The 8 Best Drugstore Makeup Setting Sprays to Buy in 2019

Updated 05/13/19
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After creating beautiful makeup looks, the last thing you want is your foundation disappearing mid day, or your smoky eye to become a splotchy eye a few hours into the party. Enter setting sprays: one of the most widely used beauty products by professional makeup artists that keep makeup from smudging and creasing. Check out our picks for the top drugstore makeup setting sprays and keep your makeup fresh all day (and night!) long.

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Best Overall: e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist + Set Spray


 This pick from e.l.f. is one of the most affordable setting spray must-haves. It'll set and hold your makeup in place all day, while nourishing skin with vitamins A, C, and E. You can spray directly on your sponge or brush prior to makeup application, or you can spray onto your face after everything is finished for the final set.

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Best Budget: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

 Mario Badescu

This wallet-friendly facial spray is key to conditioning and nourishing your skin, especially if it's dry or sensitive. Aloe acts as a calming agent to help redness, rosewater, bladderwrack, and thyme all help soothe and hydrate skin. Use in conjunction with your skincare routine and set makeup with it for a beautiful finish. 

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Best Mattifying: MILANI Make it Last Matte Setting Spray


This spray acts as a set for makeup and blotting paper in one by cutting shine on oily skin – giving you a matte look. The micro-fine charcoal powder and silica keeps everything in its place for up to 16 hours, while reducing the look of pores. Spray liberally over face after makeup and let dry to set. 

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Best Strong Hold: Maybelline Face Studio Master Fix Wear-Boosting Setting Spray


Keep makeup locked in for a long lasting finish with this translucent setting spray that prevents your products from melting and color from fading. Hold 8-10 inches away and apply 4-6 times evenly around the face for full coverage. 

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Best Photo Finish: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Natural Finish Setting Spray

Wet n' Wild  

This exclusive formula from Wet n Wild helps extend the life of makeup and prevents smudging, creasing, and fading. With extracts of aloe, skin is hydrated and makeup looks fresh all the day long. Use it as your last step to set makeup before leaving for the day.

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Best Dewy Finish: Pixi By Petra Makeup Fixing Mist


This mist infused with rosewater and green tea is the perfect solution to setting your makeup and hydrating your skin at the same time. The paraben-free formula is perfect for sensitive skin and helps keep makeup in its place all while leaving you with a dewy glow. Spray on the face liberally after applying makeup.

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Best Minimal Ingredient: Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water


This hypoallergenic and preservative-free thermal spray is perfect for those who have sensitive skin, as the ingredients are only thermal spring water and nitrogen. For a calming, nourishing, hydrating effect, spray liberally all over face before makeup and finish with a final spray after makeup is complete. This is a perfect product to carry with you on especially hot days to keep skin cool and refreshed. 

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Best Long Lasting: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray


No melting, creasing, or fading can be found with this setting spray that keeps makeup in place for an extended wear of up to 16+ hours. Its lightweight mist gives a barely there feel to the skin. Patented technology locks in ingredients helping makeup to stay smudge-free, the perfect companion to any special event you might have coming up. Shake well, hold 8-10 inches away from face, spray liberally 4-6 times to cover entire face and let dry. Makeup looks "just applied" all day.

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