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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Urban Decay | 'De-Slick' Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay | De Slick Setting Spray | Travel Size - £9.00 |

When I realised I was jetting away on holiday early last month, it's fair to say I was in a state of mild panic (I jest...of course I was rather excited to say the least but it did mean a dash around the shops and a quick re-evaluation of my current summer wardobe). After all, for any beauty obsessive, packing a suitcase is more than just gathering a selection of SPFs and throwing in a few pretty dresses and trusty Primark flip-flops - it means re-thinking your entire makeup routine.  As well as a shift in foundation shades and the ever so tough task of condensing your rather sizable lipstick collection, all of a sudden you begin to think of the practicalities.  Makeup and a humid climate doesn't exactly equal the easiest combination and a perfectly applied face of makeup can go from 'smokey eye' to 'i look like I've just been walloped in the eye' rather quickly.  I took this as my excuse to finally purchase one of Urban Decay's Setting Sprays.  

Firstly, I'll say that I don't have the oiliest skin in the world - in fact, it can be quite dry at times and I don't struggle an awful lot with shine. However, when I'm on holiday or during the summer months in the UK, i do struggle to keep my makeup firmly in place and I often get home and find that it's basically evaporated from my face.  Never a good look. When I found the 'travel' sizes of Urban Decay's Setting Sprays online for £9.00 on a last minute internet shopping spree (got to love those last-minute panic buys!)  - I knew I had to give one a go.   I settled on 'De-Slick' over the 'All Nighter' version. To be honest, I couldn't really see a great deal of difference between the two and both received equally rave reviews.  I thought that 'De-Slick' might work better in warmer climates as it promised to keep skin looking matte and shine-free, whilst helping to control oil and keep makeup looking freshly applied.  As I was going away on holiday, anything that promised to reduce pesky 'flashback' shine in photographs was a winner for me.  Did it do the job though?

I have to say - i did notice a difference when I used this.  I put it through some tough tests, that's for sure! Before I went to Crete, I used this in London for a week where I was needing to keep my makeup in place from 7 in the morning until 10 at night some days.  It was also a bloomin' hot week and I spent the majority of it inside a huge exhibition centre (admitedly with the help of some rather breezy air-con but it was still a makeup nightmare!) It did a smashing job, I'll give it that.  I wouldn't say it looked freshly applied all day but it definitely helped to keep it in place and I didn't have to touch up my concealer as much. I was particularly impressed at how well it kept my foundation from smudging or disappearing from my face and when I went to top-up mid-way through the day, I found that my 'problem areas' (my chin and nose area) were still virtually in tact and there was minimal movement/fading.  In Crete, it kept my foundation in place without the need for over-powdering and I definitely think it helped to reduce shine in photographs. I didn't feel as much of a 'hot mess' - put it that way! I will point out that I always prime my skin before makeup and I always use a dusting of light powder - I used the setting spray as a finishing touch and didn't substitute it for my usual powder and primer. The travel size was just perfect and even though it's had a fair bit of use, I still have plenty left. It was the perfect suitcase companion.

Overall, it was a fabulous buy. I'll definitely be taking it away on holiday with me again and I've been enjoying using it through the warmer weather.  Don't expect miracles from it - but it definitely does do what it claims to do and I noticed a good bit of difference in the longevity of my makeup.  It's not cheap, and I'm still unsure if I'd actually buy the full version - I haven't tried any cheaper alternatives on the market so I'm undecided as to whether or not the price-tag is completely justified. However, this being said, I'd definitely consider buying another bottle next summer - it came in so handy on my recent holiday and I was suitably impressed at how well it performed.  You can't find the travel sizes everywhere, so if you fancy giving the smaller bottle a go before you part with the cash for the full-size, you can buy the £9.00 version from Debenhams website here and also on Feel Unique here.

Have you tried Urban Decay's setting sprays?


  1. This sounds lovely, I've never tried a makeup setting spray before.


  2. Omg I need this. I've always just sprayed my face with hairspray but I'm ALWAYS getting it in my eyes and not being able to move your eyebrows isn't the best thing hahaha!

  3. I love this & always have a bottle in my collection. It works wonders at keeping my makeup in place & controlling oil.

  4. I have combination skin but my forehead can get quite oily, I'd never have considered this because I didn't think my skin was oily enough but it sounds like it could work for me too! Great review misses :)

  5. This sounds so good, especially for the summer months!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  6. I have combination skin and this done absolutely nothing to keep my makeup on any longer :( glad it worked for you though!


  7. This sounds great but I have really oily skin so I am not sure how it would fair :( xx

  8. I love this, I don't find it does much for longevity because I already have dry skin but I love how it sets down powders!

    Sam xo sjmcdf

  9. Thats funny, I literally blogged about the All-Nighter spray this morning, which I love, it really does make your make-up last so much longer. I was undecided which one to get, but by the sounds if it they sounds pretty similar. glad you loved it too!

    Jo | A Little Pop Of Coral

  10. I've never tried one of these setting sprays but I suppose it's better than over powdering xx


  11. Have been wanting to try this for ages but didn't realise they did a smaller size! Need to order one soon now!

    Hannah Heartss x

  12. I love the Dew Me of these one, since my skin is more dry. I love it equally!

  13. Lovely photos! I didn't know they did travel size version's of this! I really want to try it, so will definetly be picking up a travel size one! Thankyouuuu! x
    xprincessjas | ♥

  14. I got through an entire bottle of de-slick and picked up the all nighter this time. Personally I really prefer the all nighter! I think it adds a little more dewyness to the face, but still holds all my make up in place!

  15. I've just finished my first bottle. I left it at home for the week when I spent a week at my boyfriends and i can definitely tell the difference. I don't think i can live without this and I will keep on repurchasing because my skin is quite oily sometimes and this helps with preventing the oily look by midday :)

    Great review and photos. Hope you have a lovely day <3


    X x X x X

  16. I've been wanting to try this for ages! Great photos and review x

  17. I love the urban decay setting sprays. I will always repurchase!

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x​​x

  18. I honestly ADORE this - it's completely rescued my seriously oily skin, I've used it every single day since May! x

    lillies and lipbalm


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