I didn't know it was possible for me to hate a setting spray but Tarte proved me wrong. I'm surprised there's only one review denouncing this, it's awful quality.
Based on the ingredient list, I'll be considering this a SETTING spray and not a fixing spray (because it does not have alcohol as a main ingredient). For those who are unaware of the difference, a setting spray basically meshes all your layers of makeup into one and helps make it look more natural. It is not supposed to extend wear time, nor make it water/transfer proof (that's what a fixing spray is supposed to do, but because they contain alcohol they can dry your skin and not look as nice). Don't believe for a second what the product is named - it all comes down to the ingredient list as makeup companies think most customers don't know or care so they label them differently. For instance, Urban Decay Setting Spray is actually a fixing spray, and MAC Fix + is actually a setting spray.
Anyway I've tried heaps of setting sprays and apart from the nozzle and scent, they all performed identically. My HG is the Mario Badescu cucumber spray because it's one of the cheapest, but has easily the best nozzle. I think MAC Fix + is very overpriced and overhyped for something so basic with such a crap nozzle, but it still worked.
This Tarte spray sucks big time. I have the smaller size and I agree with the other user about it seeming to spray in a donut shape so your face doesn't catch much. I also find that the chemical smell of this is so strong that if I accidentally breathe it in (which is extremely easy to do since it goes everywhere) then it burns my nostrils. Actually burns, I'm not just exaggerating things because I'm trying to say I don't like the smell.
What I hate most is how it turns my powder foundations orange. I always have that happen to some extent with setting sprays, but I'm Chinese and have strong yellow tones so it's usually fine if I dust a translucent powder on top. This however is an awful shade of peach orange across all powders. It's less harsh on liquid foundations so I can make that work.
Because it sprays so unevenly, my foundation ends up uneven colours with uneven texture. I find it also leaves my skin very tacky and thick feeling. Like I just slathered on two layers of full coverage liquid foundation with my hands thick.
One trick of mine is to apply mascara directly after applying setting spray because it prevents any clumping, fans your lashes out wonderfully and doesn't affect wear time. This is difficult to achieve with this spray because it is so heavy. A single spray can sometimes cause my eyeshadow to run down in tiny rivers, ruining it, even though I can spray other setting sprays five times and never have that issue. It's a bit hard to work around too because of how unpredictable the nozzle is.
You know how with heavier perfumes you're supposed to spray it in the air and then walk through it (so it's not overpowering), and you can sometimes feel the droplets? A single spray of this is 3x as thick as walking through three sprays of Elizabeth Arden Red Door, which is infamously heavy. And the walking through part is an accident, because it goes everywhere but you'll still experience this every time you do your make up if you're standing in front of a bathroom mirror.
There is absolutely no redeeming factor for this spray. I've honestly been trying to think of one and I can't. It has a suffocating synthetic scent, ruins the colour of your makeup, ruins the texture of your makeup, and the nozzle is so bad that you can't fill it with a better spray. I haven't tried it to foil eyeshadow yet but I mean, water works just fine and this stuff is so thick and chemical smelling/burning that I don't want to apply it on my eyes.
For the record, I have dry/combination skin.