Setting sprays are the tried and true MVP of makeup. Usually, it’s the last step in perfecting the makeup look you just spent an hour or two on. Some people have a particular item that works for them year-round, but what about the people who haven’t found their ride-or-die setting spray yet? With the hot and humid months here, having a humidity-proof setting spray is essential when it comes to finishing off your makeup routine.
Being from the South, I’m no stranger to heat, but it’s hotter than ever right now. (Side eyeing you, global warming). I still want my makeup to look put together and fierce while battling the sweat all over my body and face. And I discovered the secret was a humidity-proof setting spray to lock my look in.
So, I drove my butt over to the local Ulta Beauty and tried a ton of setting sprays. Playing in makeup is always fun, but I was on a mission. I wanted the best of the best that was available to me: I went from section to section trying old, new, expensive, and cheap setting sprays. So many, in fact, that my arms were red from removing them after a while.
I narrowed down my list to seven setting sprays — and I kept in mind quality and price. So, here are some real ride-or-die summer setting sprays to beat the heat.
- NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Vegan Formula
This setting spray ($10) gives a radiant glimmer to the skin instead of that sweaty look I’m trying to avoid.
- Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
This Morphe setting spray ($25) is personally my favorite. It sits lightly on the skin while also holding makeup in place.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray
I could go on and on about this setting spray ($26). She’s glittery, she’s bright, and she locks in makeup with pizzazz.
- Benefit The POREfessional: Super Setter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Benefit is one of my favorite brands, so of course this product ($33) didn’t disappoint. This setting spray locks you in place for minimal movement during the day.
- Too Faced Makeup Insurance Longwear Setting Spray + Blue Light Defense
This spray ($34) surprised me! I saw “blue light” and thought, “This is nonsense.” But, it actually held tight.
- MAC Fix+ Stay Over Alcohol-Free 16HR Setting Spray
I know MAC Fix+ is an oldie, but this spray ($35) still a great product.
- Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Waterproof Makeup Setting Spray
Finally, the Holy Grail of setting sprays ($36): Urban Decay is a classic for a reason!
These are only seven of a million amazing products out there. Even if you don’t see your tried and true on this list, you keep doing you. Let’s try to stay cool this summer, but for the moments we can’t, let’s look set.