Top 12 Best Korean Setting Spray In 2023

Best Korean Setting Spray
Setting spray is one of the most famous K-beauty products. So I have reviewed the 12 best Korean setting sprays on the market!
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To me, the K-beauty industry is fascinating. They have been doing their own beauty care and with the rise of the Korean culture worldwide their skincare hasn’t gone unnoticed. If you ever wondered what Koreans spray on their face, it actually is called a setting spray! So here at BeautiClassy, I have reviewed 12 of the best Korean setting spray. So if you always wanted that dewy glass skin that Koreans are famous for, the setting spray is how they make sure to enhance it!

1. Best Overall – self beauty Glow Makeup Setting Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: All
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Radiant
  • Liquid Volume: 3.38 fl oz. (100 ml)
  • Scent: Rose

Description

Get a radiant look on your face for the whole day with the self beauty Glow Makeup Setting Spray!

Features

Radiant dewy look: keeps a natural glow on your face with a dewy look

Long-lasting: lasts for a whole day, even under heavy exercise

Water and sweat resistant: keeps your makeup fresh from water and sweat

How to use

There are two ways to use a makeup setting spray. The first method is where you apply the spray on your face directly (eyes closed to get to any eye makeup you might have on) by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. You can either use this after each makeup application or after you have put on your complexion makeup like foundation. The other method is to spray on a makeup brush and then apply it to your face. Remember, you use makeup spray only after you have applied makeup on your face, not before!

Expert Verdict

There is a reason why the self beauty Glow Makeup Setting Spray! It is really long-lasting, and it lasted me for the whole day even when I was sweating and exercising. It kept both powder and liquid foundation on my face without any mess at all too. The other great thing about this is that the radiant glow does not fade for the whole day either, it will stay on your face just like your first application. And the brilliant thing is it doesn’t need to reapply either, it stays on your face without creasing or smudging your makeup at all! It is also smudge-proof so you can expect your makeup to not transfer onto a mask or hand if you were to wipe your face. On a whole, it has all the benefits without any sort of con whatsoever, which is why I just had to put it on my best overall list! It is just superior to any of the Korean product on the list!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Mostly transfer-proof
Sweat and water resistant
Radiant look all-day
Works for all types of makeup
Don’t really need reapplication for the day

2. Best for Non-Drying Formula – LUNA Long Lasting Makeup Finishing Setting Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Normal
  • Spray Type: Fine mist
  • Finish Type: Natural
  • Liquid Volume: 3.3 fl oz. (100 ml)
  • Scent: Slight floral scent

Description

Leave your face with a dewy look with the LUNA Long Lasting Makeup Finishing Setting Spray

Features

Oil-free: get a natural glow look to your face without an oil

Weightless: feels like nothing is on your face

Transfer-proof: keeps the makeup on your face without transferring

How to use

First, shake the bottle for a good 5 to 10 seconds. Then close your eyes and apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. Spray liberally on your face and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry (wait 10 seconds between sprays for it to set on your face). Or, you can spray on a makeup brush and then apply it to your face. Remember, you use setting spray only after you have applied makeup on your face, not before!

Expert Verdict

What I like about the LUNA Long Lasting Makeup Finishing Setting Spray is the dewy look it gives with its non-drying formula. It leaves the face feeling weightless like you have not put anything on your face which is a definite plus for this product. I also like the transfer-proof set that it gives where you won’t have to worry about your makeup becoming ruined. However, it does not seem to last all that long because I had my makeup starting to crumble after the 4-hour mark. Definitely needs a touchup of the spray to continue keeping your makeup protected.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Dewy look because of the non-drying formulaDoesn’t stay more than 4 hours; needs reapplication
Weightless on the face
Keeps makeup transfer-proof

3. Best for Rose Water Essence – The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Priming & Setting Facial Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Dry and sensitive skin
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Natural
  • Liquid Volume: 3.52 oz. (100g)
  • Scent: Lavender and jasmine

Description

The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Priming & Setting Facial Spray is an unlikely collab that keeps your face hydrated with rose water essence!

