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When Flower Beauty's press representatives emailed me the brand's roster of August launches, my eyes immediately zeroed in on one particularly peculiar product name: Jet Set Invisible Powder Spray. A setting powder you spray on your face? That's got to be a joke, right? At least that's what I thought when I reflexively pictured clumps of powdery particles hurtling toward my face. I didn't hesitate to request a sample so I could find out how the hell — and more importantly, if — this stuff actually works.
Jet Set contains sweat- and oil-absorbing ingredients such as corn starch and polymethyl methacrylate to prevent makeup from breaking down, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. It also contains a propellant called tetrafluoropropene, which serves as an "effective barrier to help set a film." She notes that some of these ingredients are not considered "clean" by many brands' standards, so be wary if that interferes with your personal ingredient preferences.
On the first impression, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Jet Set's powder is extremely fine, as is its misting nozzle, so it's completely invisible just as its name suggests, and it doesn't overwhelm the senses with a powder bomb as I had initially imagined. Think of it as something akin to dry shampoo for your face — a blotting sheet in a bottle, if you will.
To apply this somewhat unconventional product, treat it kind of like any other setting spray: Shake it well, hold it at least six inches away from your face, and spritz away. A very light coating will do; just like any other makeup powder, you might notice it sinking into fine lines if you overdo it. Take it from makeup artist Daniel Chinchilla, who once told Allure that "setting powder might only make the foundation look cakey if it's a heavier setting powder."
Morhpe M510 Pro Round Blender Brush
Another thing this spray powder has in common with its traditional predecessors is that it requires a very well-blended base. "I tend to really blend and work the foundation into the skin with a blending brush until it feels one with the skin, so it doesn't feel like [the powder is] sitting on top of it as a separate entity," makeup artist Valery Gherman previously explained to Allure. "If any areas still feel too heavy, I prefer to pat down with a sponge to absorb any excess moisture before applying powder."
Because I have some oily spots, some dry spots, and some balanced spots, this powder spray had varying results on different areas of my face — that's why I usually prefer to spot powder with a fluffy detailing brush such as Morhpe's M510 Pro Round Blender Brush instead of baking. Personally, I think Jet Set would work best on those with oiler skin types who find themselves needing quick touch-ups throughout the day to keep their complexion makeup intact.
Flower Beauty Jet Set Invisible Powder Spray
TLDR; I might not use this product to set my entire face on a day-to-day basis due to my skin type, but I will certainly be chucking it in my bag next time I have a special occasion or am filming an Allure video that requires round-the-clock makeup maintenance.
Flower Beauty Jet Set Invisible Powder Sprat retails for $15 and is available now at cvs.com.