By Jacqueline Sager

There seems to be a new craze in the industry surrounding Finishing Sprays. Finishing Sprays are exactly what they sound like, a spray that you mist onto your face when you are finished applying your makeup that is supposed to keep your makeup in place all day without the need to reapply. So the question we need to ask this week is, is this a legitimate product, or should you save your money and skip the finishing sprays?  First off I am going to compare the ingredients of two products.

Product One

SD Alcohol 40B

Purified Water


Acrylates / Octocrylamide,


Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)

Biosaccharide Gum



Product Two

Dimethyl Ether

Alcohol Denat



Methacrylate Copolymer

Aminomethyl Propanol


Isopropyl Myristate


Benzyl Alcohol

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

Now let’s compare these two products. In common they both have alcohol in numerous forms, acrylates, water, copolymers and preservatives. Acrylates are film-forming agents that form a layer over your skin and produce a smooth feeling. Alcohol can be very drying, so for someone with oily skin this can be a benefit in the product as it will dry out their skin slightly and allow makeup to stay on longer instead of having your oil take it off, or your sweat wash it away. In almost all finishing sprays you will see water, alcohol, and acrylates as the top three ingredients. So what is the difference between the two products that I have mentioned? The first is the ingredient list is for a popular finishing spray that has been used by many makeup artists and was featured on the Oprah Show. The second is a popular hairspray. In checking out the ingredient list, the similarities are uncanny, so by breaking it down, you are essentially spraying hairspray on your face, while when applying hairspray you normally shield your face!

The reviews online seem to point to these products doing what they are supposed to do, holding your makeup in place longer, which I can see them doing because hairspray well, it makes your hair stay in place longer. That being said hairspray doesn’t work for everyone, so if you have really oily skin or plan to sweat a lot then this product is probably not going to amaze you, and in reality it would seem as if it would only hold your foundation/blush/bronzer in place because you don’t really want to take the risk of spraying this on your eyes! I would suggest picking up a primer, such as Urban Decays Primer Potion, or Two Faced Shadow Insurance, both have outstanding reviews for locking in pretty peepers. In all reality, if makeup was meant to stay, we would have been born with it already applied – ew, actually that’s a really weird thought, erase that. Today’s fast paced world is hard on our makeup and your only best bet is to reapply throughout the day to keep it looking fresh. Overall, the product is similar to hairspray and probably a waste of money if you have normal skin and won’t blow you away if you have really oily skin. If you’re still not hooked, there is always travel sizes.