Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons

Freshly Set | Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays | Review & Comparisons |

Hey Beauties!

We’ve all found ourselves in the middle of a makeup meltdown once or twice. Whether our foundation is slipping and sliding in the hot sun, our eyeliner is smudged beyond repair or we went a little too heavy on the powder, makeup meltdowns are inevitable when we don’t take every step possible to keep our makeup locked into place. 

My number 1 secret weapon for preventing those makeup emergencies is a good makeup setting spray and frankly, I never do my makeup without one! 

What Is A Setting Spray?

Makeup Setting Sprays come in a variety of formulas and finishes but essentially they are a liquid mist meant to set and refresh makeup, keeping it in place through all conditions including excessive heat, wind, water, activity and wear. 

A good setting spray will keep your makeup from smudging, transferring, settling into fine lines, creasing, melting, moving or breaking up. They can be used with both liquid and powder products to keep colours vibrant, soften harsh lines, blend products and help powders melt into the skin. They can be sprayed directly onto the skin or tapped into place to target certain areas using a sponge. 

Setting sprays are not only used to set makeup in place but to refresh and revive makeup throughout the day (travel size bottles are great for your handbag!) and some even contain skincare benefits. 

My Must Have Mists

1. The Everyday Mist – 

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray ($29-$39 USD) 

The very first ever setting spray and one of my old school favourites. I fully reviewed both the Setting Spray and Primer Spray (which you can read here) in the past and it remains a staple in my collection. The secret weapon of many makeup artists, this lightweight breathable mist locks your makeup into place for 16 hours and you are left with basically bulletproof makeup. 

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2. The Hydrating Spray – 

Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray ($38 CAD)

Urban Decay is known for their range of setting sprays but Chill is my particular favourite for its moisture resistant properties and hydrating skin benefits. This micro-fine mist has the perfect even spray and features an exclusive Temperature Control Technology that chills the surface of your makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours. This technology makes it the perfect pick for dry or combination skin while Urban Decay’s All Nighter or De-Slick Spray is best for oily skin. 

3. The Cult Classic – 

Mac Cosmetics Prep & Prime Fix+ ($27 CAD)

Probably the most well-known makeup setting mist used by plenty of artists, Fix+ is a lightweight water based mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin while finishing and setting makeup. It is designed to prepare skin for the application of makeup as well as keep it fresh all day long and is packed with vitamins and minerals. It is also infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to soothe and refresh. It is an artist’s best friend as it includes glycerin to help products stick to skin and to bring out the metallic pigments in shadows.  

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4. The Glow Getter – 

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($58 CAD)

Unlike any other setting spray, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist is a fine mist moisturizer for dewy, glowing, luminous skin. It offers a boost of soothing hydration, formulated with 20% botanical oils and humectants that moisturize deep down without clogging pores. This spray is also infused with an anti-aging complex that erases signs of dryness, dull skin, and wrinkles. This stuff will not only help your skin flourish but it will give you a gorgeous glow and radiant finish. 

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5. The Good Skin Spray – 

Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist ($47 CAD)

This multi-benefit facial mist is not only a great final step in the makeup process but it is also an incredible skin care product (I love to use it as my morning toner). It features Vitamin C for rich radiance and CPR Technology that helps skin with hydration, toning, and oxygen absorption. It also helps to protect skin against environmental aggressors for a glowing, youthful looking complexion. It also features a really great citrus scent! 

So there are my Top 5 Must Have Makeup Setting Mists & Facial Sprays! Which ones are you wanting to try?

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  1. Candace Kage
    October 7, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I think I should be ashamed to admit that I have never used a setting spray. Whole world opening up here.

  2. Jessica PetiteStyleScript
    October 7, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Hi Courtney, thank you for the review of these makeup setting sprays. I recently started using the Urban Decay oil-control one but will need to check out your temperature control one as the weather transitions into fall. ~Jessica

  3. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    October 7, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I've never used a setting spray but I should try.

  4. The Side Hustle Stories
    October 7, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I just tried a makeup setting spray for the first time this September, and it was AWESOME! I was the Bride and it was an outdoor wedding so that spray was VERY important! I'm definitely a fan so I'll have to give one of these a try!

  5. Jessica McAlexander
    October 7, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Great list! I use the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray. May have to try some of these other ones out too!xo, Jessy |

  6. Style Domination
    October 7, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Your photography is stunning. I really want to try the Tatcha mist!

  7. Chrissy
    October 7, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    I haven't been using a setting spray since just recently – thank you for this wonderful review! xxx

  8. Kara Larkin
    October 7, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    I keep seeing you talk about the Tatcha spray so I decided it's next to try on my list. Happy Friday love! XO

  9. Samantha
    October 7, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Ahh I will have to try these! They all look great!