Features

Sensitive skin safe: keeps your sensitive skin from breaking out

Hydrating: keeps your face hydrated before and after makeup

Great smell: a flowery smell of jasmine and lavender enhanced by rose water

How to use

First, shake the bottle for a good 5 to 10 seconds. Then close your eyes and apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Or, you can spray on a makeup brush and then apply it to your face. Use it once before applying makeup and once after the makeup has been set.

Expert Verdict

The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Priming & Setting Facial Spray is a wonderful setting spray that you can use to keep your face hydrated for the whole day! The rose water essence keeps your face hydrated while also being good for sensitive and irritated skin. There is also a wonderful smell of jasmine and lavender that has this calming effect on your face too! My only problem was that the pump was very hard to use, needing a lot of force to push out the mist from the bottle. Otherwise, it was a great little product to use!

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Great for sensitive skinSpray pump hard to pump
Calming effects of rosewater and flowers
Keeps face hydrated

4. Best for All-Day Tight – So’Natural All Day Tight Makeup Setting Fixer

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Combination
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Glowing and tightening
  • Liquid Volume: 2.53 fl oz. (75 ml)
  • Scent: Citrus smell

Description

Keep your makeup nice and tight on your face with the help of So Natural All Day Tight Makeup Setting Fixer!

Features

Combination skin safe: great to use on combination skin

Makeup tightening: keeps the makeup on your face nice and tight

Smooth coverage: gives your face a smooth look

How to use

Close your eyes and apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Apply it once you have applied and the makeup has set

Expert Verdict

When you are in need of a product that helps to make your makeup feel tight and not budge at all, then the So’Natural All Day Tight Makeup Setting Fixer is what you are looking for! The product keeps your makeup really nice and tight that won’t smudge or budge at all! Only through intense rubbing did only some of the product come off. The smooth coverage it provides feels nice and the fact that it didn’t cause breakouts on my combination skin was fantastic. However, the mist itself can be watery and leave your face feeling heavy so watch out for that. It does leave the face feeling refreshed and moisturized as a result.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Refreshing and moisturizingQuite watery; leaves face feeling a bit heavy
Tight makeup that can withstand up to intense rubbing
Covers the whole face really easily

5. Best for Glowing Skin Expression – ROKKISS Cool Hydrating Fixer Mist

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Normal to dry
  • Spray Type: Oil-type mist
  • Finish Type: Glowing skin
  • Liquid Volume: 3.38 fl oz. (100 ml) each
  • Scent: Floral smell

Description

Get naturally glowing skin expression that is left hydrated with the ROKKISS Cool Hydrating Fixer Mist!

Features

Cooling ingredients: soothes and cools your face with cooling ingredients like spearmint and aloe vera

Plump and healthy skin: with the help of trehalose maintaining the moisture levels

Dry skin: removes dry skin and keeps skin hydrated

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Pat it down lightly to allow it to absorb into the skin.

Expert Verdict

This did feel a little dry in the beginning but after a bit, I felt that the ROKKISS Cool Hydrating Fixer Mist cooled and hydrated my face perfectly well! The cooling ingredients are no joke either, they really do cool down your face. The oil in the formula was really good at keeping the face nicely moisturized but it was a bit too oily for parts of my face. My skin had this natural glowing skin essence that was helped by how plump and supple my skin felt after using it. All in all, a great product.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Natural glowing skin essenceNot for oily faces
Dry skin felt moisturized
Plump and supple skin

6. Best for Sebum Control Fixer – Dermalogy By Neogenlab All Day Makeup Setting Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: All; especially for oily skin
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Natural
  • Liquid Volume: 2.7 fl oz. (75 ml)
  • Scent: Tea tree oil

Description

Help to control the sebum levels on your face with the Dermalogy By Neogenlab All Day Makeup Setting Spray!

