Long-Lasting Makeup In One Spritz? Check.


I’ve mentioned the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray before. But it wasn’t until a few weeks back when I was practically melting in Malta and having to set my hotel room air-con to arctic proportions that I really understood its significance in the beauty world.

My face is a makeup eater. Apply away and then approximately four, five, six (if I’m lucky) hours later it looks like I’m barefaced. Lily always says that it looks like I’m not wearing makeup when actually I spent a fair amount of time slapping it on in the morning, my face has just gobbled it all up somewhere along the line. Being a lazy and somewhat forgetful wotsit means that I often miss priming, but a step that’s added in after you put your makeup on? Now that I tend to remember and I find it works even better than primers that work at a pre-foundation level. One night out in Malta after heat, intense sweating and someone accidentally lobbing half their drink in my face, eight hours later everything was still there without a bare patch or crease in sight. Say whut!? 

Without over egging it, there are three functions that it excels at. Firstly – a primer. This is one that I tend not to use myself as like I said I always rush into foundation but I have sprayed it on before and find that using it as the bread of a makeup sandwich with all your base products in the middle is a guaranteed way to stick everything into place (if you remember to apply it first of course). Then there’s the setting spray function. Five or six spritzes once you’ve applied your whole face – eyes and all – is like hairspray for your complexion, but without a tacky feeling or funky smell. If you don’t like powder, then this is the solution to set everything down without a hint of heaviness. Its final use is as a mixing medium which works amazingly well with pigments. Pigments were always the little vials of glitter goodness that sat unloved gathering dust due to their application being an absolute faff, but spray your flat eyeshadow brush with the U.D stuff, dip into your pigment and there you have a foiled formula that goes on wet, dries in seconds and does not budge. Seriously.

I have to put my hands up and admit that I’m a bit of a setting spray newbie and haven’t given any non-obvious offerings (a..k.a MAC Fix+) a go, so post-makeup spritzing veterans feel free to add in your two cents below…


  • Em

    Oh Anna! I am so glad you enjoyed it- it really is such a wonderful product and it is so refreshing on the skin swell unlike some pre-foundation primers that feel a bit sticky on the skin!

    Your time in Malta looks wonderful as always

    Lots of love,


  • Bana Ridley

    I just came back from getting married in Mexico and this setting spray saved my makeup even when I was practically melting in 32 degree heat so I totally agree. It’s pretty amazing stuff. Lovely post again Anna! Always a joy to read 🙂 Bana xxx

  • Leannemariexo

    I love this setting spray. I’ve repurchased it many times!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie

  • Sylvia

    I own this but keep forgetting to use it! Thanks for the reminder. I will be digging it out tomorrow as it’s supposed to be 27+ degrees!


  • Mac Fix+ is my go-to product! I love the travel sized one.

    Anonymous Beauty Blogger

  • gigi

    You wrote a very similar post in April for beauty hack week when you told us that you were trying it for the “first time” then. LOL did you forget?


      Erm… She opens the post with “I’ve mentioned this before…”(sic) Anna clearly just wanted to write a whole post for this one product, given that it’s summer, and this product is particularly useful now.

  • Gemma

    Have been wanting to try this for ages, have tried quite a lot of setting sprays and am always looking for my holy grail item.

  • Sophie ♥

    I have the Chill version of this spray and it is awesome! I prime as well but this is like the very fine cement that holds my makeup together. That’s the worst descripton ever haha, I think you’ll know what I mean though.

    Sophie | Nana Wintour

  • I always forget to prime as well! I even get it out of my makeup bag when I start and I still somehow forget!!! I’ve been wondering about trying the UD setting spray for agggeess now but didn’t know if it actually did anything, think I’ll look into getting it now’

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Natalie B

    I adore this stuff! I don’t feel confident unless I finish my makeup with a few sprays! xx

  • I need to get my hands on this! I’ve been wanting to try it for so long x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

  • Ashleigh

    I have this but never thought of using it for a primer before makeup too! There are also some Mac pigments I’ve been eying up but the hassle of getting it everywhere scared me away but defo going to try it with Urban Decay Setting Spray.

    Great post yet again 😉

  • this product is coming super handy for hot summer holidays ! Thanks for the review Anna 🙂

    x Victoria

  • Oooh this sounds great for hot holidays!! I have never used a setting spray before as I think my make up stays put fairly well, but when it’s hot this definitely decreases. Thanks for the review!

  • Looks like a good product for when you don’t have time to reapply throughout the day 🙂

  • I mainly use it to take away that powdery look that I get when I reapply powder if I go out at night and I’ve applied my makeup in the early morning, I love it!

