Makeup Setting Spray: a necessity or more like something you will buy just to have in your stash and will never use it again? Me, I tend to use them in periods. Sometimes I use them everyday and sometimes I don’t use them for a pretty long time. The truth is, there are all kinds of setting sprays available right now: the ones that matify your skin, the ones that hydrate it, fix your makeup, make it waterproof and others. Some cost like a good foundation and others are very affordable. This last is exactly the type I wanted to tell you about today! Here is Elf Makeup Mist and Set!

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Elf Studio Makeup Mist & Set

Wish you could have a product for your makeup like Hairspray is for your hair? Well…keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold with our new Makeup Mist & Set. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E. The lightweight, comfortable and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.

The description sounds so good! Although if I read the active ingredients list I’d rather think it’s some hydrating spray rather than a fixing one. Let’s see what’s inside:

Elf Makeup Mist and Set Ingredients

[spoiler]Water (Aqua), AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.[/spoiler]

Wow, lots and lots of parabens! What’s funny is it literally contains an ingredient (second ingredient in the list) that is used for hair lacquers to fix your hair with. This ingredient is also pretty common for makeup fixing sprays. That makes me thinking…but oh well.

Click on the ‘show’ button to see the ingredients list.

My Opinion:

This spray actually feels a bit sticky on the face. I think it’s due to the film-forming ingredient (AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer). I can’t say this spray helps a lot to fix makeup. I have combination skin and I haven’t seen a lot of difference. I’d rather recommend it for ladies with dry skin or very cold climate: it feels nice, it hydrates and softens the skin a bit (but that’s no more than just a visual effect, there’s no real hydration). I like spraying it over the brushes and then applying the eye shadows with wet brushes: that way the color will be more vivid and it will stick better to the eye lids. It’s a pleasant product but definitely not a must-have.

Overall Note: B.

Where to buy:

eyeslipsface website (US, UK).