The 10 Best Setting Sprays of 2022

Veronica Hope
Jan 13, 2022

Makeup setting spray extends the durability of your makeup, and also plays a role in moisturizing and oil control. It relieves dryness and replenishes moisture without creasing or fading, to deliver a seamless and perfect finish all day long while reducing dry lines, which is the last step in makeup. The setting spray is easy to use, suitable for fast-paced urban life. New York makeup artist Tommy advocates the use of a zigzag spray, to keep the face moisturized and prolong the makeup effect.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like SKINDINAVIA, Urban Decay, Cover FX, Kat Von D and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, and most of them are the winners of multiple beauty awards. So to find your pick, check out the list of best setting sprays we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. Skindinavia
  • 3. Cover FX
  • 4. Kat Von D
  • 6. M·A·C
  • 7. Glamglow
  • 8. Smashbox
  • 9. NYX
  • 10. Milani


SKINDINAVIA is a makeup brand founded in 2004 in Massachusetts, USA. As a pioneer in setting makeup industry, Skindinavia earned a good reputation, and also is the OEM manufacturer of Urban Decay. Skindinavia makeup setting spray is the best choice to keep makeup flawless all day. Unlike other regular setting sprays, it can form a film on the face to achieve an extremely long-lasting makeup finish.

Skindinavia released three types setting spray: ORIGNAL FORMULA, OIL CONTROL, BRIDAL. The ORIGNAL FORMULA works for all skin types. It is suitable for people who pursue a long-lasting finish without extra needs. The OIL CONTROL is designed for people with oily skin, which leaves a matte finish due to its extraordinary oil-absorbing ability. It keeps your makeup cool and shine-free while absorbing excess oil without stripping. The waterproof and sweat-proof BRIDAL offers the best staying power among them, which helps keep makeup in place all day. However, you may feel tight after applying the BRIDAL, and the ORIGNAL FORMULA is suitable for daily use.

With a simple black appearance, this anti-budge fine mist spray forms a film quickly without sticky. It should be noted that you should 10 to 12 inches away from face due to its sprayer design. However, it has a smell of alcohol that will dissipate soon.

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URBAN DECAY is an American brand founded by Wende Zomnir in 1996, and was acquired by L'Oréal Group in 2012. The Naked eyeshadow palette series set a record of selling one palette every 7 seconds. With bold and fashionable colors and distinctive styles, URBAN DECAY features on creative makeup.

As one of the first brands that launched setting makeup products, Urban Decay and Skindinavia had released some acclaimed products jointly. Urban Decay setting spray are divided into four series according to skin types, namely Chill, All Nighter, De-Slick, and b6. The All Nighter is the classic one under Urban Decay with the best staying power. The oil-free and preservative-free setting spray works for all skin types. It contains a film former and alcohol which leaves a refreshing skin feeling with a fine mist. The All Nighter helps keep a natural look for a long time, which is suitable for people use in daily life and outsides. The Pollution Protection is the upgraded version of the All Nighter. And the official promises that this setting spray is designed for those works outside, which creates an imperceptible shield between your skin and the polluted air to prevent skin oxidation. The Chill is suitable for people with dry skin. It features soothing and moisturizing effect, and leaves a refreshing and plush skin feeling. Although it has a weaker staying power compared with All Nighter, it helps achieve a natural and dewy finish with glow. The Chill is suitable for use in the dry season. With a good staying power, the refreshing, oil-absorbing De-Slick targets people with oily skin who are easy to melt down.

URBAN DECAY setting sprays produced by Skindinavia are always compared with the Skindinavia’s. With a well-designed package, URBAN DECAY setting spray has a purple and black bottle and a leak-proof cap. Moreover, the sprayer helps deliver a micro-fine mist that goes on so light. And the smell of URBAN DECAY setting spray is similar to Skindinavia’s.

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Cover FX

Cover FX is a Canadian beauty brand famous for its customized products. With rich shades, you can create an ideal foundation for yourself. And Cover FX also been praised as “the Master of Foundation”. Setting Spray is the hero product under Cover FX. As a standout setting spray, it not only offers an extraordinary staying power, but also has a designed sprayer. Although the weightless setting spray has a slightly weaker staying power compared with UD and Skindinavia, it brings a satisfying use feeling.

