Makeup setting sprays: a category of makeup products that I a don’t feel overly passionate about. It’s there, I used it, but to be quite fair I have never found one that I thought made a revolutionarily big difference to my makeup. Most of them just do what they need to do, which is to set your makeup in place and extend the wear time of your face makeup. But all the other claims these usually have to add glow or hydration, I usually don’t really believe those claims. I feel your primer, foundation, concealer, powder and colored cheek products combined are what makes the difference, but just a setting spray? Not really. That’s why my expectations are never that high whenever I try a new one. So let’s see how I got on with the new Catrice Clean ID setting spray.
Review: Catrice Clean ID Glow Prime & Fix makeup setting spray
This particular setting spray is one of many setting sprays that Catrice has been releasing as part of their Clean ID line up. The brand has been rolling out many products in their Clean ID line from eyeshadow to lipstick and even skincare! What it boasts is more easily to recycle packaging (on most products) and the products are also vegan, cruelty free and free from a whole host of other ingredients that you wouldn’t want in your makeup. Still it is affordable. This particular spray retails for €4.95.
What does this spray have to offer?
So I prefer to use sprays like this as a last step in my makeup routine. Just to lock everything in place and make sure it really won’t just melt off. That said, this product also promises to prime the face but I find that as a primer a spray just won’t do. It is difficult to get an even layer on the skin and the spray is usually quite watery and so I always question how much actual priming it will do. Needless to say, I have only used this as a setting spray. And for that it works quite well I have to say, but there is one big downside to this product.
What is the packaging like?
So the spray comes in a plastic bottle with a spray nozzle as many setting sprays do. This spritzer however is so fine that you barely feel and see it do anything. I feel the spray on this disperser the product a bit too wide so I feel a lot of product gets lost and I feel I can keep spraying this just to get my face covered in the product. This means that every time I use this, I use a lot more product than I do with other setting sprays I have used in the past. So while this comes with 100mls of product which is twice as much as Catrice usually gives you in their setting sprays, this takes so much product that after just a week of use I have already used up about 1/5 of the bottle. This won’t last long.
What does this product do?
However, the product does actually work for what I want it to do, which is to help make my makeup last a bit longer. And it does do that. But if I told you that there is setting spray on the back of my hand in the picture above, would you believe it? Didn’t think so. Yes, this mist is so fine that it is barely detectable. It evaporates quickly but also goes everywhere: when using it on camera I have had to be very careful that I don’t cover my lens in the stuff just from spraying it in the air. So a product that does what it needs to do, but in its use it is not my favorite and I have used other, better setting sprays that don’t take as much product.
How does the product apply to the face?
Whenever I review setting sprays I like to show you the before and after right when I first spray this on. You can see perhaps a touch more glow in the picture on the right, but really it doesn’t make much of a difference. Many setting sprays will make your face look wet when you first spray them on, but with this you don’t get that impact either as the mist is so fine it is nearly undetectable. I feel it doesn’t do enough to really make my makeup look more flawless either. It is just a mist that helps with the wear time of my makeup, but no more than that.
My final thoughts
The Catrice Clean ID Glow Prime & Fix spray is one that I will use up, but I won’t be repurchasing it once I am out. It is a pretty product that gets the job done but it’s nothing to write home about. I like my setting sprays to perhaps a bit more and the mister just feels like the product ends up more so in the air than on my face, making me feel like I am wasting a lot of perfectly good product. I know this product will be gone in a jiffy and then I would be better off buying a more expensive setting spray that takes less product to make it worth it in the end.
Would I recommend the Catrice Clean ID setting spray?
If you want the gentlest mister on the planet and you don’t mind wasting a bit of product along the way then I think this can be nice. I mean, the product itself is good, isn’t overly fragranced and it works well enough to do what it’s intending to do. That said, I feel a fixing spray shouldn’t take 10+ spritzes to cover my entire face which is why I feel this just isn’t perfect.