Features

Sebum control: controls the levels of oil on your face

Smoothening effect: leaves your makeup looking smoother than ever

Alcohol-free: get a long hold on your makeup without the need for alcohol

How to use

Shake the contents of the product really well. Then hold it above your face and spray it downwards from about 6 inches away from your face. You can either let the product naturally absorb into the skin for the best result. Wait 10 seconds between sprays so that the spray sets on your makeup.

Expert Verdict

When there is a setting spray that is alcohol-free, I am all the more intrigued. The Dermalogy By Neogenlab All Day Makeup Setting Spray keeps your makeup smoothed with no creases. And the best thing about this product is how it keeps the sebum and oil levels on your face completely under control, making it one of the few Korean setting sprays that actually deals with oil on your face! However, with the presence of some essential oils in the product, I think it might not be that great for sensitive skin types.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Sebum level controlledNot great for sensitive skin types with continued use
Oily face kept at bay
Makeup looks smoothed and have no creases
Alcohol-free so no skin drying

7. Best for Lightweight Long-Lasting – L.O.C.K. Makeup Setting Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Dry and sensitive skin
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Dewy
  • Liquid Volume: 3.38 fl oz. (100 ml)
  • Scent: Cica and tea tree

Description

Get a lightweight and long-lasting Korean setting spray in the L.O.C.K. Makeup Setting Spray that will soothe your inflammation as well!

Features

Soothing hydration: with the help of cica and tea tree extracts

No melting: keeps your makeup on your face without fear of makeup melting

Great mist: an even and great coverage mist

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Remember, you use makeup spray only after you have applied makeup on your face, not before! A pro tip to give: spray a bit of the product on your makeup brushes to really help your makeup application stay on for even longer!

Expert Verdict

The L.O.C.K. Makeup Setting Spray has probably the best mist spray on the list here! It gives excellent coverage and sprays just enough to cover your whole face without needing to readjust your face to the mist! It will also dry naturally so you wouldn’t have to worry about touching the mist on your face at all! The other great thing about the mist itself was how lightweight it feels, making it not weigh down the face one bit. The soothing ingredients not only provide inflammation relief but also provides the hydration your makeup sorely lacks. With the pro tip, I can say that this Korean setting spray will do a good job of staying on your face with how light it is! However, it lacks at being transfer-proof because of its lightweight nature not being to have a complete hold of the makeup. So do be careful when you want to wear a mask or are rubbing your face when you have this setting spray on.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Soothing hydrationStill is transferable to mask and hand
Best mist dispenser on the list
Lightweight
Long hold

8. Best for Glow and Hydration – Blithe Korean Makeup Primer Aurora Second Skin

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Specification

  • Skin Type: All; even for oily skin
  • Spray Type: Long mist spray
  • Finish Type: Glow
  • Liquid Volume: 2.7 fl oz. (80 ml)
  • Scent: Lavender

Description

Get a glowing makeup look backed with loads of hydration from ceramides in the Blithe Korean Makeup Primer Aurora Second Skin!

Features

Primer + setting spray: works as both a primer and a setting spray

Ceramide goodness: keeps the face well protected

Anti-aging benefits: reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes

How to use

You will be using this mist setting spray on your face before the makeup application first. After cleansing and moisturizing your face, spray the product on your face in a downward position from 6 inches away and then pat it on. Then after applying the makeup on your face, use the spray again but this time let it dry naturally on your face waiting 10 seconds between sprays. Once you have covered your whole face, allow it to completely set on your face before touching your face.