Cover FX launched four types setting spray, among them, the Illuminating Setting Spray and MATTIFYING Setting Spray are most standout. The Illuminating Setting Spray is the first series released by Cover FX. The ultra-fine mist application delivers an even, luminous finish and it can be applied both before makeup and setting makeup. You should shake well before applying due to the shimmering particles, and then it may leave a luminous finish without stripping. The alcohol-free and fragrance-free setting powder is suitable for people with sensitive skin. And people with dry skin or who pursue a glossy finish are worth considering.

The MATTIFYING Setting Spray, with an extraordinary oil-absorbing ability, is specially designed for oily skin. No matter what kind of foundation you applied before, it helps create an invisible and lightweight shield over skin to achieve a matte finish immediately. You can also mix it with foundation to create a natural look without shine. Although the sprayer of MATTIFYING Setting Spray is not as good as the Illuminating Setting Spray, it also is an excellent product.

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Kat Von D

Kat Von D is a makeup brand named after its founder a Mexican tattoo artist, which has a mysterious and beautiful Gothic style. In 2018, a netizen shared a message on Twitter that Kat Von D Tattoo Liner hadn’t faded even in a car accident, so it went viral overnight. The hero products lip glaze and eyeliner are famous for their extraordinary staying power.

The official promises that the refined Lock-It Make Setting Mist can help keep makeup finish for 24 hours with a moisturizing ability. Although it can not last 24 hours actually, it offers a better staying power compared with other competitors. With a slightly waterproof ability, the Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist can effectively control oil, leaving a refreshing and seamless makeup finish. It works for most skin types, and specially suitable for people with oily skin to achieve a long-lasting finish. With a fashionable appearance, the refreshing, weightless micro-mist spray will leave your makeup looking vibrant and fresh, without feeling sticky. However, Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist contains alcohol and mineral oil, which may cause acne and allergy. So people with acne-prone and sensitive skin should choice it with caution.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER is a professional makeup brand founded by Ms. Dany Sanz in Paris in 1984. In 1999, MAKE UP FOR EVER became a member of LVMH group. MAKE UP FOR EVER is synonymous with fashionable cosmetic, which is favored by professional models and makeup artists.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMist & Fix Setting Spray integrates moisturizing, makeup setting, and hydrating into one. As one of the best-sellers from MAKE UP FOR EVER, the all-round Mist & Fix Setting Spray is suitable for makeup beginners. MAKE UP FOR EVER helps achieve a glossy finish when applying before makeup, while creating an invisible shield over skin as a setting product to resist sweat. Although the staying power of the Mist & Fix Setting Spray is not as good as UD and Skindinavia’s, it can keep hydrated without melt down. It is suitable for people with dry skin to leave a natural makeup look. People with dry skin can apply it after foundation and then swept a loose powder to achieve a long-lasting finish. Besides, the Mist & Fix Setting Spray helps cover blemishes, leaving a seamless look without creasing. Moreover, the alcohol-free Mist & Fix Setting Spray is suitable for people with sensitive skin.

The drawback of MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix Setting Spray is its sprayer. It doesn’t have that fine mist, but rather like you’re spraying yourself with a water bottle. It is recommended to keep a distance from face when applying or replace a sprayer.

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MAC is a brand co-founded by professional makeup artist, photographer Frank Toskan, and Frank Angelo who runs a chain of hair salons in Toronto in 1985. MAC was acquired by Estee Lauder Group in 1998. M·A·C always surprise people for its avant-garde style and bold colors.

The classic MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ has been highly praised by consumers, and you can use it all year round. The Prep + Prime Fix+ integrates moisturizing, makeup setting, and hydrating into one, which can be applied before makeup and setting makeup. The Prep + Prime Fix+ doesn’t contain a film former, and it adopts water, moisturizers, and emulgators to blend well with cosmetics, leaving a natural makeup look. It is more suitable for people with dry skin compared with oily skin due to its weak setting effect. It is not recommended for people with oily and combination skin to use it in summer.

