Hundreds of beauty gurus can’t get enough of this cult-favorite setting spray that actually works.

By Madison Alcedo
June 25, 2019
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever left home in the morning with perfect makeup, ready to conquer the day, but by the time you leave the office, your eyeliner has smeared and your face has more grease on it than foundation. Living in New York, I get to experience this every day (and more so in the summer thanks to the humidity!). When I finally found a solution to keeping my makeup in place all day long, I was hooked. 

While there are foundation setting powders and primers that promise to keep your skin sheen-free all day long, nothing was really working the way I wanted it to. I needed a product that was easy to apply and kept my eye makeup intact and my face grease-free for more than two hours.

As a cult-favorite product among makeup artists and beauty gurus, Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray has become known as a must-have for your beauty arsenal—especially to fight off grease and sweat—but I had always been skeptical. Let me tell you, just after a few days of this makeup setting spray, I’m not sure how I ever lived without the genius product that’s almost too good to be true. And with more than 600 positive reviews on Nordstrom alone, other customers agree and love that the setting spray ensures no makeup creasing, fading, or melting for up to 16 hours. 

What makes Urban Decay’s makeup setting spray actually work, you ask? The company developed the formula with patented Temperature Control Technology, meaning the spray helps lower the temperature of your makeup (even in the most humid conditions) to ensure everything stays in one place. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

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Just one application right after you do your makeup is all you need. To apply the spray, be sure to hold it about eight to 10 inches from your face, then spray in an “X” followed by a “T” pattern to make sure you’re hitting all the grease-prone spots of your T-zone. You can repeat two to four times depending on how much coverage you want, and if you want maximum staying power for your eye shadow, you can dip your brush into the All-Nighter solution first before applying—genius! 

While the foundation setting spray works on all skin types, Urban Decay has a full collection of setting sprays for different skin concerns. The De-Slick Setting Spray ($33) gives you a completely matte, shine-free look, while the Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Spray ($34) helps protect against free radicals (it’s made up of a blend of minerals, including zinc, magnesium, and copper). 

The first time I used the setting spray, I thought it would be sticky or leave a “wet” appearance on my skin, but my face was clear of any residue and even looked brighter after just one spray. Even if you wear the lightest amount of makeup, I can guarantee this is one of the best makeup setting sprays to try to avoid  mid-day reapplying.