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When they have a very fine, consistent mist, they are fantastic at softening the look of more powder-based products while helping to lock makeup into place. When the spray is less consistent or not as fine, though, it’s like a camel spitting on your face!

— Christine


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Zizzie Avatar

Christine! You had a camel spit in your face!!! Lucky you! I worked for a whole summer with camels and they never spit, but I DID have a Mama llama spit at me when I got too close to baby. Wonderful visual (I don’t use setting sprays); made my day thanks!

Nancy T Avatar

Christine, I couldn’t have said it any better. Those sprays that disperse all wacky and thick really DO feel like a “camel spit in my face”! That’s something I get with my UD All-Nighter if I forget to keep the nozzle free of buildup.
Which is why I prefer very fine mists, even though they don’t exactly prolong wear-time like UD All-Nighter does.

kjh Avatar

Well, better a camelid than a Komodo Dragon….toxins in the saliva from glands. Frankly, idk where my setting spray is. The one I like is the Catrice glowy one, though it has dreadful ingredients and alcohol.

Andrea Avatar

I’ve only used about 4 my whole life, so my experience’s quite limited but:
– I love those that 1) take away the powdery look from under my eyes 2) make my concealer/corrector last for the day “untouched” 3) make my eyeshadow/blush look better.
– I don’t like those that 1) smell like hair spray 2) spray like a hose and make my makeup run down my face like I was out in the rain 3) make my skin feel icky and “heavy” 4) make my foundation look patchy 5) leave me wondering what on earth they do.

Helena Avatar

I honestly haven’t rigorously experimented enough to see whether the ones I’ve tried make a noticeable difference in wear time…but I can say for sure that I dislike when it gets on my hair and lips. I don’t know how people can spray it all willy-nilly, even while talking; I have to purse my lips in my mouth to keep it from eventually getting on my tongue 🤢 Bonus negative points if it has an obnoxious scent.

Ana Maria Avatar

I don’t like anything about setting sprays. I hate the sensation of being sprayed on my face, no matter how fine is the spray. It might seem odd, just a minor discomfort, but for me spraying my face it’s like some people suffer from tactile defensiveness from touching specific surfaces. 😅 And it’s odd because I don’t mind getting rained on my face or dripping the shower on my face. It’s specifically with setting sprays, thermal waters and other misting things.

Luckily, I never felt the need to use them in my routine.

DVa Avatar

While I’ve ridden a camel, I’ve never had one spit in my face.
I do however buy only setting sprays that have a super fine mist: Glamglow Glowsetter and Glow Recipe Superfine Mist are my two faves. Tatcha is good but not as consistent on the fine spray; and it can spit… plus $$$
I’ve also purchased a Sephora version, which is superfine, also a water spray like Evian, which do the trick.

Althea Avatar

I had a sample bottle of regular Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray for a few months. I use powder foundation. During the hot & humid summer, with constant hot flashes ( that fog up my reading glasses ) decided to try it, and would not do without it now. Firstly it offers a lovely glow, and I was amazed to see makeup looking as fresh as when I applied it 8 hours later. That with constantly dabbing my perspiring face with kleenex.

Samanatha Avatar

Setting sprays for me are like a “necessary” evil, especially if I am wearing makeup for an entire day in humid weather. I totally agree that the type of spray is critical to how useful the product will be – because camel spit is utterly disgusting LOL (good one Christine). I actually keep note of the sprays that I like and will often hold onto the bottle of a good spray (hello Fenty) in order to transfer the contents of another spray into that bottle. There are sprays that I feel like I always have to have on deck because they seem wonderful all year round in all types of weather/climate (This is the Morphe Continuous Spray for me). The worst thing is to invest in an expensive spray just to find out after using it for awhile it is not much better than a more economic one. Although I was in love with the Charlotte Tilbury spray -I after using it for awhile I don’t really see benefits of the $ – except that it sprays good and smells pretty ok. I find that I reach more for the Morphe Continuous Spray because of how much I can count on that one for any unexpected challenges. Unlike searching for the Holy Grail in cancelers, I do find myself not as adventurous when it comes to setting sprays. I can’t remember the last time I tried a new one – maybe it was that Charlotte Tilbury one…

Mrs Keats Avatar

UD setting sprays makes me cough and that is not ok in these COVID times. I have used Catrice, Milani, NYX, Fix+, Fix+ Matte, and Too Faced and nothing seems to make a difference on my super oily mug. Using Dermablend setting powder before and after my base and that helps some but I can’t say much for setting sprays in general, they just don’t help my face.

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