Product Series: Setting and Finishing Sprays

by Sarah

Aaaahh! Product Series! It’s been a long yet rewarding journey to have decoded and dissected almost every makeup product known to man/womankind; and I’m proud and a little bit sad that this post is our last one in the series.

We started with primers and delved into every product imaginable from different textures to new formulas, popular brands to hidden gems. We now seal it all up with Setting and Finishing Sprays!

Makeup Setting and Finishing Sprays

Setting and Finishing sprays are basically the last step in makeup application. In a nutshell, they’re used to “bring everything together”. On this post, we’ll cover the major differences between setting and fixing sprays and list some of the favorite brands in the process.

Additional reading: Check out my detailed post of the difference between Urban Decay Setting Spray and MAC Fix+ here


Setting Sprays, as the name suggests, help set and lock in all the previously applied makeup products into place. They extend the longevity and wear of makeup products on the skin and create an invisible seal – so to speak.

These days, setting sprays come in many different finishes. Depending on your skin type, you can find setting sprays which provide dewy or matte finish.

Setting sprays are particularly helpful for dry or mature skin. Setting the makeup with powder can further dry out the skin or enhance fine lines, so using a setting spray instead is a great way to lock in the makeup without compromising the finish.

They also work really well during hot summer months (for all skin types) where you might prefer to keep your makeup light and fresh but still want it to stay put.

When shopping for setting sprays, make sure the word “setting” is specified in the name or description of the product

Depending on your needs, below are trusted favorites when it comes to setting sprays:

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Urban Decay / Makeup Forever / Kat Von D / Cover FX / Too Faced / Glamglow / Cinema SecretsKate Somerville / NYX



Finishing Sprays help “bind” the makeup together, not necessarily set it. In other words, they don’t seal and extend the wear of your makeup like setting sprays do.

Often, by the time we apply our powder, contour, bronzer, blush and highlighter, we end up with a fairly matte and chalky finish. It takes some time and wear for the natural oils of the skin to bind and help these product settle into place (to have that more natural, lived-in finish). Finishing sprays get you to the end result in an instant.

They usually contain water and essential oils to melt and bind all powder products so everything looks uniform and blended together. They can also be marketed as mists, hydrating toners, essences or plain old Evian mineral water in an aerosol can. These sprays usually provide a dewy/glowy finish.

If you have oily skin, be mindful of the ingredients and choose products which have a higher water-based ratio  – versus those with essential oils which would be more beneficial for dry/mature skin types

In terms of popularity and functionality, below brands continue to hold their spot in the top picks:

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Mac Fix+ / Caudalie Beauty Elixir / Tatcha / Josie Maran / Tata Harper / Laura Mercier / Clinique / Evian / Pixi

And that my beauties, wraps up our Product Series. I had so much fun creating these posts and I hope the tips and tricks, as well as product information and recommendations helped you along the way.

I’ll do a separate post soon to collate all the posts within these series so you can bookmark it for easy access. Until then, feel free to browse through the Product Series tab

Let me know if you enjoyed this series! What was your favorite category and Did you discover any new products?

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Jin March 29, 2019 - 3:54 pm

I have combination (more of dry skin) skin and work indoors that is pretty dry. Could I use both the finishing spray(Fix+) AND the setting spray? So my routine would be, foundation – concealer – translucent powder – blush/highlighters – eye – Fix+ – All Nights/HangoverRX?
I first read your post explaining Fix+ and All Nighter and wanted to read more! Thank you so much for these amazing posts!

Sarah March 30, 2019 - 3:02 am

Hi Jin, yes you could definitely use both sprays in the order you mentioned.
Another option is to prep your skin before makeup – either with your daily moisturizer or a hydrating primer (especially on the dry areas of your skin).
This will help lock the moisture in before you apply your makeup products on top.
If you do this prep before makeup, then you can skip Fix+ and go straight to your setting sprays.
Hope that helps :)

Jin March 31, 2019 - 10:41 pm

Thank you for the reply! :)

Sam July 17, 2017 - 5:30 am

Thanks for the great series and informative posts. I love finding out about new products and how to use them

Lana July 13, 2017 - 1:21 pm

I’m obsessed with lipsticks so lips was my favourite product series post. I use the UD All Nighter setting spray and I have Fix+ and Caudalie elixir. Great products!

Sarah July 14, 2017 - 4:10 am

Sounds like we have similar favorites Lana :)

Amy July 13, 2017 - 5:02 am

I loved product series. Thank you for putting so much effort into all your posts just to help others. I never regretted any of my purchases from your recommendations. Looking forward to new posts :)

Sarah July 14, 2017 - 4:11 am

Thank you Amy! Looking forward to creating more posts :)

Carolina July 12, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Great post! Really enjoyed reading!

Sarah July 14, 2017 - 4:11 am

Thanks Carolina :)

Belinda July 12, 2017 - 5:37 pm

I already have the tab bookmarked and I read back on the posts especially if I’m looking to buy new products. It’s become like a makeup product bible. Thanks for sharing it all with us! xx

Sarah July 14, 2017 - 4:12 am

I love hearing that Belinda! thank you so much :)

Jackie July 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Hi Sarah! I really enjoyed the product series. I love makeup and I learnt so much from your posts. I especially loved your eyeshadow post cos it helped me get onto Colourpop super shock shadows and they’re now my favorites. Thank you for such amazing info! :)

Sarah July 14, 2017 - 4:12 am

My pleasure Jackie :) Colourpop super shock shadows are my favourites too.


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