e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Review

e.l.f. matte mist & set review

I have combination/oily skin and so when something has the words “matte” in it, I stand up and take notice which is why I got this mist and I’m doing this e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Review. This is one of two new setting sprays from e.l.f. and while a lot of people love the original e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set, it was only okay for me which is why I wanted to try these new setting sprays.

e.l.f. matte magic mist & set

matte magic mist & set


This fine clear setting spray helps makeup stay put and helps control shine for beautiful looking skin. Infused with Vitamin B, E, Arctium Majus Root to help hydrate and soothe. Lightweight, comfortable formula helps improve makeup wearability and prevent color from running or fading.


As you can see, alcohol is the second ingredient on the list so if you have dry skin or are concerned about dry skin, you may want to avoid this because alcohol can be very drying. I’m not too thrilled about the alcohol either because matte should not equal dry skin. Drying out oily/combination skin only worsens oil production.

The other ingredients that are touted in the claims are not that high on the ingredient list so I don’t think the quantities are significant enough to make a difference.

e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Review

This e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set is meant to be used after makeup application to set makeup as well as during the day for a quick touchup.

This spray produces a fine mist but a lot of product comes out so you need to be sure that you keep it at 12-16 inches as is suggested away from your face and only spray one or twice.

Because a lot of product comes out when spraying, my face was usually a bit wet. It is also suggested to let it dry naturally or blot with a tissue. I just let it air dry and this took a minute a two which wasn’t bad.

It has a very faint scent so it shouldn’t be too bothersome to you if you are bothered by scents. Most times I didn’t even notice the scent as I do with other products including other setting sprays that I have.

I used this setting spray after priming my face, applying a foundation (cream, liquid or powder), using a concealer on certain areas, and setting with a powder. This setting spray worked the same with powder, cream or liquid foundation.


  • Sets makeup very well and does an excellent job of preventing makeup transfer.
  • Does an amazing job of taking away the powdery look whenever I got overzealous with my setting powder. This is the best setting spray that I have found that does this so well and I’ve tried many others (low and high-end).
  • Inexpensive and you get a lot of product (2.02 fl. oz. or 60ml).
  • Although I was worried about the high alcohol content, it did not seem to dry out my skin. I would say that it gave more of a dewy finish than a matte finish.
  • Very faint fragrance.


  • When something says it’s matte, I expect a matte finish. This did not leave a matte finish unless I mattified my face first with powder but then the matte finish was due to the powder. If I applied it to dewy looking makeup, my makeup stayed looking dewy. This e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set did not take away any shine at all. If I needed any shine removed and have a matte finish, I would have to follow-up with my Mally Poreless Face Defender. This was very disappointing since I thought I would be able to take a break from using my Mally Face Defender which does the job very well but is expensive and instead use this setting spray in order to get a matte finish but this is not going to happen unfortunately.
  • Not a fan of the ingredient list especially with alcohol being so high on the list. The high alcohol content didn’t seem to affect my oily/combination skin but I don’t know how this would work on dry skin.
  • I didn’t notice any shine control. I still started getting shiny after about 2 hours which is normal for me. This setting spray did not seem to have any effect on when I started getting shiny. Again a disappointment.


I do like this e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set a lot more than the original e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set. It sets makeup very well and prevents transfer and I also especially like that it helped take away the powdery look of my makeup.

What I didn’t like was that on its own, it doesn’t mattify the face as it sets makeup. You will need other products if you want a matte finish. The ingredient list is also not the best. But despite not doing much to mattify my face, I would definitely buy this setting spray again.

Rating: 7.5/10

Available at elfcosmetics for $4

4 thoughts on “e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Review

  1. Sophie says:

    Does this product stop eyeshadows from fading? I am looking for something cheap to make my eyeshadows stay on longer without fading to nearly nothing after a couple of hours. Do you think this setting spray would help?

    • Lydia says:

      I never usually use a setting spray for this but I don’t think they will help with this. What helps my eyeshadows stay longer is an eyeshadow primer. The Urban Decay and Too Faced eyeshadow primers are my favorites and though they are about $20, I’m pretty sure they also come in travel sizes for about half that. You may also want try the e.l.f. or Black Radiance for even cheaper alternatives.

  2. Emily Thompson says:

    I just bought this last week and have been trying to get on with it but I’ve ended up more oily than I would usually be without it! I used estee lauder double wear foundation, therefore don’t need extra longevity but rather to get rid of the powdery finish. As soon as I set this I was shocked at how reflective my face was, and it hasn’t fared well throughout any of the says I’ve worn it. Yesterday my eyelids were actually tacky and my makeup sliding about all over the place! So disappointed in this product.

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