You Need Makeup Setting Spray In Your Life. Here’s Why.


Makeup setting spray is something I got into early last year, and I’ve never looked back. As the President of the notorious Oily Skin Gang (OSG for life!), all I do is look for tips and tricks on how to keep my makeup from slipping off within 2 hours of application. Primer is absolutely essential but is CERTAINLY not fail safe for me. I’d seen an article about setting spray (can’t remember where now) and then spent hours researching various brands and reviews because I was heading to Dubai and wanted to buy some while I was out there. And that is exactly how I stumbles upon the Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray range!


Sidebar- I LOVE Urban Decay! In my last post, I mentioned their eyeshadow primer potion which has become a staple product for me.



Urban Decay teamed up with Skindanavia (best know for their bridal makeup setting sprays) to give us a range of sprays to tackle different skin concerns. Theres the Chill- which is a hydrating spray designed for dry skin types (obvs),  the De-Slick- which helps with oil control, and the All Nighter which promises to keep makeup smudge free for up to 16 hours.



Naturally, I bought the De-Slick (from Sephora). Upon first usage I was completely in love! It is completely weightless and gives makeup a nice finish. Because of my oiliness I have to wear quite a bit of powder which can look a bit cakey, but after a few spritzes my foundation looks luminous and not overpowdered at all. It also definitely keeps my makeup from slipping. My main problem area is my nose, after 2 or 3 hours my foundation completely disintegrates. But when I use this, the foundation stays put. I still get pretty shiny after a while, but at least my makeup stays on my face and I don’t look like I’ve been running in the rain. So i just blot when I need to and keep it moving.



I also tried the All Nighter. I find it to be interchangeable with the De-Slick. Not much of a difference in terms of the staying power. But I also really like it for the same reasons as I like De-Slick.



Here’s me before applying makeup setting spray and after (I used the All Nighter)



(The lighting is better in the second photo, but still. My makeup clearly looks better, not cake-y and more luminous. Also please ignore the fact that I look sick and hungry. Its because I’m not wearing any eyeliner. You have to use the setting spray BEFORE you apply eye makeup because it will make it run. Do NOT forget this).



(Ahhh! MUCH better eh? I literally refuse to live without my Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner).



Late last year I was looking through a Nigerian online beauty store and saw the Ben Nye ‘Final Seal’ makeup setting spray. I was quite intrigued because 1) Its Ben Nye 2) I had never heard of it/come across it before and 3) IT’S BEN NYE!


I looked it up and the reviews were pretty good. Ben Nye actually started out doing theatre makeup (which has to stay on for hours under hot intense lights) so if anyone knows a thing or 2 about keeping makeup from smudging it would be him! I hurriedly purchased a small bottle to try out.


I don’t know how I feel about the spray because I HATE the pump! You know how a spray should deliver the product to your skin like a fine mist? It delivers it like Windolene spray basically- in huge splotchy uneven droplets. So I haven’t been able to use it properly. I’m waiting for one of my Urban Decay bottles to finish so I can decant the Ben Nye into it. As soon as I do- I’ll update everyone.



I’ve had a quick look, and for us in Nigeria the only site that seems to carry both the De-Slick and All Nighter is .It retails for N6800 there (not bad actually!) and the bottle lasts quite a while. Well worth buying. The Ben Nye one is on



How To Use


1) Shake Well

2) Apply Makeup

3)Hold the bottle 8-10 inches away and mist face 2-4 times in an ‘X’ and ‘T’ formation.

Again, use the setting spray BEFORE you apply eye makeup so you don’t end up looking like a crying raccoon.


And that’s it! Have you tried any of these? Do you use a makeup setting spray?


Let Me Know,


  • Vickie
    Posted at 17:02h, 09 March Reply

    Hi Nicole..I loooove your blog.always strolling by for any awesome beauty tip.I neeeeeed your face just keeps getting darker.I am absolutely clueless about what to use on it.Any recommendations.I am dark with combination skin.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:18h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Vickie! Are you using sunscreen every single day? You absolutely must. Vitamin C serum during the day also helps repair/prevent any further sun damage. Hope this was helpful xx

  • Toya
    Posted at 17:10h, 09 March Reply

    Hey Nicole,
    Hands down the ubran decay sprays are everything. I literally ran to the ulta beauty stores to buy my new bottle after i ran. It’s the next best thing sinçe sliced bread. Hugs

    • Nicole
      Posted at 17:17h, 09 March Reply

      Hi Toya! I LOVE THEM TOO! Which of the sprays did you get? xx

      • Toya
        Posted at 18:20h, 11 March Reply

        Heie Nicole. I got the oil lasting and I have been fighting the urge not to stop by ulta and grab 5 more incase I run out. What are ur tots on body butters?

        • Nicole
          Posted at 15:25h, 13 March Reply

          Hi Toya! Yayyyy I’m so pleased to hear that! Depends on where the body butter is from actually. Which ones are you interested in??

