Name: De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Brand: Urban Decay
Size: 1 oz and 4 oz
Price: $14.00 and $30.00
From Urban Decay’s website:
Oily skin has met its match! Mist on this weightless spray to control oil, deflect surface shine and help makeup stay put. Meet your most powerful oil-control ally. De-Slick mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up.
Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, clinically tested formula features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay put and keep skin looking smooth (but never shiny).
What I liked:
– helps control oil production and makeup stay put for a bit longer
– feels slightly sticky for a few minutes, until it is fully dried
– doesn’t mess up your makeup
– available in a full size and a travel size
What I didn’t like:
– contains alcohol, which can be drying
– if you have oily skin, this alone won’t be enough to keep oil production under control for long
I’m not a big fan of makeup sprays. It feels weird to spray something on my face, after I’ve just finished doing my makeup. I’m a bit afraid it’ll ruin everything, and that I’ll have to start again, but will less time to do everything properly. And won’t some of the product end up in my eyes and mouth, even if I keep them super shut?
Yet, as a combination skinned gal, I can hardly resist anything that promises to absorb excess sebum and control shine on my t-zone. Soi, when I had the chance to try a small sample of Urban Decay De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, I went for it. Did I regret it?
Well, I regret not reading the ingredient list first because the formula is so underwhelming! Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray is pretty much a hairspray for skin. Like hairsprays, it contains a high amount of alcohol that makes it dry quickly, and film-forming agents (PVP and Menthyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer) that form a protective layer on the skin that seals makeup, preventing it from fading throughout the day.
But just because they work similarly, don’t think you can use your hairspray and save $30 bucks. There are a couple of key differences between makeup setting sprays and hairsprays. First of all, makeup setting sprays have a less fluid, more lightweight texture. This helps them create an uniform layer on your face.
Another difference is the ratio of ingredients. Hairsprays tend to contain a higher amount of film-forming agents to create a rigid barrier that keeps hair in place. But that would just be too uncomfortable on the skin. Instead, makeup setting sprays contain less firm-forming agents and more emollients (like Polyhydroxystearic Acid) that help condition skin and make it soft and smooth. Butthey can still feel slightly tacky on the skin. Urban Decay De Slick unfortunately does for a little while, until it’s fully dried.
Not to mention that products formulated for hair may contain something that doesn’t agree with your skin. Better not risk it. But you can still save $30 bucks (or $14.00 if you go for the travel size). Makeup setting sprays aren’t a necessity, and this one doesn’t do much to justify the price tag. Yes, it creates an uniform film on the skin, but that doesn’t extend the lasting power of my makeup that much (but hey, at least it doesn’t ruin it like I feared).
This setting spray kept my t-zone sebum and shine free for two hours longer than usual. Not bad, but my t.-zone is only slightly shiny so De Slick didn’t have much work to do. My fear is that if your skin is very oily this won’t do much at all. You would need to use it together with other oil-controlling products, which is quite disappointing.
I’d rather much stick to a primer like Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, which can keep your oil production under control and your makeup stay put for longer, and also contains salicylic acid, which helps keep the pores unclogged and prevent breakouts.
But you know what’s the most disappointing thing of all? The much touted temperature-control technology is nonsense. There’s nothing in here that can lower the temperature of your makeup. Unless that’s just a fancy way of saying that the water in the product provides a refreshing feeling when you apply it. I guess that’d be quite nice in the summer, so I’ll wait till then to finish my sample.
Aqua (Water/Eau), Alcohol Denat, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PVP, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perflouroisobutyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Caprylyl Gylcol, Menthyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, N,2,3-Trimethyl-2-Isopropyl Butamide, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Extract
Urban Decay De-Slick Make-Up Setting Spray helps keep oil production under control and makeup stay put for a big longer. But, if your skin is very oil it won’t be enough on its own.