That Dream Matte Finish? - NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray Review

Setting sprays have always been a hit and miss for me, I have never really understood how do they work exactly. How does spraying almost water onto your face help your makeup from moving? Either way I have only ever tried one up until now and that was the MUA setting spray when the brand first launched and honestly I noticed nothing changed when I applied it. My makeup still moved and if anything it made my makeup worse.

Putting that disappointing product aside I decided to try a few more setting sprays to see if they do potentially work. NYX has always been a brand I have wanted to try so bad, their blushes looks phenomenal as well as the lipsticks. But I have never really felt a real nice to get some, so I decided whilst in Topshop to look at the makeup they had there from NYX.

The first thing my eyes laid on was this the NYX 'Matte Finish setting spray' which claims to help keep the face Matte so any oil or shine is kept on the down low. It is meant to be long lasting so I can only assume that they mean it will last for maybe 5-8 hours possibly.

I have tried this with various makeup looks: just concealer, a little bit of foundation, and then the full works. This also includes applying powder to my face as well. I found that whenever I wore just concealer and powder it seemed to be average. 

The setting spray did help matify my face for about an hour but then I could slowly see some of the oil forming again. Which can sometimes happen even when I have used powder, but I would not expect it with a setting spray at all.

When it came to having foundation on the product just did nothing, my face was matte for a good 20 minutes before I could already tell it had started to go. After about an hour my face did not look matte at all, in fact my face almost looked watery. As if I had just spritzed myself with water which wouldn't really make sense considering I only sprayed the tiniest amount of this on my face. 

This retails for £8 which to me is an absolute rip off, the product just doesn't work. It feels as if I am just spraying water onto my face. Overall I am not a fan of this product at all, it doesn't help make my face look matte and it certainly is not long lasting. If you are thinking of buying this please do let me know how you get on with it in the comments below. Or comment below any setting sprays or products you have tried. 

Until Next time, Chloe!


  1. Try the Urban Decay brand setting spray, if you are on a budget, buy the travel/sample size for $14.00 US. You will not be sorry for it. I have kept a full face of makeup on for over 12 hours, even while doing heavy activity and sweating, and I live in the state of Florida, where all we do is sweat. :) Makeup forever also has a good setting spray but their formula is a little outdated. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks I have been considering it! I am definitely gonna try and get it soon I have been dying to try it for so long

      Thanks, Chloe