It’s a girls dream to come home after a hard day of working looking the same as when she left. I usually get the response of ‘you look tired‘, gee thanks love. I’m going to admit, I’m onto only the fourth different ‘setting spray’ since wearing make-up properly for 7 years. Prior to knowing anything about make-up, I used to use hairspray to make sure my make-up didn’t move all day/night. OMG I KNOW OK.
For 6 years consistently I used MAC’s Fix+. I think it’s a great product but I wanted to see what else was out there. Plus I was slightly sick of selling bits of my kidney every time I went to buy a bottle (I think it’s expensive). So on an adventure I went..
I used Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater for awhile. Even to the point of purchasing a second bottle (each bottle lasting probably about 3-4 months depending on how much you spray). I liked that it was made from natural ingredients, smelt lovely and hydrated my face. Yet I did find it made me oily within a few hours. I kept using it in a hope it would change or I’d just get used to it. Nope! So it’s become a night time spray to hydrate my skin after a mask, before moisturiser. I’ll finish the bottle but won’t repurchase.
Then briefly for a week I tried NYX Matte Finish. Ugh, couldn’t give the bottle away fast enough. You can read my proper review here.
Then while out shopping with my BFF I came across e.l.f. finally at Kmart. Not all Kmart’s stock this brand, but a lot of girls love the cheap cosmetics. I did some grabby-hands at the stand and chose their Studio Makeup Mist & Set. It’s a small bottle, 60ml, yet I’ve found the spray that comes from the nozzle is larger than other spray bottles I’ve used. Therefore I only need 2 sprays for my entire face! It boasts Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E. It doesn’t have much of a smell, as whenever I try to smell it the scent disappears. It dries quickly which is a super plus and doesn’t feel like I have a layer of something on my face. When I’ve gone to remove my make-up at night I’ve noticed that ALL yes ALL of my foundation and powder is still on my face. I’m super impressed that a little $8 bottle of goodness works this well! Especially since I’m the worst at not touching my face throughout the day, a habit I need to break. I’ve found when I use my MAC Studio Fix Powder that I have to reapply powder half-way throughout the day. Doesn’t bother me that much, but when I matched it with my newly purchased Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ powder (review coming soon) it stayed on my face AND MATTE ALL DAY. I didn’t have to retouch and I ran around at work, got sweaty and still had a full face of make-up when I got home.
I’m going to say that I think it depends on the foundations you use to how your setting spray works. I doubt every setting spray in the world works with every foundation and if there is such a product GIMME GIMME! Me being me, I have to try others, so here’s my ‘to try’ list I’ve compiled –
I realise 2 of those I’ve listed you can only purchase from the US or fork out an entire kidney to buy from a stockist in Australia. However I love my friends, oh so much, especially the ones that are visiting the US this year! 😀
Do you set your make-up? Or do you prefer the powder look?