  10. Allison
    October 7, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I need a new setting spray, I will have to try these!

  11. Mckenna Bleu
    October 7, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I so want to try number 4 now!

  12. Miel and Mint
    October 7, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I haven't been using a setting spray for a gazillion years (don't know why) but I remember LOVING it when I used to use it. Skindinavia was the first one I have ever owned <3 So many great recommendations, lovely. I have heard amazing things about the MAC one. Sorry it only took me this long to finally pop over to your gorg blog and leave a comment.xox

  13. Sydney Power
    October 7, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I could not go a day without my setting sprayIt is life! I just love the urban decay setting sprays!

  14. Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    October 7, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    The all-nighter setting spray by Ud is my all time favorite setting spray. I used it for my wedding and have been hooked since. I also love the new Maybelline one – it's cheaper and works great for the everyday look!

  15. Rachel Gault
    October 7, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I've never used makeup setting spray – I'll have to look into it!

  16. Megan Joy
    October 7, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Nice! I have heard such good things about the Skindinavia setting spray. I don't actually own any setting spray so this post is making me realize i need to invest ASAP πŸ™‚

  17. Interstate Style
    October 7, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    For the fix plus, do you spray after you moisturize or spray on your beauty blender before buffing foundation and after moisturize. I've always wondered. Loved the reviews btw!

  18. Cori Large
    October 8, 2016 / 12:48 am

    I live in Florida and swim through the humidity everyday. These sprays would probably come in real handy with the weather down here.

  19. Jessica Sheppard
    October 8, 2016 / 1:24 am

    I literally haven't tried any of these products…I need to get on my A game!!!

  20. Katy
    October 8, 2016 / 1:49 am

    The Skindinavia spray is amazing! I used their Bridal Spray before, and I definitely need to get another. It's been a long while since I had a

  21. Grab a Plate
    October 8, 2016 / 3:52 am

    So glad I ran across this! I've never used setting/finishing spray before, but I really want to try it! I have a tendency to look dried out. Thanks!

  22. CJ from
    October 8, 2016 / 4:47 am

    The only spray I've tried is Urban Decay all nighter. I've purchased it in the travel size three times, but it's always good to read about new options!

  23. its Jessica & Danielle
    October 8, 2016 / 10:21 am

    I haven't tried any of these lol! I'm currently using L'Oreal setting spray which I think is really good πŸ™‚ xβ™‘ itsjessiejane β™‘

  24. Liz
    October 8, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I'm glad to see from some of the other comments that I am not the only one who hadn't heard of make-up setting sprays. Thank you for the thorough review, I'm definitely going to look into adding sprays to my make-up bag. πŸ™‚

  25. Greta Hollar
    October 8, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I have some setting mist but have never used it. Thanks for showing me why I need to use it!Greta |

  26. Shane Prather
    October 8, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Hmm I've honestly never used a setting spray but my makeup routine is his illy pretty basic. I'll have to try one for a bug night out!

  27. angelintheoutfield
    October 8, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I'm a huge fan of the UD setting spray but I'm dying to try that Tatcha spray! It looks so good! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  28. Breakfast at Lillys
    October 8, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I love the Urban Decay setting spray but I so need to try some of the others.

  29. Leslie Rossi - A Life Well Consumed
    October 9, 2016 / 7:11 am

    the tacha one sounds great!leslie

  30. Mira Maria
    October 9, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Thank you so much for the advice!Love,

  31. whenimolder
    October 9, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I've heard so many good things about the Tatcha setting spray! I need to try it!! My favorite is the Clarins Fix Spray, have you tried that one?

  32. Something Delightful by Rachel Timmerman
    October 10, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I was literally just saying to myself yesterday that I need to find a good makeup setter haha! Thanks for sharing these. I will definitely be trying one πŸ™‚

  33. Ashley Vickney
    October 10, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I really need to get one of these! I don't use one but with my long days this would be perfect!xoxoAshley |

  34. Lauren
    October 10, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Is the Mac one worth the money then because I've considered getting it for a while now!Lauren x |

  35. Oksana Radionova
    October 11, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I tried setting sprays twice in my life – once when I was a bridesmaid and another time for my own wedding. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the experience either time – and both times the product was professional-grade used by makeup artists. I think it's one of those things that just isn't for me, and I'm okay with that.

  36. Kayla Rivoli
    October 12, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I've been wanting to try the Urban Decay setting spray! My skin gets super oily and when it's hot my makeup will completely melt off… not good!Kayla |

  37. Ellie Chan
    October 18, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Great picks! I've heard a lot of buzz about that Tatcha spray but haven't tried it yet, definitely going to give it a go now! I'm always looking for ways to get my make-up to stay put all day!

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