Battle of the… Makeup Fixing Sprays

Today’s fabulous makeup review is by Beauty Babe Kirsten from Kirsten Murphy Makeup, who is sharing her thoughts on 4 Makeup Fixing Sprays she has used in her role as a professional makeup artist and which one is worth the spend…

Being a makeup artist I always asked loads of makeup related questions, one of the most popular questions is “Ok I have done my makeup… but how do I get it to stay put!?!?”

This can be quite a frustrating point for most people, because you’ve done your makeup beautifully in the morning and, by midday, half of it has faded! How annoying!

Enter the makeup fixing spray!!!! (drumroll please)

A makeup application is not complete for me unless I have fixed it all in place with a fine mist of my trusty fixing spray.

I have only really used a couple in my lifetime as a makeup artist – The MAC Fix Plus and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and more recently the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. So as you can imagine I was quite intrigued to try the other three to see if they actually worked!

First up was the L.O.V 3-in-1, a primer, fixing spray and refresher in one. I’m often slightly skeptical when a product offers too much…

This affordable brand is fairly new to South Africa and this was my first experience with the brand.

Infused with coconut water, this spray has a lovely sweet fragrance (and taste haha, if it ends up on your lips). I tested it on my arm in the images below. I spritzed it on before applying the blushers and then a spritz after to set it.

The first image is before and the second is once I had applied the spray to set it and when it was dry, I gently rubbed on it to see if it would move. Majority of the product came off, where as a little stayed behind, proving that it’s not all terrible, but your makeup might not stay in place for a full day. I also found it being a little sticky once applied and takes a bit of time to dry. I would personally continue using this as a primer spray when in a hurry and possibly as a refreshing spray half way through the day.

Stockists: Available at Dischem stores and online via Takealot.

Next up was the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Makeup Locking Setting Spray. An light, oil-free mist that is said to extend your makeup’s wear. To be honest, I don’t often expect miracles from drug store brands, which I guess is slightly judgy of me. But this Maybelline product blew me out of the water!

When I tested it on my arm, using the same process as the test above, I did a gentle rub once and nothing came off, I rubbed a little bit harder and still nothing came off! I do believe that this could possibly hold your makeup in place for 24 hours as my test results were amazing! Next time, I have to try it over a full face of makeup.

Price: R155

Stockists: Clicks and Dischem stores and online at ​

I love a dewy almost shiny face, although most of my clients don’t and prefer a matte face. Enter the matte finishing spray! This is a great invention for when you’re not wanting to cover the face in powder to mattify it, but rather prefer a quick spritz down the center of the face to ensure matteness. The NYX Matte Finish Spray has a fine mist and comes in a cute little convenient bottle.

Price: R170 for 60ml (a bit of a splurge!)

Stockists: All Clicks stores

On the left hand side I tested a gel-based MAC foundation with a satin finish mixed with an Inglot liquid illuminator. As you can see on the right the difference is quite significant. Although the fixing spray generally mattified the foundation ,there was a very very slight sheen left behind.

As a mattifier this product works well, but in terms of a fixing or setting, I am not madly convinced that it would help your makeup to stay on all day as a lot of the product came off when I gave it a rub.

The famous MAC Fix+ Plus Spray has always been a favourite of mine as a refreshing spray, or for use after applying powder to take away that dry look. And now it has a mattifying sister!

I absolutely adore the clean fragrance of the MAC Fix+ Sprays as they nostalgically transport me back to my days of being a “Maccie”.

This test was quite something. I was well impressed when I did the very same test as I did above. The MAC Matte Fix+ Spray mattified beautifully, almost completely dimming the shimmer. While it works amazingly well as a mattifier, as a fixing spray it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Price: R340 for 100ml

Stockists: All MAC stores & online at


So these were my findings on the 4 fixing sprays, have you tried any of these? Or any others? I would love to know if any of the others out on the market really work, drop us a comment below.

Kirsten x

Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.

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