Best of Setting Sprays

When you finish your makeup, do you feel like it appears cakey? Having issues with your makeup not lasting all day or it breaking apart midday? Then you need to add a setting spray to your routine to fix all of these problems and more.

A setting spray is like hairspray for your face and needs to be applied as the last step of your makeup application. It allows the makeup to last longer and stay in place all day. As setting sprays are my favorite part in doing my makeup, I am always looking to try new ones out. Over the years, I’ve come to find that the below are the best in the game.

Urban Decay

Urban Decay was one of the first brands to come out with setting sprays and they have been doing it right ever since. They also recently came out with priming sprays that perfectly compliment their fabulous finishing ones. UD offers three finishing sprays and two primers spray that are all fabulous and take your look to the next level.

All Nighter

This is an oldie but a goodie! It also totally deserves all of the hype that it gets. If you have a long day ahead of you, a special event, or just need your makeup to last forever, then please splurge and buy this setting spray. All Nighter makes your makeup totally budge-proof and makes a powdery, cakey look transform into a skin-like finish.

Not only will this setting spray make your makeup last, but it also prevents it from settling in fine lines or from breaking apart throughout the day. This product does not contain oil or parabens, but its claim to fame is its Temperature Control Technology that adjusts the temperature of your makeup based on the surroundings you are in. So if you plan on going from desert heat to antarctic cold in one day, this setting spray will make your makeup stay flawless all day long.


Now on to my personal favorite, UD’s Chill Cooling and Hydrating setting spray is the savior to all of us dry skin gals. This spray melts away powdery looks and gives the skin such a beautiful, dewy finish with a perfect glow. As this setting spray hydrates, it is perfect for those dry winter months, but it also cools, meaning that on those hot summer days you get this refreshing feeling after using it.

This spray helps makeup stay on for up to 12 hours without it smudging or breaking apart. Also containing the Temperature Control Technology, you are guaranteed to have a glowing, youthful complexion after using this.


Do you have issues with getting oily throughout the day? Does your makeup tend to break apart when this happens? Enter in the UD De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray. This will solve all our your woes and control that oil. It is guaranteed to keep you matte all day long and deflect any surface shine that may arise.

This spray also contains the famous Temperature Control Technology the keep your makeup in place so you never need to touch up throughout the day.

Quick Fix

Urban Decay also has two priming sprays. My personal favorite is the Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray. This spray soothes your skin while minimizing the appearances of pores, moisturizes, smooths skin, and brightens all in one! Plus, it smells like a delicious vacation!

You can use this spray to prime, set, or touch up throughout the day for added moisture and glow. I like to use this spray in conjunction with a pore-blurring primer for the most airbrushed and flawless look.


The second priming spray from UD is the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray. This spray is great for energizing your appearance because it is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It also adds moisture, but if you’re a dry skin type, opt for the Quick Fix over this for hydration. This spray works wonders to prep your skin for makeup and soften the appearance of your skin.

This spray can also be used throughout the day to make sure your makeup game stays on point. All of these sprays from Urban Decay can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and for $31.


The GLOWSETTERβ„’ Makeup Setting Spray from GLAMGLOW is like walking through a mist of dreams. Seriously, this mist contains three different types of tea and caffeine and is like waking up to a spa day with lots of coffee. This spray is said to hydrate, energize, and boost radiance to give that sexy, Hollywood glow.

Not only are all of the properties great about this spray, but the mister on this thing OH MY GOD! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a finer mist before in my life. Whenever I use this I could have sprayed half of the bottle of myself and would never even know because I don’t feel it! Bottom line, this stuff is great, try it out.

You can purchase this spray for $32 at Sephora.

Makeup Revolution

Illuminating Fixing Spray

It is time to glow baby! Ugh, I just love this setting spray so much. The price and results are just so on point don’t ever pass this bad boy up! This illuminating spray will help keep your makeup in place for up to 8 hours and give you that healthy-looking glow. Don’t worry, there aren’t actual pieces of glitter coming out of this (oh god I wish though!).

This spray protects your makeup against heat and humidity. It is also only $8 at Ulta so what’s stopping you from purchasing this?

Aqua Prime Base Spray

Looking for an affordable priming spray? Makeup Revolution has you covered with their Aqua Prime Base Spray. This lightweight formula preps your skin for flawless makeup application. Infused with multi-vitamins, it hydrates your skin for hours and boosts radiance.

This spray does dry down a bit tacky, but I personally think that’s great because it really helps adhere your foundation for a longer wear time. This spray will revitalize your skin for only $10 and can be picked up at Ulta.

Pro Fix Oil Control Spray

Of course we need to have an oil control spray to complete this lovely trio from Makeup Revolution! Stay matte all day and forget about that midday shine with the Pro Fix Oil Control Spray. This spray is lightweight and deflects surface shine for the perfect matte finish. The spray will help keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours without any melting or smudging.

The affordability of this product combined with the fact that you won’t have to touch up your makeup throughout the day is a sure winner. $8 at Ulta, baby!

(Also, Public Service Announcement, the entire brand of Makeup Revolution is currently Buy 2, Get 1 Free at Ulta, so stop into your local store and pick up all three sprays for a great deal!)


Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray

NYX has been known to produce high quality products for a super affordable price. And that is exactly what this product is. One of the best at giving you a matte finish without looking cakey or dry, this pick is a no brainer. Whether you have dry, combination, or oily skin, this spray will give you the perfect matte look for your skin type.

Your makeup will stay on all day and night and never budge. Plus, for $7.99, it is one of the most affordable on this list and one of the best. Try snagging one of these up at your local CVS.

Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

On the other end of the spectrum we have NYX’s dewy spray. Another affordable option the delivers great results. This spray hydrates and give the skin that perfect, dewy glow, removing any cake appearance.

This spray is also great for intensifying highlighters to give them that high-end look. If you’re look for a great spray to make your makeup last longer without spending the cash, then this is the first place you should look.

Make Up For Ever

The Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray is perfect for anyone who needs their makeup to last all day and keep their color fresh. The spray provides a sweat-proof barrier so makeup can last up to 12 hours. You will be hydrating and glowing after using this spray, formulated for all skin types.

Mist & Fix is made to be used only as a setting spray, so please try one of the other options in this article for a priming/prepping option! Be sure to fan your face after spraying, this mist is WET (no pun intended)! You can pick this up at your local Sephora for $30.


Another oldie but a goodie is MAC’s Prep & Prime Fix +. This is the true OG for priming/setting the face and intensifying shadows. Packed with vitamins and minerals, green tea and chamomile, your skin is sure to be hydrated and smooth.

My main tip for this production is to try using this as a priming spray, and then use it again right after you have applied your liquid foundation. After spritzing this product over your foundation, take a beauty sponge and lightly tap the product in. After doing this trick your face will be glowing and your makeup is sure to last all day!

To finish your makeup, lightly spritz this over your face and then immediately follow with a setting spray such as the UD All Nighter to make sure your makeup lasts for days! This item can be purchased at Ulta, MAC stores, and MAC counters within departments stores for $24.


Smashbox is famous for creating makeup that makes you photo shoot ready. That’s just what you’ll get when using their Photo Finish Primer Water! This spray preps your skin for makeup application, hydrates, softens, and refreshes. This spray also doubles as a setting spray and refresher throughout the day.

This spray will increase the longevity of your makeup and as and added bonus, help to make any eyeshadow or highlighter extra pigmented. Because who doesn’t want NASA to see them from space?

You can pick up this spray from Ulta, Sephora, or for $32.

What setting sprays are your favorite? What would you recommend that I try out and review? Thanks for reading loves!




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