The best setting sprays under $15

Drugstore makeup that won’t break you out

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Jul 10, 2020 · 3 min read

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A good setting spray is hard to find. And if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, it’s even tougher to find the right mattifying mist. But you don’t have to break the bank just to make your makeup last. I took a look at drugstore setting sprays to find the very best ones, based on their ingredients.

All of the setting sprays I’ve reviewed are non-comedogenic — that means they won’t clog your pores. But unlike my other reviews of makeup and skincare products, I’ve made an exception for one potentially irritating ingredient: denatured alcohol. Normally, I would never recommend a product with denatured alcohol, since it can be overly drying. That said? This drying effect is what makes certain setting sprays work — read more in my review of no-breakout setting sprays. Sprays in this review that don’t have denatured alcohol have a handy green check ✔️

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set

  • dewy finish

  • good for dry, sensitive skin

  • with aloe, green tea, and cucumber

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $7 ($1.70 per ounce)

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray

  • matte finish

  • good for oily skin

  • lightweight, shine-control formula

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • $8 ($2.36 per ounce)

Maybelline Facestudio Lasting Fix Setting Spray

  • matte finish

  • good for combination skin

  • long-lasting — up to 16 hours of wear

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • $9.99 ($2.94 per ounce)

Bella Jade Botanicals Setting Spray

  • semi-matte finish for a natural look

  • good for all skin types, including sensitive skin

  • formulated with mature skin in mind

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $11.59 ($2.98 per ounce)

J. Cat Beauty Spray Set Go (Aloe)

  • matte finish

  • good for dry, sensitive skin

  • helps to soothe and refresh skin while setting makeup

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $7.99 ($3.99 per ounce)

NYX Makeup Setting Spray

  • matte finish

  • good for all skin types, including sensitive skin

  • light-weight, breathable formula

  • no synthetic fragrance

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $8.50 ($4.19 per ounce)

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Pixi by Petra Makeup Fixing Mist

  • semi-matte finish for a natural look

  • good for dry skin

  • with rose water, willow bark, and green tea

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $15 ($5.55 per ounce)

Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh

  • matte finish

  • good for dry skin

  • 2-in-1 primer and setting spray

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $12.99 ($6.84 per ounce)

LA Girl Pro Setting Spray

  • matte finish

  • good for oily, sensitive skin

  • fragrance-free

  • no denatured alcohol ✔️

  • $7 for 1 ounce

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So that’s what I know, as Curology’s resident beauty geek — for what it’s worth, we’re not affiliated with any of the above brands, and we never make a commission off of products we recommend on the blog. But do feel free to sign up for a free month of Curology, if you haven’t yet! You’ll pay $4.95 (+ tax) to cover shipping/handling on your first subscription box, featuring a bottle of customized cream with a mix of 3 active ingredients for your unique skin.

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