Like kitchen equipment or swimsuits, there is no shortage of options in the skincare world to spend too much money on, especially ones that make enigmatic promises filled with technology-laden language. As face mists (also knows as essences and elixirs) gained in popularity, it seemed that only those who occupied a certain tax bracket would find it a good idea to drop some cash on these mysterious, certainly superfluous potions. For the minimalists in the room, they appeared to be one more step. Who really thinks spraying some souped-up water on your face would really make a difference? Well, here we all are with egg, er rosewater and kiwi extract, on our faces.
In fact, now it’s not uncommon to see a mist on our staffers desks, millennials and boomers alike. When you’re on deadline or having a photo shoot disaster, a spray or two can be like a kinder, gentler version of someone slapping you in the face and yelling, “Pull yourself together!” Or like a miniature escape where in the span of nanoseconds you are reclined on a tropical beach sipping a Topo Chico.
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Here are five options to try whether you're a misting misanthrope or a believer.
Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist: Our most recent favorite, Saturday Skin’s mist plus a beauty blender sponge is all we need to revive our faces after work and head to happy hour or errand running. Not only does it constitute your tinted moisturizer or foundation, it also imparts a realistic glow that no highlighter can achieve.
Glossier Soothing Face Mist: We may have mentioned this particular mist once (or four) times before, but it’s the one that made us a spraying sermonizer. With practical plastic packaging, this is the bottle to take on long car trips or plane rides when the air can get staler than a baguette forgotten on a countertop, but you still need to look fresh and fly when you arrive.
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water: Of course, the French have been spraying their faces with mineral water sourced from their collection of pristine aquifers and springs long before we Southerners found out. This drugstore version is still the country’s official skin mist of choice, and is often used as a setting spray by major makeup artists.
Valentina’s Natural Refreshing Body Mist: Assistant Editor Pat York, who is also one of our office’s hair icons, uses this body mist on her face too. “My favorite for the hot weather is Pure Serenity, a blend of lavender, cedarwood and orange,” she says. “It is all natural with has no synthetic scents. It smells lovely and feels like you have splashed the most refreshing cocktail on your face.”
Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Mint Cooling Mineral Mist: “This coconut-mint mist from Little Barn Apothecary actually gives me the will to survive summer months,” says Assistant Editor Katherine Owen. “I tried it at Winslet & Rhys, one of my favorite Birmingham shops, put it down, walked back to my car, turned around and walked back into the store, and bought it. Now i keep it in my fridge to fight off summertime sadness.”