Oil and my face are like Siamese twins - where there's one there's the other. In the warmer months this tends to be a lot worse but it's always a concern of mine no matter what the season. So with this being said I obviously like to use products to counteract this and keep the oil at bay for as long as possible.
I don't normally use setting sprays. I reply on powders to lock everything in place and eradicate the shine. I was very intrigued to try the Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray*. It's said to be "a lightweight setting spray that helps deflect surface shine for a natural matte finish. High tech ingredients keep foundation and eye makeup in place, with no smudging and no fading. That 'Just-Applied' look for 12 hours"
The fine mist settles onto the skin and dries within minutes, initially delivering a cooling sensation and then ridding the skin of any powdery residue that same foundations and powders leave behind (much like MAC Fix+ would do). The spray doesn't make the skin feel sticky - which for some reason I thought it might do or leave a film on the skin to stop the shine and oil coming through. In fact it disappeared as soon as it was applied so no need to wave your hands around your face in order for it to dry. Just spray and go.
After using this for a couple of weeks now I can definitely say that I've found it does help control the shine throughout the day. I've not felt the need to powder or touch up as much as I used to and I think that this plays a big part in stopping the foundation breaking up and looking patchy, which can happen when there's excess oil present on the skin. Even though I was impressed with the results I think the claim of 12 hours maybe pushing it a bit. I found on my skin that after 8 hours my foundation had worn away in certain areas. Up until that point the makeup looked good and the spray saw me through the best part of the working day so that was good enough for me.
I've also found it works wonders when used with pressed pigments or wet-dry eye shadows as a fixing agent to achieve a foiled effect. It not only does the job perfectly but also keeps the shadow looking its best and prevents fading.
For the price (£5.00) I think it's definitely worth checking out if you're an oily gal like myself, and a much cheaper option that the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray.
What methods to you use to keep the oil at bay? Have you tried a setting spray like this before?
*Pr sample. All thoughts are of course my own.