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Setting Spray Vs. Powder: Which Holds Your Makeup Better?

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Carla posing while holding makeup brushes
PC: Kayla Teves Photography

Beauties, hey there! Let's cover the age-old battle of setting spray versus setting powder! Which product holds your makeup better? My friends, let me start off by saying that there really isn't a definite answer to this question. In fact, the answer can be quite loaded. I am going to break down this loaded answer in today's blog post.

So first, let's talk about what each product does to help your makeup last longer.

Setting Spray

Makeup setting spray is a rather newish product. I know that when I was in probably middle school (circa 2005), there was no such thing as setting sprays available for the everyday consumer. So, setting spray is a rather newer product. The goal of this spray is to lock in your makeup to prevent it from melting off quickly after you apply. The benefit of using setting spray is that it gives your skin a bit more hydration after you complete your makeup look. It helps your skin maintain a refreshed look long after you apply.

Setting Powder

An old classic, setting powder locks your makeup look into place and soaks up any moisture in your skin. Just like any other powder, setting powder finishes your makeup look to prevent any shine or moisture from breaking down your makeup products.

So let's compare these two products.

Setting Spray Vs. Setting Powder

Beauties, I did some of this work for you so you have a better idea of which product would work best for your skin.

Skin type

Beauties, this matters way more than you think. Since your face is the canvas of your makeup look, you need to make sure you are totally aware of your skin type, how to care for it, and what makeup formulas work best for it. While there are great formulas of both products for every skin type, I do have some general advice about which options work best for each skin type.

Setting Spray: dry, acneic, textured skin types. This option works well for each of these skin types because these types usually need a little more love in the hydration department.

Setting Powder: oily, acneic skin types. Powder works well for these options because more often then not, you'll need a product that soaks up some of the oil.

Now with that being said, you can use either of these products if you have normal skin. Normal skin types usually don't see much oil, but also aren't really dry. Also, if you are unsure if your skin is textured, here is your definition. Textured skin types normally have very large pores. I don't usually like to use powder on these skin types because I find that it draw more attention to the pores.

Formula Type

Now that you know what skin type you have, let's talk about formula type. The world of makeup is infinite, and always coming up with something new. So for the sake of this comparison, I will try my best to keep things easy to understand.

Setting sprays have multiple formulas that do different things. Some formulas are matte with a matte finish. Some leave a dewy, glowing finish. Some are right in-between. Selecting formula type will depend on your skin type and overall makeup goals.

Setting powders are solely matte, but sometimes may have some shimmery finishes to create a glow from within.

My comparison

Beauties, I tested out each option to give you an idea of how each product worked for my skin! So a little background on my skin: I have an normal-to-oily skin type. I currently have a Grade II acne type and a textured skin. So basically, I was blessed with problematic skin. Now, I have a solid skincare routine that really keeps my skin clean, and acne at bay most of the time. Most of my breakouts these days are hormonal, or a direct result of sweating under PPE. So the rest of the time, I really am acne-free.

With that being said, I wanted to put each product to the test and really see how well they last to help you decide which option works best for you! Below is a selfie I snapped around 11:30am with fresh makeup!

Carla is posing with a smirk to show off her makeup.

Beauties, it's totally natural for makeup to move. In fact, if it doesn't I'd be surprised! Remember that makeup isn't permanent. And also: your skin is a living organ. Sweat, oil, touching your face, etc., is natural and is bound to move your makeup. This is absolutely normal.

With that being said, I went on with my day, snapping photos, answering phone calls, eating lunch, and running a couple of errands. The next photo is about three hours later.

Carla is smiling

Beauties, see how my makeup moved a little!! It's absolutely normal for that to happen! I did actually end up using some powder before snapping this photo to soak up some of the sweat and oil that started flowing during my busy day!

The Down-Low

Beauties, here's the down-low of it all: I like to use a combination of both setting spray and setting powder. This works best for my skin type and makeup needs. It also works well for those of you who tend to be more oily or sweaty. Having that extra bit of powder really does help soak up some of the excess sweat or oil throughout my day.

So my friends, that's it! And of course if you need more help, feel free to email me today! I'm here to help you!

Lots of love and lipstick,


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