Drugstore vs. Designer: NYX Setting Spray vs. Urban Decay All Nighter


Today I'm continuing with my Drugstore vs. Designer series, and this time I'm comparing makeup setting sprays. I've never really been one to use a setting spray in the past, but lately it has become my new BFF! I'll be doing a post about why soon, so if you have fine lines and/or wrinkles, you'll want to stay tuned for that!

Bottles of NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray lying on a wooden pallet

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But back to today's post - today I'm comparing NYX's Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray with Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

For those of you who may not know what a setting spray is, or who may not have used a setting spray - it's a clear product that you mist over your finished makeup to keep it looking "just applied" for many hours. Some give the skin a matte finish, and others promise a dewy look.

First up, the drugstore setting spray:

NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray on a black and white print background on a pallet

NYX's Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray is available online and in retail stores like Ulta and Meijer. It's available in a 2.03 oz. size for less than $10.

NYX Matte Finish ingredients: water, alcohol, VP/VA copolymer, propylene glycol, disodium EDTA, niacinamide, sodium salicylate, plantago lanceolata leaf extract, mahonia aquifolium flower/leaf/stem extract, phenoxyethanol.

And now, the designer setting spray:

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray with a black and white print background on a pallet

Urban Decay's All Nighter is probably one of the most well-known setting sprays. It's available online and in several retail stores, like Ulta and Sephora. A 1 oz. size costs around $14, and a 4 oz. bottle is around $30. Since this is a "designer" brand, it's almost never on sale - just when UD has their sale or Sephora has their VIB sale.

Urban Decay All Nighter ingredients: water, denatured alcohol, polyhydroxystearic acid, PVP, methyl perfluorobutyl ether, methyl perflouroisobutyl ether, dimethicone PEG-7 phosphate, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, caprylyl gylcol, menthyl methacrylate cross polymer, poloxamer 407, sodium hydroxide, sodium cocamidopropyl PG dimonium chloride phosphate, glycereth-5 lactate, N,2,3-trimethyl-2-isopropyl butamide, ethylhexyl isononanoate, isononyl isononanoate, fragrance, aloe barbandensis leaf extract.

NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray side by side on a wooden pallet

I've used both of these products numerous times, and for the first 2-3 hours, I sometimes forget which one I'm wearing. After that, the NYX setting spray starts to give out on my chin, letting my makeup separate. The UD setting spray lasts a good 6-8 hours, which is good - but nowhere near the 16 hours it promises. My skin really isn't that oily anymore, so I don't know why I have this issue with my chin. Another difference between the two is the spray mister. The NYX mister tends to sputter a bit and will sometimes put fairly large droplets on my face, while the UD mister consistently sprays a fine mist.

Both products seem to work well all day long on the rest of my face, and my favorite part is that they keep my makeup from settling into fine lines - especially the "marionette" lines (nasolabial folds) that run between my nose and mouth.

I'm a little concerned that alcohol is the second ingredient in both products. The NYX product doesn't even state what type of alcohol it is, which is doubly concerning. That said, I have not experienced any irritation or dryness since I began using these products. I would like to try MAC's Prep+Prime Fix+ to see if it works as well since it doesn't contain any alcohol.

But what it really comes down to is this: I have a drugstore product that is $4/oz. that only works for 2-3 hours before giving out in areas. I can get the designer product for $5/oz., but I have to spend $40 up front to get it for that price - however, the product works for 6-8 hours before starting to give out. (If I buy the single 4 oz. bottle, the cost is $7.50/oz.) For me, the UD All Nighter is the winner, because even though it costs a little more, it works better, and I don't want to have to worry about blotting my face or reapplying the setting spray.

Update June 2018: I have been using the Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray for about a year now, and I really like it. I've heard that they make the UD Spray, so if that's true, it makes sense. What I love most about the Skindinavia is that I can get an 8 oz. bottle for less than the 4 oz. bottle of UD.

What is your favorite setting spray?


Kim A.
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