  • Charlotte

    I also find a setting spray great for long days at work and still wearing a light base/foundation.

  • Emily

    This looks perfect for the summer weather. Am definitely going to need to check it out xxx

  • Tay

    Just bought MAC fix + and also considering purchasing the UD one, if only it was available in Australia 🙁


    I love this stuff. When it was originally launched I saw a video clip of the founder demonstrating how to apply. She used it in an X and T motion. I tried it, and it actually gets all of your face, without any areas getting too wet.

  • I absolutely love this on nights out, and when it’s super hot outside. It makes everything stay perfectly, and just has magical properties.

  • Clementine Buttercup

    Ok, another one on my pre-holiday shopping list. I’ve been tempted to get this for ages.

  • I personally would give MAC fix+ a miss. It’s useful for de-caking but that’s about it. Smells nice too but whatevs it’s not that great.

  • It sounds lovely, perfect for summer! x


  • I had this for my prom 2 years ago and must get round the repurchasing this 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Daniella




  • It’s such a holiday essential! The ideal way to keep makeup in place in hot climates!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Pam Biggin

    I have just gotten the Urban Decay setting spray Chill and that is lovely, nice and cold when it goes on and keeps the make up there all night 😀

  • I need this in my life, it sounds amazing! x

  • Pia

    Is on the way to me… Sooo excited! 🙂

  • I’m like you with makeup Anna, I don’t know where it has all gone after four hours! it is so frustrating. I’m going to have to get this now 🙂 x


  • Rachel Polansky

    this is my favorite setting spray… been using it for years and it really does make it last!

  • Love almost all of Urban Decay products, so I have a feeling this is wonderful! I’ve never tried a setting spray but it sounds ideal in the summer time!

    Brittany |

  • Sandra

    this shiz is the best. hasn’t been off my face in 4 years since i first discovered it!! #hallelujah

  • Millie Robinson

    I love this stuff! I desperately need to repurchase it 🙂 x

  • Ella Min

    Really want to try this! Seems especially useful for warmer weather!


  • Hmmm … I wonder if this is a non-comedogenic product. If it is, I’d really like to try it out because summertime in Toronto can get pretty damn hot and humid.

  • I’ve never used a makeup spray but you make me want to try one out! 🙂

  • PeonyandPeach

    I’ve never used this but my friend swears by it. I can’t help but feel like it would be really bad for my skin! Have you found it to affect your skin at all? If not then I definitely want to try it!

    Giveaway on my blog!

  • Kelly

    I use this and I love it! My face, like yours, just sucks up makeup, and this is the only setting spray I’ve found that really works well.

  • I have heard of this stuff, but not in a positive light:

    In a nutshell, this woman was using the product for weeks, and after opening the container when the product wouldn’t come out, she found the bottle was full of mold/mildew! Because she couldn’t see through the bottle, she never noticed it! Luckily nothing bad happened to her, but it’s something people should keep in mind if using it leads to breakouts, sinus headaches, or if it smells weird.

    Make sure if you use a product like this to either keep it in a cool, dark place…or crack that baby open every so often to make sure it’s still good!

  • I’m not a powder girl and this sounds amazing, i think this will be in my next shopping basket !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • JoJo Di Benedetto

    This is the only makeup setting spray I ever used. I bought the travel sized one twice. I’m considering buying the full size but I would like to try MAC Fix + as well.

  • rebekah maryx

    i have never used a make up setting spray I might give it a go im still a bit sceptical

  • lisa robb

    This sounds good
    L x

  • Megan Roisin

    Wanted this for years. Think I may actually be getting it some time soon!
    Megan x

  • This spray is deep somewhere in my makeup drawer, but I always forget to put it on! I remember it seriously did wonders, thanks for reminding me of this gem!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  • Vanessa Gonzales

    I just picked the travel size version up at Ulta for $15. I was unsure about wether getting the de slick on or the all nighter. They also had a primer one which was supposed to be infused with vitamins, but both had really bad reviews. I am excited to try my all nighter one though!

  • Louise Hunt

    I always forget to apply primer too haha!Xx

  • I love setting sprays, they make a huge difference but I haven’t tried the UD one.

  • Catrin

    I absolutely adore this as my face gobbles up makeup too, (such a pain) but I do much prefer the old packaging (which I still have) as it’s got the prettiest skyline on it!


  • My face is the same & I don’t believe it took me so long to pick this up. I got this last week and I’m so happy with it!

  • I need this for my wedding day! Sounds like the perfect thing to keep your face makeup from going haywire!

