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The Gloss Report: hydrating mists

April 21st 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 0 comment

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Whether it's to refresh skin or calm senses, facial mists can be a great addition to your beauty arsenal - but which ones really work? Team Gloss put them to the test

Would your skincare regime benefit from a spritz of hydration? Moisturising mists are launching left, right and centre at the moment, but are they worth spending your money on? We put a range to the test to find out.

Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist, £15 for 120ml

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The promise: “Advanced treatment to support dermal water density for intense lightweight hydration and comfort.”

We give it: 7/10

Review: “The Hylamide crew ain’t lying when they say ‘lightweight’ - given that the primary ingredient here is water, this is the thinnest moisturiser you’ve ever met. Thankfully, you’re not simply shelling out for pleasingly packaged plain old H20 - you’ll also get a mouthful (close your mouth obvs) of marine exopolysaccharides (sugars) and glucuronic acid, which apparently has greater water-retaining capacity than the much-famed hyaluronic acid. Add to this green tea extract and rose water and you’ve got something that’s definitely more special than the stuff that comes out of the tap. As for the effects, there’s definitely something in this as far as sealing in moisture goes, and the surface of my skin felt smoother and softer after layering it into my skincare routine. It’s not a staple, and the nozzle does squirt liquid out at an unpredictable angle and intensity, but for non-greasy additional hydration, it’s a good booster to have in your bathroom cabinet, especially come summertime or if you particularly battle with oily or combination skin.”

Reviewer: AH

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, £21 for 100ml

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The promise: “Powered by our superfruit blend, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, this ultra-fine mist leaves skin feeling reinvigorated and looking healthy.”

We give it: 7/10

Review: “This fine mist - an antioxidant superfruit blend - comes in a flight-friendly 100ml plastic bottle and is virtually fragrance free. I would wager it can be liberally squirted without annoying your fellow passengers. It feels calming on the skin and definitely makes dull skin look instantly perkier, although my face did feel a little sticky after a couple of sprays. I preferred it underneath my facial oil - my skin is quite thirsty and often an oil by itself needs a bit of hydration. The pump spray delivers just enough product so you don’t feel like you are stepping into a shower as can happen with an aerosol face mist. Plus it’s at the pricier end of the scale so you don’t want to waste a single droplet.”

Reviewer: VW

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, £10 for 300ml

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The promise: “Naturally soothing, anti-irritating to comfort and refresh.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “I have ridiculously sensitive skin, and Avene’s products are often in my go-to stash for when things get a little…irritating. Their Thermal Spring Water is the basis of everything in the range; so no, this is not just ‘water in a can’, this is ‘French, clinically-proven healing water in a can.’ Still cynical? Me too, despite my love of their other products. However, my skin has been incredibly dry since the recent weather change, feeling tight and rough to the touch, so whereas I’d usually save this spray for the beach or hot weather, I put it to use in my working day. Spraying just one side of my face to test it, I found my skin was indeed smoother and felt ‘comforted,’ to borrow their term, compared to my incredibly dry skin on the other side. It’s refreshing, obviously, and when I reluctantly used it over a face full of makeup there were no touch-ups needed - the mist is so fine (hold it far away from your face) that it really does just soothe the skin. I’m not convinced that it could help to set makeup, and while it’s pleasant to use for a quick freshen up or between skincare stages, I think my dry skin needs more to be fully hydrated - but this is a pretty good start.”

Reviewer: JJ

Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist, £26.50 for 150ml

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The promise: "A remineralising mist that boosts cell metabolism and renewal, and strengthens the skin's defences.”

We give it: 7/10

Review: “I applied this at the end of the day before bed and found it tingled slightly on the skin - the sensation took a while to ease off and I think I got it a little too close to my eyes which stung slightly. However, when I woke up in the morning my skin felt really soft and had more of a ‘glow’ - I used it again before doing my makeup and found it tingled less. It claims to help make your serums and creams more effective so I would always follow with a skincare product to soothe skin after application.”

Reviewer: CH

Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Toner, £30 for 50ml

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The promise: “Ideal for dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin, this refreshing Tonic helps relieve redness and maximise hydration.”

We give it: 10/10

Review: “I love Pai’s transparency when it comes to their ingredients and labelling as it makes picking products for my sensitive skin a lot easier - this one was a no brainer. This facial mist is for use after cleansing to tone the skin, so I spritzed it over my face and neck to freshen up before my moisturiser. Perfect for dry and sensitive skin, it is alcohol-free (a massive plus for those with redness/easily irritated skin) and smells divine - the orange blossom really revives the senses. I patted it in to help it dry off and it left me feeling soothed and refreshed - ideal for me as after using a hot cloth to cleanse, my face tends to feel like it needs a rest. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to the act of spraying my face with product; even though I know it’s coming, it makes me jump every time, so I’d love it if it was more mist-like but am still enjoying the addition to my skincare routine. In fact I’ve been using it every night ever since and I don’t feel ready for moisturiser - or bed - without it!”