Many internet-famous makeup influencers always apply Prep + Prime Fix+ as a primer, damped brushes, or touching up to achieve a natural makeup finish. It doesn’t have that fine mist, but rather like you’re spraying yourself with a water bottle. You’d better keep a certain distance from face due to its sprayer. With various satisfying fragrances, there are many types for options. Moreover, it also offers a fragrance-free type.

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GLAMGLOW was founded by Glenn Dellimore and Shannon Dellimore in 2010. Initially, GLAMGLOW launched facial masks for Hollywood superstars and professionals who pursue a flawless and natural look before being photographed. In 2015, it was acquired by the Estée Lauder Group and then launched a series of skin care and beauty products.

GlowSetter is the first setting spray type launched by GLAMGLOW, which leaves a natural and long-lasting makeup finish with glow. With a designed sprayer, GlowSetter delivers fine and continuous spray to the whole face without damped the hair and clothes. GlowSetter has a satisfying sweet aroma. People with dry skin can use it in daily life in autumn and winter thanks to its excellent moisturizing ability. However, it is more suitable for people with dry skin due to its oil-absorbing ability. GlowSetter setting spray has a certain staying power and is suitable for use in daily life.

GlowSetter has a cute and girlish package. Although it has a high price, it is worth considering.

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In 1991, the brothers Dean Factor and Davis Factor opened the first photography studio-Smashbox Photo Studios in Los Angeles. Their grandfather Max Factor is a a famed Hollywood makeup artist. In 1996, they released Smashbox makeup named after the photostudio. Smashbox, M.A.C, and Bobbi Brown are the same-level professional beauty brands, and Smashbox's products are "born for the lens."

The classic Photo Finish Primer Water is well-known for its high quality. The alcohol-free and silicon resin-free setting spray not only can be applied before makeup to keep hydrated, but also can be used to set makeup to leave a natural and long-lasting makeup finish. However, with average oil-absorbing power, it is not suitable for people with oily skin.

The Photo Finish Primer Water doesn’t have that fine mist, but rather like you’re spraying yourself with a water bottle. You’d better keep a certain distance from face. It has a plain package and subtle aroma. Smashbox sometimes releases seasonal limited versions for options.

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NYX is an American professional makeup brand founded in 1999. Although it is an open-shelf brand, it produces a wide range of high-quality products with good price. NYX Setting Spray has always been highly praised by consumers and is suitable for makeup beginners.

NYX launched two types setting spray for different skin types and makeup finishes. With a black appearance, the Matte Finish Setting Spray is suitable for people with oily skin to achieve a matte finish. The Dewy-Finish Setting Spray, with a white package, is suitable for people with dry skin. The key formulas of these setting spray are water, alcohol and a film former. People with sensitive skin should choose it with caution due to its high alcoholic content. Besides, infused with Nicotinamide, sodium salicylate and plant extracts, the Dewy-Finish Setting Spray can brighten the complexion and balance oil secretion. However, you shouldn’t expect too much from it due to its little amount. NYX Setting Spray helps keep makeup about 4-5 hours, bringing a plush skin feeling. It is suitable for students thanks to its cost-effective products. However, it has a weak atomization effect and you’d better keep a certain distance from face due to its rough package and sprayer.  

NYX is very suitable for people with low budget. Moreover, NYX is favored by numerous people thanks to its high-quality products and rich shades.

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MILANI is an American cosmetics brand founded in 2001. MILANI has been regarded as a “cheap alternative” of MAC in the United States thanks to its high-quality products.

Milani has two types setting sprayer. The refreshing #03 Make it last leaves a matte finish, which is suitable for people with oily skin use in summer. The # 04 Make it dewy can keep the skin hydrated with glow, which is suitable for people with dry skin use in winter. When it comes to setting makeup effect, Milani is not as good as NYX. Milani is good at melting all makeup together to leave a translucent and seamless makeup look. It doesn’t have that fine mist, but rather like you’re spraying yourself with a water bottle.

Milani Setting Spray has been recommended by numerous famous YouTuber. It has a certain staying power with an affordable price, which is worth considering for makeup beginners.

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