I was recently introduced to The Makeup Armoury; a community who seek to fortify makeup artists, providing endless support and consideration with an aim to not only to be the most efficient and reliable pro shop in the UK, but also to be a supportive and educational community. I’d never heard of The Makeup Armoury before but they have a great range of professional beauty brands such as Viseart, Makeup Forever, Beauty Blender, Kryolan and many more and I was kindly given the oppurtunity to try a few products and one of the products I knew I wanted to try was the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer.
Everyone loves the Urban Decay makeup setting sprays but I think I might be in the very small minority that finds them uncomfortable to use. I have dry and dehydrated skin which is pretty sensitive and I find that they really sting my skin; especially the De-Slick Setting Spray which actually makes my eyes water it’s that uncomfortable. I figured the reason the Urban Decay setting sprays agitate my skin so much is down to them containing a lot of alcohol so I’d been sticking to setting sprays which don’t feature alcohol as heavily but I was really intrigued by the bold claims of the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer. It’s available to purchase in two sizes; 59ml £9.50 and 236ml £18.50 with the 59ml size being the one I have which comes in a spray bottle but the 8oz/236ml size is a refill bottle size which would work best for makeup artists.
The Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer is a setting spray which will make your makeup smudgeproof and water-resistant, whilst locking it in place for hours even with performing and through heavy perspiration. Although this spray is obviously targeted towards those that perform I loved the idea of a spray which will set my makeup and that it could be applied prior to applying makeup to prevent perspiration. The spray has a fresh minty scent which surprised me on first application but I’ve grown to love it as it feels so refreshing and although there is a tiny tingling sensation when initially spritzed over the skin, the sensation disappears within 1-2 minutes max which I greatly appreciate.
It does feel a little sticky at first but after five minutes or so, you can’t detect any stickiness whatsoever and it’s definitely the best makeup setting spray I’ve ever used. It doesn’t make my skin feel like it’s burning even though it’s alcohol based and it genuinely does keep my makeup locked in and as vibrant as it was when first applied throughout the day. I never hear anyone talking about this setting spray but I’m so glad I gave it a try and it surpassed my expectations and I love that I can use it to make my makeup water resistant when it’s rainy so my mascara doesn’t smudge all over my face.
I’ve also been trying one of the Ben Nye Lustrous Lipsticks £12.50 – I didn’t even know Ben Nye did lipsticks, but they have an amazing 44 different shades in total. The Makeup Armoury have a nice selection of the more wearable shades and I have the shade Dusty Rose LS-4 which is more of a berry pink in my opinion but it’s definitely a very apt autumnal shade. The lipstick is packaged within silver metallic casing which makes them quite weighty compared to the likes of MAC and Illamasqua Lipsticks but it’s not the most modern of lipstick casing designs but it’s certainly functional and the lid closes very securely too. The lipstick has a subtle vanilla scent which is almost identical to the scent of MAC lipsticks except the Ben Nye scent is a little more subtle in comparison. Don’t let the slightly dated packaging put you off though as they’re intensely pigmented and comfortable on the lips.
I’d love to know if you’ve come across the Makeup Armoury before? Have you tried either of these Ben Nye products before?