NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray is one of two new setting sprays the brand introduced for Spring 2013. These are 2 oz bottles for $8 each.
I’m a little iffy on Setting Sprays as I’m always sorta wary of spritzing a just made up face with what is essentially water combined with some other ingredients. It’s kinda like, wait, hold on a second, I just did my makeup now you want me to mist myself madly with water? Ummm no…!
But actually some do have benefits. Particularly if you’re a mineral girl or you use powder to set. A small amount of setting mist actually will give your makeup a more refined finish and in some cases they really do prolong the wear of makeup.
Does NYX’s version work?
NYX created their setting sprays in two finishes meant for both shiny and dry faces. Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray is obviously the one that would be best suited for those with oily skin. To use simply do your makeup as normal and as the final step in your regime mist onto your face by holding the bottle several inches away from your face.
Now I had two issues with this mist.
1. The 2 oz bottle at $8 is a little costly at a glance.
Taking into account these bottles typically come in a 4 oz size for twice that amount it is actually a good budget pick. Eight dollars seems a lot at first for a mere 2 oz bottle but do the math on either Urban Decay or Skindinavia’s bottles and you’re saving a good deal of money.
2. TOO strong a mist.
Here’s where things got bad…..these should produce a fine mist when spritzed onto face. However, something went terribly wrong with NYX’s mister (bottle) as it delivers a BLAST of mist into your face that does more harm than good. I found it difficult to mist evenly onto my face as it felt like the spritzer was on steady stream rather than a simple mist one. I ended up with too much of the product everywhere and it smudged my mascara, liner, and blush a bit due to that steady stream. I literally had to pat it off with a washcloth.
I find I have to have the bottle VERY far away from my face and follow up with a tissue to pat it into place. I didn’t want to have to do this but in order to test it best I had too.
On the upside it does well mattifying my shine forehead and keeping it matte for a good four to five hours. I have drier skin but my forehead is oily. So long as I pat it into place correctly it won’t mess up my makeup and thus creates a visible barrier between my skin and the open air. You can feel it get a little tighter after application but it’s not an uncomfortable tightness. My eyeshadow and blush weren’t terribly extended with this nor was my BB Cream or foundation.
Overall, the faulty packaging doesn’t make me terribly inclined to recommend it. I’m hoping the other formula has a better bottle/mister. Unfortunately, I felt like I was hosing myself down rather than aiding it to keep anything in place for longer wear.
Really wanted to like this.
It’s available now at Ulta.
Anyone try it?
What sort of results did you get with it?