Why are all the product names so long? It makes it impossible to set SEO focus keywords. Anyways, as the title implies, today I’m reviewing the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer and Setting Spray. This facial spray was released in early June and I’ve been coveting it ever since the launch was announced. If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’m a sucker for facial sprays. Hydrating sprays, priming sprays, setting sprays… I want them ALL. Plus, I love the Too Faced Hangover RX Face Primer, so a primer & setting spray from the same line? I bought it as soon as it was released.
The Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer & Setting Spray is meant to be a 3 in 1 product that primes, sets and refreshes makeup with coconut water and probiotic-based ingredients. I’ve actually always wondered what the heck “probiotic-based” means since the face primer says the same thing. Does it have probiotics Too Faced? Yes or no? If you know the answer to this, let me know.
According to the instructions, you can use this before makeup to prime, after makeup to set in place and throughout the day to refresh.
+ I’m pretty happy with the ingredient deck in this facial spray – no parabens, no alcohol and oil free. I’m also a big fan of products with coconut water to refresh.
+ Although I’ve read a lot of complaints about the nozzle, I haven’t had any issues with the spray/mist of the bottle. Sure, if you hold it 2 inches from your face you are going to get drenched. But, if you hold it 8 inches from your face, it comes out as a fine mist.
+ When used as a primer, this does leave the skin feeling a bit tacky/sticky which helps products stick to the skin. However, the tacky feeling doesn’t last (i.e. if you hate that, just wait a few minutes and it will be gone).
+ When used as a setting spray, this definitely helps with removing the powdery look of makeup while adding just a touch of glow. Actually, “glow” is probably a stretch, this helps make the skin look more like skin, so if you use a lot of mattifying products, this will help the skin look a bit more natural. On the flip side, it doesn’t make my skin oilier which was my fear with a hydrating spray.
+ I don’t like the scent of this product. Although I’m not particularly sensitive to smells, something about this actually bothers me. I can definitely smell the same distinct coconut smell that the primer has, but there is also something else. It’s really strange but it reminds me of a medicinal spray we used for cuts and scrapes when I was a child. Ultimately I can tolerate it, but it’s not my favorite.
+ For me, the worst part of this spray is that it doesn’t really seem to do anything different than a regular rose water spray. It’s almost like they tried to make it so multipurpose that it doesn’t perform on any of the 3 claims particularly well. For example, if I want to prime, I’d rather go with a pore filling (lotion type) primer. If I want my makeup to last all day, I’d rather go with the Urban Decay All Nigher Setting Spray. To refresh, I’d probably go with something lighter like this.
Although I will definitely use this product up, I just don’t think I’d repurchase it. As I mentioned above, if I’m looking to prime, set or refresh, I have other products that I prefer for each of those things.
Is it convenient to have a product that does all three? Sure, but this one is just ok at all of those.
If you have dry skin and don’t have particularly visible pores, then I could see this working well as a primer spray. However, if you have other concerns such as oiliness or visible pores, this isn’t going to do much for you. If anything, it probably works best to refresh makeup throughout the day. But, at $32 for 4oz? I’d rather spend my money on something else.
Have you tried this primer & setting spray?