couple of the NYX mattes on eBay, also similar. Since I’m oily and want to powder up, I like the setting spray kind of taking the edge off the powdery look and sealing it in a bit. I have a new powder foundation to try next week when I’m back in the office, so may try it with and without. I’m also interested to try the Ben Nye version of setting spray next.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Arathael!

      I’m so curious about De-slick because my complexion can get oily at the end of the day, and in the summer, well, it can get nasty!

      How are the NYX mattes working for you?

  3. Melissa

    I have never used a setting spray of any kind, but after reading your review-I think I might have to give setting spray a try.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It can really make a huge difference with some foundations. And even though it’s an extra step, it really just takes a few seconds, so I think it’s worth it!

  4. Julie

    I love Urban Decay sprays, but I always complained about their price… until I learned that the UD sprays are made by another brand called Skindinavia. http://skindinavia.com/ Their prices are way cheaper but you got the same high quality as UD’s. I suggest you take a look at Skindinavia they often have promotions and bundles 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Julie!

      You know what? Even though I saw “by Skindinavia” on my bottle, I never thought to check out their setting sprays. I took a look, and they ship to Canada, so I’ll be sure to try their sprays after I finish my bottle of Urban Decay All Nighter. Thank you so much for letting me know and helping me save some money!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Cosmetics Aficionado!

      I saw your post with the terrible skin reaction you had! Oh my! I have very sensitive skin, and was lucky that it didn’t break me out or irritate my skin in any way.

      The reformulated version doesn’t have as many preservatives as the older version. I wonder if that’s what was upsetting your skin. Or maybe it was the fragrance. In any case, you’ll be very brave if you try the new version after having such a bad reaction to the old one!

  5. Laure

    Mary, do I need to get my hands on this… My face eats makeup and any eyeshadow always creases on me, no matter what setting spray I use. I wonder if this one might actually work…

  6. Tanyatopia

    Makeup setting spray is my new favorite product. I have oily skin, eyehadow, in particular, creases and slides. I’ve been using E.L.F. and Reviva Skin Labs, but UD is a fantastic brand so I will try theirs too!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tanyatopia!

      I found out that Skindinavia manufactures Urban Decay’s setting spray, and when I purchased from Skindinavia directly, it turns out that their priming and setting sprays are less expensive. You get more bang for your buck! I highly recommend you give theirs a go. I’ve had great results from it, and maybe I should do a review on the blog.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Georgia!

      Since writing this review, I’ve found out that Skindinavia actually creates the setting sprays for Urban Decay and many other brands. When you buy from Scandinavia directly, their sprays are actually cheaper. (I should do a review on them soon, especially since I now use their setting sprays on a daily basis!)

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sab!

      Actually, I now recommend Skindinavia for a setting spray, as that’s what I use daily. They make the formula for Urban Decay and some other brands, I heard. Definitely check out Scindinavia because their prices are less expensive – you get more product for the same cost, and they offer free shipping on their official website. (I should review it on here.)

  7. Alexandra-elisabet Dorofte

    I have never used a setting spray of any kind, but after reading your review i think it’s time to use one

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Alexandra!

      I really need to do a review on the Skindinavia setting spray on here! It’s actually what I now use and love. They create the setting sprays for Urban Decay and some other brands, except when you buy it directly from them, it’s less expensive and they offer free shipping!

  8. R S

    I saw this at Ulta and wondered if it would work. I live in a very cold, dry area and more makeup on top of my foundation tends to cake it all up!

    Wonderful review 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey R S!

      Thanks for checking out my review and for leaving a comment!

      I highly recommend trying the Skindinavia setting spray over this one now. I use the one by Skindinavia – they create the sprays for Urban Decay and other companies. When you buy it directly from them, you get more product for less, and they also offer free shipping. (Judging by how many people are currently commenting on this post since when I published it, it looks like I’ll need to review the Skindinavia spray on here.)

  9. Alison

    Thanks for the review! I noticed in an earlier comment you mentioned wanting to try the De-slick or NYX mattes since your skin gets oily at the end of the day — have you had a chance to do that? Or if not, did you find your skin got more oily than usual when you used All Nighter? My last experience with a makeup setting spray was years ago (and not UD; some cheaper brand I found on Amazon) so I’m wondering if the formulas have gotten better since then or if my skin is just too oil-prone for the regular versions of these sprays.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Alison!

      No, I didn’t end up trying either because after I used this up, I bought Skindinavia’s oil-controlling setting spray (the primer and the setting spray, actually). Skindinavia is the company that makes the Urban Decay setting sprays, except the former is less expensive, and they even ship free!

      I didn’t notice my skin getting oilier when I used All Nighter. And with Skindinavia’s setting spray, my face doesn’t get oiler, either.


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