[REVIEW] Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

As with most holy grail products, I had heard waaay too many good stories and watched too many amazing videos about this product. Case in point:

So as someone who is always sweating buckets and staying out for long hours, especially when I am overseas, I thought that I should definitely invest in something that could help my makeup last longer.


Product Description

This high-tech makeup setting spray uses an ingenious formula to lower the temperature of your skin and keep makeup cool and pristine. Ideal for use in hot, humid conditions, the clever formula is suitable for all skin types. Simply spritz it across your pre-applied makeup to lock it into place. Beautiful!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 48


Ingredient List

Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenylpropanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Propanediol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Poloxamer 407, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT.

  • Denatured alcohol: can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts
  • PVP: commonly found in your hairsprays, in contact lens solutions, thickening agent in toothpaste
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder: reduce flaking, restore moisture
  • Fragrance: potential irritant
  • Benzyl Alcohol: potential irritant

I bought a travel-sized version at Sephora, because I reckoned that it would be better to bring a smaller bottle when I’m travelling (which is also when I would use this most frequently.

Packaging: There’s actually another small plastic cap inside the one you see on the outside, which is kind of troublesome because you have to take out two caps just to spray – an extra step to take when you are already rushing for time (at least, I always seem to be rushing for time in the morning).

I don’t know if it’s just my bottle, but I feel that the spray bottle isn’t the best either. I don’t get a very even spray – more like a small burst or drips of liquid that plop on my face, when I was expecting a more even mist. I don’t even know how people manage to do that X and T formation.

Texture and smell: I have to admit, I’m probably so used to great-smelling K-beauty products that this really turned me off when I first used it. I don’t even know how to describe the smell – the closest I can think of is like the musk of something gone bad. Fortunately, the smell disappears after a while, so you don’t have to suffer from smelling it the whole day.

Texture-wise, it’s very viscous so its gets absorbed rather quickly, and you don’t have to suffer from having random wet patches on your face.

Effectiveness: All the unpleasantries aside, I have to say that this product really does what it’s supposed to. It has helped my makeup (foundation, brows, blush and all) to look as good as it did when I first applied it, even after a workout session. I know I shouldn’t apply a full face of makeup to the gym (oops), but I’m doing this for science ya?

I didn’t test this on my lips so I can’t tell if it helps with lipstick – you shouldn’t either!


Final Verdict

As effective as this product is, I feel a little iffy about the ingredients used. Even though I haven’t faced any major skincare issues from using this, a lot of these ingredients are seriously not good for your skin, even if they added stuff like aloe vera to try and counteract.

I’m still not sure if I will repurchase this even as I am about to finish my current bottle…

Is this your holy grail? Let me know if you are still using this, and why!


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Vichy pH Balancing Thermal Water

The dry, air-conditioned air in offices and schools can really kill your skin – okay, maybe kill is an exaggeration, but it’s definitely not great. I’ve always wanted to get something to hydrate my skin on the go, then I got to know about this spray from Vichy.


Product Description

Formulated by nature, cannot be reproduced by science.
Formed over a long, slow journey through the crystal-clear depths of the volcanoes of the Auvergne, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is transformed and charged with rare minerals before returning to the surface, pure and naturally beneficial.
Naturally rich with over 15 rare, beneficial minerals including Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Manganese and Silicon, Vichy Thermal Spa Water has been recognised for its remarkable soothing, fortifying and regenerating properties, as shown by 34 tests, on over 600 people of all skin types, even very sensitive skin and under dermatological control.

20% less redness.
52% less burning sensations.
Dry skin reduced by 83% within 7 days.
Clinical study carried out by a dermatology practice on 50 subjects aged 18-60.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90 (150ML Twinpack)

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Ingredient List

A unique composition with 15 different minerals essential for skin health: Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Fluorine(F), Potassium (K), Silicon(Si), Magnesium (Mg), Sodium (Na), Sulphur (S), Boron (B), Lithium (Li), Strontium (Sr), Hydrogen carbonate ions (HCO3-), Ammonium (NH4+), Orthophosphate ions (PO43).

So I tried to look for a full list of ingredients but the only extra ingredient I could find was water… I’m not sure if all this spray contains is water and the five minerals, but I’m guessing that’s not entirely impossible. It would explain why this spray is suitable for people with sensitive skin, since it’s free from irritants.


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Packaging: So the first time I bought this, it came in a different packaging (see first photo). I think they may have changed the formula, hence the text on the bottle now includes how the spray contains 15 minerals. The 150ML bottle was not the most convenient thing to lug around so I ended up leaving it at home instead of bringing it out to hydrate my skin on the go, as I had originally hoped. The 50ML one, however, is just right. It’s small enough to fit into my handbag, my backpack – literally any bag that I use.

Texture: It’s literally enriched water, so you’d expect this to feel exactly like water.

Effectiveness: They have a few claims about how this product reduces redness (mostly caused by sensitive skin reacting to irritants, I believe) and dryness, and I definitely think my experience has proven their claims to be true.

Upon spraying, I feel this instant cooling feeling on my skin, which persists for about 30 minutes or so. It’s a bit short, but I have observed that afterwards my skin is definitely a lot less oily, and my makeup stays on for longer as well. It feels so good on my skin that I sometimes spray it on my face when I’m feeling too sleepy and need something refreshing to wake me up.

My skin has also periodic bouts of redness, where I’d suddenly get red patches (particularly on my cheeks) for no reason. When that happens, I will spray this on the area where it’s red to see if it helps to alleviate anything – and it sure does!


Final Verdict

Some people may dismiss this product as nothing more but a water spray, but I’ve got to say that this feels very different from spraying normal tap water on your skin. It really feels very refreshing, and my skin looks much less ‘inflamed’ than it does before. Even if you don’t particularly need something to hydrate your skin or reduce redness, this product is still great for keeping you alert and awake, especially when you need a perk-me-up.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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