Reviewer: JJ

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist, £18 for 150ml

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The promise: “This cooling, refreshing mist helps hydrate and balance your skin while minimising surface oil build-up.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “I introduced the Aveda toning mist into my evening routine, spritzing the product all over my face and neck after cleansing. Overall the mist has a gentle fragrance that is not overpowering at all, and I was pleased given that it claimed to be for normal-oily skin that it suited my oily T-zone. Once it had soaked in, it left my skin feeling rehydrated without any extra residue - I was really impressed. I also used it later in the day over a full face of makeup and was surprised (and relieved!) that it didn’t even disturb my mascara - it just gave my face a subtle, uplifting refresh. The only downside is the actual mechanical part of the spritzer as the product is released in big hits rather than in a very light spray, but I’ll definitely be using this product again throughout the year.”

Reviewer: FD

Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray, £7 for 150ml

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The promise: “Hydrates and soothes the feel of the skin and fortifies the skin's natural protective function.”

We give it: 5/10

Review: “In the spirit of getting all g’d up for summer with the recent burst of warm weather, it seems only right that we roadtest thermal sprays (as UK temperatures soar into the mid-teens...). On the list is Vichy’s Thermal Spa Water Spray with ‘15 minerals and 13 trace elements’ - it’s certainly refreshing in these scorching times, but isn’t it just water in a can? Vichy is one of the French pharmacy giants and their Thermal Water has been in circulation since the XVII Century (although it didn’t come ‘canned’ then), so it has a strong pedigree, although I’m just not convinced that thermal sprays do anything but momentarily relieve a feeling of being hot and bothered. It certainly felt very refreshing when I spritzed it although I would argue that a pump would be a better way of applying than an aerosol which hoses you down somewhat. I can imagine it would be a relief on a hot sunny day, but I am sceptical of its ability to relieve redness, soothe sensitive skin and reinforce the skin’s natural protection.”

Review: Al. M

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £18 for 50ml

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The promise: “A daily hydrating mist for normal to combination skin with the scent of roses that restores and hydrates the complexion.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “This exotic-smelling spritz was wonderfully refreshing and cooling, giving my skin a much-needed hit of moisture without wreaking havoc with my makeup in the process. In the past, I’ve often wondered whether facial mists were in fact just a big marketing ploy when just a splash of water would surely work just as well. After using this though, I’ve seen the light. It didn’t disrupt my base, nor leave an unpleasant sticky residue. It’s probably best reserved for those suffering with particularly dry skin but I would certainly use it during the summer months to help ward off the complexion-sapping effects of sun, air conditioning and the crammed, sweaty conditions of my Underground commute.”

Reviewer: AM

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, £10 for 100ml

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The promise: “Instantly refreshes and helps to boost hydration on skin, and set makeup. A great skincare product for an instant ‘pick-me up’.”

We give it: 3/10

Review: "Designed to set makeup, refresh and moisturise the skin, my favourite thing about this face mist was that it had a beautiful rosewater scent. It surprisingly didn't aggravate my oily skin and was rather quick to dry however I can't say that I felt any real benefit to using it. Such mists supposedly leave one feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - often touted as a great mid-afternoon energiser. Perhaps it’s because I have an aversion to spritzing my face, but I can't say that using this face mist was a particularly pleasant experience let alone rejuvenating. It also was rather messy and somehow made its way into my eyes and all over my clothes. Suffice to say it’s not something I shall be trying again in a hurry."

Reviewer: KB

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, £60 for 50ml

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The promise: “Delivers moisture and a plumper looking appearance. Helps enhance performance of moisturisers and serums.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “This is a multi-tasking, multi-purpose natural skin spray - which it better had be really for such a high price point. 100% natural, this spritz not only smells totally divine but is packed with floral extracts, moisture boosting hyaluronic acid, free-radical fighting vitamin C and antioxidant Witch Hazel, so it not only feeds the skin, but locks in moisture and protects your face at the same time. If you just use it to refresh your makeup throughout the day, then it is perhaps not worth the extravagance (far more economical to buy an Evian spray) however, if you see it as a facial treatment or a natural cell-preserving coat of armour then it may well be worth every penny.”

Reviewer: ST

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray, £22 for 125ml

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The promise: “Rapidly replenishes skin's moisture level, restoring balance. Softens and soothes in a flash.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “I was looking forward to using this spray as I have loved what others have done for my skin and makeup before, and as a fan of Clinique anyway this was a perfect addition to my daily routine. Clinique says to use this before and/or after makeup application, so as I am quite religious with my makeup routine, I decided to use after I had finished the last step of a swish of mascara. I really liked the scent that the spray gave, which was light and really refreshing, a nice ‘pick-me-up’ before I left the house for work. I also noticed that it gave my makeup a bit more intensity, really helping to bring out the pigment in my peachy bronzer. The aim of the product is to water your face, and I suppose it did that, keeping my face hydrated throughout a day of being on and off the tube for a few hours. My only con to this is that the ‘spray’ of the bottle wasn’t as misting and as fine as I wanted it to be, and I ended up with more on my arms and shoulders than I did on my face at the recommended 25-30cm distance. This meant I did have to bring it closer, which resulted in droplets rather than an elegant spritz.”

