Get your makeup to last all day with our pick of the best setting sprays which also moisturise, tone and nourish your skin
Painting your face takes real effort; I too enjoy slaving over my features with a fluffy brush as often as I can. But living in Singapore’s horrendous heat can quickly turn your makeup game from 100 to 0 real quick. The cure? Aside from a good primer, you’ll need a fab setting spray. Think of it as hairspray for your face, but better. We pick the best setting sprays which not only lock in your makeup, but also hydrate and boost skin health.
Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Mist
It gives us great pride each time we bring up Allies of Skin – the skincare brand was the first in the Singapore market to be stocked at Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter. Its supercharged formulas are highly raved about by both beauty editors and makeup artists from all over the world – take the Molecular Saviour Mist for example. The secret ingredient is its anti-evaporation molecule, which allows the product to cling to skin cells. Each spritz delivers a potent dose of calming antibacterials and nutrients like Silk Amino Acids and Cucumber Seed oil that work tirelessly to refine pores and leave skin glowing.
$49, from Allies of Skin online, Sephora and Zalora
NYX Professional Makeup Make Up Setting Spray – Matte
For an affordable setting spray which keeps your face matte all day (so important in Singapore’s heat), you can’t go wrong with NYX. Lightweight and comfortable, it gives skin a shine-free finish. Users recommend spraying it on your brush, then dipping it in your foundation for a matte finish.
$14, from Sephora and NYX standalone stores
Creme Simon Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist
Add this multi-use mist into your bag of essentials ASAP. Not only does it work as a toner and a quick moisture boost, it also sets makeup to give skin a dewy finish – great if your foundation’s looking a little chalky. We also love its all-natural ingredients list, and the signature Creme Simon scent thanks to the brand’s infusion of the 1860 Signature Activ-Fleur Complex: a top-secret botanical combination of 11 pure flowers and plants.
$59, from Creme Simon’s boutique at OUE Downtown
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray
This primer and setting spray does exactly what it promises – it primes, locks in and refreshes makeup, all while keeping your skin hydrated. A mist version of the brand’s bestselling Hangover Primer, it features coconut water as the main ingredient, so expect this to seal and hydrate your skin.
Price and availability in Sephora to be confirmed
Supergoop Defence Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF50
Shaking up the sunscreen scene in Singapore is Supergoop: the world’s first and only beauty brand which is entirely dedicated to sun protection. If you’re guilty of not touching up your skin with sunscreen regularly over the the course of the day, this mist is the real deal. Its lightweight formula contains SPF50 so you can refresh your makeup throughout the day with zero smudging, offers a matte finish and soothes inflammations.
CoverFx Mattifying Setting Spray
Got problem pores? I feel you. This setting spray by CoverFX sets and secures makeup for a long day of wear. Made without alcohol, it gives instant mattification while minimising the look of pores. Note that it’s best recommended for normal to oily skin types.
USD31 from Sephora US, Availability in Sephora Singapore to be confirmed
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Spray
Keep your makeup looking fresh all day with Urban Decay’s much-loved All Nighter Spray. The lightweight mist is a winner in Singapore’s weather; formulated with Temperature Control Technology, it lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it in place regardless of the surrounding heat, and keeps it from melting, fading, cracking or setting into fine lines.
$48, Available from Urban Decay standalone stores and Sephora
Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist
Kat Von D’s rendition of a setting spray promises to go above and beyond the usual staying power of these products – it seals in makeup for up to 24 hours. Great for all skin types, the mist features a Soft Mist System, which uses an environmentally-friendly, non-aerosol dispenser, while showering your face with a luxurious, continuous spray with each spritz.
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