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I’ve been into essences and serums and ampoules for what feels like forever, but until recently, I thought facial mists were just silly. I didn’t see any purpose for them. My only conception of them was as something that people spray on their faces when their skin feels dry during the day, and in that case, they seemed totally pointless. Would the hydration (and any special ingredients) even penetrate through layers of makeup and sunscreen to benefit the skin? Wouldn’t evaporation take more moisture away from the face? I didn’t get it.
Then the temperature started to rise, I got a facial mist as a gift with purchase from my bae Jolse, and now I have three, and I’m looking at some more.
I still don’t rely on a spritz of mist in the middle of the day to do anything special for my skin, but I can’t deny that it’s incredibly refreshing when the weather’s hot and my face is burning up. I’m not the only one, either. Sheryll from The Wanderlust Project loves her Mizon Snail Repair Hydro Mist. Coco of The Beauty Wolf gets fancy with her Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist. Snow White and the Asian Pear’s Cat Cactus uses mists at various points in her current skincare routine. So does Fanserviced, even though her skin type seems the polar opposite of Cat’s. Fanserviced likes mists so much that she admonishes mist haters like me to “embrace your inner bitchmom doubles player because the right mist can be cooling and moisturizing and oh so satisfying in all the right ways in summer.”
And then, of course, there’s Daesung.
Add me to the list of reformed mist haters turned into mist fans.
In my day-to-day life and skincare routine, each of my mists serves a different purpose. Let’s take a look at the ones I own.
Mini-Review: Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist (and some quick notes on the Nature Republic Bee Venom Mist Essence)
Innisfree’s Green Tea Mineral Mist was, I believe, the first facial mist I bought. I caved and purchased it about the fifth time that it showed up in my Amazon recommendations, because at this point, Amazon knows what’s best for me.
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist comes in a small, light 50ml recyclable aluminum can. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s aerosol (that would surprise me, given Innisfree’s insistent eco-branding), but what I do know is that the can dispenses an ultra-fine cloud of product: a true misting, rather than a spritz or a spray. This ultra-fine mist makes the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist the most refreshing of my three facial mists.
The fragrance of the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist is refreshing as well. The product features that signature clean, green, unisex Innisfree fragrance. The ingredients are signature Innisfree, too, with soothing, astringent, and antioxidant-rich plant extracts; Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist comes up totally clean in CosDNA.
I love this mist for cooling and reviving my face whenever I feel uncomfortably hot. It’s the one that I take in my bag when I go out and the one I reach for the most throughout the day. Mr. Crazy Snail Lady loves it, too. It’s become a regular part of his skincare routine, and when we first discovered this mist, he managed to get through an entire can in the space of a week!
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist seems a little hard to find these days. It’s disappeared from Innisfree’s official global site. I did, however, find a jumbo 150ml can of it on Amazon for $13.98 plus free shipping (affiliate link).
As a side note, Nature Republic’s Bee Venom Mist Essence, the mist I received as a gift with purchase from Jolse, is very similar to the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist. The Nature Republic Bee Venom Mist Essence also comes in an aluminum can that dispenses an ultra-fine, aerosol-like spray that refreshes without any excessive wetness, and I like the fresh herbal fragrance of the Nature Republic just as much. I used Nature Republic Bee Venom Mist essence the same way I use the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist and will very likely purchase another can.
Mini-Review: Tosowoong Propolis Natural Pure Mist
It’s too soon for me to have posted any reviews about this brand, but if you know me from Reddit or follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve developed a pretty intense thing for Tosowoong skincare products. That’s because Tosowoong makes clean, simple, affordable products with lots of proven ingredients. Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist is no exception.
Seriously, the ingredients are amazing, especially for an occasional-use product that few people would consider a serious skincare step. In addition to a generous helping of propolis extract (75% of the mist, in fact), Tosowoong’s Propolis Whitening Mist contains niacinamide, EGF, ferments, honey and royal jelly extracts, and Tosowoong’s proprietary blend of antioxidant-rich fruit extracts. Check out the full ingredients list and CosDNA analysis here if you want to get excited.
Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist only falls short in two areas: the spray and the smell. Neither of them are bad, just less great than the Innisfree and Nature Republic mists discussed above. Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist comes in a simple plastic spray bottle. The spray button requires a little more pressure to depress than Innisfree’s or Nature Republic’s, and the spray itself is a quick (but still decently fine) burst rather than a soft mist. As far as the smell goes, well, it smells like ferments. That is to say, the mist has a distinct yeasty, almost beerlike smell. It isn’t unpleasant, but it isn’t my favorite type of fragrance, either.
For those reasons, and because this mist has such great skincare ingredients, I keep Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist in my skincare basket. On very dry days, I pack in some extra hydration and niacinamide by spritzing it on in between some (or all) of my skincare steps. I also give myself a good blast in the face with this mist before applying a sheet mask or hydrogel mask.
TesterKorea sells the 100ml bottle of Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist for 10,900 won (currently about $9.71 USD). RoseRoseShop has it for $12.54.
Mini-Review: Holika Holika Vita Up! Facial Water, Vita Violet
This last mist was provided to me for review by Cupidrop, and I must say, I was predisposed to like it before I even sprayed it on my face for the first time, for one simple reason: PURPLE. Holika Holika Vita Up! Facial Water in Vita Violet is purple.
I love purple. Purple is my favorite color. I sort of wouldn’t mind if the mist actually tinted my face a faint purple (but it doesn’t, so don’t worry). Purple almost makes up for the fact that the ingredients for this product don’t seem to be online anywhere (unless they’re in Korean, which I neither read nor speak). In fact, I asked my contact at Cupidrop whether she could provide the ingredients, and she let me know that she hasn’t had any luck getting them from Holika Holika so far, either.
What we do know is that the Holika Holika Vita Up! Facial Water mists claim to provide “12 kinds of vitamin and mineral rich plant extracts” as well as a Japanese “miracle water,” Hita-Tenryosui. I’m never entirely convinced of the powers of “special” water–water is water, after all–but this mist does feel very soothing on my face, and when sprayed on and patted in before makeup, it does soften my skin and give it a lovely hydrated glow. The spray bottle is comparable to the Tosowoong Propolis Whitening Mist. The button is a little harder to depress than Innisfree’s or Nature Republic’s, and the product comes out in a burst rather than an even mist, but the spray is quite fine. Also, it smells wonderful to me. The fragrance is the most feminine one out of all of my mists. It smells the way I imagine the color purple would smell: fresh, tart, and crisply floral.
I usually keep my Holika Holika Vita Up! Facial Water with my makeup and use it to perfect my cushion makeup. I give my cushion puff a spritz of this mist right before I use it; lightly moistening the puff this way helps to prevent it from picking up too much product and results in an amazingly sheer, even, and glowy application. And though I don’t wear perfume, I do sometimes want to smell especially pretty, so for those times, I’ll replace the Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist in my purse with the Holika Holika Vita Up!, so that I can enjoy the fragrance while I’m out.
What’s your favorite facial mist, and what do you recommend I try next?