Coola makeup setting spray

COOLAMakeup Setting Spray Organic Sunscreen SPF 30

-Hyaluronic Acid: Known to bind moisture to the skin and helps promote soft, supple skin.
-Juniper, Date Palm, and Peony Plant Cell Extracts: Offer powerful antioxidant protection while nurturing the skin barrier and maintaining hydration.
-Organic Aloe Vera: Helps hydrate and helps to soothe skin.
Avobenzone 2.8%, Homosalate 3.5%, Octisalate 3.9%, Alcohol (Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic), Algae Extract (Organic), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ethyl Ferulate, Flavor, Glycerin (Organic), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Juniperus Communis Callus Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Leaf Cell Extract, Phoenix Dactilyfera (Date) Leaf Cell Extract, Pvp, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water.
Clean at Sephora products are formulated without:
Sulfates—SLS + SLES, Parabens, Formaldehydes, Formaldehyde-releasing agents, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Undisclosed synthetic fragrances (Products can be formulated with disclosed synthetic fragrances that meet the following two criteria: (1) the synthetic fragrances do not include any of the ingredients listed in numbers 1 through 12 above and (2) the synthetic fragrances are at a concentration below 1% of the total formula) The following type of acrylates: (ethyl acrylate, ethyl methacrylate, methyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate, hydroxypropyl methacrylate, tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate, trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate , aluminum salts), Animal Oils/Musks/Fats, Benzophenone + Related Compounds, Butoxyethanol, Carbon Black, Lead/Lead Acetate, Methyl Cellosolve + Methoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Mercury + Mercury Compounds (Thimerisol), Insoluble Plastic Microbeads (This prohibited ingredient applies to products that are meant to be rinsed off ), Resorcinol, Talc (Talc that is free of any asbestos can be used in the formulation provided that Brand conducts testing to ensure that talc is free of any asbestos.), Toluene, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) that is 0.1% or more of total formula, Ethanolamines DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA, Nanoparticles as defined by the European Commission, Petrolatum and Parrafin that is not USP grade, Phenoxyethanol that is 1% or more of total formulation, Polyacrylamide & Acrylamide, The following types of Styrene (Bromostyrene, Deastyrene/acrylates/dvbcopolymer, sodium styrene/divinylbenzene copolymer , styrene oxide, styrene), 1,4 Dioxane in final formulas must comply with the thresholds as follows: (10 or

Overall Score: 77/100

Tested February 2017

Formulated with an SPF of 30, Coola’s Makeup Setting Spray is unique in that it claims to enhance how long make-up lasts while providing a barrier to harmful UV rays. This spray is designed to produce a weightless and mattified finish to makeup which lasts all day, and its formula also aims to soothe inflamed skin with the use of cucumber and aloe vera extract.

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Price when tested: £38.95

GHI Expert Verdict

Coola’s Makeup Setting Spray has SPF 30, which makes it an ideal product for use in the summer months. Our testers noted that it feels refreshing on the skin and dries quickly, taking less than a minute on average. The majority of our testers also agreed that it improves how long make-up lasts and reduces shine on the face, mattifying the skin. However, some were not so keen on the fragrance and the pump applicator, which made it tricky to apply. Overall, a brilliant product to wear in the summer months which will provide effective results, although the scent may be a little overpowering for some!

Overall Score: 77/100


  • The product dries quickly after application
  • Most of our testers were happy with the texture this setting spray produced
  • The majority of testers agreed that the product improves how long your make-up lasts
  • It reduces shine on the skin
  • It offers UV protection with an SPF of 30


  • The scent was not to everyone’s taste – some said it smelled like hairspray
  • Some testers noted that the spray was tricky to apply with the pump action

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

Makeup meltdown and UV exposure have met their match! Introducing the first 70%+ organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA.
A weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin, and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. Reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. Protect as you set!
• Active: Avobenzone 2.8%, Homosalate 3.5%, Octisalate 3.9%
• Inactive: Alcohol (Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic), Algae Extract (Organic), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ethyl Ferulate, Flavor, Glycerin (Organic), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Juniperus Communis Callus Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Leaf Cell Extract, Phoenix Dactilyfera (Date) Leaf Cell Extract, PVP, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water
• Phthalates
• Sulfates
• Parabens
• GMOs
• Animal cruelty and byproducts (vegan)

  • 1.5 oz.
  • This product is part of Wellchemist, our clean, science-backed collection of skin care, makeup and hair care that is free of sulfates, phthalates and parabens.
  • Web ID: 1980603

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It’s no surprise that I seriously enjoy testing out beauty products. But when you get to the point where you feel like you’ve seen it all and tried it all, it gets harder and harder to get excited about new launches. There are only so many neutral eyeshadow palettes, felt-tipped black eyeliner pens, and matte lipsticks you can try before everything starts to look and feel the same. After a while you start wondering if you’re mumbling “long-wearing…buttery…opaque finish…” in your sleep.

Once in a while, though, a brand will come out with something innovative, something mind-blowing and revolutionary. Something that has people saying “I MUST TRY THIS” and impulsively pressing the “add to cart” button on the Sephora website. Hence where I’m going with this super rambley rant of mine.

The COOLA SPF30 Makeup Setting Spray ($36) is one of those could-be-genius beauty products that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. A lightweight spray that locks down makeup AND provides you with SPF? You’ve got to admit, it sounds pretty brilliant. And after a few weeks worth of use, it’s finally time to let you know whether or not I got myself excited for good reason.

