Face Mist vs Setting Spray: What's the Difference?

Discover the differences between face mist and setting spray and the important roles they play in your beauty routine.

Darlings, face mist and setting spray may seem similar, but they have very different uses within your makeup and skincare routines. Discover the ways that face mists and setting sprays differ and learn how to use them for hydrated, glowing skin and long-lasting makeup magic.

The Differences Between Face Mist + Setting Spray

Face mist and setting spray both spritz gently onto the face as a refreshing mist; however, they have very different purposes and have different uses in your beauty routine. The key distinction between face mist and setting spray is that face mist is a supercharged step in your skincare routine, whereas setting spray is the final step in your makeup routine.

When applying a face mist, the aim is to hydrate and revitalise the complexion with nourishing skincare ingredients. By applying a gentle face mist, your complexion looks revived and glowing while receiving a burst of healthy hydration that keeps skin feeling fresh.

On the other hand, the purpose of applying setting spray is to help fix your makeup into place. Locking in your makeup look with setting spray helps to extend the wear time of your face and cheek products, while also giving your complexion a perfecting, pore-blurring effect.

Face mist and setting spray can be used in different ways; for example, you can apply face mist in the morning as a wake-me-up step in your skincare routine, then take it with you on the go as a hydrating and refreshing skin pick-me-up. Similarly, setting spray can be used after makeup to help it stay all day, as well as before makeup to prime the skin for foundation or throughout the day to help revive your makeup look.

Whatever ways you like to use your face mist and setting spray, the key difference between the two is that face mist is designed as a hydrating skincare step and setting spray is formulated to help your makeup last longer. If you want a well-hydrated glow, reach for your face mist, and if you want to help improve the look and lasting power of your makeup, reach for your setting spray.

Tilbury Tip: Don’t feel like you need to choose between the two, darlings, both face mist and setting spray have a place in your makeup and skincare routine!

Why To Reach for a Face Mist

Face mist is a perfect way to give your complexion an instant rush of hydration, misting gently onto the face to refresh and revitalise the look of the face. You can reach for your face mist to douse the skin with immediate moisture. Within your skincare routine, apply face mist to cleansed skin in the morning and evening after cleansing to care for your skin with supercharged skincare ingredients. You can also reach for a face mist throughout the day to mist on the magic and beat the heat!

Tilbury Tip: If your skin feels dehydrated and needs some refreshment, reach for your favourite face mist!

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Discover Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist

Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist is my hydrating face mist for unlocking your instant, dewy-looking glow on-the-go! I wanted to create a refreshing facial mist inspired by the oxygenating effects of a professional oxygen facial. The supercharged formula features niacinamide to refine the appearance of pores and Hyaluronic Mesh to provide immediate, recuperative hydration.

This magical mist is a must-have step in your magic skincare routine and an essential for your travel bag. Hydrating your skin with face mist is easy… just MIST, GLOW and GO!

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Why To Reach for a Setting Spray

While face mists are designed to hydrate your skin, setting spray is the one to reach for when you want your complexion to look perfected and your makeup to last for longer. You can apply setting spray after completing your skincare routine as a primer that smooths and evens the look of your complexion before makeup, as well as applying over makeup once your look is complete to lock it into place. You can also reach for setting spray throughout the day to mist onto your makeup, helping it to look smoother and just applied.

Tilbury Tip: Reach for setting spray whenever you’re wearing makeup to help your look stay all day!

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Discover Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

I created Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray as the ultimate AIRbrush fix for your makeup! Inspired by the smoothing, pore-blurring effects of my AIRbrush icons Airbrush Flawless Finish and Airbrush Flawless Foundation, this iconic setting spray helps to extend the life of your makeup while giving the skin a beautifying, airbrush effect. Enriched with aloe vera for a dreamy, smoothing effect and flawless film formers to help prevent makeup from melting, fading and budging, this high-performance formula is every makeup wearer’s best friend.

Tilbury Tip: If you adore Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, discover the travel-sized version for magic makeup touch-ups on-the-go!

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Darlings, both face mist and setting spray are magical additions to your makeup and skincare routine! Follow these Tilbury tips to make sure you’re reaching for the right product at the right times and use Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist and Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray to unlock hydrated, glowing skin and long-lasting makeup magic!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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