Happy 5th day of my review challenge! Today I am reviewing a product that is still very new to me, so it is more of a first impressions. The only beauty Youtuber that I have really heard talk about this product is Nikkia Joy. She has an oily skin type, so I can relate to her reviews. She has claimed over and over that this setting spray is amazing, so I decided to give it a try. She has two affiliate codes for the Gerard Cosmetics website: “JOY” for 30% off your purchase or “JOYBOGO” where if you buy one, you get one free, but you must have 2 in your shopping basket before you apply that specific code.
Really, what I am trying to find is a setting spray that helps control my oil production, and it has been hard. I have used Urban Decay’s All Nighter, although I don’t really remember if I was totally satisfied with that or not. I have a sample size on its way to me right now. Earlier this year I decided to try UD’s Deslick and it was terrible. I was oily quicker than usual. So, here’s hoping that this is a godsend.
Packaging and First Impressions
When I went on the Gerard Cosmetics website I was so surprised to see that there were multiple flavours of this setting spray. That is definitely unique. I like that the colour of the setting spray shows through the bottle so that you can see what the “flavour” is. The nozzle on this setting spray produces a very fine mist, which is what most people look for. I bought the scent Mango, and it does indeed smell like Mango, but maybe a bit more on the chemically side.
Price and Quantity
This setting spray goes for $27.67 CAD ($22 USD) for 100 mL (3.38 oz) on the Gerard Cosmetics website. This is a fairly reasonable price among mid-high end brands. The UD All Nighter can be purchased for $39 CAD ($32 USD) for 118 mL (4 oz). I also hear good things about the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist setting spray, but of course this is more high end (and not for oil control FYI) so it goes for $58 CAD ($48 USD) for 40 mL (1.35 oz) *cringe*. On the drugstore end of the spectrum, I hear great things about the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray, which unfortunately I haven’t been able to find in Canada, at least where I live. For the sake of comparison though, this affordable option goes for ~$13 CAD ($10 USD) for 60 mL (2.03 oz). Here’s the cost comparison, organized from best deal to worst deal:
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Wow, do not get the Tatcha setting spray if you are looking for a good deal!! 😵😵😵
Here are the claims from the Gerard Cosmetics website:
“Lock in your makeup look and look flawless for hours with our cooling, oil control mist that increases the look and longevity of your makeup.”
This setting spray is also cruelty free🐰 and gluten free.
Performance and Final Thoughts
When you spray this on your face I like that it has a very fine mist. Sometimes I can’t even tell if the spray hit my face because it is so light. The nozzle also sprays evenly. The claims say that it is cooling, and that is true I suppose. I didn’t know it was supposed to be cooling until now, so when I had been using it, I could feel a bit of tingling on my under eye and I was a bit disturbed by that, since the skin of your under eye is very sensitive. I was concerned that maybe it was irritating my skin, but if it’s supposed to be cooling then maybe it’s ok. Although the “cooling feeling” could be potentially confused with chemically tingling, which may be what it is.
So far I am feeling so-so about this setting spray. I am not crazy impressed right from the get-go. My number one priority with a setting spray is that it takes away any powdery look you may have and that it makes your makeup last longer than it may have without. Any spray should take away the powdery look, and this one does that so congratulations lol. Whether this spray makes my makeup last longer or not, I’m not sure. On a regular day without a spray, my makeup lasts a long time anyways. So I can’t tell if this is helping that or not, but it’s definitely not hindering the performance of my makeup.
My ultimate hope and dream was that this setting spray would help reduce the amount of oils that come through my makeup on my nose. No go. After I spray this on my face, I notice that my nose looks a bit oily/wet immediately after the spray has dried down. I think I had this similar result with the UD sprays. This isn’t really an issue, I just pat a bit more powder on before I leave. But then the oils come back just as soon as they usually do, around an hour later, so this spray really doesn’t help oil control for me. Oh well, I never actually expect any products to help combat my nose oil, it’s an everlasting problem!
Even though this setting spray isn’t checking all the boxes for me, I will continue to use it daily until I run through the bottle. At that point I will definitely have a better idea of how I like it, and maybe I will do an updated review at that point.
Have you tried this setting spray? What do you think? I’m interested to hear whether you have tried any of the other flavours.
Have you found any other setting sprays that actually do control oil? I’m also curious to hear if you have tried the Milani setting spray, I want to so much 😭.