Facial mists are a beauty product I considered unnecessary for a long time. However, since I learned about the subtle, yet powerful skin-changing effects they add to my beauty routine, they have been a daily essential. Along with some of the new Korean skincare products that are coming onto the market, these mists are, currently, my favorite skincare products. In the past few years I have used an array of face mists – both those that are marketed as skincare and makeup setting sprays – and currently rotate between four of them. Besides their common purpose of refreshing and hydrating skin, which is why I've particularly enjoyed them this summer season, I use each individually to tackle different skin issues, from a dull complexion and dehydration to fixating makeup.
CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR marketed as: skincare Caudalie's Beauty Elixir is a toning treatment for all skin types that hydrates and adds a burst of radiance to the skin. It is packed with natural ingredients, such as grape extracts, rosemary, mint and rose essential oil to soothe and brighten the complexion. My favourite way of using the Beauty Elixir is on bare skin, especially on days when it looks dull or feels tightened from dehydration. I also like to apply it mid-day or in the evening to refresh makeup or as a little pick-me-up. The minty scent is so uplifting, which is why I like to keep the travel-sized version in my handbag at all time so I can use it whenever.
BIODERMA HYDRABIO EAU DE SOIN SPF30 marketed as: skincare, makeup setting sprayFairly new on the market is Hydrabio Eau de Soin by the French skincare brand Bioderma. It's a water-based hydrating anti-UV mist for sensitive, dehydrated and sun-exposed skin that moisturises and protects, while preventing premature skin ageing. The hypoallergenic and paraben/fragrance/alcohol free formula can be reapplied throughout the day as a hydration boost, but I also like it as a makeup setting spray. Because my skin is sensitive to regular sunscreen or moisturisers with added SPF, this is an easier, effective alternative that I can apply multiple times a day without ruining my makeup or causing skin irritation. Eau de Soin is a very fine mist that adds only a thin layer of sun protection, so I make sure to apply it regularly.
URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAYmarketed as: makeup setting spray – *full review*All Nighter is known for being a weightless, long-lasting setting spray that helps makeup stay in place for up to 16 hours. It's supposed to 'lock in' makeup by lowering the temperature of the applied products and that way protects them from moving around on the skin. Basically it adds a heat- and waterproof layer on top of your makeup. This spray is my go-to on days when I can't be bothered to do touchups throughout the day (f.e. work days, festivals, etc.) or on hot summer days when my makeup needs some extra help to stay put. This stuff definitely lives up to its claims – my makeup will not look as fresh, but is still pretty much intact until the second I remove it.
MAC PREP+PRIME FIX+marketed as: skincare, finishing sprayIf I remember well, my first encounter with facial mists was this one. Fix+ may seem like a basic facial spray at first, but is a multi-purpose skincare product that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Thanks to an infusion of green tea, chamomile and cucumber, it gives skin an instant boost of hydration, while refreshing and finishing makeup. I always use Fix+ mixed with foundation to help the product feel comfortable on my dehydrated skin, avoid a cakey look and add a soft sheen to the skin. When applying loose pigments, I dampen a brush to pack the product on for a long-lasting, more intense finish. Last year, MAC also brought out limited edition scented versions of Fix+ which I adored. The rose-scented one is a great pick-me-up for throughout the day. I like it a lot on days when my skin is acting up, as Fix+ is soothing and hydrating, and gives skin a lovely dewy look.Other great facial mists that deserve a mention: Lush Cosmetics Tea Tree Water, Lush Cosmetics Eau Roma Water, pure rose water. They are all brilliant toning treatments for sensitive skin.Are facial mists an essential in your beauty routine?