Makeup Setting Sprays 101

I’ve previously professed my love to face mists in this post, but I’ve never really talked about actual makeup setting sprays. But after a wish from a lovely reader, I felt like a post about setting sprays might be in order. As said, I’m a bit of a face mist addict, so I never do my makeup without finishing it off with some kind of facial spray. Even the finest of powders can leave your face looking just a bit too powdery, so after powdering I’ll always spritz on a setting spray to bring back the natural glow to my skin. Here’s a quick guide to makeup setting sprays, along with a few of my favourites.


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Makeup setting sprays essentially have two main purposes. First and foremost, they’re meant to set your makeup in place and keep it put all day (or night) long. This should also stop your makeup from slipping and caking into certain areas of your face. Secondly, setting sprays get rid of the somewhat chalky finish powders can leave behind, and give your skin a more natural looking finish. You can spray them both before, and after applying your makeup.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

The mother of all makeup setting sprays. The UD All Nighter is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about makeup setting sprays, and it has a serious cult following. The mist is super fine and has a lovely refreshing scent that makes applying it a breeze. The spray actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it in place, and I do find it makes my makeup last longer and keeps the oils at bay. The only downside is the matte black packaging, that shows every single foundation fingerprint.

NYX Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish

On my first try, I really hated the scent of this NYX makeup setting spray. But after a few uses, I now barely notice it. The mist isn’t quite as fine as with All Nighter and it does have a dewier finish. But since I’m all about that glowy skin, I actually prefer it. It won’t make your makeup last quite as long as the UD option, but it’s still brilliant for setting your makeup. And best of all, it’s kind to your bank account.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Even though this one isn’t actually a makeup setting spray, it’s one of my favourite ways to set my makeup. It’s a brilliant, refreshingly herbal spray that gives your skin a serious glow-boost. I’ll spritz it on after powdering to bring back radiance and add some moisture to my skin. Also, I can’t deny that gorgeous packaging has me swoon every time I use it…

Do you use makeup setting sprays?

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  1. Elena Isabelle 17 April, 2017 at 16:38

    i personally love the urban decay all nighter bit recently have been using a makeup revolution one which also gets the job done pretty good considering its way more affordable.

    1. Jenni 17 April, 2017 at 17:12

      The All Nighter is my favourite too, but there’s definitely plenty of affordable options that get the job done. xx


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