The 10 Best Setting Sprays with SPF for On-the-Go Protection (2024)

Whether the forecast is calling for high temperatures or you’re constantly out-and-about and breaking a sweat, your pristine makeup look shouldn’t have to suffer the second you leave home. Typically a setting spray is a makeup wearer’s secret weapon in order to keep foundation, concealer, and every tint and powder in between intact all day or night, yet there’s one thing that’s missing from a few formulas on the market: protection from the sun’s rays.

Although it’s crucial to use a facial SPF in your skincare routine prior to applying any makeup, a setting spray with SPF in its formula is a great way to add an extra layer of protection prior to stepping outside, and even acts as a way to further shield UV rays while you’re out of the house for the day. If you’re now wondering how you can get your hands on such a product, we’ve got you covered with some of the best picks you can add to your makeup bag right now, from refreshing mists to powerhouse products from your local drugstore. After conducting hours of research, evaluating each formula on active type—chemical or mineral—as well as SPF level, and skin feel, and consulting with a board-certified dermatologist, we landed on the following best in show.

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What We Like

  • Won’t leave a white cast

  • Water-based & lightweight

What We Don't Like

  • Some reviewers note a slight stickiness

A setting spray with SPF should feel weightless on the skin, not look chalky, and provide ample protection from UV rays. Love from Yours’ Sunny Side Up Sunscreen Mist checks all those boxes and more, making it a no-brainer for our best overall pick. This mist layers perfectly over makeup without making your face look the slightest bit greasy, and its invisible finish prevents any pesky white cast from showing up on your skin. Plus, the formula itself is water-based, so it feels extremely lightweight while being spritzed on your skin. With SPF 30 protection, thanks to the inclusion of UVB filters PBSA, Uvinul MC80 and UVA filter Uvinul A Plus Granular, as well as Buddleja AO Alpaflor and Soliberine, which is said to protect against UV rays and photodamage, you can feel confident that your skin has an extra layer of ample protection when you spritz this on prior to stepping out for the day or while you’re out-and-about.

SPF: 30 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Lightweight

  • Water resistant

What We Don't Like

  • Has a strong fragrance

  • Too big to fit in a purse

Despite the fact that this Sun Bum formula isn’t explicitly made for makeup-setting purposes, we think it’s a perfectly suitable option for spritzing over your freshly-made face thanks to its lightweight feel and oil-free formulation. The Original Sunscreen Face Mist provides hom*osalate-based sun protection (SPF 45 protection, to be exact) and won’t clog your pores—a must-have feature considering how much product is likely already on your face. Not only is this mist non-comedogenic, but it’s also water-resistant for 40 minutes, so you can feel confident in its protection level as you re-spritz throughout the day by the pool or ocean.

Although this spray is too large to fit in most purses, it’s still ideal to throw in a beach bag or in your suitcase for a vacation. It’s also worth mentioning that this formula has a banana scent that, although beloved by tons of reviewers, may be too strong for some users.

SPF: 45 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Made with hyaluronic acid for added hydration

  • Glowy finish

What We Don't Like

  • May have too shiny of a finish for those with oily skin types

If you’re adding an extra layer of UV protection with a sunscreen-infused setting spray, you may as well incorporate as high of an SPF as possible. Naked Sundays’ Hydrating Glow Mist Top Up spray has SPF 50, a much higher level of protection compared to others on the market. Although this is a huge bonus in our eyes, this setting spray is one of our faves also because of its ultra-glowy finish and hydrating capabilities that result from the hyaluronic acid included in its formula. Also included in its formula is watermelon extract and kakadu plum, ingredients known to be rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, respectively. Further, with an invisible finish, the Hydrating Glow Mist Top Up won’t leave any sort of white cast on your skin, so you can relax knowing your spritzes won’t mess up your pristine makeup look.

