Your Skin But Better Setting Spray
IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better Setting Spray may actually help your makeup stay on better, but it contains an iffy mix of ingredients that hold us back from confidently recommending it.
As is typical of setting sprays, denatured alcohol is at the forefront of this formula. This kind of alcohol has a quick dry finish that can help set makeup, but it can also create a range of problems that impede skin’s health (see More Info for the details). Granted, it’s less concerning in a spray like this where the alcohol may evaporate before hitting skin (not to mention if it’s applied over foundation, there’s less direct contact with skin), but ultimately, it’s a gamble for skin.
Strike number two is this spray’s tropical scent. As much as you may love the smell, the fragrant ingredients that create that aroma are dicey for skin (see More Info). Again, when applied over foundation, it’s a bit less worrisome, but between the combination of fragrance and alcohol, the potential to irritate skin is there—and both of these ingredients also pose a risk to eyes. Even if you close your eyes during use, droplets can still hit your tear ducts and trigger irritation. If you wouldn’t spray perfume on your face, well…
As for the talc that this contains, we reached out to IT Cosmetics to find out if they had done batch certification testing to ensure that the talc they use does not contain asbestos (in light of the FDA’s recall of some, albeit very few, cosmetics products that tested positive for this carcinogen).
While the customer service representative we spoke with assured us that all of their products are, “tested for safety and only made with skin loving ingredients,” they could not verify whether this particular kind of testing had been done. For the record, the vast majority of talc-containing beauty products are considered safe and those that do test positive for asbestos are recalled. We aren’t downgrading Your Skin But Better Setting Spray for this—we just want to present you with the facts so you can make your own decision on how to proceed.
Otherwise, this formula contains some beneficial ingredients including squalane, niacinamide, and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid). Applied over makeup in this spray form, they won’t penetrate as well as they would in normal skin care products, but it’s better than nothing. In a wise move on IT Cosmetics’ behalf, the opaque packaging helps keep the formula’s air/light-sensitive antioxidants potent and stable.
Performance-wise, this setting spray’s polymers provide a flexible hold that can help facilitate makeup wear and true to claim, the formula may help temper shine for those with oily skin. We also appreciate that the fine mist lightly settles on skin, rather than drenching it.
Nevertheless, we can’t give this our seal of approval given the potential irritants in the formula. Peruse our list of best setting sprays for safer alternatives for your skin.
- Fine mist lightly settles on skin, rather than drenching.
- Contains some good antioxidants and hydrators.
- Opaque packaging helps keep the formula stable.
- Front-loaded with potentially irritating denatured alcohol.
- Fragranced formula further compounds the risk to skin.
- Contains more fragrance than soothing, hydrating ingredients.
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 skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s 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 can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t 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 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Your Skin But Better Setting Spray+ is your makeup extending spray and soothing hydration mist in one game-changing product! This multitasking must-have provides up to 16-hour wear to keep your makeup looking fresh all day while helping to control oil and shine. Plus, unlike typical setting sprays that can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, this weightless mist works to instantly soothe, hydrate, and revitalize your skin!
Strengths: Excellent color products, standout foundation and concealer options, impressive highlighters.
Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side; has a few makeup products with exaggerated anti-aging claims.
IT Cosmetics (the IT stands for Innovative Technology) is the creation of Jamie Kern Lima, a former Miss USA pageant contestant and TV news anchor. Lima founded IT Cosmetics in 2008, selling her products in boutique stores and on QVC, then expanding into Canada in 2009. Since then, the line has gotten a lot of exposure with featured reports and stories on network television, including prominent mentions on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.
The labels on most IT Cosmetics products reveal a variety of age-defying claims centered around ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, and collagen. Those are indeed great additions to any cosmetic product, but unfortunately, the combination of compact or jar packaging among the formulas that include those helpful ingredients isnt a good thing.
Air exposure compromises ingredients like antioxidants and peptides, rendering them useless. While that doesnt affect the quality of the makeup, it is worth noting if you were hoping for an anti-aging edge from IT Cosmetics antioxidant-boosted blush or powders.
Of course, IT Cosmetics does have products that are absolutely worth checking out. The line boasts an excellent range of color products, highlighters, foundations and many more worth consideration. As with any line that has a mix of standouts and caveats, shopping using our reviews to guide you is a great way to ensure youll at least get your moneys worth, and your skin will be the better for it.
For more information on IT Cosmetics, visit www.itcosmetics.com.
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