Reviewer: EC

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, £31 for 200ml

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The promise: “This moisture mist provides a surge of hydration, preparing the skin for serums and moisturisers by helping the absorption of key ingredients.”

We give it: 7/10

Review: “I was sold on the name alone – ‘flawless skin’? Yes please. I’m a sucker for products that promise the world - disappointment is an inevitable, daily occurrence - but nonetheless I try each one with sky-high expectations of poreless, perfect, glowing, gorgeous, Hollywood, hydrated skin. And then promptly come crashing down to earth with an unforgiving, acne-ridden bump. As you would expect from a product entitled ‘Moisture Mist’, it promises to provide a surge of hydration which, in turn, helps the absorption of key ingredients, moisturisers and serums into the skin. And I’m happy to report it does just that. It acts as a sort of turbo-boost for my other products, my skin feels noticeably more hydrated as a result and when I start to lag mid-afternoon, a quick spritz definitely wakes me and my maquillage up­­. So while this obviously isn’t a life-transforming potion, it certainly does help you on your way. Potions are better left to Harry Potter et al anyhow.”

Reviewer: ER

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £32 for 100ml

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The promise: “Smooths away fine lines, tightens pores, sets makeup and gives a boost of radiance.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “I’ll be honest, I didn’t initially like the look of this spray as a yellow film had settled on its surface. Giving it a shake soon sorts this out however, and I’ll give it a break appearance-wise as it does contain a lot of lovely natural ingredients. The mist is inspired by the ‘elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabella of Hungary, and apparently these days Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham are fans. It’s quite the multitasker; it prepares skin for moisturiser, sets makeup and refreshes the complexion throughout the day. For the record, it also smells AMAZING - it’s like one big hit of botanical garden. It’s also quite literally minty fresh; it smells of mint and has a wonderfully cooling sensation when spritzed over a slightly sweaty visage. It mists on very finely so you don’t receive an unwelcome squirt in the eye and dries in milliseconds, leaving skin really smooth. I can’t say that I noticed the visual effects on my features in terms of radiance but I did feel that it tightened pores and made them look generally more ‘refined’. For £32, you might hope for a bit more detectable dewiness, but it made my face feel zingy and fresh, which I think is the main benefit of using an effective facial mist.”

Reviewer: AH

Tula Urban Defense Hydrating Mist, £22 for 30ml

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The promise: “An ultra-hydrating, weightless moisturiser spray, packed with nutrients that help protect against environmental toxins.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “First things first, this spray felt wonderfully hydrating without leaving a gloopy residue - a definite plus point. Refreshing and cooling, its cocktail of coconut water, moisturising algae, herbs selected for their stress and inflammatory relieving properties and probiotics to help boost skin barrier has ensured it’s earned its place on my desk for delivering an instant boost during my working day. The only thing I can fault it on is its nozzle which was a little too powerful for my liking (just ensure to spray from a longer distance than the recommended 6-8 inches). That being said though, its hydrating roster of ingredients felt like it was doing more than what just a splash of water could do. As a result, my skin felt softer, suppler and healthier looking after each use.”

Reviewer: AM

De mamiel botaniques Dewy Facial Mist, £47 for 100ml

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The promise: “The unique blend uses calming essential oils and potent phytonutrients to replenish and refresh the skin and de-stress the skin and mind.”

We give it: 8/10

Review: “Dubbed a ‘serum in a mist,’ this particular spritz immediately piqued my interest due its potential to provide more than just a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. I wasn’t entirely sure where it could carve a place in my skincare regime however, the answer became abundantly clear one rushed weekday morning when looking for a quick extra layer to soup up my skincare. Easy to apply with a great nozzle that provides great distribution, it spread evenly, finely and most importantly, swiftly over my parched skin to act as a moisturising undercoat for my day cream and SPF. Its blend of essential oils (chosen specifically for their calming properties), antioxidants (chosen for their anti-inflammatory and protective abilities) and hydrating skin goodies made for the perfect fit for my dry/temperamental T-zone skin type and its blissful scent made for a lovely way to add a dose of serenity to an otherwise, chaotic start to the day. While I prefer the more comprehensive cover and targeted specificity of a serum and it is more expensive than what I would normally like to spend on a mist, I have been using it every morning since due to its lightweight feel and fast absorption. In terms of changing my preconceptions, it’s definitely delivered.”

Reviewer: AM

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