SPF: 50 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • High SPF level

  • TSA-approved size

  • Invisible finish

What We Don't Like

  • Nothing

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Purse-sized products are ideal when it comes to these setting sprays, considering how often you’ll want to reapply throughout the day to ensure both your makeup and your UV protection remains. Vacation’s Super Spritz Face Mist is another favorite spray of ours with SPF 50, and it’s compact enough to take with you on-the-go. Formulated with makeup-wearers in mind, this super-fine mist feels lightweight on the skin, is dermatologist-tested, and has an invisible finish. It even features ingredients like bisabolol, which has anti-inflammatory effects, aloe and cucumber to soothe and refresh, and caffeine, which is beneficial for its antioxidant and UV protection properties. Aside from its skincare and protective benefits, Vacation’s retro packaging alone may be enough to get you to add this to your regular makeup routine.

SPF: 50 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Low price point

  • No white cast thanks to invisible mist

  • Includes vitamin C for a brightening effect

What We Don't Like

  • Not everyone will like the inclusion of a scent

If you’re a makeup-wearer who prefers a glowy finish for your look, you’ll want to consider adding Pacifica’s Glow Baby Brightening Setting Mist as the final step in your routine. This budget-friendly buy is formulated not only to give you broad spectrum SPF 45 protection, but also to provide your skin with a radiant glow thanks to the inclusion of vitamin C, a known skin brightening agent, in its formula. Utilizing this SPF setting spray regularly in your routine can contribute to the lightening of dark spots and evening out of skin tone overtime, alongside securing your makeup look, giving you a glowy finish, and providing an extra layer of protection from the sun’s rays.

It’s worth noting that this formula does have a citrus vanilla scent, which although it sounds lovely, may not be preferable for all users.

SPF: 45 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Ideal for oily skin types

  • Water-resistant

  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid

What We Don't Like

  • Some reviewers believe the formula has an off-putting smell at first

Whether you have an oily skin type or just prefer a more matte makeup finish in the summer when you’re sweating in higher temperatures, COOLA’s Makeup Setting Spray may be the best sunscreen-infused spritz for you. This product is designed to give your skin a matte finish, toning down any excess shine and making your makeup look appear even more pristine. Its SPF 30 protection is also water-resistant, so this bottle should most definitely be packed into your beach or pool bag to keep you shielded from harmful UV rays even while splashing around in the ocean or pool.

Further, this formula includes ingredients like hyaluronic acid for added hydration, as well as juniper, date palm, and peony plant cell extracts, which are said to be chock full of antioxidants for free radical and UV damage protection.

SPF: 30 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Ultra-fine mist

  • Invisible finish

  • Uses hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin E in its formula

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey

We love a product chock full of skincare benefits, so it makes sense why we’re such huge fans of Soleil Toujours’ Set + Protect Makeup Setting Spray. This beloved formula includes not only hydrating hyaluronic acid in its formula, but also vitamin C and vitamin E, which both help to shield your skin from free radicals and UV damage—a huge plus for an already protective sunscreen product. Also included in this ingredient list is red algae and bisabolol, which are said to add a soft and supple look and feel to your skin.

Further, the ultra-fine mist and colorless finish makes this product perfect for makeup-setting purposes, and it’s even water-resistant.

SPF: 30 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Made for all skin types

  • Cucumber fruit extract has a soothing effect

  • Super fine mist

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey for a small amount of product

Nothing screams refreshing like the phrase “Cucumber Mister,” which is the exact name of Habit No38’s Sunscreen Mist and one of our favorite options for an SPF-infused setting spray. Formulated not only with SPF 38 for ample UV protection but also with cucumber fruit extract, this spray will have a soothing effect on the skin that’ll surely come in handy anytime a pesky skin irritation arises, whether you’re testing out a new makeup product or dealing with run-of-the-mill sensitivities—you’ll even smell a slight cucumber scent every time you spritz.

With an ultra-fine mist that leaves a glowy finish on your skin, you’ll not only feel refreshed after using this spray post-makeup application and while you’re out and about, but you’ll look rejuvenated as well. Plus, the 0.9-ounce bottle is small enough to keep with you on-the-go throughout the day.

