I was blessed with oily skin and a shelf full of the best makeup setting sprays out there… that only added hydration and moisture. Aka, they did a whole lotta nothing. Hell, they sometimes made my skin even shinier. Dewy = like I’d just run a marathon in 110° weather.
So, I just didn’t wear setting spray for years, terrified it would make my oily skin look all the more obvious. (I know, please don’t murder me, I was a fool.)
I have since stopped being ignorant and invested in a variety of oil-controlling setting sprays, and it’s been a TOTAL game-changer. My makeup lasts forever, and I don’t look like I was doing push-ups during dinner.
Wondering what did it? Let me enlighten you with the products that have filled my cabinet multiple times, because I cannot live without them. (Like, my makeup literally cannot live unless I want it to smudge in an hour.) You’re welcome, oily friends. Let’s banish sebum forever.
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It’s a NYX-Certified Cult Favorite for a reason. This setting spray is lightweight, so you won’t notice it on top of your makeup; still, it’ll keep your whole face in place with a matte finish. With 4.5 stars out of 578 reviews, you best believe it works.
While they have plenty of options based on your needs, Urban Decay truly comes through with their De-Slick Oil Control Spray. It lowers the temperature of your other makeup, so it’s less likely to slide off, while also mattifying your face – aka, it works double time to give you that flawless finish.
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Is it a PUR product? Just look at all it does and you’ll have the answer. Their Matte Mist setting spray absorbs oil with charcoal powder, then balances out oil levels with Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. And what would it be without an Energy Complex, aka PUR’s blend of green tea, ginseng, and vitamin B for its anti-aging properties? Finally, lavender flower water and aloe soothe following a protective layer of grape leaf extract.
It’s a revolution, baby – a revolution for makeup that doesn’t run, smudge, or make your skin look messy. Their Mattifying Setting Spray uses witch hazel as a toner, stopping inflammation and irritation, while its tea tree partner soothes. Mix and match with other mists for skin that is exactly what you want.
You’ll often find cosmetics that fight oil by using alcohol. It works, but it also totally dries skin out, which can make it red and flaky – ugh. Cover FX’s setting spray uses kaolin clay instead to stop and absorb excess sebum, and ancient African tree bark helps by reducing pores’ appearance and minimizing shine.
Oh Patrick Starr, you absolute genius. Don’t settle for a setting spray that leaves you a lil gooey after supposedly clearing up that oily skin. On ‘Til Dawn instead uses ingredients such as witch hazel to even out texture and banish oil, while also smelling fresh with notes of green tea, cucumber, citrus, and melon.
Four reviews on an about-face product? Must be new… nope! Just a hidden gem that doesn’t get the love it deserves. Aside from priming and setting, the antimicrobial formula – which includes soothing aloe and lentil extract to fight environmental stressors – also unclogs pores. Could you ask for more!?
Yes, it’s important to have your makeup stay throughout the day, but it’s also super important to protect it. And not just from the sun – I’m talking blue light, too! e.l.f. has you covered with their Stay All Day mist, which will protect you using Glucosylrutin, a powerful antioxidant. Throw in some soothing aloe and vitamin-filled elderflower extract, and you have a mist that sets, protects, and banishes extra oil.
It’s the professional Porefessional, here because its popularity is well-deserved. It meets all of Ulta’s standards to be considered “Clean,” using ingredients like protective and reparative vitamin E and softening castor oil. Lasting for up to 16 hours, your oil will be kept in control while your makeup will be kept in place.
Setting sprays are great, but sometimes, you just want a setting spray that will do The Most, you know? Enter: Volition Beauty’s Oil Control Mattifying Mist. Natural Humectant Powder soaks up all of your sebum with help from exfoliating salicylic acid and anti-inflammatory witch hazel. The result: cleansed, matte, hidden pores.
I love the tongue-in-cheek name, because, yes, I will absolutely be thanking my makeup setting spray after a wild night out. Elizabeth Mott’s setting spray is paraben- and sulfate-free, as well as Leaping Bunny certified. The formula is practically weightless – spray it on and fuggedaboutit.
I love when setting sprays have before and afters, showing the way they hit back at oil. And the one for Make Up For Ever’s option? Impressive, to say the least. You can thank aloe vera for its soothing, green lentil extract to perform magic on pore size, and mattifying powders to slick back the oil and give you your best face.
One ingredient that I personally don’t believe receives enough love: vitamin B. But in Beauty Bay’s Priming Mist, the vitamin – specifically, vitamin B6 – gets the spotlight. Helping to fight redness, acne, inflammation, and hormonal skin problems, this setting spray is the one you want when your hormones are acting up and your face won’t quit that oil-slick shit.
I def heard Taylor Swift when I read the name of the brand, but I can’t see where there would be Bad Blood with a setting spray like this one. Set Me is a 3-in-1 without a drop of alcohol in its formula, instead using fab ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid, film-former polymers to keep makeup in place, rosewater to stop redness, and Glycosyl Trehalose to fight aging and environmental stressors.
Do you have a setting spray you love for your oily skin? Share with us below!