Just when you thought you had enough makeup, the internet told you that you needed one more thing – a setting spray!
Think of setting spray as the topcoat for your makeup. For those of you that don’t know what setting spray is used for – makeup setting spray is used to help minimize your makeup from fading, creasing, rubbing or wearing away. There are different types for different skin types and needs – you get some to moisturize your skin, some to prevent your makeup from moving and some to leave you with a dewy look.
I personally have never bothered too much with a setting spray. I felt that I already put so much effort into my daily routine – toning, primer, foundation, concealer, baking, powder, blush, contour, highlight, eyebrows AND now you still want me to spray a mist on my face as a final step?! Goodness me, if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em!
The very first setting spray that I ever used was the Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray. They launched it with their new product release earlier this year and comes with a very generous price tag (R57.95) compared to other leading brands on the market. Just off the bat – I had my doubts about setting spray like “does it really work” and “is it worth the money” and I’d say to an extent yes and no.
I was at a party last weekend and made sure that I applied the setting spray before I left so that I could put it to the test. Well, we pulled an all-nighter and let’s just say that my makeup was still in place at 6am the next morning. (No I didn’t go to sleep with my makeup on. Yes, we stayed up till 6am. Yes I hated myself for it).
I’d really like to test the Essence fixing spray when it’s a bit hotter and my face is more prone to sweating. Currently it’s winter in South Africa so I’ll need to wait a few more months to see whether this product can withstand a melting face. Also this is non-sticky and fragrance free! The only (current) downside to this product is that the bottle is small-ish so I think it might run out quickly as its only available in a 50ml bottle.