When it comes to sunscreen, Coola has got a pretty solid reputation for providing products that combine eco-conscious, all-natural ingredients with powerful UV protective agents. I’m a huge fan of their Matte Tinted Mineral Sunscreen and Liplux lip balm, and have really been curious about trying some of their body products as well.

Knowing that Coola is a suncare company and not a cosmetics company is part of the reason I was so jazzed to see they had developed this product. While I’m all for keeping my makeup looking fresher, longer, having the ability to reapply sunscreen on a makeup laden face is what truly blew my mind.

Let’s be real here, for a moment. We all know that protecting our skin from the damaging rays of the sun is important, and not just in the summer. And sure we may go out of our way to use a moisturizer or foundation with SPF every morning, but its actual effectiveness is only going to last so long. Who, honestly, is going to take off all their makeup and reapply sunscreen throughout the day?

Unless I’m at the beach and going totally bare faced, it just ain’t gonna happen. So, knowing that Coola had developed a product that could be used OVER makeup that had SPF 30 and didn’t require a brush or a mirror to apply was so crazy exciting to me that it went immediately to the top of my shopping list.

On top of the whole SPF concept, this formula also contains cucumber and aloe extracts to soothe and refresh, as well as hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to the skin. Coola claims that 70% of the formula is comprised of organic ingredients, which also sounds pretty darn appealing as no one wants to smother their face in chemicals.

With all that being said, this product had a lot to live up to. I’d love to say that it didn’t disappoint at all, but I don’t think that would be completely honest. It definitely has its merits, but there are also a few things about it that miffed me a little.

My biggest issue with this product is that upon closer inspection of the ingredients list, the very first item is alcohol. Organic alcohol (that’s a thing, apparently), but alcohol. Perhaps this wouldn’t seem like a very big deal until you’re spraying it in your face. Unless you would like the very unpleasant sensation of breathing in and/or getting alcohol fumes in your eyes, you need to be seriously careful when you spray this on.

After giving myself a few good spritzes I will fan down my face with my hands until it’s dry before I open my eyes. It only take a couple of extra seconds, and I promise you it’s worth it. Also, if you have any tiny micro cuts or irritations on the surface of your skin, spraying this on top is going to sting a bit. I may or may not have learned this the hard way a few times.

Once it dries down, though, I think this product is quite nice. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or looking shiney like many other sunscreens do, and I think it does help to keep your makeup on longer. I’m not entirely sold on the whole mattifying thing, although my skin has been so insanely oily lately in this hot weather that I might be a bit of a hopeless case.

I’m also not in love with the fact that this uses chemical sunscreens, but I also understand that physical ones would be kind of impossible in a spray-on format. On that note, you may want to consider what kind of SPF might be in other products you use so as not to mix kinds together that will ultimately make them all less effective. Perhaps I’ll have to give a more detailed sunscreen rant at some point, but for now, you are probably better off using this with other chemical sunscreens (aka anything other than titanium dioxide and zinc oxide).

Packaging and design wise I’m definitely loving how this product looks. Coola’s colors are bright and cheery and definitely feel like summertime. There is an agitator inside the canister, so while that does make the whole mixing process more effective when you shake it up, it also makes quite the racket. Also, the spray nozzle does dispense quite a dense amount of product, so you’ll need a few sprays to cover your whole face. Due to the nature of the ingredients the spray is made of the nozzle can also clog or stick easily (although they do send you a nice little note inside the box warning you of this phenomenon and what to do).

So what’s the final verdict? If your main concern is setting down your makeup, I think there are some better (and more affordable) options on the market. However, if you’re more interested in sun protection, I still think this is a pretty genius product. The alcohol is kind of a bummer, and those with super sensitive skin may find this irritating during the application process. However, if you can get past those 30 seconds of discomfort, this is a great way to get some non-greasy SPF on your face with the added benefit of being friendly to the makeup you worked so hard to put on.

When the sun is shining bright and the weather is sweet, everything feels great! But when you want or need to wear makeup it is a little less fun (think sweat drops + make-up dripping down your face).

The Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray is a setting spray that promises us a lightweight spray that holds your makeup in place AND provides you with SPF. Sounds good right? On top of it all, this formula also contains green tea and aloe extracts to soothe and refresh, as well as hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to the skin. Coola claims that 70% of the formula is comprised of organic ingredients.

After a few weeks of testing this product, it is time to let you know if this is THE perfect solution for makeup addicts in summertime or a real disappointment.

I would love to say that this product completely lived up to my expectations but then I wouldn’t be honest. My biggest problem with this product is that it contains alcohol. Organic alcohol (didn’t know that it existed?) but still…

The moment you spray it onto your face you experience an unpleasant sensation. My advice is to hold your breath and close your eyes tightly while spraying it on, afterwards wave away the mist that remains in the air or walk away from the area you applied it.
Thankfully, in the end, you will realize that this special applying ritual was worth it. The spray doesn’t feel greasy or look shiny. Your makeup stays pretty for a longer time, even if you spend a great amount of time soaking up the sun.

My final verdict? If you are looking for a setting spray that helps keep your makeup in place when it’s hot and also helps protect your skin in the sun, it is a good product. The only downside is the alcohol, but if you can get past the discomfort when you spray it on, it really is a musthave!

By beauty editor Raisa (MUA at Almira’s Beautique)

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