The Gloss Report: Hydrating mists

August 15th 2013


Whether it's to refresh skin in the hot clammy weather or to finish off a skincare regime with a spritz of calm, facial mists can be a great addition to your beauty arsenal - but which ones really work? Team Gloss put them to the test

Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom Bioaffinity Toner


Price: £30

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Feedback: “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

Score: 10/10

Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist


Price: £25

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Feedback: “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 make-up 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

Score: 7/10

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist


Price: £17

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Feedback: “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 make-up 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

Score: 8/10

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist


Price: £16.50

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Feedback: “This exotic-smelling spritz was wonderfully refreshing and cooling, giving my skin a much-needed hit of moisture without leaving me embarrassingly panda-eyed 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. Unlike a quick splash of the tap, it didn’t disrupt my make-up 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 the sun, air conditioning and the crammed, sweaty conditions of my Underground commute.”

Reviewer: AM

Score: 8.5/10

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist


Price: £8

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Feedback: "Designed to set make-up, 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."

Score: 3/10

Reviewer: KB

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence


Price: £52 for 50ml

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Feedback: “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 make-up 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

Score: 8/10

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray


Price: £20

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Feedback: “I was looking forward to using this spray as I have loved what others have done for my skin and make-up 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 make-up application, so as I am quite religious with my make-up 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 make-up 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 quite a lot 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 to get some on my face, which resulted in droplets of the special water, and not just an elegant spritz.”

Reviewer: EC

Score: 8/10

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist


Price: £31.00

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Feedback: “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

Score: 7/10

Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist


Price: £20.50

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Feedback: “As is to be expected from Benefit, the packaging is cool, quirky and really entices you to use the product. In this case, I’d like to shrink myself down to Borrower proportions and dive on in - it looks so refreshing inside that dappled aqua bottle. Putting appearances aside, the spray itself boasts Benefit’s ‘exclusive tri-radiance complex’ to soothe, refresh and hydrate the skin. It did indeed impart a youthful dewiness, and it was undoubtedly invigorating, but I wasn’t so keen on the slightly sticky feel left behind. That said it made my make-up look much fresher at the end of the day; it appeared freshly applied, not cakey or shiny. It cools down your mug and makes it smell of cucumber - you could definitely fool most of the commuter carriage that you’re just breezing home after a facial. I was slightly concerned that the ingredients list read like a chemical cocktail, however some of the agents used are very smart, for instance sodium hyaluronate holds 1,000 times its weight in water, so you receive a hefty dose of hydration with every spritz. I would say tread carefully if you’re a sensitive type or green girl, but otherwise this glow-giving mist could be your summer saving grace.”

Reviewer: AH

Score: 7.5/10

Caudalie Beauty Elixir


Price: £32

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Feedback: 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 multi-tasker; it prepares skin for moisturiser, sets make-up 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

Score: 8/10

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