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Beauty Wars: Can These Setting Sprays Take The Heat?

We tested every one of these makeup setting sprays to find out which works best in this crazy humidity. You can thank us later.

Humidity is your makeup’s worst enemy. It doesn’t care that you spent the better half of an hour blending your foundation, blush and eyeshadows into au natural perfection. It doesn’t give two hoots about that all-important dinner you have at the end of the long work day. One misstep and all that makeup turns into a greasy mess by the end of the day.

For those of us living in constant thick humidity or with skin types oily enough to grease a fry pan, we need all the help we can get to armour our makeup against the unforgiving enemy. The best primers, eye primers, liquid foundations and, the cherry on top of the proverbial cake, setting sprays.

Every different skin type calls for a different kind of setting spray. Hydrating ones are easy to find, as are mild ones for sensitive skin. While humidity plays no favourites, those with oily skin suffer the most. Because the search for setting sprays that truly work for oily skin types is the toughest of them all, we made long-lasting wear our priority in our latest edition of “Beauty Wars“. Here, we pitted five popular setting sprays against each other and emerged with clear winners. Did the results surprise you as much as it did us? Tell us what is your all-time favourite setting spray in the comments below.

Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist

Of all the setting sprays we tried, this one takes the prize for having the best nozzle: just one pump is all it takes to cover the face evenly. That means you waste less product because most of it lands where it should, and not on your neck or the air behind you. Besides doing the job of keeping makeup on, Algenist’s Splash Hydrating Setting Mist smells the best – it’s almost floral – and is possibly the most hydrating and “natural-feeling” of the lot.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

It is called “Beauty Elixir” for good reason. Not only is it both a primer, setting spray and hydrating mist, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir also helps to deal with oil control and shine while sending essential plant oils and extracts into your pores. It doesn’t do much for blurring pores if you’re using it as a primer, though. We find the smell a little off-putting and overwhelming as well, but if that’s something you can overlook, you’ve got yourself a winner.

Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

Cover FX does okay in the primer department, especially if you have oily skin, but when it comes to setting sprays? Not so much. The Mattifying Setting Spray leaves more of a glowing finish than a matte one, and while it did hold makeup for a couple of hours, things started to go downhill once the last hour was over. It felt as though our makeup was starting to melt faster than it usually does without any setting spray on it.

Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist

If you have very dry skin, this will work for you. If you don’t, best to go with something else. The Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist feels and looks oily from the start – you’ll have to hold it at a distance as the mist is not fine – and it stays that way even after blotting. Because of this, we find that the makeup begins to melt after three hours. It does have a lovely coconut smell to it, though, so that’s a small upside. Give it a go if you have really dry skin, but we wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin types.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

Any beauty enthusiast worth her salt knows that Urban Decay’s setting sprays are legendary. Having tried it ourselves, we have to say the same. After a couple of sprays of the De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray – you’ll need to get two or three in to cover the whole face – you can almost feel that your makeup is sealed in. Whatever makeup you have on will not budge for a good six to seven hours if you have oily skin, more if you don’t. It doesn’t dry out the skin, too, which is another plus point. The only downside? Its chemical smell. Best to leave this for days where you really need your makeup to last for the whole day and leave your skin to rest on the others. (Apparently, the All-Nighter version works even better. Anyone ever compared the two?)

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