          • Toya
            Posted at 17:13h, 14 March

            Hey. I’m interested in the ones from bodyshop. I got some travel size ones at ulta when I copped the setting sprays. I’ve got really dry skin so I need very good one. We can’t be looking ashy cos tat is not cute.
            FYI ur my new bestie in my head. Lol

          • Nicole
            Posted at 09:21h, 15 March

            Hi Toya! You are my bestie too! I’m not a big Body Shop fan because I have really dry body skin so I need something that is more emollient. I love Almond Oil though, I add it to all my lotions because its incredibly moisturising. So you could get some to add to your Body Butter and you’ll be nice and glowing! Hope this was helpful xx

  • Uzo
    Posted at 20:47h, 09 March Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    This is awesome! I have been looking for a good make up setting spray. I see that glow and I will definitely be getting the urban decay all night spray this weekend.

    Thanks a lot. Xoxo

  • Nenye
    Posted at 08:45h, 10 March Reply

    Hi Nicole ,

    Thanks for the heads up on the setting spray would definitely buy one soon.please where can I buy the Chanel eyeliner thanks

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:02h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Nenye! I don’t know anyone who currently sells the Chanel eyeliner in Nigeria sadly! 🙁

  • Nnenna
    Posted at 13:50h, 10 March Reply

    Hi Nicole! Like Omg. Urban Decay setting spray is the truth! I remember i used to use MAC’s spritz spray after ‘baking’ my face up for a long time and then, only for my make up to slip off after an hour or so. *Sigh* So annoying. I currently use the Chill for day time/ hot days, esp. when I know I will be outside, and then the All Nighter, for night time. Thanks for the tip on using the setting spray BEFORE applying eye makeup. Had no idea !!!
    Again, your blog is awesome! Keep up the good work. WE ARE LOYAL!!! lol

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:00h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Nnenna! The MAC spray is gorgeous, but it isn’t actually a setting spray. Its more like a finishing spray just to pull the whole look together, make you glow and remove any excess cakiness from your foundation. Which is why it didn’t work lol. I’m SO pleased to hear that you use the spray! My sister bought the All Nighter yesterday and is already in love. And yayyyyyyy re: LOYALTY! I am forever loyal to you as well girl! Thank YOU so much xx

  • Onyinye
    Posted at 19:01h, 10 March Reply

    I’ve been using milk of magnesia as primer for a while, it’s great but as it’s main use isn’t for a makeup, I’ve been thinking of trying other primers and setting sprays formulated for makeup.
    A guest blogger recently reviewed Benefit’s Porefessional matte rescue on my blog and i added it to my list of products to try. Thanks to your post i now have another product to try, the Urban decay sounds great!
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    • Nicole
      Posted at 15:32h, 13 March Reply

      Milk of Magnesia is great for occasional use, but definitely not as an everyday primer as it affects the acid mantle of your skin by changing its pH levels, making it more prone to lines and breakouts. I have a friend who swears by PoreFessional as well actually. Might give that a try as well one of these days. If you try the setting spray please come back and let me know xx

      • W
        Posted at 11:46h, 06 June Reply

        Hi Nicole, this is my first time on your blog and av been true the recent articles. I have extra combination/oily face as well so will give the setting spray a try. I just saw your comment on the Porefessional and i just had to reply. I have been using the range for almost a year now- primer, blotting stick and i even got the moisturizer, it hasnt been very good for me. It has the same feel as the No7 primer.

        I am currently looking for a new primer to try out, any recommendations?

        • Nicole
          Posted at 16:52h, 12 July Reply

          Hi there! Oh thats a shame re: No 7. I really like the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer. I’ve also heard great things about PoreFessional by Benefit Cosmetics. Let me know if you try any of them! xx

  • Tayo
    Posted at 14:09h, 14 March Reply

    Please what type of vitamin c serum and body cream can you advise me to use. I don’t really know what to use on my face

    • Nicole
      Posted at 09:24h, 15 March Reply

      Hi Tayo! I have a post on the site with my current skincare routine showing everything I use on my face- including Vitamin C serum. Why not have a look and please let me know if you have any further questions. In terms of body lotion- I love the Goats Milk Lotion by Bath Kandy. I’ve also mentioned it a few times on the site. Hope this was helpful! xx

      • Tayo
        Posted at 08:29h, 16 March Reply

        I have gone through the post but I can’t afford them.Please do you know of any other brands that are no that expensive.Thanks

  • Fatima
    Posted at 10:06h, 17 March Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    I need advice on how to get rid of dark knuckles. I’ve literally used every product that’s been recommended and still haven’t seen any positive result. A friend recently recommended using baking soda and lemon scrub. I’m just a few days in so keeping my fingers crossed. Do you have any tips on natural remedies that actually work for that?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 10:16h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Fatima! I believe the baking soda and lemon scrub should work, lemon juice is great for discolouration. I would also recommend moisturising your knuckles with almond oil as it helps with discolouration too. A few years ago my underarms got a bit dark (random, I know) and using almond oil consistently at night helped me tremendously. Hope this was helpful xx

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