Urban Decay VS. Ben Nye Makeup Setting Spray

August 3, 2015

Happy Monday! For the past few weeks I've been experimenting with two different setting sprays, using them in different situations so that I could compare and contrast them for you. I've used Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray for over a year now but I don't use it on a daily basis. I just purchased the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer about a month ago after hearing good things about it. 

1. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I've been using the Urban Decay makeup setting spray for a long time and it works really well to keep your makeup in place. It's oil and paraben free so its not going to make you break out. I've always just purchased the 1 oz bottle because it lasts forever and its easier to throw in your makeup bag. My advice when applying it is that, a little bit goes a long way. If you spray too much it will make your face very shiny. The problem I have personally had with it, is that it can make my face appear more shiny after a while, even if I don't put that much of it on. I do not have naturally super oily skin but using the Urban Decay setting spray sometimes it can appear that way. 

2. Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer 

Most people are probably unfamiliar with the Ben Nye brand, as it is primarily a stage makeup brand. I've used Ben Nye products since my freshman year of high school doing theatre, and typically their foundation makes my face break out so I was nervous to try this product. I still purchased it because I know that if someone is on stage their makeup needs to last, even though they are sweating under the hot stage lights. This product works wonders! I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for every day use because it contains alcohol and is fairly thick (for lack of a better term). But it will keep your makeup in place and matte for hours (& hours & hours) even through working out and sweating. I've put on makeup and sprayed this then worked out and spent the remainder of the day outside sweating and my makeup will still be on when I go inside for the night. I'm also currently in a musical where I have to do a lot of dancing, I spray this on my face when I do my makeup and it stays put through the whole performance and the after party, keeping my makeup looking matte and as if I had only just applied it.


Both products work well but I prefer the Ben Nye over the Urban Decay. If I want my makeup to stay put all day and not become shiny the Ben Nye will do the trick. The Urban Decay works well enough but I would prefer a product that doesn't make my face shiny. 

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