SPF: 38 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • Can be found at the drugstore

  • Budget-friendly

  • Leaves a dewy finish

What We Don't Like

  • Nothing

Not only is this under 15-dollar setting spray option more budget-friendly, but it’s easily accessible in the aisles of your local drugstore as well. Milani’s Make It Last Sunscreen Setting Spray works wonders on keeping your makeup intact for up to 16 hours, and the lightweight, translucent mist won’t feel heavy or look chalky on your skin post-application. Rather, you’ll have a gorgeous, glowy sheen and broad spectrum SPF 30 protection just as long as you remember to re-spritz every two hours.

SPF: 30 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

What We Like

  • High SPF level

  • Hyaluronic acid in its formula

  • Has a matte finish

What We Don't Like

  • Uses oxybenzone

While this pick is slightly pricier than other options we’ve mentioned, rest assured that the extra splurge is worth it. Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray creates a matte finish on the skin (hence the “Soft Focus” in its name) that is especially perfect for those steamier days in the summer, and the UV protection level is higher than most at 50. Alongside its sun protection factor, this formula boasts an inclusion of hyaluronic acid and rhodiola rosea in its formula, which have both hydrating and antioxidant properties. We also love how this product comes in a larger container than the others at 3.4 ounces, making the higher price tag even more worth it.

SPF: 50 | Active Type: Chemical | Cruelty Free: Yes

Final Verdict

Having a setting spray with SPF is a perfect way to incorporate extra UV protection while ensuring your makeup look stays put all day. While we love all the picks on our list, Love from Yours Sunny Side Up SPF 30 Mist is our top pick for its broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, ultra-fine, invisible mist, and plant-based formula. Another option we love for bringing with you on-the-go is Vacation’s Super Spritz Face Mist with SPF 50, which also has a lightweight feel and a water-resistant formula, making it especially perfect for bringing along to the beach or pool.

Meet the Expert

  • Nava Greenfield, MD is a dermatologist based in NYC's Schweiger Dermatology Group.
  • Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of Modern Dermatology in Westport, CT.

What To Look for in Setting Sprays with SPF

Ingredients for Skin Type

Dr. Robinson says: “I always recommend oil-free, non comedogenic products. If you're looking for cosmetic and skincare benefits, seek out nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants like vitamin E and C.” With regards to SPF-related ingredients, Dr. Greenfield says “the SPF used will be chemical type in setting sprays,” including “ingredients like avobenzone and octisalate.”

SPF Level

While it’s even better to have a higher SPF level than this, SPF 30 is the minimum level of UV protection your setting spray should have, according to Dr. Robinson.


Dr. Robinson says that although the longevity of your SPF-infused setting spray “depends on if you're sweating or swimming and the specifics of the formulation,” she suggests using your setting spray “in between reapplications of your primary SPF protection” for optimal protection. Dr. Greenfield adds that “SPF needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours, sometimes more frequently, because the chemicals break down in sunlight and do not provide protection past a certain amount of time."


  • Are setting sprays with SPF effective?

    Dr. Robinson notes that although setting sprays with SPF “[...] are a great way to add protection [...] and provide touch-up coverage for days when you are in and out of the sun [...], she “would not count on a setting spray with SPF (or any cosmetics with SPF for that matter) for adequate SPF protection if you're going to be in the sun for an extended amount of time. These do not replace topical, cream-based SPFs.”Want a little extra protection? There are lots of other makeup products with SPF, including foundations, lip balms, powders, eyeshadows, and more.

  • How often do you have to apply face sprays with SPF?

    Dr. Greenfield reminds us that “[a]ny SPF is not effective after a certain amount of time in UV light.” While the reapplication time is dependent on the sunscreen you’re using, Dr. Greenfield notes that each reapplication period will run about “60 minutes to two hours long.” Dr. Robinson further suggests reapplying “after swimming or sweating.”

  • Do face sprays with SPF last all day?

    While a setting spray with SPF is a great multipurpose cosmetic product, ”the cosmetic benefits might [last all day], but the SPF protection does not,” notes Dr. Robinson. She further states that “a spray application is not adequate coverage, and many setting sprays are chemical formulations which will not work well to protect your skin if they are being applied overtop of makeup and other skincare products—chemical SPFs need to be applied first in your skincare routine to function as they need to be absorbed into the skin, which they can't fully do when they are layered overtop of other products.”

