SETTING, FIXING AND FINISHING SPRAYS, WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

SETTING, FIXING AND FINISHING SPRAYS,  WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
Source: Mac Cosmetics

Looking through social media, there is a plethora of face mists and setting sprays available in the market. However, with all the new formulas and types of mists popping up it may be difficult to decide which may work best for your needs.

One of the top questions I see about make-up is on how to get it to last longer and with the range of sprays available it is difficult to know which of the many work best. Setting sprays, finishing sprays and facial mists are different; however, some products claim to perform multiple functions.  Facial mists focus on hydrating your skin while setting and finishing sprays focus on extending the life of your makeup. Although both make your makeup last longer they do so through different methods.

TYPES OF FACE SPRAYS

REFRESHING MISTS

Refreshing mists are often used before makeup to give your face a refreshing spritz and add a tiny bit of extra moisture before makeup. Unlike setting and finishing sprays, they’re supposed to be applied before make-up to moisturise your skin but does not have any setting or fixative properties but will add active plant ingredients and essential oils to your skin. Some people also use refreshing mists throughout the day to add moisture and refresh their makeup.

omorovicza queen of hungary mist
Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist
may lindstrom jasmine garden
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
omorovicza queen of hungary mist
Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist
may lindstrom jasmine garden
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
omorovicza queen of hungary mist
Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist
may lindstrom jasmine garden
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

SETTING SPRAY

Setting sprays are usually a mix of water, glycerine, and botanical oils, which blend the layers of makeup on your skin so it does not melt or slide giving a seamless look. This is especially useful if you use a lot of powder products in your routine your skin may look dry and powdery so using a setting spray is a great solution.

The sole function of setting sprays is to blend your makeup not add to the wear length of your makeup.  However, although it has little staying power if your foundation tends to slip it is likely to provide more staying power. Setting sprays always be applied after your makeup application, because if applied before makeup it will make your foundation difficult to blend because it makes the layers set more quickly. They also work really well with mineral or powder foundations.

e.l.f. Illuminating Mist & Set Matte Magic
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Photofocus Natural Finish Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
e.l.f. Illuminating Mist & Set Matte Magic
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Photofocus Natural Finish Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
e.l.f. Illuminating Mist & Set Matte Magic
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Photofocus Natural Finish Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

FIXING SPRAY

A fixing spray on the other hand has only one function which is to ‘’fix’’ your make-up and make it last as long as possible. Fixing sprays are primarily alcohol-based which lets them dry down faster. Finishing sprays can be used to refresh makeup during the day to prevent cakiness, so although it may not increase longevity it means you need fewer touch-ups during the day.

Using a fixing spray without setting your makeup will work only for the top layer of makeup, however, applying a fixing spray over a setting spray will make your makeup last much longer.

kiko milano face make up fixerMakeup Revolution’s Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray

FINISHING SPRAY

Finishing sprays are pretty new and are often confused oftentimes with setting spray. However unlike setting sprays that hold your makeup in place, finishing sprays are specifically for skincare purposes and to create a specific effect or finish on the skin. A good example of a finish is a dewy or glowy effect on the skin. As the name indicates it is used at the very end of your routine

How to use makeup spray

The best way to use makeup sprays is to wait until your makeup is completely applied and dry. Then hold the bottle an arm’s length away from your face then spray on your face lightly. Do not rub into your skin just allow it to dry naturally and set your makeup.

The quantity of spray /pumps needed depends on the product, so read the instructions carefully and follow the directions.

ORDER OF APPLICATION

  • Apply face mist before makeup
  • Put on your make-up and let it dry
  • Use a setting spray after makeup is finished
  • Apply a fixing spray once the setting spray is dry
  • Optional use face mist as needed during the day

What do you think? Setting or finishing spray or both? I tend to use my face just as a setting spray to set my makeup since I have oily skin as most finishing sprays give a dewy finish. My favourites are MAC fix plus and ELF and NYX. Urban Decay and Skindinavia have excellent reviews but I have not tried them in person. Let me know what you think in the comments and follow me on social media

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