Expert Verdict

When you need to apply makeup, the best combination to make sure that you have last a long time is to use a primer before applying the makeup and setting spray after having it on. That is why the combination of both a primer and Korean setting spray in the Blithe Korean Makeup Primer Aurora Second Skin is such an awesome combination not only for your makeup but for your skin too! The hydration that it provides before and after the makeup makes it a really good product to have in your makeup routine. Not to mention how it creates a natural glow on your face too! The anti-aging benefits of this are also a plus point as it helps to hide the appearance of blemishes on your face. However, it has alcohol so you can’t use it every day or else you might run the risk of drying your face. So it really isn’t a replacement for your existing primer and works better for occasional setting spray instead.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Ceramides to protect your skinNot for everyday use
Primer + setting sprayCan’t replace primer
Natural glow to your skin
Anti-aging benefits of hiding blemishes

9. Best for All Skin Types – DD’ell Makeup Fixer Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: All; best for oily and combination skin
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Radiant
  • Liquid Volume: 1.69 fl oz. (50 ml)
  • Scent: Slight perfume smell

Description

If you are unsure of what type of skin you are, then the DD’ell Makeup Fixer Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray will be the product that can work for you!

Features

Calendula water moisturize: keeps dry skin moisturized

Protective barrier: keeps skin protected from environmental damage

Soothing protection: relieves the skin from inflammation and keeps the makeup well-protected

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. You can even apply it on your makeup brush to allow for better makeup application. It is safe to use between each makeup application to leave each layer of makeup well-protected and safe from smudging.

Expert Verdict

The reason why the DD’ell Makeup Fixer Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is the best for all skin types is that it is there to benefit all types of skin! If you have dry skin, then the calendula water will help to relieve any dry patches. If you have oily skin, then the product will help to keep the oil levels balanced so you don’t have an oily face that will make your makeup cake up. Then the soothing ingredients in the product help to reduce the inflammation and make it viable for combination and sensitive skin! However, the nozzle can get a bit clogged so it will be hard to get an even spray on your face.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Moisturizes dry skinNozzle gets clogged; uneven spray
Controls oil levels on your skin
Soothes inflammation

10. Best for Intensive Moisture – Rubelli Essence Skincare Facial Spray

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Dry
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Glossy
  • Liquid Volume: 2.7 fl oz. (80 ml)
  • Scent: Rose

Description

Get an intensive moisturization on your face, even with makeup on, with the Rubelli Essence Skincare Facial Spray!

Features

Intensive moisture: combats dry skin and gets rid of dry patches

Non-tacky feeling on skin: no stickiness on your face

Dull skin revitalization: with the help of natural ingredients such as centella asiatica, walnut root, licorice, green tea, rosemary leaf, and chamomile flower

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Or, you can spray on a makeup brush and then apply it to your face. Remember, you use makeup spray only after you have applied makeup on your face, not before!

Expert Verdict

The Rubelli Essence Skincare Facial Spray is a fantastic setting spray that brings back the moisture on your face without causing any sort of breakouts! The intense moisture goes beyond the top layer of the skin and gives deep moisturization. With the help of natural soothers like green tea and chamomile, you also get the benefit of revitalizing your dull skin and returning the glow back to it. You also get no tacky feeling on your skin after it has set on your face, instead getting smooth and tight skin instead. However, be ready for a very glossy and shiny skin look when you use this product.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Natural soothersVery glossy and shiny skin
Deep moisturization
Tight and smooth skin

11. Best for Glass Skin Essence – PRO RE NATA Cica Makeupsaver

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Specification

  • Skin Type: Normal to dry
  • Spray Type: Mist
  • Finish Type: Glass skin essence
  • Liquid Volume: 1.18 fl oz. (35 ml)
  • Scent: Rose

Description

For the glossy and glass skin essence, get ready for any party with the PRO RE NATA Cica Makeupsaver!

Features

Glass skin: get a translucent Korean glass skin with madecassoside brightening

Weightless: doesn’t feel like anything is on your skin

Touchup safe: you can touch up your face during the day

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Apply to your makeup brush to keep your makeup lasting longer.

