Dupe War #5 – Setting Spray

26 Apr

Do you want your makeup to last longer and to not rub off onto the clothes of people you hug?

We have the solution for you!

Make-up setting Spray!  “What is it?” you ask.  It’s like hairspray for your face!!!!  (well, sort of.  It’s totally not sticky and gross or anything.)  It also doubles as a nice refreshing mist for after workouts or hot days.  Seriously, before using a setting spray I ruined by boyfriends h&m “cool dude” blazers by hugging him and leaving behind a face ghost.  Let me tell you face ghosts aren’t scary, they are just gross.

Original –  Urban Decay All Nighter Longer Lasting Make-up Setting Spray – $14 (1 oz) or $29 (4 oz)


What it is:
A technologically advanced and hypoallergenic makeup setting spray that’s suited for all skin types and keeps your makeup in place for up to 16 hours.

What it does:
According to Sephora, as the final step to your makeup routine, this weightless, super-fine mist is formulated with Urban Decay’s patent-pending Temperature Control Technology, which lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eye shadow, blush, and concealer in place. Makeup looks picture-perfect all day long through wind, heat, and cold. All Nighter works expertly on all skin types and prevents loss of color, melting, sliding, caking, cracking, excess shininess, fading blush, eye shadow, and lip color disappearance. It’s also formulated to resist moisture, so you can fearlessly sweat, cry, or get your Jacuzzi on—you’re guaranteed makeup that always looks just-applied, without ever feeling sticky or tight. Backed by years of science, it’s unlike any other product available and keeps you looking flawless with just a couple sprays over your makeup.

The Dupe – E.L.F Makeup Mist & Set –  $3  (1 oz) from Your local Target


What it is:
Keep your makeup looking like you just applied it with this mist and set from e.l.f. cosmetics. With aloe, cucumber, green tea and vitamins, this refreshing product keeps your face moisturized, supple and healthy throughout the day.

What it does (our review):

The e.l.f. setting spray works just as well as the Urban Decay All Nighter.  We have even tested it by putting on a full face of make-up, including powder, letting it dry and then hugging our faces against black clothed gentleman.  (no cute gents were harmed in the making of this blog post) So your makeup  stays on your face, not on your friends.  The key to using any setting spray is to use it after you are done with your make up and spray about 2-3 times with the bottle 6-8 inches away from your face.   We usually spray before mascara so it doesn’t accidentally smear it and you end up looking like this:



The main difference between the Urban Decay Setting Spray and the e.l.f. is that  the e.l.f. setting mist is not paraben free.  The e.l.f. is alcohol free and has green tea and cucumber.  The other thing is that the e.l.f. doesn’t smell as good as the Urban Decay spray, it actually kind of smells gross for about 1.4 seconds, then its gone.  So just don’t leave your mouth open (aka snack face) and don’t inhale for about 2 whopping seconds.  Problem solved.

Neither of these products caused any breakouts for us and we have very sensitive pale skin.  Hooray for no pizza faces!

The other only real difference is that the Urban Decay comes into a few different varieties for varying skin-types; Chill for dry skin, De-slick for oily.  We have very dry, thirsty skin and didn’t really notice a difference between the “Chill” and the e.l.f.   It seems like it might just be marketing if you ask me.

Hold on, let me do the math for you- 1oz of the Urban Decay brand is $14 while 2.02 oz of the e.l.f brand costs $3.  [Pro-tip: If you use your Target Red debit card, its only $2.85.]  So that means you would have to buy two bottles of the Urban Decay ($28) to equal almost the same amount that is in the e.l.f. 2.02 oz bottle.  

That leaves you with a savings of $22.  I’m not going to tell you have to spend your money, but I recommend you use it to:


We have switched over to the e.l.f. brand because it’s cheaper,  it works just as well and to be quite honest, it’s just easier to get your hands on.  Keep in mind we do live in Chicago so this product’s results could vary for you.  As always we love to hear about your thoughts and experiences.

<3, Your Fairy Godmother



28 Responses to “Dupe War #5 – Setting Spray”

  1. yourfairygodmother April 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    while you are at Target, maybe get some $1 e.l.f. lashes because you know the last time you came home late you totally left your last pair sitting on your desk and your cat ate them….

  2. Andrea April 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    i had the elf one and at first it was great but within a month the smell of it was so gross I didn’t wanna put it on my face! I thought maybe it had rotted or something because it smelled so bad. I bought my all nighter on sale at hautelook and I feel like it does work better for MY skin. I also have really sensitive skin but it gets oily. after the elf one started to smell I noticed it wasn’t working the same. So I think for me the urban decay one was good because i’ve had it for a year now and still works the same and no nasty smell! Another one I recently bought is ben nye’s final seal. I have yet to try it though but have heard good things 😀

    • yourfairygodmother April 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      LOVE Ben Nye’s Final Seal. It’s really sticky and tacky. But works amazing especially for performances. Also, you can use to make liquid liner out of your eye shadow and do spot sets (like eyebrows, eyeliner). It’s just too heavy for us for daily use. Too bad E.L.F. went sour on you! Luckily, we haven’t been grossed out yet 🙂

      • Andrea April 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

        oh wow didnt know all that! def going to test it out then 😀 yea maybe once i run out of my ud one ill go try elf again since its so cheap lol hopefully this time it doesnt go bad! maybe i just got an old one? who knows lol

      • yourfairygodmother April 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

        Could be! I’ve bought old stuff before. Yick. Ben Nye doesn’t dry sticky, so don’t get freaked out but that. But you will probably feel it on your face all day. It’s meant to last…it’s theatre makeup. Also, it also has an alcohol like smell. But cheap and versatile. It will last forever!

      • Andrea April 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

        nice! yea i plan on using it for a wedding im going to be in! esp since itll be at the end of june so hot! XD

  3. yourfairygodmother April 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Perfect for a wedding!

  4. Heather August 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    I think I’ll pay the extra and stick with my MAC Fix + just because I cannot stand the smell of the E.L.F one. it seriously smells like a dog pooped on your face, NO JOKE! Fix + smells amazing.

    • yourfairygodmother August 20, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Heather!

      It does have a strong chemical smell to me too, but luckily it fades quickly 🙂

    • Nikki February 1, 2014 at 5:07 am #

      Mac Fix + is not a makeup setting spray… it can be spritzed on the skin to give a less “cakey” or powdery look or to refresh the skin during the day but it does not set your make up.

  5. Mimi McKnight October 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    I recently bought the one by e.l.f and I was really excited about it for the first 10-20 minutes, but by the time I got dressed and checked my makeup again, it looked cakey. Seriously cakey, it looked like I had wrinkles and was wearing a mask. I will try it again, maybe only two sprays this time. I used four sprays the first time. It’s possible this isn’t a great product for oily skin…

  6. rubyangel711 January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Great review. I actually just finished my e.l.f mist & set, which I pretty much enjoyed. Except for the smell. I’m curious though about the UD setting spray. I may just give it a whirl!

  7. Order Idolize July 21, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Fabulous, what a webpage it is! This webpage gives helpful information to us, keep it up.

  8. JustJayBeauty October 30, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I think I’m going to have to try the Elf spray now 🙂 !


  9. Kaitlin A. January 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    The elf spray is labeled made in china and UD in the US. This is another Con about cheaper/expensive comparison. Many beauty products made in chinese factories have been reported to be unsafe.

  10. yourfairygodmother May 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    How is texture of Skindinavia once it dries? Can you still feel it like the Ben Nye Seal It?


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