Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist ($39.00 for 3.80 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “24-hour” setting spray that hydrates the skin and locks makeup in so it “looks fresh all day long.” (I kid you not, the copy said “formulated with freeze-frame technology.”) There’s a part of me that often feels like setting spray is a little like Emperor’s New Clothes, where I think it’s doing something but maybe it’s doing nothing at all. (For the record, setting sprays I do like and find effective are: Clarins Fix’n Spray, Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray, Urban Decay All Nighter.) There are some that are more effective than others, but I find a lot of them feel nice going on and can help take down powderiness but don’t actually extend the wear of my makeup at all. This was one of the latter ones. I thought it would have performed better, as I am a fan of the brand’s Face Primer (also coconutty).
Unfortunately, the Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist just did not seem to improve the wear of my makeup, and there were a few instances where it seemed to cause faster breakdown of foundation along my chin and jawline. The best thing it did was give my skin a dewier finish, and it could have well been hydrating, too, but my skin did not seem to need any additional moisture (there were no signs of dryness, so it was hard to determine if it was actually hydrating my skin, but it certainly did not dry it out!).
It dried down fast enough that it did not cause any runniness of my makeup, though I tried to keep it off of my eye area. The setting spray did not feel sticky on my face, and it did have a sweet, coconutty scent that was strongest as it was sprayed but lingered for a half hour to an hour after. The brand recommended two sprays, though from their bottle (and nozzle), even when I was able to get a good misting out if it, I felt like it sprayed in a fan and did not get enough coverage with just two sprays (more like four).
The packaging was also flawed; the nozzle is incredibly inconsistent, and despite following directions to fully press down on the nozzle to spray, I often wound up with it spitting onto my face in clumps rather than anything resembling a mist. I have three of these (I purchased one, two were press samples), and all three had this issue. I took the one I purchased and put it into another bottle, which was more reliable, as when the nozzle failed, it often ruined the makeup I was wearing (imagine rubbing splotches of thin lotion over all of your base products!). I was better able to test the efficacy of the setting spray in the other bottle, since it sprayed on more evenly.