For our 26th annual Best Beauty Buys, the InStyle team worked with leading dermatologists, makeup artists, hairstylists, wellness experts, fragrance connoisseurs, and manicurists to find out which products they can't get enough of. Now, the votes are in — and you'll want to get ahold of these 229 beauty game-changers.
There's nothing quite as gut-wrenching as looking in the mirror after a long day and seeing makeup that looks as if it were drawn on by a preschooler. It's only achieved after hours of going about life as usual, not knowing you resemble a caricature. There's a way to prevent this mix of embarrassment and dread, though, and it's to do as the professionals do: Use Urban Decay's All Nighter setting spray as the final step in your makeup routine.
The makeup setting spray is one of the best known and most praised, and with good reason. According to the brand, it keeps makeup in place for up to 16 hours. This is why so many professionals stand by the under-$35 product — and why it earned a spot in this year's Best Beauty Buys.
Celebrity makeup artist Amber Amos says the spray is a game changer, especially in this era of face coverings. "It keeps my masks practically makeup-free," she said. "I also love the satin finish, which for me doesn't interrupt my glow, but for more oily skin you still don't have to worry about getting too dewy."
The no-nonsense approach is another plus. According to Amos, "you can legit set and forget, who doesn't love that!"
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Content creator and makeup artist Jamie Greenberg says the spray is "the best on the market," adding that "it sprays in a light mist fashion and keeps the makeup in place all night."
To use the transfer-resistant spray, just spritz it a few times all over your face once you're done applying makeup. The seconds-long process makes all of the difference for long days, longer nights, and everything in between, per reviewers.
Shoppers say the smudge-reducing product can even withstand seriously toasty weather. One set their makeup with the beloved spray prior to a day at Disneyland. "It withstood hours of 97 degree California heat and Splash Mountain," they explained. "It is officially a staple in my makeup bag."
Speaking of bags, the customer-loved item comes in two sizes. The 1-ounce size is small enough to fit inside clutches and even the pockets of handbags and totes. (This way, retouching your look is always an arm's reach away.) The 4-ounce option is thin enough to squeeze into tight drawers or onto crowded bathroom countertops.
20,000 reviews and a solid 4.7-star rating at Ulta is just the kind of love a face-saver should have. Shop the spray that'll keep your eyeliner looking like makeup — not crayon — below.
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