I have been using the e.l.f. setting spray for a long time now before deciding that I wanted something a bit better. Before my trip to Dubai I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a makeup setting spray that would hold up in the desert and keep my foundation from sliding off my face. What better way to test a makeup setting spray than in extremely warm weather.
I purchased this setting spray from Sephora for $30 + tax. I actually narrowed my choices down between this Urban Decay spray and the MAC setting spray and based on consumer reviews I purchased this one.
I do like that the spray comes out in small amounts of mist and that it smells okay, a bit similar to hairspray. When I first apply it, my face feels a tad stiff but that feeling wears off quickly as the spray dries.
My face does not feel sticky while I wear this product and it doesn't cause my face to look oily or sweaty. The formula is oil free, paraben free and boasts temperature control technology. It also does not irritate my skin which can be quite sensitive.
I wore this setting spray all day, while I made the 14 hour plane trip to Dubai, while I was riding camels in the desert and swimming at resorts. After all of that I did notice that the spray held up rather well. It didn't keep everything in place all day, but it did allow my foundation to last longer than it would have had I not used this product.
I did notice that if I sprayed too much the droplets of product left little round marks on my skin which I then had to go back and correct with makeup.
This setting spray is great for going out in the evening when you need your makeup to last and stay fresher looking longer and for use during special events. In cooler temperatures and in less humid conditions this setting spray makes my makeup look freshly applied all day.
Do I think this setting spray is worth the price? Well that really depends on how you use it and what you need it for. I expected excellent results and I got good results. The spray is suppose to last 16 hours but I would estimate that it lasted around 6 hours in humid weather and after that my makeup didn't look as fresh as when I first applied it. In less extreme temperatures it holds up a lot longer.
Is the All Nighter better than the $3 e.l.f. setting spray? Yes but not by leaps and bounds. It is better in that it makes my makeup look fresher for longer but it isn't extremely more advanced considering the price difference between the two. It does smell better than the e.l.f setting spray however but for everyday summer use the e.l.f. spray works just fine.