Maybelline Glass Spray Make-Up Finishing Spray

Maybelline New York

Glass Spray Make-Up Finishing Spray

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Maybelline’s Glass Spray Make-Up Finishing Spray delivers on its promise of a dewy, reflective finish—but it’s not a total slam dunk for skin.

Housed in an opaque, plastic spray bottle, you’re instructed to shake the bi-phase liquid formula well to mix the ingredients for cohesive dispersion. Doing so creates a slightly oily-feeling, fine spritz, that leaves skin bathed in a dewy sheen as it settles. For skin that’s already oily, the reflective shine can be overkill, but if you err on the normal to dry end of the spectrum, it helps perk up the appearance of dehydrated skin.

You’ll need more than just one spritz for noticeable results, and as the directions state, it’s best to hold 10-ish inches away from the face to avoid large droplets (which could break down makeup and sunscreen protection). This isn’t going to function the same way a traditional makeup setting spray would to prolong your makeup wear, but it can help freshen up the look of makeup that’s starting to settle/crease or look “crusty.”

The conundrum for skin is that this spray contains a wafting amount of fragrance, which research shows is problematic (see More Info). When sprayed over high coverage foundation it’s slightly less concerning considering direct contact with skin is more limited in that regard, but still, fragrance free is the better way to go for the health of your skin.

Otherwise the bulk of the formula is made up of skin-replenishing ingredients and emollients that are beneficial for dry skin and contribute to the glass skin sheen. (In case you’re wondering about the denatured alcohol, it’s low enough down on the ingredient list to not be of concern from an irritation perspective.)

Without the perfume-like fragrance, Glass Spray would rate higher. As is, it’s a gamble for your skin.

*One other note: We noticed that it’s easy to accidentally spritz the hairline around your face during application, which can leave hair looking greasy in areas. That’s something you’ll want to be careful if you decide to give this product a go.

  • Delivers a dewy, reflective sheen as promised.
  • Contains beneficial skin-replenishing ingredients and emollients for dry skin.
  • Helps freshen up the look of makeup that’s gone “stale” during wearing.
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • Easy to accidentally spritz the hairline around your face, which can leave hair looking greasy.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.  

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skins barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skins surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types. 

A surprising fact: Even though you cant always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if its not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you dont need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.  

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 14101419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 7780 
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 143
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789798 

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Dewy. Reflective. The New Glass Skin. Meet Maybelline New York’s 1st glass-skin makeup finishing spray. Now you can get that dewy, hydrated look with a glassy finish in seconds. Simply apply Glass Spray Make-Up Finishing Spray in the morning or use it throughout the day as a make-up pick-me-up. This bi-phase finishing liquid delivers an ultra dewy finish instantly.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Propanediol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Alcohol Denat., Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance.

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at

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