Who knew that this setting spray, Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, would change my life? First of all, I didn’t know what a “setting spray” was. I thought that was something related to hairspray for women in the 1950s. 😀 Secondly, when I say that it is “life-changing,” I mean in a beauty product/time-saving way, not in a way that can solve world hunger or make me drop everything and become a yoga instructor.
Setting Spray Definition:
- A mist that is used after your makeup is applied.
- Keeps your makeup looking fresh for a long time–or at least, it should.
- Hydrates and gives you a glow.
- Helps fight any oiliness in your skin, which can obliterate any trace of your makeup.
How to use Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix:
- Put on all of your makeup as usual, meaning foundation, powder, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick, the works.
- Close your eyes. Then spray it about 12 inches (30 cm for my non-US readers) away from your face and walk your face into it. You can spray it more than once and get certain areas where you may want more hydration.
Why I’m obsessed with Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix:
- No eye makeup touchups needed all day! Good, because I’m lazy and don’t want to carry makeup around with me.
- So easy to use–unlike separate primers for just eyes or just your face, you just spray it once at the end for everything and run!
- The mist is fine enough to not leave huge droplets on your face, like some others I’ve used.
- I have problems keeping eye makeup on my greasy eyelids, like eye shadow and eye liner. Eye makeup on me usually ends up looking like a greasy mess. Eww. Mist and Fix has worked a million times better than the other popular eyeshadow primer I mention below. It’s incredible how my eye shadow is still visible and the liner hasn’t been affected by my oily eyelids–after at least 12 hours!
- Since I have mostly dry skin, by the end of the day, I used to see my skin looking flaky and any concealer or foundation is long gone. When I use Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix, my face looks hydrated and my foundation is still there!
- Don’t be shy about spraying it on your face. To be exact, spray and walk into the mist. I think there is a point where you can over-spray, but I usually am good with 2-3. I do more because I like the hydration.
- Keep the small bottle! I bought the smaller Mist & Fix travel size (1.01 ounces), pictured above, to try it out. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with it, and I bought the larger size in 4.22 ounces to refill the smaller one for traveling.
- If you are concerned about looking too oily, this does give you a dewy look. Dewy is a good thing. Shiny isn’t.
Side Note: But what about all the other setting sprays and primers, you ask? Primers are applied BEFORE you put on makeup, creating a smoother, longer-lasting base for your makeup.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is one of the most popular and commonly-recommended eye shadow primers. It’s pretty good and does keep your eye shadow on longer if you remember to use it before you apply eye shadow and liner (which I don’t always do). But–as much as I like it, it doesn’t last as long as simply using Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix.
Another popular primer for the face is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, which is also applied before your foundation. It’s good at creating a smooth base for foundation, definitely. But it doesn’t seem to make foundation last as noticeably as Mist and Fix does.
Another setting spray, to be used after applying makeup, Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, sadly didn’t measure up either. I got a sample from Sephora and was excited to try it because I love that brand. Although it may be hydrating, the mist wasn’t as fine and didn’t give me the same long-lasting effects either.