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Rant & Rave: Facial Mists

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Facial Mists

They sure feel nice on a hot day or help if you’ve over-applied any powder-based products, but whether they’re doing a lot for my skin, I’m not sure. I keep a few that I happen to have in the refrigerator and use when I need a pick-me-up.

— Christine


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Erica Avatar

Read the ingredients. If they have irritating ones like Alcohol Denat or fragrance synthetic or plant, yeah not doing yourself any favors. There also is a lot of basic ones out there ie nothing more than water and glycerin. Yeah that isn’t doing much for you. But there are decent ones out there with good skin cell communicating ingredients. Have to look for them and you’ll probably have to pay more for it:)

kjh Avatar

Wish Paula made some as they help for dehydrated/ oily/aging. Now I have to wade through a zillion K & J beauty ones, and they ARE often loaded with fragrance or alcohol. Alcohol is often #2 ingredient? Plus, w/ a million allergies, it is not easy. If you have any recs, pls share.

Pearl Avatar

Ha ha – enthusiasm and over-applying – I’ve done that because it smells so good and I keep spritzing and next thing you know I’m dripping or glowing. Definitely a learning curve for me with these!

Andrea K Avatar

Amore Pacific moisture bound skin energy is just perfect, cause unlike other similar products dont make your foundation break, and give you just the perfect amount of dew setting up your make up. Beautiful product. Cannot live without.
Yeah… Over applying sucks.

Erica Avatar

Facial mists are essentially a liquid moisturizer. Yes they can be poorly formulated or well formulated. If they contain alcohol and fragrance or if they have nothing more than glycerin and aloe then I pass on them. But there are great ones out there with good skin ingredients. I use one from Estee Lauder. They are great for me who has oily skin and breaks out or gets oilier with traditional lotion based moisturizers. If I need a little moisture, I spritz my skin w a facial mist.

kjh Avatar

Hey, girl, fill me in! One of my newer allergies is aloe, and it’s in everything. Took me 2 years to find an eye makeup remover that is aloe free and actually works.

Katherine T. Avatar

*Rant -99% of them contain alcohol, fragrance, and/or irritating plant oils. The only one that I’ve found that doesn’t is Peter Thomas Roth’s Aloe Tonic Mist but it’s been DC’d ( why???? sob, sob).
*Rant -the pump squirts out a waterfall that makes my makeup run
*Rave-love to use them to refresh makeup, hydrate skin, get a dewy glow, get rid of powder face

JoAnn Moran Avatar

I saw a hack on YouTube that was a game changer. After I put on my foundation and powder, I spray my face liberally with facial mist. I wait around 15 seconds for it to dry down a bit. Then I take a damp beauty blender and press it into my skin. Not only does my makeup stay on longer, but it looks very natural.

Stephanie Avatar

I love them to help with powdery finishes and most of them smell really nice on application. I find the ones that are just mineral or spa water (have a few deluxe samples or these) work the same as the chemical ones. Keeping the spa water in the fridge sounds like wonderful idea. Thanks

SusanG Avatar

I use rosewater as a facial mist. Apart from smelling lovely, and cooling down my skin on a hot day, I’m not sure it really does much. Never mind. It’s an affordable extravagance!

Anne Avatar

I love them! My skin is dry, so after I set my makeup with powder, I mist to make the look less ‘flat’ and powdery. They make a big difference to me. I’ve been using them for years and years.

Jacqueline Avatar

Rant: I feel like I only really use them on long-haul flights to keep my face hydrated. So many of them contain high amounts of alcohol, so I end up just putting a hydrating toner into a spray bottle instead.

Rave: Love that I can re-hydrate my skin hygenically. Makes it super handy when you can’t wash your hands as easily (looking at you over-crowded plane bathrooms).

Lys Avatar

I’m not sure if they offer any long-term results either, but they sure are refreshing! One I’ve been using a lot recently is Bioderma’s Hydrabio Eau de Soin, which has SPF30 so if I had to choose just one facial mist it would be that one.

Deborah S. Avatar

I admit to being more than a little addicted. As I have answered more than once to questions here on Temptalia, I use Fix + like water. I love the smell and the feel. My daughter teases me about it because I always have 2 or 3 back up bottles. I also use Mario Badescu Rose Mist and a home made mist that I make from a recipe that I found on YouTube. I don’t notice that it is doing much long term for my skin but as many have mentioned I use powdered products and use mists to set the powder and make it look less powdery. I also use them in summer for cooling and use them to set my makeup. I spray my BB with Fix + to press my foundation into my skin and love the look. So many uses and probably more coming.

Nell Avatar

Rave. I use MAC Fix + and have enjoyed it. It gives all powdered products a natural finish, and makes everything last longer. There seems to be a slight glow as well.

Anne Avatar

Wow, I know nothing about this category of products. I have to get out more, ha. Am going to check them out — especially since I live in the hot, sunny south and some of these mists have SPF and refreshment benefits.

kjh Avatar

It seems there are 2-3 types of mist. 1. pH rebalancer, toner-like. 2. Water hydration, first essence. 3. Setting spray. We are talking apples and oranges here. I am highly interested in any recs for type 2. I have become a cosdna maven, and use it for research ATT. You cannot always trust beauty superstore ingredients lists, nor can you find wide selections of budget friendly AB, which really do exist.

Kelly Avatar

Rave. I’ve recently become obsessed with facial mists. I keep them in my fridge so they work as a pick me up when I’m tired and a treat for my skin. Right now I’m loving Mario badescu rose water and eminence organics enroll mists.

Lulle Avatar

Rave: they feel refreshing, and for someone who gets a sweaty face when it’s too hot like me, they help feel “cleaner”.
Rant: many of them contain alcohol, which is something to avoid. Many more contain essential oils that can be phototoxic (mostly citrus oils), and fragrances that cause irritation. It’s actually very hard to find a facial mist that’s not irritation in a bottle! That’s why I usually stick to mineral water sprays: they contain nothing but water, but at least it’s pure, clean water with a good amount of trace minerals – so much better than tap water.

Abbey Avatar

I’ve never been a huge fan until I found Pixie Glow Mist. That one is true love. I bought it in preparation for watching an all-day soccer tournament in Memohis, TN. It refreshed my makeup and helped keep it from breaking down without making my skin feel dry like a setting spray. I love it, and use it daily now.

Emilie Avatar

I love using them on top of my makeup to diminish the powdery look and enhance my highlight and blush, but I find I have to be careful how much I apply or else my skin will feel sticky and makeup will wear weird! I use rose water ones personally. Still looking for one with SPF that doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin.

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