The standard we’re going for when it comes to makeup setting sprays in 2021 is pretty high. With mask-wear being the norm when we’re out and about, we need makeup setting sprays that can hold up in hot and humid weather and under our masks.
Thankfully, there are several options in the market ranging from cult favourites to hidden gems that you’ll find suit your needs. Read on to see the 19 makeup setting sprays we can’t wait to get our hands on so our makeup can look flawless all day.
Best makeup setting sprays with long-lasting power
M.A.C. Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ Most number of variants
This is one of those makeup items that you must have tried before if you’re a beauty junkie worth your salt. The M.A.C. Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix has gone through many iterations since its initial launch but the solid setting formula remains the same.
Now, the OG lightweight makeup setting spray has inspired a complete range of formulas, including in different scents (such as Coconut, Lavender, and Rose), different finish (Fix+ Magic Radiance for a dewy glow, Fix+ Shimmer that is packed with pearlescent particles, and Fix+ Matte for a matte finish).
All versions retail for S$37 each. Check the links below for prices from all retailers.
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray
There’s no way you can have an article about makeup setting sprays without mentioning this one from Make Up For Ever. One of the cult classics, this is said to extend makeup wear up to 12 hours, so you’ll definitely be able to get a full day’s worth of perfection out of it.
What’s more, the hydrating formula ensures that your skin won’t feel dry or sticky to touch, but instead, be presents a fresh, pristine look all day.
This retails for S$50. Check the link below for latest promotions.
KVD Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist
One of the most important but yet most overlooked aspect of a setting spray is how fine its mist is – you certainly don’t want to feel like you’re hosing down your face after all that careful makeup application.
The KVD Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist is said to be a “micro-mist”, and reviewers have verified how fine the mist is and that there isn’t any water droplets left on your face – something you certainly want to avoid.
This retails for S$45. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Cult-favourite!
The Urban Decay All Nighter is one of the most popular holy grails on the market right now, and for good reason.
Loved by makeup artists and makeup junkies, this is known to keep your makeup intact all day and protect it against cracking, fading and melting.
What’s more, it has a smart formula that lowers the temperature of your skin so your makeup remains pristine even in hot and humid climates like Singapore’s.
This retails for S$50. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray
Boscia is best known for harnessing the power of plants and natural ingredients for its beauty products, and its makeup setting spray is no different.
Binchotan white charcoal is used in the spray to control excessive oil production, while artichoke leaf extract and black tea reduce the appearance of pores.
Those with sensitive skin will also be happy to know that this is safe for their skin and is dermatologist-tested.
This retails for S$65. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Best makeup setting sprays for oily skin
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Super Setter Makeup Setting Spray New product!
This makeup setting spray has micro-fine mist that locks makeup for up to 16 hours.
If you’re concerned about visible pores, you’ll be glad to know that it blurs their appearance thanks to the pore-blurring powders infused in the water-based formula.
Your skin will be left feeling smooth, refreshed, and hydrated without any stickiness.
This retails for S$52 for 120ml. Check the link below for other sizes and prices.
NYX Makeup Setting Spray (Matte Finish)
NYX has been synonymous with affordability and high quality, which is why you probably won’t be surprised that its setting spray gives you so much mileage for the price you’re paying.
Offering a shine-free matte finish that oily girls will appreciate, it also has a lightweight texture that feels super comfortable on your skin.
This retails for S$22. There’s a discount going on at the time of writing so check the link below for latest price.
Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray
If you’ve been trawling the beauty realms on YouTube long enough, you probably have seen this brand being mentioned more and more by beauty enthusiasts.
It’s passed the torture tests and received rave reviews from self-confessed “oil slick” users on Makeupalley. Who better to listen to than those experiencing the same oily problems as we do?
This retails for ~S$38.50. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray
If you’re looking for something with good oil-control properties, then you’re going to love this long-lasting makeup setting spray by Cover FX.
This has a formula that reduces surface oils while eliminating the appearance of pores. The result? Smooth, matte skin that looks shine-free all day.
This retails from ~S$37.20 to S$48. Check the links below to compare prices.
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray
This has a formula that controls sebum production so that your skin looks mattified without feeling dry.
