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Setting Spray Woes.

The heat in Barbados has us constantly on the hunt for products that will extend the life of our makeup looks. As a self professed non-toucher-upper, I most certainly am looking for that Holy Grail combination that will make me stress free. From my years of working in night clubs, I can not tell you how many women I've seen damn near reapply their whole face in the bathroom. Multiple times throughout the night. I #aintboutthatlife
Setting sprays came on to the market as basically hairspray - the hold a curl kind - for your face. They all claim to make your makeup last all day/night long but do they? I've tried Urban Decay 'All Nighter', Kat Von D 'Lock 'N Load', Model In A Bottle (Sensitive Skin Formula), e.l.f  'Makeup Mist & Set', Make Up For Ever ' Mist & Fix' and NYX 'Dewy Finish Setting Spray'. I'm holding out to try the Skindinavia 'Bridal' or 'No More Shine' before I decide on which to repurchase.

I've said before, M.A.C Fix+ is not a setting spray. Feel free to watch this video Josh Collier did which explains the difference in detail.


It's difficult to compare setting sprays because the ingredients are very similar in most of them. I figure you just want to know which ones work and which don't. Below I've tried to single out major difference in each product.

A point to note: for our climate you'd expect to get the best results from any setting spray by combining it with a good primer and long lasting foundation. All instructions say that you should apply: after makeup, with your eyes closed, arms outstretched anywhere from eight to 16 inches away from your face and allow to dry.

setting sprays - www.modenmakeup.com

Most expensive: The Urban Decay bottle is missing because I gave it to Heidi. It retails for $30USD and contains 4 fluid ounces. There's a 1 ounce travel size for $14USD. The instructions say that you should "mist face two to four times, in an “X” and “T” formation". I employ the X method with all these sprays...actually I pretty much bathe my face in them. Don't waste the product that way!


Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Alcohol Denat, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PVP, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perflouroisobutyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Caprylyl Gylcol, Menthyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, N,2,3-Trimethyl-2-Isopropyl Butamide, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Extract.

Alcohol free: Make Up For Ever comes in at $29USD for 4.22 fluid ounces or the travel size, 0.84 fluid ounces for $12USD. From my toner post, you know that alcohol isn't good for the skin. Therefore it's not best to use a setting spray containing high amounts of alcohol every day. Since this product doesn't contain alcohol it claims to seal your makeup "by coating the skin with a weightless and invisible film". Josh Collier is the first person I heard about this from. Check out his video below.


Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix - www.modenmakeup.com

Ingredients: Aqua (Water) Methyl Propanediol, AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Chitosan Succinamide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

Most noticeable scent: Kat Von D Lock 'N Load Makeup setting Mist costs $24USD for 3.4 fluid ounces. This one has the fanciest packaging. It's also the only setting spray that instructs you to "spray once". Using that method it will last you a lot longer. The scent (maybe it's the cucumber, I dunno) doesn't linger but it's noteworthy if you're sensitive to that type of thing.

Kat Von D Lock 'N Load - www.modenmakeup.com

Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Alcohol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Mineral Oil / ParaffinumLiquidum/ HuileMinerale, Aloe BarbadensisLeaf Extract, PolyhydroxystearicAcid, Isononyl Isononanoate, EthylhexylIsononanoate, Sodium CocamidopropylPG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, CucumisSativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fragrance/Parfum.

Finest mist: Model In A Bottle is a long time love of Shanelle from I Heart Makeup. I purchased mine from Colour Coded for $55BDS and it retails online for $21USD for 1.7 fluid ounces. The ingredients between this and the original version vary but alcohol is still listed first in both.

Model In A Bottle - www.modenmakeup.com

Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40B, Water, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Acrylates / Octacrylamide Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract.

Best value for money: NYX Dewy Finish long lasting setting spray actually shocked me. For people with oily skin, the term "dewy" usually connotates having a greasy face in no time. Obviously that's something we'd rather avoid. This was not the case with this product, which then leaves me to wonder if there's any difference between this and the Matte version. It's available locally from Exotica Makeup and Extension for $30BDS or online for $8USD. YouTube vlogger Emily loves this product. The e.l.f is cheaper but you'll see why I have problems with that inna moment.



NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray - www.modenmakeup.com

Ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PVP, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol.

Most hydrating ingredients: Based on the fact that the major components of a product are the first five things noted in the ingredients list, the e.l.f  Mist & Set wins with the inclusion of aloe and cucumber extracts. Unfortunately, the spray nozzle doesn't mist at all. It jets the product out which will cause your face to look very splotchy. I only use this to dampen my foundation sponges/brushes. I also don't like the scent. It retails online for $3USD or locally for $11.95BDS from iMart and Get Set for approximately $20BDS.

e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set - www.modenmakeup.com

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Final thoughts:

All of these, except the e.l.f., do prolong the wear of your makeup so you have to take the price and alcohol content into consideration. In my experience, in this climate, they don't make me completely shine free for say 10+ hours but they do minimise the amount of touch ups required. If you're looking for a setting spray to use on a regular basis the Make Up For Ever is the only option that wouldn't damage your skin. I still want to try those from the Skindinavia line but if you can't get your hands on those, they also manufacture the Urban Decay ones. I still believe that true longevity comes from the right application of a good primer and the right foundation

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