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ELF Cosmetics Makeup Mist And Set Review

It's been a week since my last post. Had so many things going on, appointments, meetings and things that I needed to do…. I would honestly be so exhausted in the evenings. I tried writing before bed because it was the only free time I had, but my eyes would not stay open! taps chin whilst wondering when the next holiday will start. Then I got the flu wipes tear and everything was just all over the place. I'm slowly trying to settle into a new rountine. Anyways, enough babbling, let's get into today's review!

As we all know, there are not many drugstore setting sprays that actually works at prolonging the wear of your makeup. I know of 8 different drugstore setting sprays, and whilst some of them work as hydrating/refreshing sprays, the rest are just complete duds (to me at least). The Kiki Beauty Rose Dew Setting Spray is not bad at all, but it's not necessarily from the drugstore. If you're in my boat and still on the hunt for a good drugstore makeup setting spray, then keep on reading to see if the ELF Cosmetics Makeup Mist And Set is the one you've been looking for.

Product Description:

Wish you could have a product for your makeup like Hairspray is for your hair? Well…keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold with our new Makeup Mist & Set. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E. The lightweight, comfortable and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.


Water (Aqua), AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

The packaging is uninteresting. It comes in a (thin) plastic bottle with spray nozzle. It scratches quite easily but because it is black that's not really a big deal. I think if the bottle were round instead of square it would've looked a tad better. It doesn't feel sturdy but it is functional. I really expected the bottle to be bigger as it is rather small. It contains 2.02oz (60ml) of product.

I have to mention though, that the new packaging has a small description of some of the ingredients in the centre of the bottle. The bottle I have is the older one without said description. It's still exactly the same thing though, so don't fret.

My Thoughts:

Often the first thing I notice when using a setting spray is the scent. This one claims to be fragrance free but it has a very chemical-like scent. It gave me a bit of a headache but luckily the scent fades away completely. The nozzle was a bit of a dud to me – it sprays out droplets onto your face, instead of a fine mist. Some people might not mind, but I feel like the huge droplets just wastes unnecessary product and ruins your makeup in the process. What I did to mend the nozzle dilemma was clean my empty Woolworths setting spray bottle and decanted the ELF setting spray into it. The Woolworths setting spray nozzle gives off a much finer, mistier, even application. I keep the bottle 8-10 inches away from my face. Keeping my eyes closed I then sprayed the product twice – once on the left side of my face and once on the right. I know you're thinking "what about the middle of your face, Aisha?" and well, the amount I use does sort of cover the middle of my face so I feel it enough product for me personally. My friend on the other hand goes to town on setting sprays, using about 5 spritz on her face. If that's you, it's completely fine. Just remember the ELF Mist And Set does not contain a lot of product so you will definitely run out much sooner.

I don't find this particular spray to be dewy or mattifying, instead it just sets my makeup and helps it last a bit longer. It feels tacky/sticky after the first 10 minutes of application, but that just tells me it's working at "holding" my makeup in place. The tackiness did fade after less than 15 minutes and my skin wasn't left feeling tight/like it had a film over it. It also helps "melt" powder products into the skin preventing cakiness and giving more of a natural finish.

Now, did this product really help prolong my makeup? Yes, yes it did! starts slow clap I was really surprised as I didn't think this product would work very well. I had to jot that down quickly once I tried it because it's actually such a good product. Of course, it's not as great as Fix+ but at a quarter of the price, it really isn't a bad alternative. It prolonged my makeup by 3.5 hours and that's the longest I've gotten out of a drugstore setting spray (thus far). Granted, it's Winter where I am (South Africa) but there have been a few warmer days. On said warmer days, this product prolonged my makeup by 2 hours, which again is not bad at all. I will test it some more during the super hot Summer days and update this post. I'm excited to see how it will fare during those hot days where you feel your makeup is literally melting off your face. Let's face it, we've all experienced at least one of those days! chuckles

I've seen about a hand full of pintrest images claiming this product is a dupe for the Mac Fix+. I tested them both and are they really dupes? No. They do contain similar ingredients, though they aren't identical. Fix+ is currently my favorite, but the ELF Mist And Set is comimg in at a close second. I just hope ELF makes a 100ml bottle as well as a better nozzle.

If you are someone who's never bothered with setting sprays you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, think of it as a hair spray for you face. I don't think anyone wants their makeup melting off by lunch during the day, right? Enter setting spray. It will help "seal/hold" your makeup in place, keeping it from sliding/slipping off during the day. It also really helps to make eyeshadow more intense. Just apply some shadow to your brush and give it a spritz, apply it to the eye and watch your eyeshadows "pop" in no time. If you love "baking" your face, or you use mineral powder foundation or even regular powder foundation but the cakiness puts you off, a setting spray will definitely help the powders "melt/merge" into the skin much better, thus giving you more of a flawless application.

ELF Cosmetics is cruelty free, which I love! I'm slowly switching over to only cruelty free products.

You can purchase this setting spray from Accessories By Bwalya on Instagram. It retails for R130 each and there are 3 variants available. I'm not sure which ones she has in stock currently, but you can contact her to find out or to place an order.

Have you guys checked out my previous ELF Cosmetic product reviews? I will link them below so you can give them a read. So far, I'm really impressed by this brand and I really, really hope ELF Cosmetics will consider bringing their brand to South African shores.

ELF Cosmetics Baked Highlighter Review
ELF Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette Review
ELF Cosmetics High Definition Undereye Setting Powder Review

I hope you all have a wonderful, productive week! Be kind. Always.

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge but that in no way influenced my opinion on the product. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


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