Battle of the Urban Decay Concealers – Naked Skin vs All Nighter – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer has been my holy grail concealer for ages now and a lot of people seem to agree, as it is one of the most highly rated concealers out there. It used to be number one worldwide until the Tarte concealer was released which managed to claim some people away from the Urban Decay. Unfortunately, Tarte has almost no presence in the UK but I have managed to try it out.

Check out: Battle of the top 2 concealers – Urban Decay Naked Skin vs Tarte Shape Tape – A chemist’s verdict and ingredient analysis

Now Urban Decay recently released a new concealer, the Urban Decay All Nighter, which is meant to be the concealer to match their All Nighter foundation. The All Nighter foundation never worked for me, it gave me the biggest cake I’ve ever seen from a foundation, so much so that it is absolutely unwearable for me, even though I have an oily face! And before you say anything, believe me I tried using less of it, changing primers, changing moisturisers, you name it, that foundation just never worked for me at all.

On the other hand, the foundation that matches the Naked Skin concealer, did work for me well, it is very easy to apply, feels like a feather on the skin and looks flawless…if you have the perfect skin. It doesn’t control oils and it doesn’t give much coverage, so it’s not the oily person’s with pores favourite, but it is an amazing foundation for dry and normal skin.

With that being said, I wonder if there is a trend here. Since the Naked Skin foundation and Naked Skin concealer worked for me, whereas the All Nighter foundation really didn’t, does that mean that the All Nighter concealer will not work for me?

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Should you switch to the All Nighter concealer? Does it work? Is it different? And more importantly, is it worth your time and money?

Here’s my verdict:



Both concealers are from the same brand so the outer packaging is fairly similar with the exception of design aspects like colours etc. As a result, I’m going to focus here on the actual packaging of the product, the actual concealer tube/bottle.

Both come in a little concealer “bottle” made of high quality plastic. Neither feel or look light, plasticky or cheap but at the same time I personally don’t think that they look like a high end brand product either. However, that’s absolutely fine since Urban Decay is actually what I would call, a middle tier brand, neither drugstore but neither high end. The prices of their products also reflect this.

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Anyhow, the Naked Skin concealer has minimal branding and design whereas the All Nighter comes in the same packaging design as the All Nighter foundation. It looks like a mini All Nighter foundation bottle and I must admit its super cute. The Naked Skin concealer though also looks similar to it’s foundation, it’s just the design is not that cute.

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Winner: Based on looks and looks alone, I think the All Nighter one wins here. It looks different and a bit more special than a normal concealer bottle.

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The wand

The wand can be a very important tool in a concealer. Even if you don’t do anything fancy with it, even if it’s just about taking the foundation from the bottle to your face, the wand shape and quality can make a difference in the application of the concealer.

Interestingly, the two concealers come with a different type of wand. The Naked Skin comes with a two sided flat wand of about 1cm+ length. It is of very good quality and it picks up more than enough product. I absolutely love the double flat edges as I usually use one side on one eye and the other on the opposite eye, meaning that I don’t need to dip in for more concealer. TIP: Anything that is not concealed with that much concealer needs colour correcting not more concealer.

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The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer Wand

The All Nighter on the other hand, comes with a more typical one sided cut off wand of a similar length. The angle cut on the wand means that it is more precise in application however, you will need to dip in at least twice (I had to go in 4 times) in order to get enough concealer for both eyes.

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The Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer Wand

Even though the All Nighter shaped wand is more typical and therefore gives a sense of familiarity, and even though one could argue that wand accuracy of application is important, I personally think that the Naked Skin wand is better. You don’t need that much accuracy with the concealer wand as you shouldn’t really be applying the concealer very close to the eye anyways. That’s the brush/sponge’s job. The more concealer you put directly under your eye, the more chance of creasing and heaviness!

Winner: For me the Naked Skin wand is so much better and I love that it picks up more than enough product and I don’t need to dip in for more.

