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When I was a kid, I spent a significant portion of my time participating in community theater. I loved everything about being on stage—the adrenaline rush, the reactions from the audience, and the 15 pounds of makeup I wore to “make my features pop.” Before every show, the makeup artist would line the actors up and give our faces a quick spritz of extra-strong Elnett hairspray, which he said was a great way to keep makeup in place. And yeah, it was, but taking a burst of hairspray to the face is also a great way to breathe in a ton of toxic shit. Needless to say, I’ve long since retired from the practice.

But I haven’t retired from wearing 15 pounds of makeup, and without Elnett, sometimes that makeup has a nasty habit of melting off of my face. There’s nothing I hate more than makeup that betrays me, so I’ve decided that it’s high time to fix the problem. But what to do? Invest in more expensive products (noooooo)? Or buy a makeup setting spray (maaaybbeee)?

Here’s where you come in, friends. What do you think about makeup setting sprays? I’ve always been a little wary of them, because to me it’s counterintuitive to put on a face of makeup and then spray it with a water-like substance afterward. But what do I know? Maybe they’re miracle products! Or maybe they’re like everything in life: some work like a charm, and others work not at all. So, which ones have you tried? Any drugstore brands to recommend? Or, on the contrary, have you tried setting sprays and found them to be completely bogus? Because honestly, the last thing I need in my life is another makeup product cluttering up my bathroom sink.

Please let me know all of your thoughts on setting sprays in the comments section below. I want to hear your success stories and your horror stories, so please don’t hold anything back. TIA, LYLAS, G2G!