Having my makeup stay in place all day is one of met biggest battle and especially now the weather is getting warmer I'm finding my makeup is sliding off my face even more. The biggest areas I struggle with is under my eyes and around my mouth area and at the end of the day these areas are patchy and my foundation has creased. So here is may run down of some of my favourite primer, powders and setting sprays and ones i'm not so impressed with.


I always a apply a primer as even if I don't need my makeup to last I feel like my foundation applies a lot smoothly and blends better. I have a mixture between cream and silicon based primers but my preference is definitely silicon, I find that it smooths out my skin much nicer. One of my favourite silicon ones if the The Body Shop Instablur, it reduces shine and gives my skin an even base for foundation application. Another silicon based one is the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Primer I like this one for eliminating any shine and it gives my foundation a matte finish, however, the staying power isn't the best i've tried.

A cream based primer that I bought and then forgot about is the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer, however it has now entered my life again and I'm loving it. It doesn't smooth out my skin as well as other but it does help my makeup stay in place all day and after being in uni 9-6 it still looked so good. Another two cream based primers I own are the S&G One Heck of a Blot Primer and Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer. I tend to reach for the S&G one over the Rimmel one as I find it smooths out my skin and reduces shine. Both of their staying power isn't the best but with a setting spray its fine.

And finally the weirdest of them all but one that is currently a blogger favourite is the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm which has become a massive hit lately. When I first saw this making the rounds on social media and everyone bragging about how amazing it was as a primer I was instantly sold, however, when I spotted it on offer I thought whats the harm in trying it. Now I'm hooked! The formula is quite watery compared to other so you need to be careful when pouring it out the bottle and I'm not a big fan of the smell (just think of a man)! But the staying power it gives you is honestly incredible, a little bit of this under your makeup makes it last all day and night and it doesn't seem to wear off like other. I would really recommend you head out and pick up a bottle of this.


Recently I'm all about using a translucent setting powder so it mattifies my skin and eliminated shine but doesn't distort the colour of my face. The NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder is one of my favourite and I love that is has little speck of glitter in them which sit on your face and reflect the sunlight. The NYX Studio Finishing Powder is my new favourite one and I tend to use this a little bit more than the NARS one as its obviously cheaper. This is a loose powder and the texture of it reminds me of icing sugar (obviously without the stickiness). The powder sets my makeup really well and leaves my skin without shine.


I really like using a setting powder as I feel like it locks in my makeup for the day. I picked up the L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist as i'd been told it was a really good dupe for the UD Setting Spray and so far I'm not disappointed. The liquid seems to have a powder base to it so it need to be shaken before you spray other wise you end up with white specks all over your face. However, once its shaken and sprayed on your face it sets all of my makeup with a matte finish and I find that my makeup lasts so much longer. For the times when I don't want such a matte look, especially this time of year, I reach for the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. This one obviously doesn't give your face a matte finish but doesn't leave it looking oily either. In comparison to the Infallible fixing mist this ones staying power isn't quite as good but still okay.

What are your favourite products to set your makeup?



  1. I've also been using Soap and Glory's One heck of a blot, and I find it to be one of the best primers that's under a tenner. I plan on trying some from the higher-end spectrum. :) xx

    Toni | sheergloss

  2. I definitely want to try out some setting powders! Great post.

    Anika |

  3. Great post! Staying power is super important to me so I always rely on setting powders, primers, and setting sprays.

    xo, Liz

  4. Ive never tried a setting spray before but I really should try one. The urban decay all nighter is one thats always caught my eye. X

  5. Primers and setting sprays are a must for me! My favorite setting spray is urban decay all nighter. :-)


  6. I desperately need the one heck of a blot in my life!! I use a setting powder everytime I wear any makeup as I find it always helps my makeup last longer anyways :)
    Kathy x

  7. I've heard good things about Urban Decay's setting spray! Might give it a try sometime :-)

    Liyana | Rouge & Ruche

  8. I really want to try the Body Shops insta blur, I use their vitamin C primer and it's so good for getting rid of pores! x

  9. I'm loving Laura Mercier translucent loose powder at the minute, but I also use Mac emphasize shaping powder and Anastasia banana powder for under my eyes :) x

  10. I don't know what I want more - all of those products or the marble background!

  11. I haven't found a primer that I like yet but you've listed some good ones to try!

  12. I don't really use primer but setting powder and fixing spray really helps with the longevity of makeup! I am curious about shave balm however I haven't given it a try yet.

    Ela BellaWorld

  13. I love the Body shop instablur, Its not to drying for my skin either. The NARS powder sounds great, I must check it out. The L'oreal setting spray is one my favourites too xx

    LPage Beauty

  14. Loved this, great post, I am loving the Nivea aftershave balm as a primer, and I can't live without my mac fix plus

    Kasie xo

  15. Great post thanks for sha ring I love nyx products I think I need to try their setting spray
    Have a lively weekend

  16. I think primer is the most important but I have a new obsession with setting powder!