No More Oil! Battle of the Setting Sprays

Let’s jump right into it! No one likes a greasy face, especially after a thorough makeup application. I love creating a flawless masterpiece on my face; and nothing gets me more annoyed than when I start to see those tiny oil spots appearing on my T-zone! I have tried everything from primers to oil-free foundations, but my sebum production just won’t let me be great!

Well, that’s where makeup setting sprays come in! I have tried everything from Milk of Magnesia, to blotting powders which help control my oil buildup; however, none of these products work for long without that crucial last step. Setting sprays lock in your makeup so it appears freshly applied for hours, and helps to control oil production if you have oily to normal skin. Now, although they don’t make me 100% oil-free all day, I have been experimenting with different setting sprays that promise to keep my makeup in tact, while giving me that matte finish. Take a look at my reviews below!

E.L.F. Makeup Mist Setting Spray $3.00

elf setting sprays

Review: I enjoy the price, smell and feel of this spray; however it doesn’t keep my makeup in tact for long. If you want a dewy finish with 1-2 hours of makeup protection, then this is your answer!


LA Girls HD PRO Setting Spray $5.00

la girl setting sprays

Review: I like this spray when I want an inexpensive matte finish. However, it doesn’t stay that way for too long. I find myself having to blot my nose and reapply my powder after 2-3 hours. Can’t beat the price though!


Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray $6.00 – $38.00 (depends on size)

ben nye setting sprays

Review: This spray is the business! I just wish the applicator sprayed more like a mist; rather than a waterfall. It soaks my face with the setting solution, which has to dry before I can really move my face. This spray is made for theater makeup, so it will keep your look ON for hours; but my oils start to seep through after about 4 hours. Not bad though!


Urban Decay (UD) All Nighter Setting Spray $30.00 

ud all nighter setting sprays

Review: The holy grail of many MUAs. This spray does what it says: keeps your makeup in place for ages– I mean hours. However; it doesn’t do much for oily skin in my opinion. I would choose this spray if you don’t mind the $30 price tag, but luckily they have a 1oz version for $14.00!


Overall, my oil won every time. However that’s just my opinion and the reviews are based on how these products worked for me. I will be trying out the NYX Matte Finish Spray and the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray next! I am on a hunt to find the best setting spray out there that keeps my makeup from slipping off, and helps to control my oily spots that seem to appear after an hour or so.

What are some setting sprays you love to use? Please share!

Stay beautiful!

Sana Akibu


Sana Akibu is a beauty enthusiast residing in New York City. She loves all things natural skincare, and currently operates her own skincare line; Natural Thrive Products. She can be found in her kitchen whipping up body butters for clients, or at her local Sephora testing out the latest and greatest in makeup. Find her on IG: @Sanakibz