A lot has changed in the world of makeup. At drugstore price we are able to find near perfect dupes to the more expensive products. Does price always equals quality? Of course not ! I love a good dupe and the hunt for it :) What I love about the beauty blogging universe is the ability to test and compare the products so it’s an another comparison I have for you today.
I started my journey with a setting spray nearly two years ago. I didn’t tend to use it before as I rarely wore any foundation, a bit of concealer and a blusher was my go to most days :) When I started wearing more makeup I discovered that having super dry skin makes it really difficult to find a good powder that felt and look invisible on the face and set foundation well at the same time. I tried them all from the cheapest drugstore brands to the pricey luxury. None did the job well. Then I discovered Youtube and beauty gurus. Having been recommended Avon Setting Spray (125ml for £6.00), I started using it and discovered that I don’t need powder to get my foundation to look and feel better. Nothing prepared me for what came next and the purchase that changed the way I look at makeup and ability to achieve perfect dewy naked skin look - Urban Decay All Nighter (£21.00 for 118 ml or travel size 30ml for £9.00).
Avon Setting Spray
Packaging is plastic, black semi-translucent bottle. The spray works pretty well dispensing fine mist that dries quickly to semi matte finish. It contains vitamins A, C and E, however it is not paraben free. As I am now little more cautious about products I put on my face, this could be an improved formula, if Avon ever comes up with a new formula for this product. For all the animal lovers, unfortunately Avon still tests their products on animals. Time to stop this barbarian practice Avon !!
Formula itself did not do me any harm. My skin is not only dry but also super sensitive with a lot of redness and the setting spray worked well and didn’t break me out. You need few good sprays to cover the whole face and mist is fine but not super fine. It doesn’t move the makeup in any way of course and dries pretty quickly, but you use a bit of product each time. Using it everyday on myself only I’d say it'll last for around 3 months. It’s not bad but pretty average. Does it make your makeup look more natural, gets rid of the powder residue? Not so much, no. There’s a slight improvement but no wow factor here. Same goes for the prolonging of the makeup, I find that my makeup will stay on for all day given I powdered my face down. Unfortunately it will not make my foundation to last without the setting powder. I rarely experience shine, well except on those full on strobing days (highlighter is my one and only love these days lol), but I find that my face produce slightly more sebum when using the setting spray. I honestly don’t think it will do you any good if you have a combination to oily skin.
I think it’s a great all round starter setting spray. It does slightly improve the appearance of powdered skin as well as setting everything in place. It may not work too great at prolonging your makeup but it will do so slightly as well. It gets 3 out of 5* from me.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Packaging is white plastic with purple writings and a lid. The spray dispenses super fine mist that dries quickly to the matte finish (It will not make your super glowing face go matte, so dewy looks here I come). All Nighter is the medium product in the range of setting sprays. It’s aimed at combination skin. You can also choose De-Slick for oily skin and Chill aimed at dry skin. I am yet to try Chill as having a very dry skin and using All Nighter works great for me so far :) I may try the travel size version first to see if it really works better for me :) It’s paragon free and UD products are not tested on animals - yay :)
Formula works great to prolong the way your makeup looks just after application. I like my complexion to be glowing with invisible foundation and this little spray helps me achieve this effect and make it lasts without having to powder/set it all. If I do powder it, it also minimills the appearance of the powder making it look less obvious on the skin :) Big bottle will last me around 3-6 months depending on how often I wear makeup and believe me I give myself few days a week off, unless of course I’m testing a lot of new product and wear it more frequently. I wouldn’t say it will make my foundation last 12 hours on its own but it lasts all day in the office and I don’t look like an idiot when I come back home lol. It stops foundation setting in the fine lines, however it does not help with the glasses effect on the bridge of the nose - well not for me anyway. I am yet to find a product that does that.
Overall it’s an amazing product and very well loved by me. I always buy a big bottle and have a travel size with me at all times. It’s definitely worth the money and one of those products I find really hard to replace. I’ll give it 5 out of 5* as I haven’t found a setting spray that works better than this one for me and my skin.
That's it for today. I hope that my post will help some of you in making a decision between going for an affordable versus more pricey option. I would gladly find a cheaper dupe for UD Setting Spray as believe me, I don't really like spending so much money on the mist but I am yet to find something even comparable to it. If you have any in mind that you'd like to recommend please let me know :) What do you think ladies? Do you use setting sprays, if so what brands and what makes you choose that particular one? Sound off in the comments below.
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