Back in April when I was making sure I had everything ready for my holiday, I knew I wanted to try out a new setting spray. The two products I hear about the most and see everywhere are the Urban Decay All Nighter and MAC Fix+. Between the two, I was somehow leaning more towards MAC.
A couple of days before heading out to make my purchase, I came across a post by Beth (bethxkate) called “Are They Worth The Hype?” and it featured the setting sprays mentioned above. On a whim, I changed my mind and decided I would try Urban Decay’s All Nighter.
Before this, I had been using the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist on and off. What I noticed immediately is that the spray is nowhere near as fine/gentle as the Urban Decay All Nighter. On the back of the bottle, the texture is marked as “micro fine” but I find it to be closer to heavy.
“Anti-fade. Anti-melt. Anti-crack” – the first two are true, but I find it makes makeup settle into lines. This is a major problem with my smile lines.
You get what you pay for – a cheap looking plastic bottle. At £8.99, I can’t really complain. I like the fact that it’s translucent so you can see how much product is left, though saying that, you get vision on the separation of product when it’s settled and it’s not the most appealing. I also consider it to be a travel-friendly size due to its slimness.
I won’t be repurchasing the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist because having my makeup settle into lines is a complete deal breaker for me. It does a great job at mattifying, but I struggle to get an even application without going overboard, giving myself wet splotches that dry white and making my makeup dry out in patches. This could be suitable for anyone that has oily skin and doesn’t have such deep smile lines. It does a great job at extending makeup wear.
The full-size Urban Decay All Nighter packaging is a lot more bulky, but they do have a travel size option which is super handy. It’s not see-through, which makes it a tad harder to gauge how much is left, but if you like to stock up on backups of products you love way in advance like me, that’s not an issue. The design is really sleek and definitely looks/feels more high end than the L’Oreal bottle. The material will get grubby quite easily, but it’s so satisfying to touch. I love everything about the design – material, font, colours, everything. Not sure why there are two lids though…
As mentioned above, the spray is quite fine and very gentle. It’s easy to get an even spread, and less is really more!
This isn’t a mattifying spray, so it’s great for anyone wanting a dewy look without any greasiness. My makeup no longer slides straight off when the weather gets hot; it does a pretty good job at lasting the whole day. With a decent primer, everything stays right where it is. Although I have a drier skin type and experience a more dewy finish, this product claims to be suitable for all skin types – even oily.
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At £23.50, there is a considerable difference between the price of the Urban Decay All Nighter and the £8.99 L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist, but I think this is 100% justifiable. Although one is mattifying and the other has a more dewy finish, in trying the two I have definitely learnt the importance of a good pump that will give a fine, even spritz. Perhaps the L’Oreal product could be transferred into a bottle with a better pump, but I feel like this is a completely extra, unnecessary step. Products are bought to be used as they come, I don’t wanna faff!
Both bottles are of similar capacity (L’Oreal 100ml, UD 118ml) and have the potential to last a long time. I typically spritz 4 times to set my makeup (on the odd occasion that becomes 6+ but I try not to do this) – I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter since April and we’re still going strong after 4-5 months of regular (not quite daily) use. I expect to get at least another 2 months out of it, if not more.
I’d give the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist a 2.5/5 – from a dry skin perspective, the pump lets it down massively, along with the fact that it settles into lines. The packaging is very basic, but I can’t exactly fault it on this as it’s a very affordable product. Overall, it has a fantastically matte finish and really helps extend makeup wear. Would definitely recommend for oily skin types – I imagine it would be much harder to go overboard trying to get an even application.
The Urban Decay All Nighter gets a 4.5/5 from me – just short of full marks because if I use too much, it can look greasy quite quickly (though this is easy enough to avoid), and it smells like McDonalds lettuce…..
I adore the packaging so much, the pump is amazing, you can choose between full and travel size, it works wonders for my dry skin and the fact that it lasts for months makes the price actually seem quite reasonable. I honestly think this is worth every penny.
If you’ve tried either of these setting sprays, what did you think? Do you have an alternative favourite?
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