Rimmel Stay Matte 2-In-1 Primer & Setting Spray

Last updated: August 8, 2022

Rimmel Stay Matte 2-In-1 Primer & Setting Spray

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We looked at the top Setting Sprays and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Setting Spray you should buy.

Overall Take

This transparent spray works as both a primer and finishing spray to extend the wear of your makeup. Simply spray the primer before applying makeup to minimize the appearance of pores and spritz your face after makeup to lock in your look. Alcohol and polymers work to protect your makeup throughout the day.

In our analysis, the Rimmel Stay Matte 2-In-1 Primer & Setting Spray placed 2nd when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The London look: Complete your look with Rimmel London Stay Matte Multi Use Transparent Setting Spray. 2-in-1: A 2-in-1 primer and setting spray hybrid. All day, staying power: Locks your makeup look in place all day. The possibilities: Can be applied underneath or over your makeup.


If you put your makeup on in the morning, only to find it significantly faded by the end of the day, you aren’t alone. With consumer demand for safe, sustainable ingredients in the cosmetics they use, manufacturers have been challenged to create long-lasting makeup using natural dyes and moisturizers.

Setting spray is designed to lock in your makeup to extend its lifespan. But there are two major types of setting spray, and each has its own benefits. One type of spray shields the skin from the surrounding environment, including helping it hold up even as you sweat. Shielding sprays also help blend the makeup to give you a smoother look.

The other type of spray only sets the makeup, so you won’t get that extra element of protection you’d get from shielding sprays. With this type of spray, you’ll get that same smooth, blended look you get from the type that shields. The biggest benefit of this type of spray is that it typically serves to moisturize the skin. Shielding sprays will usually have more alcohol.

Since both types of sprays go by the name “setting spray,” it’s important to know the difference. If you want a setting spray that shields, look for a polymer listed as one of the main ingredients. Polyvinylpyrrolidones (PVP) and AMP-acrylates copolymers are the most common, but acrylic resins and polysaccharides are also effective shielding polymers.

With shielding sprays, the polymers in the mist merge to create a protective film. It also has some waterproofing built in. But as with any product that has alcohol among the ingredients, shielding sprays can dry out the skin. You might need to ramp up the moisturizer while you’re using it, or use your setting spray only on days when you really need your makeup to last.

Buying Advice

  • Skin texture differs from one person to another, so what you need in a setting spray won’t be the same as someone else. Those with dry skin might need to skip the sprays with alcohol and go for one that builds in hydration. If you have oily skin, avoid sprays that promise to give you a dewy complexion and go for one that focuses on a matte appearance. Normal skin means you can choose from a variety of setting sprays until you find one that you like.
  • Setting spray typically comes in a smaller format. You only need a few spritzes each day, and the compact size makes it easy to slide into your makeup case or bag.
  • It’s important to shake the bottle each time before use to avoid inconsistencies.
  • Always hold the bottle about six to eight inches from your face and close your eyes before spraying. Spray in an X formation first, then a T formation to ensure full coverage.
  • Give your spray several minutes to dry naturally before disrupting your makeup. If you’re still getting dressed, wait to pull your shirt over your head until your setting spray has fully dried.
  • Primer can also help extend the life of your makeup. You spray primer before you apply makeup. The primer soaks into your pores and creates a smoother surface. You can find setting sprays that serve as both a primer and a finisher.
  • Some setting sprays can dry out the skin, but you can find some that build in ingredients for hydration, as well as some with SPF. If you have the opposite issue, look for a setting spray that builds in a little charcoal for oil absorption.
  • If you have allergies or sensitive skin, first test your new setting spray on a patch of skin before spritzing it all over your face.
  • You can bring out colors in your more vivid eye shadows by spritzing a little setting spray on the brush. This will bring out the dyes in the makeup.