Not too long ago I purchased the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set. I wanted to share some of the Best Ways to use the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set. This product is the best cruelty free dupe for my beloved MAC Fix Plus that I’ve found, though I just purchased Lush Breath of Fresh Air to see how it compares. The All Natural Face makes a vegan dupe called Fix, but it doesn’t last as long as the e.l.f. or MAC.
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The Website Says
Wish you could have a product for your makeup like Hairspray is for your hair? Well…keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold with our new Makeup Mist & Set. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E. The lightweight, comfortable and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.
- Spray on after makeup application to set makeup in place or during the day for a quick touchup to refresh.
- After you have applied your makeup spray a light mist 12-16 inches from your face with eyes closed to set your makeup in place or use for a quick touchup throughout the day to refresh your makeup.
- Let it dry naturally or blot with a tissue to help speed dry.
Water (Aqua), AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
I should point out that the ingredients are very similar to MAC Fix + (Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf extract, tocopheryl acetatea, caffeine, panthenol, arginine, ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, fragrance, disodium Edta, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid)
However, I’m not crazy over all the parabens that are in the e.l.f. product. That’s a huge drawback to me.
$3 for 2.02 oz
It’s in a dark spray bottle, which is fine. There’s no discernible smell to me, though I know that others have not liked the smell. I really wish the nozzle had a better mister / dispenser, because sometimes it really comes out in globs, which I dislike. It needs a finer grate for misting. Though I’ll probably solve this issue by putting it into my empty MAC Fix+ bottle.
Note – I just put the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set into my old MAC Fix+ bottle and that fixed the misting issue. It works better in that bottle
Best ways to use e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set with eyeshadow and eyeliner
My favorite way to use MAC Fix+, and now e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, is to mist this onto an eyeshadow brush to dampen the brush, then use it with loose pigments, baked eyeshadows, mineralized eyeshadows or really glittery eyeshadows. Then I pat the brush across my lids. This gives a more vibrant, sticky application that dries down. It basically gives the look of foiled eyeshadow without the mess, and really highlights any duochrome eyeshadows or extra sparkly shades.
As you can probably tell, it works amazingly well with the Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadows. It intensifies the color and negates fallout. Without using Mist & Set and a primer, the color payoff is lacking. But on primer, or with Mist & Set, it’s pretty amazing.
I love how it makes colors like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir intensified and vibrant.
Makeup Geek pigments, which are already extremely pigmented and very smooth to work with, are intensified in color. Love that!
Specifically with baked eyeshadows and liners, like my Laura Geller products, spritzing the brush and then running the brush over the baked products directly works best. You get much better color payoff that way.
You can also spritz it onto the back of your hand or a makeup palette, dip your brush into a pressed eyeshadow, a cream eyeshadow, a gel eyeliner, etc and then dip that brush where you spritzed it on your hand or palette, then use it to line your eyes. This takes a product that might be on the dry side, makes it creamier so it applies easier and then it dries and lasts longer. I’ve done this with gel eyeliners that have gotten on the dry side, like my tarte gel liners or my Addiction NV liners.
You can see that it revitalizes the gel liner and intensifies the color payoff, making the black richer and deeper.
Best ways to use e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set with foundations and setting powder
Before you spray this directly on your face, make sure you’re holding it very far away! If you spray it too close, it won’t mist, it will get you too wet. You can also spray it on a duo fiber brush to apply it, rather than directly on your face.
For my sensitive oily t-zone normal to dry cheeks combination skin, it’s hard to beat misting this all over my face to help set my foundation. I will often apply primer, then foundation, then concealer, then setting powder, and by then I can look a little too dry, not glowy, so having a spray that I can use to just add some glow back into my skin is nice. If you’ve added too much setting powder, you can mist this on and it will help take away that powdery look that can age you. You can also spritz it onto a duofiber brush or a stippling brush and then use that brush on your face to add a glow back.
You can use it throughout the day to cool off and refresh your face. It’s soothing and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive, rosacea skin.
I recently discovered that you can take a concealer that’s on the thick side, like the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, dab that on your makeup palette or the back of your hand, spritz the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set onto the concealer, mix it together, then apply the concealer. This thins out the consistency of the concealer and helps it to apply better. It’s also less likely to crease.
As you can probably tell, the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer in Light is actually darker than my skintone.
If you have a very full coverage foundation, like Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Liquid Foundation, which dries quickly and is on the thicker side, you can try mixing this in with the foundation to make it easier for you to apply the foundation and to thin out the consistency a bit. This basically gives you more control with your application. I actually think it works beautifully with the Lock-It Tattoo foundation. It makes it so easy to blend out this foundation with a stippling brush.
You can see that the Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in Light 42 is a great match to my skintone.
Now, I really don’t use this to set my foundation for all day wear. If I want my foundation to last all day, I prefer to reach for Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I also have Model in a Bottle for that purpose. I really feel like MiaB and UD All Nighter do a better job at helping my makeup to last all day, while the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set, as far as foundation is concerned, is better at making me not look too dry and adding a slight glow. I.e. if I’ve used too much of the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, this fixes it.
While the MAC Fix + is $21 for 3.4 fl. oz (or travel size for $10 for 1 fl. oz.) you get 2.02 fl. oz for $3 from e.l.f. You can’t really go wrong spending $3 on the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set to see if it works for you. I think if you’re a fan of MAC Fix + you should give this inexpensive cruelty free dupe a try.
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Have you tried the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set? What are your favorite ways to use this type of product? Share your tips and tricks!