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This or That: Makeup Setting Spray

This or That: Makeup Setting Spray

There’s nothing worse than putting the time and effort into your makeup, only to have it melt off as you go about your day.

At first, I was skeptical about setting spray. I’ve seen beauty gurus swear by their favorite bottle of the spray, and I knew it was going to be a long test run to see if it really worked for me.

The last time I was skeptical about a makeup product was with eyeshadow primer, which I talked about in an earlier post.

I asked on Twitter for recommendations for the best setting sprays and the ones bloggers swear by. Your replies gave me a range of sprays from high end to drugstore products to make my selection.

I picked up the NYX Makeup Setting Spray in Matte Finish. This one was on the lower end of setting sprays at $8 a bottle.

I originally intended to just test this one and see if it made a difference. However, I saw a small bottle of Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $9 and wanted to test it to see which worked better.

Normally, the All Nighter setting spray would be $15 for a small bottle and $30 for the regular sized bottle.

Usually to test a product, I’d try it out during my typical week for long wear and to see if it holds up to my routine. I tried both of these products over the last few weeks, alternating them for different occasions.

Here in Arizona, it’s been over 100°F almost every day this summer. It’s hard to keep up makeup looks when it feels as though you’re absolutely melting. I was hoping this setting spray would do the trick to keep my eyeshadow in place all day long.

I really liked the NYX spray because it felt light and refreshing. The spray had a fine mist that felt cooling while it was setting my makeup. It also had a fresh scent, which to me is good for a product that is going on the face. I felt it did work at holding up my makeup with all the heat and weather it goes through.

The Urban Decay setting spray felt heavier on the skin. It was much more intense for holding makeup on, as promised. It felt almost like a heavy hairspray, but for the face. The one issue I had with the spray was the scent was not as refreshing as the NYX spray even though it felt as though it was locking makeup down. This one worked better for my more intense eyeshadow looks. A couple layers of this spray kept my eyeshadow in place from morning until night.

Both of the products removed with my makeup as usual. I didn’t feel as though it changed anything in the way I remove my makeup.

I think the NYX spray was fine for everyday looks, whereas the Urban Decay spray worked better for more intense eyeshadows and looks I wanted to last through heat.

Final Thoughts

If I could have, I would have invested in the regular bottle of the Urban Decay setting spray. The NYX setting spray could be a great alternative for people looking for a more affordable option.

I think as someone who steps out into summer heat every day, a setting spray is really helpful in keeping me from sweating off my makeup. I don’t feel as though it’s caused any breakouts or caused any skin irritation for me.

Either is a great choice to keep your makeup in place!

*Note: These products were bought with my money. All opinions and reviews are my own. 



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