Why Trust Byrdie

Madison Barber is a commerce producer, regular contributor to Byrdie, and passionate beauty product researcher. She conducted hours of research to determine the best setting sprays with SPF on the market and consulted Nava Greenfield, MD, of NYC-based Schweiger Dermatology Group and Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD of Modern Dermatology in Westport, CT.

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The 10 Best Setting Sprays with SPF for On-the-Go Protection (2024)


The 10 Best Setting Sprays with SPF for On-the-Go Protection? ›

With the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays, it's important to protect your skin whenever possible—and that's where makeup setting sprays with SPF come in. While makeup setting spray with SPF isn't a substitute for a broad spectrum sunscreen, it can be a great tool for protecting your skin.

Which SPF spray is best? ›

Top 5 SPF mists
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+
  • Ultrasun SPF50 UV Face & Scalp Mist.
  • Lancaster Sun Sport Cooling Invisible Mist SPF50.
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Sun Mist.
  • Shiseido Invisible Protective Mist.
  • Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray.

Do setting sprays with SPF work? ›

With the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays, it's important to protect your skin whenever possible—and that's where makeup setting sprays with SPF come in. While makeup setting spray with SPF isn't a substitute for a broad spectrum sunscreen, it can be a great tool for protecting your skin.

Are SPF face sprays effective? ›

THE ANSWER. Yes, spray sunscreen is as effective as lotion sunscreen, but board-certified dermatologists say both must be applied correctly to work best.

What is the most protective SPF? ›

An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93% of UVB radiation, and SPF 30 blocks 97%. After that, the difference in protection is small. SPF 50 blocks 98%, and SPF 100 stops 99% of UVB rays from reaching your skin.

What is the best SPF to wear daily? ›

Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97% of the sun's UVB rays. Higher-number SPFs block slightly more of the sun's UVB rays, but no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun's UVB rays.

Which is better mist or setting spray? ›

Whatever ways you like to use your face mist and setting spray, the key difference between the two is that face mist is designed as a hydrating skincare step and setting spray is formulated to help your makeup last longer.

How many sprays of setting spray should I use? ›

Spritz your setting spray on your face after you've applied your makeup to ensure you lock everything in place. We recommend holding the bottle 6-8 inches from your face and spraying around 3 to 5 times in an “X” and “T” formation. One tip to remember? Less is more!

How do I know which setting spray to use? ›

"The ingredient that really makes the difference is the alcohol," she says. "Alcohol-based setting sprays tend to be more effective. They have more staying power." Think of setting spray like hair spray. Those that contain alcohol tend to provide more hold, though they can be drying to the hair.

Is it better to use sunblock or sunscreen spray? ›

Sunscreen and sunblock don't work in the same way, but they both protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Sunblock literally blocks UV rays by forming a physical shield. Sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs UV rays before your skin can.

What is the biggest mistake with using the spray sunscreen? ›

"Our main goal is use these correctly," Carqueville said. "Don't inhale them, don't spray your face. Put them on in an adequately ventilated room." Another factor that can come into play when applying spray sunscreen, especially outdoors, is the wind.

Which SPF is good? ›

SPF Range: Generally, Dermatologists recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. The term "broad-spectrum" implies that the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks approximately 97% of UVB rays, while higher SPFs offer slightly more protection.

Do dermatologists recommend spray sunscreen? ›

Spray sunscreen is just as effective as its lotion, cream and gel counterparts, says Dr. Michele Green, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in New York City. But in order to protect yourself from UV rays, you have to apply it correctly, which is easier said than done.

Which type of SPF is best? ›

Choosing the Right SPF

SPF Range: Generally, Dermatologists recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. The term "broad-spectrum" implies that the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks approximately 97% of UVB rays, while higher SPFs offer slightly more protection.

Is SPF spray better than cream? ›

Key Takeaways. Spray sunscreens are just as effective as lotion sunscreens against UV rays as long as they're used properly. Experts say you should still rub the sunscreen into your skin even if the product is labeled to have a "no rub" formula. Try to look for spray sunscreens that are made without aerosol propellant.

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