The 13 Best Drugstore Setting Sprays To Keep Your Look in Place

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A makeup setting spray might seem like a go-to for special occasions and nights out on the town, but what about your everyday looks? There’s nothing more frustrating than leaving the house with perfect makeup, only to discover shortly thereafter that your eyeliner has practically disappeared and there’s more blush on your shirt (or your mask) than your face.

The right setting spray will put your worries at ease, but you don’t have to splurge on an expensive product to get the job done. If you want to keep your makeup look intact without breaking the bank, we’ve rounded up our favorite products for every skin type and concern.

Keep scrolling for the best drugstore setting sprays that will give you the confidence it takes to pose for a picture at the end of the night.

Our Top Picks
This oil-free setting spray locks your makeup in place all day and is suitable for both dry and oily skin types.
This affordable setting spray locks in makeup and controls shine with a matte finish.
Waterproof and sweat-proof, this setting spray locks in makeup and prevents smudging.
This oil-free formula works as both a primer before makeup and a setting spray to lock down your look.
This dewy finish setting spray locks in your makeup while hydrating dry skin.
This spray hydrates your skin and refreshes it to reduce creasing and dry skin.
This spray has a matte finish with aloe vera to keep makeup from flaking.
Vegan and cruelty free, this setting spray nourishes skin and helps makeup to last longer.
This weightless setting spray not only freezes makeup in place, but it also smooths skin and fine lines.
Blending seamlessly, this formula gives a dewy finish to makeup without looking oily.

Best Overall: L'Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Spray

L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Spray

Get that just-applied look with this oil-free spray. It’s super lightweight and mists on evenly to keep bold lips pigmented and winged liners on point. It also gets kudos for being suitable for both dry and oily skin types. Users of all skin types rave that it survives 12-hour shifts and heatwaves alike.

Best Budget: E.l.f Cosmetics Matte Magic Mist & Set

e.l.f Cosmetics Matte Magic Mist & Set

This fine, easy-to-use mist keeps your makeup in place while controlling shine. We’ve long been fans of this brand because the products are so wallet-friendly, but the results with this spray really speak for themselves. The lightweight mist gives your makeup a perfect finish and a barely-there feeling that lasts.

To intensify the effect of eyeshadow, liner, or blush, spray a little setting spray on a brush before dipping it into the color.

Best Waterproof: NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray Matte

NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray, Matte

Waterproof? Check! Mask-proof? Absolutely. Sweat-proof? You’ve got it. This setting spray seriously does it all and provides long-lasting hold. It's a fan favorite amongst the Youtube beauty set—with its consistent mattifying effect for skin of all ages, we can totally see why. If you want all of the staying power but prefer a dewier look, try the NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray, Dewy Finish.

What Our Testers Say

"It keeps your shine to a minimum while giving just the right amount of hydration for natural, beautifully matte skin." —Khera Alexandra, Product Tester

Best for Oily Skin: Rimmel London Stay Matte Fix & Go Primer & Spray

Rimmel London Stay Matte Fix & Go Primer & Spray

You might not expect much from a setting spray that rings up at less than five bucks, but this one gets a standing ovation for delivering a matte finish all day long. The oil-free formula dries quickly to use as a primer before your makeup, or a setting spray to finish off your look and keep it in place. 

If you want to take the matte up a notch, try pairing it with the Rimmel Stay Matte Mattifying Primer cream.

Best for Dry Skin: Milani Make it Dewy Hydrating Setting Spray

Milani Make it Dewy Hydrating Setting Spray

For those of us with dry skin (raises hand), there’s nothing we love more than a dewy finish. This setting spray will get the job done without sacrificing the endurance of your makeup. Use it to prime and set an illuminated look, or to refresh and hydrate throughout the day for a subtle glow. This hydrating spray boasts 16 hours without creasing, smudging, or fading, according to the brand, and users say the dewy finish rivals more expensive brands.

Best Hydrating: Avène Thermal Spring Water

Avene Thermal Spring Water

When your makeup has been on all day, your powder is starting to crease, or your face just feels dry, this soothing spray is the perfect pick-me-up. It’s optimal for a multitude of uses like sunburn relief or even diaper rash, but it’s also a great setting spray for dry skin.

What Our Testers Say

"Results vary depending on how you’re using it, but I find when I use Avène's Thermal Spring Water to sandwich my skincare products, my skin looks so juicy and hydrated. The mist itself is super fine, so I love the freshness it brings to a finished makeup look as well." — Emily Algar, Product Tester

Best Mattifying: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Matte Finish Setting Spray

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Matte Finish Setting Spray

Key Ingredients

Aloe vera is a naturally derived ingredient known for its soothing and moisturizing properties. The aloe plant's inner gel mucilage (the part that's used in skin care products) is made up of 99.5% water.

For a matte finish that controls shine without leaving your skin dry or cakey, reach for this ultra-fine mist. It has aloe vera meant to keep your dry matte on the cute side (no flaking here) while freezing your makeup in place to withstand the summer heat. It’s especially great for use with oily skin that requires blotting throughout the day.

To get the most out of your setting spray, hold it 8 to 10 inches away from your face and mist in a downward motion.

Best Natural: Pacifica Crystal Dew Makeup Setting Spray

Pacifica Crystal Dew Makeup Setting Spray

Vegan, cruelty-free, and full of plenty of yummy ingredients, this nutrient-rich setting spray nourishes your skin while setting your makeup. Gogi berry and grapefruit seed extracts provide a refreshing natural fragrance, while vitamin E, coconut oil and quartz powder promise to do all of the work to lengthen the time between touch-ups.

Best for Mature Skin: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Makeup Spray with Peptides

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Makeup Spray with Peptides

Who says that being a makeup lover means that you can’t prioritize skincare? This skin-enhancing mist delivers in both departments. The weightless spray locks makeup into place, leaving behind a radiant glow, and it is also infused with peptides and antioxidants.

Best Glow: Rude Cosmetics Radiant Lasting Makeup Mist

Rude Cosmetics Radiant Lasting Makeup Mist

You might love a good glow, but nobody wants an overdone greasy look. This long-lasting makeup mist allows you to get your glow on without ever looking oily. The illuminating formula will hydrate, refresh, and balance your face. It settles all powder products to blend more seamlessly with your skin and it provides just enough dew. Spray it on and have your makeup last all day.

Best Long-Lasting: Maybelline Lasting Fix Makeup Setting Spray

Maybelline Lasting Fix Makeup Setting Spray

This lightweight formula provides a breathable, comfortable hold that keeps your makeup in place until you take it off yourself. It controls shine for all skin types and does an amazing job of preventing transfer. You can rock your makeup on your skin instead of inside your mask or on your shirt.

Best Shine Control: Milani Make It Last 3-in-1 Charcoal Setting Spray

Milani Make It Last 3-in-1 Charcoal Setting Spray

A shiny t-zone usually results in brows that slide and fade during the day, but this charcoal spray has the solution. It acts as a setting spray and blotting paper in one product, featuring micro-fine charcoal meant to literally absorb new moisture as it forms. It reduces the appearance of pores and mattifies skin for up to 16 hours, according to the brand.

Best Refresher: Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist

Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist

This spray does everything you’d expect: prime, set, and refresh. Use it to prep your skin for foundation or afterward to blend and settle your makeup, but it really shines in the refreshing department. The light cucumber scent reawakens both tired skin and the senses to help you look alive for the rest of your day.

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