If you’ve seen me moaning on Insta stories about my face recently, you might know that I’ve had a weird problem with my right cheek for a while. I just couldn’t get my foundation to sit nicely on it, but now that I’m using a new skin care routine, it’s got a lot better. This means I’ve been able to wear full on make-up again 😀😀 which makes me very happy because, sometimes, it’s just nice to stick on some make-up and feel your absolute best, even if you’re super tired or so over Monday already and it’s not even 9 am yet!!
That being said, I used to find that by the end of the day, my make-up just wasn’t looking its best any more. Due to my inability to leave my sodding face alone, my highlighter was barely noticeable and, as I lean on my chin a lot at work, my foundation had pretty much rubbed off 🙁
That’s where I’m thankful to have the Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist in my life!! For £28 you get 118 ml of spray, which, if you use as directed, gives you a hell of a lot of usage!! The directions say to spray in a Z formation; across the forehead, across your face diagonally and then spray once over the lower part of your face (remembering to keep your eyes closed for the first two parts!!) Obviously I only realised you’re meant to spray it like that after I’d looked up the instructions for this blog post!! I apparently love using products without reading how to use them properly first, anyone else do that?
The Algenist spray has mineral-rich sea water and sea fruit extract in it to help hydrate and lock in moisture. It also smells lovely, although once it’s dry (and it dries within seconds) you can’t actually smell it on your face, which I love, because I have perfume to make me smell nice!! According to the leaflet that came in the box, all Algenist products are hypoallergenic, suitable for all skin types and paraben-free! The setting spray also says it’s non-drying and alcohol-free!
I wore a full face of make-up to work a couple of weeks ago because I was going to pole later that evening and our new instructor likes taking loads of pics 😐🤣 (in the end I didn’t go but that’s a whole other story). One of my colleagues commented on how nicely I’d done my make-up and how fresh and dewy it looked!! She also commented at the end of the day that my make-up still looked absolutely flawless and wondered what the hell my secret was!! I told her that I’d set my make-up with a setting spray and she was incredibly impressed! 🙂
The make-up I’m waering in the below pic is: foundation – Rainforest of the Sea (Tarte), highlighter – Solstice palette (Sleek), blusher – Pure Colour Blush (Estée Lauder), eyebrows – Precision brow pencil (NYX), eyeliner – Wing It gel eyeliner (Kiss), eyeshadow – Ablaze palette (Smashbox), mascara – My Favourite Mascara (GOSH) and lipstick – Matte Me Lipstick (Sleek).
As this is the first setting spray I’ve ever used (yup I’ve honestly never used one before now) I’m really pleased that it actually works and sets my make-up all day! I love that I can even spray this on my face with my mascara on and it doesn’t cause it to run at all!! I find at the end of the day, my make-up is still perfectly in tact and I only have to reapply my lipstick during the day 😀 If I do touch my face at all (which I still do, way too much) only the tiniest amount of foundation is transferred on to my fingers!
However, here comes the downside, personally I think it’s pretty darned expensive for what it is, especially as there are other setting/fixing sprays on the high street that are under the £10 mark. It’s even more expensive than the Urban Decay sprays, which really surprised me!!
Once I’ve finished this bottle, I’ll have to do some research and see how other products stack up against this one!
Do you use anything to set your foundation with? What’s your Holy Grail product? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x
*This setting spray was kindly sent to me to review but views, face and make-up skills are my own.
*The watch I’m wearing was kindly sent to me by Time Chain Watches and if you pop to the Storm watch shop in Bond Street, Brighton before the end of March, you can get 20% off any Time Chain watch by quoting the code Holly20 🙂