Makeup setting sprays are one of those things that you need to try it out before you’d become a believer. You might think setting sprays are too expensive for something that you can’t really make a difference.
We get you. We used to feel that way – until our curiosity got too much for us and we tried out some cult classic makeup setting sprays. We’ve never looked back since. They have become a virtually indispensable part of our makeup regime, especially for long work days or late-night events.
Don’t want to splash that much cash on a makeup setting spray that you’re still iffy about? Many of the brands on this list carry travel-sized versions which are super affordable, and you’d use so little every time that a small bottle would still last you a good while.
If you’re really cash-strapped, walk in to Sephora with your makeup done and use the tester for the makeup setting spray of your choice. Use this only as a last resort though! Who knows how long that bottle has been sitting there?
Whatever it is, makeup setting sprays are something you must try out as soon as possible, if you haven’t already. Here are 21 makeup setting sprays most worth trying out – you’re welcome.
1. Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray
This is one of the cult classics of setting sprays. It’s 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.
A recent reviewer on Sephora said that “this is truly one of the best setting sprays anyone could use” and that it ensured makeup lasted “the whole day”.
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray retails for SGD22 (30ml) and SGD50 (125ml) on Sephora.
2. Kat Von D 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 Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist is said to be a “micro-mist”, and reviewers on Sephora have verified that by saying “the mist is really fine” and you wouldn’t feel like there are water droplets on your face.
Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist retails for SGD19 (30ml) and SGD40 (120ml) on Sephora.
3. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This is the one you’ve probably heard of even if you don’t pay attention to makeup setting sprays. The Urban Decay All Nighter is one of the most popular holy grails on the market right now, and for good reason.
A makeup artist reviewed this on Sephora, saying that this is their setting spray of choice to ensure that a full face of makeup is able to stay perfect on a bride for an entire day. How can you beat that?
4. 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 their 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 reduces the appearance of pores.
A reviewer on Sephora, who lives in “humid tropical Hong Kong”, has even said that this held her makeup better than the holy grail Urban Decay All Nighter spray!
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray retails for SGD57 (150ml) on Sephora.
5. NYX Makeup Setting Spray (Matte Finish)
NYX has been around for ages, but they’ve recently been exponentially increasing in street cred when it comes to the quality and affordability of their makeup.
Reviewers on Sephora have said that it mattifies their face, keeps their makeup in place and generally works well enough for the super affordable price. Get your hands on it fast though, as it’s often out of stock!
6. e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set
Just like NYX, e.l.f. has also become quite the buzz brand when it comes to drugstore beauty in recent years. They’re not as readily available in Singapore, but they’re still only just a click away from you on iHerb.
Reviewers on iHerb have said this worked just as well as the NYX Makeup Setting Spray, but for a fraction of the price. Some on Influenster have gone as far as saying that “this is the best drugstore setting spray” they’ve tried!
We never say no to saving more money.
e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set retails for SGD4.09 (60ml) on iHerb (shipping fees apply).
7. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
What’s better than a makeup setting spray? A three-in-one that not only sets your makeup, but gives your a skin a boost of hydration and sun protection too!
Supergoop! is an American brand best known for their sun protection products and the Defense Refresh Setting Mist sounds like a godsent. Just remember that the sun protection in this mist is an added bonus, and shouldn’t replace your regular sunscreen!
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 retails for SGD18 (30ml) and SGD42 (100ml) on Sephora.
8. 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 in the latter half of 2017.
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?
Skindinavia The Makeup Finish Spray retails for USD29 on Beautylish (shipping fees apply).
9. Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray
Cover FX has been coming at us fast and furiously in the past few years, and we love that they are just one out of two brands on this list that provide us both an oil control and a hydrating, dewy setting spray. Everyone is included!
Reviewer Ana N. said on Influenster, “It keeps my very oily skin shine free FOREVER. I’m not even exaggerating.”
10. Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray
We never say no to having more choices in this day and age – and Gerard Cosmetics really delivers where most other makeup setting sprays do not.
In the Slay All Day range of makeup, they are offering a whopping 11 different scents of the same, well-loved formula. No more struggling with a repulsive scent every morning for the sake of long-lasting makeup.
You can choose from scents like lavender, mango, peach, lemongrass, coconut, and much more.
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray retails for SGD36.20 on BeautyBay (shipping fees apply).
11. 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 YouTubers head over heels.
An Influenster reviewer Teneil R. has said that the spray affords a nice finish “in between dewy and matte”, so it’s perfect for those who have combination skin.
