If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know that I have oily acne prone skin. So I’m always looking for a way to prolong my makeup wear and keep it from melting off my face and becoming an oily, gross mess. With some foundations I can tell a difference when I use a setting spray and with others it makes no difference at all, my foundation will crease and/or just disappear. No setting spray has been able to stop my oil production so I do still have to use a blotting sheet and/or powder touch up, but I can go longer and/or not use as much powder if I don’t use a spray.
Several years ago while perusing the aisle of Sephora (dangerous territory…) I came across the Urban Decay Setting Sprays. UD has three types of sprays, De-Slick (oily skin), All Nighter (described as a long lasting spray… so normal skin?) and Chill (cooling and hydrating). I have bought and used De-Slick and All Nighter, I think that they both performed the same way on my skin. De-slick may have been a tad more mattifying but not that much to make a difference in my mind. Over all I think this product has helped in my fight against oily skin and I think that it does its job as it claims. A full size bottle is 4oz and the price is $30.00 which breaks down to $7.50 per ounce. So this isn’t exactly budget friendly but I don’t use it every day. I’d say out of the days I wear makeup (which is usually 5-7) I will use a setting spray 2 times a week.
e.l.f. has a Studio Makeup Mist which it advertises as “hairspray for your face”. Which in the world of setting sprays sounds about right! Out of the three, this is the least effective for me. e.l.f. has a lot a great products that I love and swear by and others aren’t so great. On the website this product has a 4.1 rating out of 5 so somewhere there are people that love this, I am not one of them. When first applied it does what the UD and Avon sprays do. But I find that out of the three this one is the least long lasting and I have to do more touchups. Also the spray nozzle is strange and sometimes it gets stuck or it sprays out in more of stream then a spray. For someone which combo or dry skin, this could be an option for you. However my skin is very very oily and this was a no go. But for $3.00 for 2.2 oz I would say give is a try, you never know it could work for you!
Avon Makeup Setting Spray is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It does the same thing for my makeup as the UD spray at a fraction of the cost! I almost didn’t buy this when I say it in a catalog as I just assumed that it wouldn’t work as well as the UD. I talked myself into buying it for review purposes and I’m so glad I did. I will not be buying another UD setting spray again as long as Avon makes this. I really can’t believe that it does everything the UD spay does but is soo much cheaper! The size is the same 4oz but the price… are you ready for it…$10.00!! that is $2.50 an ounce compared to $7.50. At this price you could get three times the product for what you pay for one bottle of UD Setting Spray. And Avon is always having sales, so I make sure to stock up and got it for even cheaper.
Urban Decay Setting Spray: $30.00
e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist: $3.00