Can You Use A Makeup Setting Spray To Retouch Your Sunscreen?

by Gio

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I don’t set my makeup.

I put my makeup on but I don’t dust on that sheer layer of powder after I’m done.

There, I said it.

I feel better now the secret’s out.

I know it’s weird, but I don’t like the feel of powder on my skin or the mess it makes on my vanity. Besides, my skin is only slightly oily on my t-zone, so makeup holds up well on me.

So when Coola Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 landed on my desk, I thought, “maybe if I don’t have to put up with powders, I’ll finally start setting my makeup? And if I’m really lucky, it can solve all my sunscreen woes too.”

Is Cool Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 an effective way to top up your sunscreen?


You can’t live without it but…

How the heck do you reapply it every few hours without ruining that beautiful full face of makeup you spent 40 minutes putting on in the morning?

On the surface, Coola Face Makeup Setting Spray has everything you need to top up your sunscreen without destroying your makuep:

  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate: a.ka.a Octyl Methoxycinnamate. It protects skin from UVB rays and helps other UV filters last longer, too.
  • Homosalate: aka Octyl Salicylate, an UVB filter with a slightly oily consistency and a mild floral scent.
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate: a weak UVB filter. If it were used alone, it wouldn’t even be able to protect that well from UVB rays!
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzolymethane: a.k.a. Avobenzone. It protects skin from UVA rays but it’s very unstable and degrades easily when exposed to sunlight. Avobenzone can penetrate deep into your body, so it’s not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and small children (everyone else can use it safely).

UVA filters, check. UVB filters, check. Yep, it provides broad spectrum protection. If you apply enough.

That’s the tricky part. To get the SPF on the label, you need to apply it liberally AND evenly.

I got the first part down. I apply way more than I would a makeup setting spray sans SPF. But evenly? It’s hard to know if you have covered every inch of skin when you can’t really see the mist on your face. 

As awesome as it would be, you can’t rely only on Coola Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 to top up your sunscreen. But if the choice is between a potentially imperfect touch up and no touch up (and isn’t that the choice we women face every single day?), pass me a bottle, pronto!

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Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Coola Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 contains a huge dollop of alcohol. There’s no getting around this one. Alcohol is what makes it dry so fast on the skin.

My skin reacts pretty well to alcohol. Maybe it’s because I make sure I hydrate my skin well beforehand. But if you have dry or sensitive skin, this may not be the best way to retouch your makeup. Just saying.

When it first hits my skin, the spray is pretty wet. I find that refreshing, especially in summer. I was a bit afraid it would melt my makeup or something, but nope. My makeup survived intact.

Within a few minutes, it dried to a matte finish. It felt like I had nothing on, yet my makeup stayed put from morning till evening. I noticed it did last a couple hours longer than usual.

Available at: $36.00/£38.95 at Cult Beauty and Sephora


How do you touch up your sunscreen without ruining your makeup?

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Silica Silylate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzolymethane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, PVP, Parfum, Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamnal, Citronellol

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