Expert Verdict

This is one of those Korean setting sprays that works the wonders of K-beauty! PRO RE NATA Cica Makeupsaver gives you that glassy skin that Koreans are so famous for and it makes it seem effortless at that too. The product is jammed packed with beneficial ingredients that help your skin be glassy for the longest time with natural ingredients. Not only that but because of how light the product is, you won’t feel like the product is on your face or making your face heavy. However, it really isn’t for oily skin as the makeup as the spray doesn’t seem to last long on the oilier parts of my face.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Natural ingredientsNot great for oily skin
Long-lasting glass skin
Doesn’t weigh down the face

12. Best for Vegan-Friendly – Frudia Reproust Perfect Shield Makeup Setting Fixer

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Specification

  • Skin Type: All
  • Spray Type: Long mist spray
  • Finish Type: Glossy
  • Liquid Volume: 4.06 fl oz. (120 ml)
  • Scent: Minty scent

Description

The best vegan-friendly K-beauty has to offer in the Korean setting spray from Frudia Reproust Perfect Shield Makeup Setting Fixer!

Features

Vegan-friendly: natural ingredients in a K-beauty product

Color enhancer: enhances the colors and contours of your makeup

Shield protection: keeps your face protected from the damages

How to use

Apply the spray on your face directly by keeping it 6 inches away from your face and then spraying it. All you need is a couple of sprays and then let it sit on your face for 30 seconds to completely dry. Apply it to your makeup brush so you get the benefit of your makeup with each application!

Expert Verdict

Vegan-friendly products are hard to find and it’s a wonderful sight to see K-beauty moving towards just that. The Frudia Reproust Perfect Shield Makeup Setting Fixer is that vegan-friendly Korean setting spray that uses natural ingredients to give you that classic glossy skin you so desire! Hyaluronic acid and panthenol are the superstar ingredients that leave your face hydrated and soothed at the same time. Not only that, but it also leaves your makeup with more vivid colors than ever before and really brings out your makeup! However, the smell is very overpowering at the beginning and takes a while to go away. A small price to pay but if you have a sensitive nose then it might not be for you.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Good moisturizationOverpowering smell
Soothing natural ingredients
Makeup color enhancer

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Is Setting Spray Bad for Your Skin?

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Is setting spray bad for your skin

The problem with setting spray is that it contains alcohol. The good thing about this is that the alcohol makes sure that your make is protected for a longer time. However, alcohol is also able to dehydrate the skin. This can leave you with dry skin and cause irritation such as redness and breakouts to occur on your skin. The good news is that Korean setting sprays are not moving towards a more moisturizing setting spray that is more water-based than alcohol-based. This may not leave your makeup protected for too long but it will leave your skin benefiting from hydration.

The other bad thing about setting spray is that it is not to be used too frequently. For the occasional party, it is fine but everyday use can lead to complications with your face. But, with the setting spray becoming water or oil-based, it leaves is starting to become way better to use it on a daily basis! Even setting spray and primers are being combined in a mist spray that gives the benefits of both, a combination that enhances your makeup even more!

So yes, setting spray is bad for your skin but with a move towards newer types of setting sprays are becoming way better and even beneficial for your skin!

FAQs

1. Why not to use setting spray?

Many setting sprays contain alcohol which is very drying for the face and can lead to problems such as irritation and breakouts.

2. What do I use instead of setting spray?

For the safest option, a face mist on waterproof makeup is probably the best way to get a bit of hydration on your skin without hurting it too much.

3. How is Swiss Beauty setting spray?

Swiss Beauty setting spray is a great product that is fast absorbing and leaves behind a hydrating glow on your face.

4. Is primer or setting spray better?

While a setting spray enhances your makeup, a primer does more for the skin, which is why a setting spray can’t replace a primer.

5. What goes first primer or setting spray?

A primer will always go first. In this unique situation that it is a 2-in-1 primer and setting spray, you can use the spray on its own.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have the 12 best Korean setting sprays on the market! I enjoyed my foray into the world of K-beauty once again and it was fascinating to see how many of their products are slowly rising in popularity today. I especially liked the self beauty, ROKKISS, and the L.O.C.K. setting spray on the list. All 3 were close to being the best Korean setting spray but the self beauty one was clearly the pick of the bunch with its superb product. I hope that you find the setting spray you are looking for and if it is your first time with K-beauty products don’t be afraid to try them all out because they are all fantastic. As always, stay classy with Korean products!

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