L.A. Girl PRO.setting HD High Definition Matte Finish Setting Spray retails for SGD11.30 (30ml) on BeautyBay.
12. Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
This setting spray caused quite a splash when it was first released because of how subtle yet delicious the coconut scent was. YouTubers were floored by how the scent transported them to beach holidays on a tropical paradise.
Sephora reviewer Wincy Wong said that the mist made her makeup look “more natural and dewy”, while also moisturising her skin.
Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist retails for SGD62 (112ml) on Sephora.
13. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist
This Tarte makeup setting spray interestingly has a citrusy scent even though its name seems to suggest a more oceanic theme. However, we’re not complaining about the refreshing fragrance and neither are many of its reviewers.
Many users have used this both as their primer and a setting spray, and reported that it works amazing either way – evidence by how it’s gotten 4.5 stars out of 5 on Sephora so far.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist retails for SGD20 (30ml) and SGD38 (75ml) on Sephora.
14. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray
Described as a “super hydrating, multitasking” mist that is infused with coconut water, this handy magic spray acts as primer, setting spray, and refreshing mist all in one.
A reviewer on Sephora, RT, said that the primer function of the spray produces exactly the same effect as the renowned Too Faced HangoveRx Replenishing Face Primer.
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray retails for SGD49 (120ml) on Sephora.
15. Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist
Who says makeup setting sprays can’t also be a skincare product? Algenist seems to be working towards a nourishing makeup setting spray ever with their Splash Hydrating Setting Mist.
The spray is formulated with mineral-enriched sea water bound with algalyte complex and alguronic acid, all of which help to deeply hydrate your skin.
The spray also forms a “second skin matrix” which is a seamless layer that locks in that added moisture, as well as set your makeup along with it.
Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist retails for SGD49 (120ml) on Sephora.
16. Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray
What’s better than a face of long-wear makeup? A constantly well-hydrated face of long-wearing makeup, of course!
Formulated in partnership with Skindinavia, the Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray utilises Temperature Control Technology to literally chill your makeup to keep it looking freshly-applied for up to 12 hours.
Sephora reviewer Cynthia says that she loves how refreshing it feels on the skin. “It is fast absorbing and doesn’t feel sticky on the skin [after].”
Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray retails for SGD48 (118ml) on Sephora.
17. Pixi Glow Mist
The Pixi by Petra brand achieved cult classic status with its Glow Tonic toner, so we have high hopes for the Glow Mist which is marketed within the same range.
The mist is said to incorporate 13 natural oils such as propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts to boost hydration and nutrients to parched and dull skin.
A useful review from user Gee on Sephora warned that you may see an immiscible layer of oil floating above the rest of the setting spray liquid, but it would leave your skin “hydrated and dewy” and not “oily” at all.
Pixi Glow Mist retails for SGD30 (80ml) on Sephora.
18. Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray
Not into matte finishes? Cover FX has you covered (we couldn’t resist) with their Illuminating Setting Spray which is said to give your makeup an “instant illumination” and “serious staying power”.
We love how Sephora reviewer Santika Juliawati described her experience with the spray: “I have extremely dry, dull skin and this makes me look like I descended from Heaven and have a glow from within.”
19. Caudalie Grape Water
Whatever images come to mind when you think of Grape Water, you certainly wouldn’t imagine a makeup setting spray. This cult favourite is 100 percent organic and extracted from pure grapes!
A reviewer on Sephora, Huang, said that the product worked great for her even though she has “super sensitive skin”.
Another reviewer, HH, said that she felt that her makeup sat better with the spray, and she’d even use this as a moisturiser on days when she’s in a rush.
Caudalie Grape Water retails for SGD11 (75ml) and SGD24 (200ml) on Sephora.
20. NYX Makeup Setting Spray (Dewy Finish)
NYX Makeup Setting Spray also comes in a Dewy Finish, complementing the Matte Shine-Free Finish from the same range.
Reviewer Genevieve Yen has commented on Sephora that the spray helped her makeup last 6 to 10 hours without touch-ups, and “did not feel sticky or oily” at all.
21. M.A.C. Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix
This is one of those makeup items that you must have tried before if you want to be 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.
User sugamonkey on Makeupalley has been using this spray for an entire decade. “It sets my makeup, takes away any powdery-ness, makes everything melt into my skin for flawlessness, keeps my skin hydrated all day.”
M.A.C. Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix retails for SGD19 (30ml) and SGD34 (100ml) on Lazada.