Clarice Metzger
April 25, 2018 12:31 pm
Anna Buckley / HelloGiggles / Cover FX / Urban Outfitters

Have you been hearing a lot about facial mists and setting sprays? (And secretly wondering who in the HELL is this man Mario Badescu?!) How could you not? Setting sprays and facial mists are not new to the market by any means, but lately, it seems like we’ve been seeing new formulas and products popping up.

Everyone from celebrities to beauty editors have raved about the wondrous benefits of facial mists and the magical powers of setting sprays. Looking to add a face spray to your makeup routine but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further, because we’re breaking it down for you.

Before we jump into anything, these are the different types of face sprays:

First, know that your confusion is valid. There are a couple of different facial sprays on the market, including facial mists and setting sprays. Jasmine Serna, Wet n Wild’s Assistant Product Development Manager, tells HelloGiggles, “Setting sprays and facial mists are different, although some products claim to do both.” She adds, “Facial mists focus on skin care with hydrating ingredients for the skin, while setting sprays focus on sealing and prolonging makeup wear.”

So when should you use a setting spray?

Are you tired of your face melting off halfway through the day or do you feel like your makeup just doesn’t last? Then it’s time to incorporate a setting spray into your beauty routine. “Setting sprays focus on keeping your makeup in place. Some may have hydrating ingredients as well, but it primarily contains cosmetic ingredients that keep makeup products in place,” Serna tells HelloGiggles. Spray it all over your face after applying your makeup. It helps to keep your makeup together, while you go from your desk to drinks.

Why use facial sprays?

Warning: after one use, you might be hooked. You can use facial mists first thing in the morning — before and/or after applying your makeup. Spritz it throughout the day when you need a pick-me-up or right before bed. Unlike a moisturizer, facial mists won’t mess up your makeup during the day, but it can leave your skin feeling just as hydrated. “Facial mists usually focus on skin care with hydrating ingredients — sometimes calming or pore-minimizing ingredients — because the main ingredient is water,” Serna explains. “Facial mists are more moisturizing and are meant to be applied after skin care for a boost of hydration or to refresh makeup.”

To help you find the right setting spray and facial mist, we rounded up our favorite products.

Here are 8 setting sprays you’ll want to incorporate into your makeup routine.

1Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $32


This lightweight setting spray will give your makeup some serious staying power. Desk to drinks? Covered.

2Wet n Wild Photofocus Natural Finish Setting Spray, $4.99


Perfect for those on a budget, Wet n Wild’s setting spray uses aloe vera to ensure your skin stays smooth while keeping your makeup in place.

3Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray, $31


The Cover FX setting spray not only sets and secures your makeup for all-day wear, but it also reduces shine and minimizes the look of pores. Perfect for those with oily skin.

4Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Setting Spray, $30


Serious sweaters are no match for Make Up For Ever’s formula, which boasts a 12-hour staying power.

5NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, $5.99


A favorite amongst drugstore setting sprays, NYX’s product is humidity- and sweat-proof. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s kind to your wallet.

6MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, $26


Packed with vitamins and minerals, MAC’s Prep + Prime spray gently soothes and refreshes the skin while setting your makeup to finish off your look.

7e.l.f. Illuminating Mist & Set Matte Magic, $4


The bottle may be small but for $4, we’ll take it. e.l.f’s Illuminating Mist & Set is perfect for that subtle, dewy finish and it literally lasts all day.

8L’Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $13.79


This undetectable, ultra-fine setting spray sets makeup perfectly to last all day.

Here are 8 facial mists that are total crowd pleasers:

1Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7

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Mario Badescu’s facial spray is a refreshing, hydrating mist, and you can use it any time. The fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater make for a pleasant pick-me-up for dehydrated, tight, and uncomfortable skin.

2Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist and Setting Spray, $44


A hydrating essence face mist that not only tones the skin and restores radiance, but it also freshens your makeup and acts as a setting spray. It’s a win-win.

3Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, $38


This moisture mist provides a boost of hydration, prepping the skin for serums and moisturizers.

4Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, $25


This gentle face mist is a rose petal-infused hydrator. It refreshes and revives your skin (and your senses).

5Evian Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray, $12.50


Now you can do more than drink Evian, you can spray it on your face, too. Evian’s facial spray is complete with a neutral pH making it perfect for hydration, toning, and refreshing skin throughout the day.

6Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist, $32


Made with plant-based ingredients and formulated with antioxidant-rich rose, hydrating coconut water, and anti-inflammatory witch hazel, Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water is the perfect pick-me-up.

7First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Vital Greens Face Mist, $18


Now you can get your serving of greens — for your face! This face mist is packed with superfood anti-inflammatory ingredients, including kale, spinach, and aloe leaf juice.

8Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist, $15


Wake up your face with a quick spritz of this mist. It’s complete with oil-balancing grapefruit peel oil and soothing orange blossom.