Naked Skin 1 – All Nighter 1



Both concealers are marketed as full coverage so theoretically there shouldn’t be a difference. However, after using them I felt that the All Nighter gives a thicker coverage but at the same time it didn’t conceal that much more than the Naked Skin one, it just looked thicker and heavier.

The tricky thing with concealing is that people have dark circles or natural darker eye discoloration and think that the answer is a thick, heavy tonne of concealer. Funnily enough, the answer is colour correcting and then actually it doesn’t matter which concealer you use on top.

For me the All Nighter gave a thicker and a little more cakey appearance on the skin for no extra benefit and I thought that it actually made my eyes look a little bit more aged. The Naked Skin concealer will cover anything that it should cover without giving a cakey or aged appearance. If you think that the Naked Skin concealer is not enough coverage, I urge you to think about colour correcting first.

Winner: The Naked Skin concealer is like naked skin, it looks flawless, natural and gives very good coverage.

Naked Skin 2 – All Nighter 1


Colour and shade availability

Both concealers come in 14 shades of exactly the same colour names. It might not sound like a lot of colours but at the same time a concealer is not like a foundation range, it doesn’t need to have 40 colours to be effective. I know that some of the darker ladies have been complaining about the range and I hear you. It could do with some more.

Since both concealers come with the same number and type of shades available the real question here is: do the same colours match?

I always go for the light warm colour of the Naked Skin concealer and so I went for the same colour of the All Nighter concealer. Without any oxidation or mixing with a foundation, from the beginning the colours are not the same. The All Nighter was definitely darker and it further oxidised more after drying and especially after a few hours of wear.

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It is like it’s parent foundation then, the All Nighter range seems to oxidise slightly so go for a lighter shade or two (some even go three) when you purchase the All Nighter foundation or concealer. If you can, try it on your skin before purchasing. Do not trust the colour names. Light warm Naked Skin is not the same as light warm All Nighter. If you swatch them next to each other they don’t look that different during the first few seconds, however, do not be fooled, the All Nighter colour deepens quickly with time.

Winner: Equal. Both concealers have the same number of shades however, the Naked Skin is an overall lighter range than the All Nighter.

Naked Skin 2 – All Nighter 1



The All Nighter concealer has a thicker consistency that is very obvious from even just swatching it on your hand. The Naked Skin on the other hand is much thinner, but at the same time not too thin to provide enough coverage.

This is a very easy trap to fall in, you might think that the thicker concealer will provide more coverage but as I explained above, what provides the real coverage is the colour correction. What you need the concealer to do is add a little bit more coverage and a brighter colour while at the same time avoiding adding any heaviness to the eye, all things that the Naked Skin one is better at.

The All Nighter foundation creased more for me and it even caked a bit and gave me lines in places where the Naked Skin didn’t. As a result, it made my eyes look more aged and heavier.

Both concealers dry on their own though which is a real must have for me, as setting a concealer with powder makes my eyes even more tired looking. If you want my advice, don’t set the All Nighter with a powder, it doesn’t need setting and it will become even more heavy and cakey.

Winner: The Naked Skin concealer is easier to work with, creases less and dries faster.

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Both concealers were easy to work with but the thinner Naked Skin was easier to spread. It felt a lot more natural, like working it into the skin, whereas the All Nighter, although still easy to blend, feels like it sits on top of the skin.

Winner: The Naked Skin concealer blends easier.

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Both concealers last all day on the face but the All Nighter creased more for me.

In terms of actual product lifetime, the Naked Skin concealer lasts 9M whereas the All Nighter lasts 6M. Clearly, the Naked Skin concealer has the advantage here but it is an advantage that offers nothing in my opinion. A concealer is something you need to change every 2-3 months, for sanitary reasons as well as oxidation. Both concealers dry up and work less and less well as they age with time.

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Even if I haven’t finished my concealer in 2 months (these concealers contain enough product for AGES even with every day use), I tend to throw it away and it makes so much difference. There is nothing as smooth and crease free as the application of a brand new concealer.

Winner: The Naked Skin concealer lasts 3 months more.

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The Naked Skin concealer is actually £0.50 cheaper as it retails for £19.50. The All Nighter then at a slightly more expensive price (£20) is the looser of this category.

