I tested four makeup setting sprays and here are the results

Hi friends! I’ve been trying a few different setting sprays recently and thought I’d share my thoughts on them with you. I almost never use powders to set my makeup because it immediately cakes my face and gives me crazy texture. I’ve tried so many different powders but all of them just make my skin look dry, almost scabby. I therefore need whatever setting spray I’m using to really work and ensure nothing budges. I tend to lean towards products that mattify simply because I have really oily skin and I prefer a matte finish. That said, one of these products (while not strictly a setting spray) does have a dewy finish and a couple of the others have dewy/silk finish alternatives by the same brand.

So, lets get right into it!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs And Rosewater – ★★☆☆☆

Price: £7

This is kind of a cheat entry because it’s not strictly a setting spray, though in my defence, lots of people use this as a setting spray to achieve a dewy finish. I only reach for this if I have no alternative because I don’t know that it does anything at all to actually set my makeup (I have reviewed it as part of a skincare routine here). I would therefore avoid using this as a setting spray and put your money towards something actually designed to set makeup!

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray – ★★★☆☆

Price: £7

I have rated this 3 out of 5 because it’s ‘alright’. I think it makes makeup last a little longer than if I had absolutely no setting spray at all (or the Mario Badescu spray!), and it does have a matte finish, but it doesn’t last for long and is no better or worse than cheaper alternatives. It has got a really nice, fine mist though, and I don’t feel like I’ve got tonnes of product on, but I feel like the mattifying effect makes my dry patches look cakey and it doesn’t do much to keep the oil at bay on my t-zone.

I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray Vanilla Bean & Coconut -★★★★☆

Price: £6

This spray smells really good and does really well at keeping my t-zone matte without the cakey texture from the NYX spray. It’s a really fine mist and is a bargain at £6, tending to last me at least a month or so. I would say that the product takes quite a bit of time to dry down so just be careful you don’t blink while your mascara is wet! I think these are inspired by the Gerard Cosmetics setting sprays which I have not tried, but these are half the price! I am really excited to try the other sprays in this line from I Heart Revolution.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – ★★★★★

Price: £24

This is the best setting product I have ever used. Initially when I bought it with the All Nighter foundation I was really skeptical because my makeup wasn’t staying in place and I would be shiny and oily within a couple of hours of applying. Turns out, the foundation was really bad but this was amazing when I used it with my favourite foundations. It kept my eyeshadow vibrant and in place and prevented creasing under my eyes and around my mouth – my makeup would last all day at work (10-12 hours)! I was gutted when I ran out of this and I’ve been meaning to get another. It’s really pricey – 4 times the price of the I Heart Revolution spray – but you don’t need a lot and I think it performs well enough to warrant the bump in price. Do yourself a favour and try this out!

There is a huge difference in price between the drugstore setting products and Urban Decay’s signature spray. I would love to try a mid-range spray to see if it performs as well as the All Nighter spray without the price tag. I’ve heard that Mac Prep & Prime, Elf Mist & Set and the Pixi Fixing Mist are good, but I’ve not tried them myself. If you’ve got any recommendations or want me to test something, let me know!

5 thoughts on “I tested four makeup setting sprays and here are the results

  1. lilyandr says:

    Love this post!!! You have got to try the Rimmel Insta Fix prime and set spray its the only drugstore setting spray that I can feel and see a difference with!! I use it after applying my liquid foundation and again after powder and it does MAGICAL things!!


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