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NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray | What’s In My Makeup

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray | What’s In My Makeup

I‘m trying to come up with a quip to start this post, but honestly… I’m drawing a blank. There’s nothing exciting about a setting spray. I guess it’s kind of like hairspray for your face?

About a month ago I picked this up in one of my hauls; I’ve never tried a setting spray before so I thought “Why not?” Blogging creates a really great excuse to buy stuff you wouldn’t normally gravitate toward and I think using it as an excuseΒ probably gets used way too often.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

NYX Setting Spray

How Does it work?

A lightweight, water based setting spray that keeps your makeup looking matte and a-m-a-z-i-n-g through every kind of weather – NYX

Well, to save you some time… this is a very anti-climatic product.
Would I say that it made a huge difference in makeup longevity throughout the day? No. That being said, it is winter time and the air is dry…so this might work better when it’s super hot out. I also have dry skin as it is and mattifying setting spray isn’t necessarily what I should have picked up. Perhaps that’s why it’s not a stunning product for me.


Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Alcohol VP/VA Copolymer (Binding/ Fixative), Propylene Glycol (Skin Conditioning), Disodium EDTA (Preservative), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Salicylate (Salt from Salcylic Acid), Plantago Lanceolota Leaf Extract (Anti-Microbial), Mahonia Aquifolium Flower/ Leaf/Stem Extract (Skin Conditioning), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative).

Presumably the key ingredient for mattifying would be the Sodium SalicylateΒ as it’s the salt derivative of Salicylic Acid. Whilst Vitamin B3 helps to keep some water retention (and it’s commonly used as an anti-aging product.) There are some preservatives in this formula which isn’t surprising, although, I’d rather avoid them anyway (personal opinion.)Β At least NYX is Cruelty-Free, so that’s a plus!


I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this product, as I don’t see the need for it. Perhaps this will change come summertime when it gets hot, but on already dry skin it doesn’t make a noticeable difference. The ingredients aren’t too bad, but they aren’t great either.

Do you like setting sprays?


  • I actually wanted to try this exact setting spray for a long time now and now I’m not too sure. It surely doesn’t sound exciting or very good. Maybe I should look for alternatives πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • lindseyelyse

      Really?! I guess it’s not a great review haha- I’m on the edge, if you have oily skin already it might work better. For someone with dry skin this makes like no difference…

  • I like using the All nighter and Deslick from Urban Decay and I also use a couple Korean setting sprays that I quite like as they’re great for refreshing and hydrating the face. xx πŸ™‚

    • lindseyelyse

      I feel like K-beauty has the makeup game down-pat. I’d love to try one from them!

  • Might be a good one for me. I have been meaning to start using setting sprays and primers, and I do love Niacinamide in my products. Even though I dont think it will do much when sprayed on top of my makeup.

    • lindseyelyse

      If you’re on the hunt for a matte setting spray this would be good! I guess it’s hit and miss between people who see if it makes a difference or not!

  • I’m another dry skin so I’ll be giving this a miss. I have read great reviews about Wet n Wild new setting sprays though and have been thinking of giving those a try. Hopefully I’ll like it because I have never used a setting spray before too.

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah those sound nice! There’s also a Dewy one from Nyx which probably would have been better for me… but oh well!

  • I love that you listed the ingredients! Thank you so much. It looks like a fun product to try. All the best, Ellese


    • lindseyelyse

      Glad you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

  • Haha, I can’t count how many times I’ve bought something to try for the blog. It’s shameful how many times it never actually makes it to the blog…

    Personally since I’m on the drier side I don’t find setting sprays necessary! A good primer and some powder (with powder touchups throughout the day) are sufficient for me. Gets me through 8+ hours running around at work, so I don’t see the need for another product.

    • lindseyelyse

      Haha, such a good/bad excuse! (good for me, but bad for wallet!) I agree. A good powder is enough to last me the day as well πŸ™‚

  • I’ve actually never used a finishing spray before either. Although I’ve heard good and bad things. I have oily skin so I don’t know if a finishing spray would be the best choice?

    • lindseyelyse

      If you have oily skin I think the mattifying one would be good! The salt would probably absorb excess oil. I have rather dry skin so it really didn’t help me much!

  • Personally not a fan of setting sprays. I just don’t like spraying my face with anything really hehe.

    Maria | Pink Petals

    • lindseyelyse

      Makes sense! I mean… does it reallllly help?!

  • I love using a setting spray but it seems the urban decay all nighter works best for lasting ability on my! I also recently picked up the shiseido quick fix mist and love the hydration! I think I’ll pass on this one though, as it doesn’t seem to do much!

    • lindseyelyse

      I just received the Shiseido Quick Mist and I’m excited to give it a go!

  • This was actually the first Makeup Spray I bought. I have to say that, even though it was alright, it was a great first timer’s product to try before using Urban Decay etc. So while I doubt I’ll use it again, I think it makes a wonderful beginner’s product <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • lindseyelyse

      Really?! Me too haha. You’re completely correct- for someone who has never tried Setting Spray before it’s a good thing to use to test it out!

  • Oooh this sounds lovely! I find it so hard finding an affordable setting spray, god bless NYX haha x

  • Ela

    It has been awhile since I’ve last used setting spray. I have oily/combination skin so for hot days setting sprays are saviours. I haven’t used nyx one, however I want to give it a try since it is affordable πŸ™‚

  • I’ve never tried a setting spray before but perhaps it’s something I don’t need then.. maybe what I need is a good primer to help the makeup last longer. Thanks for such an honest review. πŸ™‚

    Sally – DiagonSally

  • Shame it didn’t work. I had been wondering if I should be getting this and I when I saw you had this review, I got excited to read it. Glad I know now!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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