Perhaps it is the packaging or the fact that this is a new product that gives it the slightly more expensive edge. It definitely is not due to the function of the ingredients it contains as *SPOILER ALERT* the Naked Skin is way superior in that category.

Winner: The Naked Skin concealer is cheaper.

Naked Skin 6 – All Nighter 1


SPF protection

Neither of the concealers appear to contain SPF which is fine. Remember that SPF is not accumulative so as along as you have a moisturiser or foundation with a good SPF value, you are set. There is no added benefit for a concealer to contain SPF.

For more info on SPF check out: Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF

Winner: Equal.

Naked Skin 6 – All Nighter 1


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Skin compatibility

Both concealers are compatible for all skin types but do not use either of them on broken skin. If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition consult with an appropriate professional first.

Winner: Equal.

Naked Skin 6 – All Nighter 1


Transfer proof tests

Both concealers are transfer proof and dry on their own. However, the thicker All Nighter takes a little longer to dry and therefore might lead to accidental transfer.

The All Nighter is marketed as a waterproof concealer and it is actually as waterproof as it gets. Neither concealer comes off when under water (even hot water) but the Naked Skin one smudges off and disappears if you rub it when it’s wet. The All Nighter on the other hand, does not budge even if you rub it under hot water. It’s actually pretty impressive. In fact, I had a swatch on my arm (top of the thumb), had a full shower and washed my hair and it was still there. Slightly faded but still there, not smudged, not really touched.

Bear in mind though that this means that it will also be a pain to take your makeup off at night.

Winner: The All Nighter is impressively waterproof.

Naked Skin 6 – All Nighter 2




The Naked Skin concealer has a subtle “chemical-solvent” scent whereas the All Nighter is almost scent free.

Winner: I personally don’t mind the Naked Skin’s scent but the almost scent free All Nighter is definitely superior here.

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The two concealers are actually fairly different. The Naked Skin concealer contains 27 ingredients whereas the All Nighter contains just 18. However, more doesn’t mean better, it’s the amount of each ingredient (which we don’t know) and the function that each compound brings that matter.

I won’t go through every single ingredient here as most of them are just there for functional formulation reasons. There are some however, that can also provide a “skin nutritional” value, so here’s the summary:

The Naked Skin concealer contains 19 ingredient positives vs 11 in the All Nighter. However, the real difference is not really in the number but on the actual ingredients contained. The Naked Skin concealer has some amazing ingredient heroes that will nourish the skin deeply and even offer serious anti-flammatory and anti-ageing effects such as vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and some peptides (see list below). On the other hand, the All Nighter ingredient positives are just skin conditioners, nothing too extraordinary. Even the one vitamin relevant ingredient it contains, tocopherol, refers to a group of molecules with a similar structure to vitamin E but not quite the same.

The All Nighter on the other hand does not have any ingredient negatives and has only 2 ingredients that could potentially cause sensitisation or irritation. The Naked Skin concealer contains 2 ingredient negatives and 3 potential irritants. However, none of these, in any of the concealers are that bad and are definitely not show stoppers. There are no unsafe ingredients in any of them.

Winner: It is a landslide win for me as a chemist, the Naked Skin concealer is just better for your delicate eye skin.

Naked Skin 7 – All Nighter 3


Here’s the detailed breakdown:

Ingredient positives – Naked Skin concealer:

  1. Cyclopentasiloxane based formulation – Temporarily fills in wrinkles or crease lines to give a more “plump” look. It enhances fluidity, making the formulation more silky spreadable and it can also “lock in” water by forming a “protective barrier” on the skin (=humectant).
  2. Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
  3. Silica – Anti-caking and can improve the product’s spread ability. Silica is safe and only becomes a health hazard when in its free powder form.
  4. Cyclohexasiloxane – A skin conditioner that gives the product fluidity and spreadability.
  5. Glycerin – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  6. Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract – A skin conditioning agent and anti-oxidant. It is said to inhibit the degradation of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, giving it anti-ageing properties. Some reported that it can enhance the skin’s complexion.
  7. Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone: Polymer – A skin conditioner that gives a smooth and soft look and eliminates tackiness.
  8. Dimethicone – A skin conditioner, humectant and can even temporarily fill in wrinkles and lines. Can also soothe the skin and reduce redness.
  9. Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract – A skin conditioner, powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. May protect against free radicals, prevent sun damage and preserve the natural moisture barrier of the skin.
  10. Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
  11. Trimethylsiloxysilicate – A mild adhesive that makes things stick to the skin. A humectant that can enhance the product’s spreadability and give some shine to the skin.
  12. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A hero compound, stable form of vitamin C that can stimulate production of moisturising compounds in the skin. A good anti-oxidant molecule that can increase collagen production, keeping the skin healthy and younger looking, reduce melanin production, giving a brighter skin appearance and can even repair the effects of UV-exposure.
  13. Tocopheryl Acetate – A hero compound, more stable form of vitamin E. A good anti-oxidant and conditioning agent that can also moisturise and help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  14. Polysorbate 20 – Can lubricate and sooth the skin.
  15. Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
  16. Hexyl Laurate – Skin conditioner.
  17. Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate – Skin conditioner.
  18. Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 – A hero peptide that is used in skin care due to its ability to suppress the production of interleukins (up to 40%), the compounds that trigger an inflammatory response. It is thought to increase the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid and stimulate the synthesis of collagen, all leading to anti-ageing properties and functions. It can reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones, reduce skin roughness, fine lines, thin skin and wrinkles.
  19. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 – A peptide that can act as a skin conditioner and repairer. It can stimulates collagen and gylcosaminoglycans synthesis leading to decreased wrinkle length and depth, and skin roughness.


Ingredient positives – All Nighter concealer:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane – Temporarily fills in wrinkles or crease lines to give a more “plump” look. It enhances fluidity, making the formulation more silky spreadable and it can also “lock in” water by forming a “protective barrier” on the skin (=humectant).
  3. Dimethicone – A skin conditioner, humectant and can even temporarily fill in wrinkles and lines. Can also soothe the skin and reduce redness.
  4. Isododecane – A humectant that makes products more easily spreadable.
  5. Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
  6. Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer – Skin conditioner and anti-caking agent.
  7. Phenyl Trimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  8. Magnesium Sulfate – Some say it can serve as an anti-flammatory agent fighting acne and blemishes.
  9. Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone – Skin conditioner.
  10. Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3 – Skin conditioner.
  11. Tocopherol – Refers to compounds similar to vitamin E. Skin conditioners.


Ingredient negatives – Naked Skin concealer:

  1. Cyclohexasiloxane – Can harm aquatic life.
  2. Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 – Some might experience skin discoloration.


Ingredient negatives – All Nighter concealer:



Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the Naked Skin concealer have either been proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate.

The following compounds present in the All Nighter concealer have either been proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.


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With a Naked Skin 7 – All Nighter 3 score, the Naked Skin easily wins this battle.

I don’t think that the All Nighter offers anything that the Naked Skin doesn’t, in fact to the contrary it falls short in many categories where the Naked Skin one shines, like for example the ingredient skin nutritional value. For me, there is no reason for Urban Decay to have the All Nighter concealer at all, since the Naked Skin one is just so good, other than to provide a fully waterproof concealer.

If waterproofing is an absolute must for you then the All Nighter is definitely an incredible candidate in that category, but otherwise it just can’t touch the Naked Skin one. Not even close.

If like me, the All Nighter foundation didn’t work for you, don’t even try this concealer. On the other hand, if you are an All Nighter foundation fan then give this concealer a try and let me know what you thought!

The Naked Skin concealer is just too good. I highly recommend it.


I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!


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4 responses to Battle of the Urban Decay Concealers – Naked Skin vs All Nighter – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

  1. Andi says:

    Love how you went through these! I’ve been wanting to try the Naked Skin Concealer, but keep putting it off. I’m even more excited to find that it doesn’t need to be set, as my undereye area never looks good with setting powder.


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