  • charlotte

    just to let you know you are my favourite blogger! The way you write is amazing! aghhh the jealousy 🙂 x

  • Madeleine S-B

    My face does that too – no idea how! By the end of the day I’ve formed this bright red chin with absolutely no foundation on haha, I’ll definitely have to give this a go! x

  • I’ve been dying to try this, I should just bloody get it!

  • Lizzie Wilson

    I’ve been lusting after this for yonks – need it!! x

    Lizzie’s Corner

  • Catherine Théberge

    Thats is a shame! It doesn’t work at all on me! My face is actually on the dryer side, but I have a problem with my chin…my foundation tend to collect really easily and look patchy ! I started using the illuminating primer from Laura Mercier and it help quite a lot! So I bought the all nighter spray and it actually make it worse…it makes my makeup collect in my pores like crazy 🙁 ! Do someone have another recommandation of setting spray?

  • This sounds like such a good all rounder product, I really need to try it out! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • My make-up is the same too. I spend ages getting ready in the morning but within a few hours my make-up has come off! I should definitely give this a go! X

    Tilly Enn// A beauty and fashion blog

  • Helen Davis

    I was thinking of picking this up, but now I’m convinced! I hadn’t thought of using it with pigments either. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Helen x // Beautiful Curiosities

  • De-Slick is a personal favorite of mine, glad to see All-Nighter works just as well. UD has by far the best setting sprays!

    Izzique | For beauty, DIY, and lifestyle

  • Laura Jayne Garnett

    The MUA one is surprisingly good too! Xx

  • I forgot how much setting sprays helped with the longevity of makeup, thanks for the reminder Anna!
    Carolyn | BLOG

  • I really want to try some setting sprays but they always seem quite an extravagent item, but then again if they really work they seem like a great investment! x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I tried the Urban Decay Setting Sprays and I really didn’t find myself enjoying this very much, and I am a #SweatyBetty as well. I find the MAC Fix+ to be the perfect solution for me because it does keep all my product in place!

  • Freedom and Me

    Love this spray!
    It’s perfect and works so well 🙂

  • I have the same ‘makeup eating’ problem, ahah. I actually have the cooling version of that setting spray from Urban Decay – it does make a world of difference. The only difference between this one (the ‘All Nighter’) and the one I have is that mine is supposed to release a cooling sensation that helps keep makeup looking just applied after twelve hours. When I went into Sephora I was actually going for this one, but instead I got the ‘chill’ one, but I find it works wonders as well … wrote a blog post on it. haha nice plug there, eh? x

  • abeeyo_q8

    I’ve heard MAC Fix+ doesn’t really set very well…but rather it’s a good fix for overly cakey makeup. Would love to hear your thoughts on it if you get it

  • nueyork

    I have tried MAC Fix+ before but didn’t see effect enough to justify buying such a pricey product. This sounds a whole lot better though!

  • I love the UD setting spray way better than MAC Fix+! I prefer the cooling spray (Chill) for dry & combo skin and find it works really well for me, but I have also tried the long-lasting one and it’s great! I usually use mine solely as a setting spray but as a primer or mixing medium is an awesome idea too. Great post as always!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

  • I never thought about using it as a base for primers, such a good idea! Love your post!

  • Meg

    I have MAC Fix+ and it’s awesome! I think you should give it a try! 😀

  • Emily Knott

    I love MAC FIX+ You will have to try it!

  • Manouk

    I want to try this. I’ll pick it up in America x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • in a pinch, I’ll use strong hold hair spray. Don’t inhale!

  • Amy Cox

    I really want to try this 🙂
    Amy x

  • I have this spray and it really works wonders! It saves my makeup during my sister’s wedding day last summer- a long, busy, humid day and my makeup was intact by the end. Impressive, for sure 🙂

  • We did a review about this spray as well! It is definitely a wonderful spray (:

  • Abby Evans

    I have a similar problem with my makeup wearing and I also lobe this product. Great post!

  • The MAC one works really well on me (and I live in hot climate), I love it! Will give this Urban Decay one a go when I will run out of mine, it sounds good too! Xo, Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  • I need this one! My cheeks eats my makeup and I come home looking like I only put makeup on my forehead.

  • Stephanie

    I’ve been using this for a while and I LOVE it!



  • This definitely has been my go-to for summer, really happy I have this in my makeup arsenal!

    Blushing Biddies

  • CakeMama

    I live in Florida on the coast so I swear by this stuff! I put my make up on for a night out in the morning before work and then I use this stuff. Its amazing!!! I just add a little more liner,etc before going out that night. It keeps you flawless.

  • I’m just a little scared it would feel tacky!

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • Molly May

    ooo I’m intrigued!

  • Caitlin Durney

    Great article!!