While this makeup setting spray works to keep your makeup intact, it also offers a sensorial experience, thanks to the pleasant scent it comes in.
In fact, there are several scents you can choose from (such as peach, lemongrass, and coconut), which many makeup enthusiasts appreciate because who wants to struggle with repulsive smells every morning in order to achieve long-lasting makeup?
This retails for ~S$29.30. Check the link below for latest price.
Best makeup setting sprays for a dewy finish
Dior Forever Perfect Fix Face Mist
This is the makeup setting spray to go for if you’re looking for one that delivers three highly sought-after benefits: long-wear, freshness, and instant hydration.
With an ultra-fine micro-diffusion, this spray is infused with skincare properties that ensures it doesn’t alter the colour of makeup. You’ll also love the instant freshness you experience when you spray it on, thanks to the wild pansy flower extracts that are in the formula.
This retails for S$68 at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters. It is also available at Sephora.
Pixi Glow Mist
Pixi achieved cult classic status with its Glow Tonic, so we have high hopes for the Glow Mist, which is marketed within the same range.
The mist is said to incorporate 13 natural essential oils such as propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts to boost hydration and nutrients to parched and dull skin.
What this means is that it lets you have a glowing, dewy look that looks and feels hydrating and revitalised. Besides using it to set your makeup, you can also use it anytime throughout the day as a way to refresh your skin.
This retails for S$24. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Caudalie Grape Water
This is a refreshing mist to moisturise your skin throughout the day but those who use it also know that it works as a gentle makeup setting spray.
The cult-favourite product is made of 100% organic grape water (yes, extracted from the fruit) and is a great makeup setting spray for those who have sensitive skin.
This retails for S$32 for 300ml. Check the link for different sizes and prices.
NYX Makeup Setting Spray (Dewy Finish)
You may have seen another NYX spray around that mattifies skin (it’s also in our list!) – this one delivers a dewy finish.
This is great for those who prefer a lightweight makeup setting spray that offers fresh, dewy glow all day.
This retails for S$22. There is a discount happening at the time of writing, so check the link for the latest price.
Make Up Revolution Illuminating Fixing Spray Affordable buy!
This radiance-boosting makeup setting spray contains light-reflecting particles so your complexion looks fresh and glowing.
You’ll love how it makes sure your makeup is budge-proof while it offers a natural-looking radiance to your skin even if you didn’t bring out your highlighter.
This retails for S$9.30. Click on the link below to check for latest promotions.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray
This is a gentle water-based makeup setting spray that gives your skin a healthy-looking glow. The gentle and weightless product refreshes skin, preps skin for flawless makeup application, and adds a natural-looking radiance to your complexion.
As a bonus, it also has a delicious coconut-vanilla scent that will certainly perk up your day.
This retails for ~S$34.60. Check the link below for latest promotions.
Affordable makeup setting sprays under S
L.A. Girl PRO.setting HD High Definition Matte Finish Setting Spray
L.A. Girl is one of those affordable drugstore brands that consistently produce noteworthy quality products that have beauty enthusiasts head over heels.
This makeup setting spray, for instance, is well-loved because of how it keeps makeup from budging, while offering a matte look that doesn’t look cakey or dull.
This retails for ~S$9.30. Check the link below for latest promotions.
By Beauty Bay Set It Don't Regret It Mattifying Setting Mist
This long-wearing makeup setting spray is described as “life-proof”. The lightweight product leaves your skin matte for up to 12 hours and prevents your makeup from melting, fading, or settling into fine lines.
Best part? It’s also super affordable!
This retails for ~S$13.30. Check the link for latest promotions.
e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set
An affordable makeup setting spray that works really well? You’re looking at it.
One of the most raved about setting spray on the market, this offers radiance and a strong but invisible hold. The alcohol-free spray is infused with Cucumber and vitamins A, C, and E to give you a refreshing and invigorating mist that soothes the skin.
While the brand doesn’t have a physical presence in Singapore we’re glad that there are several online retailers that carry it.
Prices range from S$9 to S$13. Check the links below to compare prices.
Featured image taken from Beauty, Brains, Blush.