Five I’ve Tried: Face Mists – Love ’em or Leave ’em

I know it’s totally cliche to be inspired to reorganize and declutter in the new year, but I am a totally cliche person so that’s what I’ve been doing the last few weeks. Think lots of new plastic storage containers, countless donation trips and enough garbage bags to drive our garbage men crazy. Side note: working on an organization inspiration post to share all the overly aspirational organized closets and pantries that kicked my ass in gear.

One of the easiest areas to start was my beauty cabinet (and by cabinet, I mean this mobile organizer that is awesome by the way). So a couple weekends ago, I dumped everything out and got rid of a ton of stuff. The first to go was stuff that was clearly expired, the next were the products that got tried once and were never heard from again, and then lastly, I sorted out the new things I’d never used to donate. After everything had a place, I realized that there is one product that I have an obvious obsession with – the face mist.


To be honest, at first I thought these were a giant waste and frankly, stupid products. Clearly, I’ve changed my tune. Consider me obsessed. They are like drinking a giant glass of water for your face (that doesn’t make sense but it’s really the only way I can describe it). As a kid, I loved stealing my mom’s Evian water face spray wasting close to half of it by spraying fancy french water all over my body like an indoor sprinkler. I’m not quite as aggressive with these face mists but that’s mostly because of the price tag.

This roundup includes two OG favorites along with a few new ones I’ve fallen for lately. I’ve recently decided to become a Beautycounter rep after using and loving the products for a few years (you can see previous reviews I’ve done on their products here, here and here). That being said, I’m not giving up on all other brands and products I love. And I’m definitely not giving up trying products since it is one of the tiny joys in my life – love it so much. Just want to be open with you all and let you know why you may be seeing more of their products on here. Don’t worry, I won’t be sending out mass facebook messages or soliciting you to start your own biz or anything. On to the reviews…

Beautycounter No3 Balancing Facial Mist

To be honest, I didn’t love this at first. It’s different than the standard face mist – the finer spray and charcoal make it feel a little drier going on. On first spritz, I wasn’t sold. But since I had the whole bottle and I really love the charcoal mask, I figured it was worth sticking with for a week or so. I’m so glad I did because now, I LOVE it.

It’s perfect to use before applying makeup, when you want your skin to be hydrated but you don’t want to wait forever for it to absorb. Now that it’s become a routine, I feel like my makeup has that dewy but not greasy look that we’re all trying to achieve. I also find myself using to help freshen up my makeup when I need a solid touchup but don’t want to wash my face and start from scratch again. It’s a nice way to even things out, moisturize and get your skin ready for more makeup.

I will say that the smell isn’t incredible (i.e. – you won’t want to use this as a body spray too) but it works and that’s all that matters, right?

Grade: A-
Would I buy it again? Yes. The reason I gave it an A- was mostly because the smell isn’t my favorite but otherwise, it’s great. 


Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

So when I said the Beautycounter charcoal spray didn’t meet my initial expectations because it wasn’t a traditional face mist, this one exceeded my expectations because it is. It is basically everything you want in a standard face spray. It’s super refreshing and feels like a giant gulp of cold water for your face. It’s also not sticky or tacky the way some sprays can be, instead it absorbs really quickly and leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturized.

I’ve been using it first thing in the morning as a kind of wake-up call for my face. When I get out of bed, my face can feel a little dry and tight so this is a quick and easy way to add that moisture back. It’s also great for after work-outs when sweat can dry out your skin and redness can take over. It’s like throwing a cold towel on your face. I’ve packed it in my bag and used it after cycling classes.


Grade: A 

Would I buy it again? Yes. I’m almost done with this bottle and it’s low price point make it a no-brainer.

 

 

Pixi Milky Mist

So I’ve already written a review about this product but since it’s still a staple, I thought it was worth revisiting. See I know I try a lot of products so it’s easy to think I’m just writing these and then forgetting the products but that’s not the case. When I love something, it stays around (as long as it doesn’t get discontinued). This is one of those products.

If you want to check out my original review, you can here. But to wrap it up quickly, this stuff is the best. It’s kind of a combination of a cream moisturizer and a mist. It goes on a little heavier than the standard mist but it gives you the same feeling that you get from using moisturizer. I like to use it at night when my skin is feeling especially dry. I use it in addition to my normal moisturizer as a kind of extra moisture boost. Heavy moisturizers can cause me to break out but layering this with a regular moisturizer allows me the extra dose of moisture without the heavy pore clogging that comes with a thicker cream.

Grade: A 
Would I buy it again? Yup! Have been for the last two years. 

Pixi Glow Tonic Mist

I’ve talked before about how much I love Pixi’s Glow Tonic. I love it. It is an staple that I have with me no matter what. This spray is a way for me to get my Glow Tonic fix without having to break out the cotton pads. It’s not a swap out for the original but it’s a great sidekick.

The traditional glow tonic is part of my evening routine while the spray is my go-to in the mornings. I use it after washing my face and then let it sink in while I blow dry my hair and then finish things up with moisturizer. It’s also agreat item to pack in your travel bag too. I’ve used it to freshen up when flying when dry air can get the best of you.

Basically, any way they package Glow Tonic, I’m trying it and then probably buying it. They carry this line at Target, so next time you’re there, throw it in your cart. You won’t regret it.

Grade: A+ 
Would I buy it again? Already have.

Beautycounter Nourishing Rose Water Mist

This is the third bottle of Rose Water Mist that I’ve had and I’m already nervous that I’m going to go through this bottle too fast. I just love it. It’s a little bit of a combination of all of the above face mists. It’s like the Goldilocks of face mists plus it smells delicious so it doubles as a body spray. It’s not strong enough to be a perfume per se but it gives your hair and clothes a pretty floral scent.

 

This is one of those products I find myself reaching for and using whenever I walk past it. There’s not something specific that I love about this spray but it’s just one of those things I find myself using time and time again.

Grade: A+
Would I buy it again? Yes! I’m on my third bottle. Smells SO good. 

January 23, 2018

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