During the summer, I want my usual lightweight, moisturizing, dewey foundation finish, but the warmer weather means my skin is oilier and needs some help with staying powder. Instead of layering up on powder, I reach for setting sprays. I was skeptical, but after testing two of the most famous, I can confirm – they truly work. Here’s my take on Model in a Bottle, Skindinavia, and how they compare.
Packaging-wise, there’s the substantial frosted glass of Model in a Bottle versus Skindinavia’s minimal and functional plastic. Which you favor will depend on what you’re looking for. I personally tend to opt for lightweight packaging, but the Model in a Bottle certainly has a more “high end” feel.
Model in a Bottle actually comes with two spray tops. As far as I could tell, both work exactly the same, so I think the purpose is just in case one of them breaks or doesn’t work correctly. Spray tops seem particularly prone to malfunctions, so including an extra is a nice touch. However, in terms of how the spray tops function, I prefer Skindinavia’s. It sprays a much finer mist which distributes the product more evenly.
Now, the most important point – how the setting sprays work. Both extend the wear of my makeup for about 3-4 hours, with Skindinavia averaging an hour or two longer than Model in a Bottle. It’s not an exact science because how long my makeup wears depends on other factors, too – what I’m doing that day, the weather, if my skin is drier one day than another, etc. Between the two, I personally would choose to repurchase Skindinavia, because I prefer the packaging/spray top and found it kept my makeup in place slightly longer than Model in a Bottle. If you have dry skin, you may prefer Model in a Bottle, as it seems to be a bit less drying.
Here are the ingredient lists for comparison:
[learn_more caption="Skindinavia Ingredients"] Aqua, SD Alcohol 39C, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone PEG 7 Phosphate, PPG 3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth 5 Lactate, Fragrance, N,2,3 Trimethyl 2 Isopropyl Butamide, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Sodium Hydroxide[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption="Model in a Bottle Ingredients"] SD Alcohol 408, Purified Water, Isopentildyal, Acrylates/Octocrylamide, Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Biosaccharide Gum, Propylaparden, Methylparaben, Diazoilinyl, and light fragrance.[/learn_more]
Have you tried Model in a Bottle or Skindinavia? Is there another setting spray you like? Do you have any other tricks for getting your makeup to last all day?