I have an obsession with setting sprays.
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And the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day setting spray.
OK, I CAN’T PICK JUST ONE.
Why use a setting spray? I don’t have time, ok, I have plenty of time, but I am far too lazy to reapply/retouch my makeup in an 8 hour timeframe. I’m too busy constantly reapplying lipgloss or lip conditioning balm (another post for another time). Fortunately, I don’t have to reapply/retouch when I use a setting spray.
I have to be careful with setting sprays because most contain alcohol and my face will get dry patches from the alcohol.
The Urban Decay All Nighter spray is $31 for the full sized bottle (4oz). The travel size (1oz) is $15. It’s expensive, but it really locks in my makeup and keeps my face looking matte. It doesn’t have a harsh smell, or any smell at all, really. The sprayer is AWESOME. Some sprays have what seems like a power wash nozzle. I’m trying to set my makeup, not remove my skin to the bone. With the Urban Decay All Nighter, my makeup is locked down, has a matte finish (dewy face doesn’t look good on 44 year old wrinkly skin), and my skin feels nice and firm.
The Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day spray is a little more affordable at $22 for a full sized bottle (3.38oz), and the mini is $16 (1.01oz). There are 7 fragrances to choose from. I like the peach and the cucumber. All of them smell delicious. And the sprayers are amazing. You can always find a coupon promo code for 30% lingering around online somewhere (try their FB page), and around the holidays they offer 45% off!
The Slay All Day spray offers the same results as Urban Decay All Nighter- locking down my makeup all day, and leaving my face matte, feeling firm and polished. Gerard Cosmetics is not available in stores, you can only purchase online. Shipping is fast and when you get your package, it’s in a cute box, wrapped in pretty paper and littered with pretty confetti pieces.
Another spray I like is the e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set. It is $3 for 2.02oz of product. THREE DOLLARS, ya’ll! Now, THAT’S affordable! The sprayer isn’t the best, but I just save an empty bottle of Urban Decay All Nighter because I LIVE for that Urban Decay sprayer, and all is good. It doesn’t have a smell, that I’ve noticed. I love this e.l.f setting spray because it’s alcohol-free. I wish some of the others would get on board with the alcohol-free products.
I also reach for the e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set. At $4 for 2.02oz of product, this spray helps control any shine, and creates a nice matte finish. The sprayer sucks, for lack of a better word. This is one of those that the spray comes out and hits your face like hail.
The Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix setting spray is OK. It’s about $11 at Walmart for 3.4oz of product. It has a light scent, but it’s not overpowering. The sprayer is pretty decent. This setting spray dries out my face though, so I tend to reach for the others before this one. It does lock down my makeup, but it’s so drying. If you can find a Gerard Cosmetics promo code, buy the Slay All Day for around the same price as this Maybelline.
I switch up my setting sprays because I have very sensitive skin, and alcohol is very drying. I rotate between the sprays that have alcohol and the e.l.f. without alcohol.
I want to try the Mac Fix Plus, as well as the Makeup Forever, and Wet ‘n Wild sprays.
Do you use setting sprays? Do you think they actually work to set makeup or are they all hype? Which are your go to sprays? Have you tried to DIY your own setting spray?