Makeup setting sprays have been all the rage these last few years amongst makeup fanatics. But how well do they actually work? Read on for my thoughts on a drugstore makeup setting spray by ELF.
This product claims to “keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C, & E. Improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.”
The application of this product is relatively self-explanatory. After you have applied your makeup, spray the product on your face holding the product 12-16 inches from your face with eyes closed. Let it dry naturally or blot with a tissue to help speed dry.
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Prior to using this product I had not tried any makeup setting/finishing sprays. I have combination/oily skin, but in the winter months the “normal” areas of my skin get very dry. I have been using this product consistently for the last 2 months and I am very pleased with it.
I apply my face makeup (foundation, concealer, powder highlight, blush/bronzer), but do not set my face with a powder. Instead, before applying any eye makeup, I spray the ELF Makeup Mist & Set and allow it to air dry for a few seconds before continuing on with my makeup routine. A bit of a warning: Hold the bottle at least a foot away from your face. If you spray the product onto your face from any distance shorter than 12 inches, the mist will not be so “mist-y”. The nozzle sprays out a lot of product at once, so in order for the product to evenly distribute across your face, keep the bottle at a distance.
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I have noticed that since setting my face makeup with this product as opposed to a powder (was previous using the Bare Minerals Matte foundation), my makeup has lasted longer and remained more even-looking throughout the day. I apply my makeup around 6 in the morning and when I check my makeup around 11 am, it looks like I just applied it. When I get home around 4:30 pm, my makeup is just starting to show signs of fading, but remains pretty even in appearance. This product also perks up my skin and adds a natural-looking shine to my face. It makes my skin look alive as opposed to looking like it’s been covered with makeup.
I highly recommend this product to people with dry to combination skin. Oily skin users may find that this product increases the appearance of oil of their skin.