Product Type: ELF makeup
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A bargain price make-up setting spray
E.L.F. Studio Makeup Mist & Set
Member Name: zombieflesh
E.L.F. Studio Makeup Mist & Set
Date: 07/11/11, updated on 08/11/11 (84 review reads)
Advantages: quick and easy to use, extends the wear-time of your make-up, perfect for dramatic eye make-up
Disadvantages: doesn't work for lip colour, icky smell
One of my favourite cosmetics companies is E.L.F., which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face. They are an online retailer and their UK web store can be reached at this address http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. They have several different ranges of make-up, including their Basic, Mineral, and Studio lines. I love wearing make-up and have great fun experimenting with colours and different looks. It's nice to have lots of products to play around with but there are always a few items that become must-haves and form the basis of most of my 'faces'. I think E.L.F. is a great way to try out different products at a low cost, and I'm working my way through their items to see which ones I get on with.
This Make-up Mist & Set is part of the Studio range which aims to offer professional make-up artist quality products, and costs just a fraction of the competitors prices with an RRP of £3.50. It comes in a 60ml bottle which is small enough to pack into an overnight bag, and still contains enough to last for ages. I'm just over half-way through mine and that's lasted me for 8 months already.
Product description: "Keep your makeup in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold.
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 colour from running or fading.
Spray on after makeup application to set makeup in place or during the day for a quick touch up to refresh."
The bottle is made of black plastic and has a nice sleek look to it. There is a removable lid and this fits over the pump spray to keep it secure when not in use. The plastic is somewhat translucent and you can see the level of the remaining liquid through the bottle which is always useful.
Directions for use: 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 touch up throughout the day to refresh your makeup. Let it dry naturally or blot with a tissue to help speed dry.
I tend to only wear light, natural make-up during a normal day, and then really get creative and have some fun with heavy make-up on special occasions or for nights out. If I'm going to a big event and I've put a lot of time and effort into perfecting my make-up then I want it to stay looking perfect for the whole time I'm there. I always use my Mist & Set spray to finish my look before going out for the evening. I tend to use between 3-5 sprays over my face depending on how much make-up I've put on and how accurate my application of the spray is! I keep it held at a reasonable distance from my face so that the liquid has enough room to disperse into a light mist and it doesn't end up soaking my skin.
The spray has no colour as far as I can tell, but it does have a bit of an unpleasant smell. I was expecting a nice, clean, refreshing scent thanks to the inclusion of natural ingredients such as cucumber, green tea and aloe vera, but instead this just smells damp and mouldy to me. Thankfully the scent is only noticeable for a few moments after the spray is initially applied and cannot be detected after the liquid has dried. It usually takes up to a couple of minutes for the Mist & Set spray to dry fully, and I always leave it to air dry naturally to avoid the risk of smudging my make-up before it's had time to set properly. I also always keep my eyes closed for the full 2-3 minutes drying time, as I have found from experience that not allowing the drying time can lead to mascara marks and eye shadow creasing.
I don't really like to have to touch up my make-up endlessly through the night as I'd rather be getting on with having a fun time, and prefer hard working products that will do the job and last me through a night without requiring maintenance. This product is excellent for keeping eye make-up set firmly in place, and even after a hard night's dancing and partying my eye make-up will always look spotless by the time I get home - or even the next morning if I'm being a lazy slob and don't bother to take it off before bed time! It doesn't work very well at all on lip make-up, and when I'm out having a few drinks my lipstick will still transfer onto the glass or just generally wear away through the evening unless I re-apply to top up the colour. It does a good job of keeping my foundation looking fresh, especially if I use it again when I'm out for a quick refresher, as this keeps my skin looking dewy and clear. I have a combination / oily type complexion so I inevitably end up with some shine breaking through on my problem areas of nose, forehead and chin, but a quick re-touch leaves things looking good again in no time, and it works wonders to stop my foundation from melting off my face when I'm in a hot, sweaty club.
E.L.F.'s Studio range has some fantastic items and this is a real bargain that can help extend the longevity of your make-up - I think it's the perfect finishing touch before a night out and can thoroughly recommend it if you like to wear heavy eye make-up and want to avoid ending up with smudgy panda eyes.
E.L.F. are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Ingredients: Water , AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Leaf Juice, Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
Summary: A bargain price make-up setting spray