Save, Spend, Splurge | Hydrating Mist Edition

In my last post I spoke about handbag essentials for tired skin. I spoke about carrying a hydrating mist to help you freshen up throughout the day. In that post I featured my Clinique Moisture Surge mist, which I love, but that is the most expensive mist I own so I thought I’d do a little run down of some of the others in my collection. While the Clinique mist isn’t the most expensive on the market, I don’t believe in dropping $48 on something like the Tatcha mist; no matter how good it is, I don’t think a facial mist can be worth that much.

With that being said, today’s offers range from £5.99 to £22.50.

Natures Alchemist Hydrating Facial Mist 120ml – £5.99

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 200ml – £15

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray 125ml – £22.50


Product Overview

As the bottles are slightly different sizes, we’ll start with a cost overview per 100ml the prices are as follows: Natures Alchemist is £5, Liz Earle £7.50 and Clinique £18. So not much difference between save and spend but a big jump for the splurge option. Our save option is 100% vegan and a gluten free formula, leaping bunny approved. Liz Earle is cruelty free, does not test on animals, also leaping bunny approved but not 100% vegan. And Clinique is, well, Clinique. I don’t think I need to talk about the ethical status of that one.


This is the part where I would normally talk about the texture of a product. Instead we’re going to talk about how the mist actually sprays today. I don’t want to dwell on this too much as it’s a little pet peeve of mine when people say they love a product, but they don’t use it because they don’t like the way the mist sprays. It would take two minutes to transfer into a different bottle if you like the product that much, don’t waste it. As you can see today I have the Liz Earle in the bottle form not the mist version, but I’ve had the mist in the past and the formula is identical.

I like the mist on the NA bottle. It’s light and gentle, not too wet and thick. It doesn’t disperse too much product and it takes about two sprays to cover your whole face. I find the Liz Earle mist to be very similar, it’s slightly heavier but again, takes roughly two sprays to cover your face. The Clinique one is totally different. It’s a very full on, wet mist if you spray too close. It only takes one spray to cover your face from an arm’s length and it feels heavier on the skin.



Things worth noting:

  • Clinique and Liz Earle contain aloe as the ‘hydrating’ element of the mist.
  • All are alcohol free, very important to me.
  • The Clinique one is the ONLY fragrance free option, which I think is important.
  • The Liz Earle one is very heavily fragranced with a lot of fruit extracts and because of this I think it’s the worst option for sensitive skins.
  • The Nature’s Alchemist mist has a cucumber scent which isn’t too bad for sensitive skin but fragrance free is better.
  • Liz Earle and Clinique both contain soothing chamomile
  • The NA and LE both contain oil, Clinique does not.
  • The Clinique one contains caffeine, so if you are wanting a mist to freshen up tired looking skin, this one is probably best.

Clinique Ingredients

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol


Another sub-heading which is slightly pointless for this post. They’re all plastic spray bottles. And they’re all roughly the same size. The NA one comes in a see through plastic bottle. Liz Earle comes in an opaque green bottle and the Clinique one is a slightly translucent pink bottle.


They all do the job well, sensitivity issues aside. As they can all be used under or over makeup it is worth noting that due to the oil content in the other two, the Clinique one is slightly better for refreshing touch ups as it’s less likely to ruin your makeup. The last thing you want is to spray your face and find mascara running down your cheek. They all contain calming ingredients, although the Liz Earle one contains many irritants as well. In terms of simply refreshing your makeup or just having a spritz because you feel like it, there isn’t a clear winner.


While they all feel lovely on the skin, for me it’s a draw depending on what you want from your mist. I’d recommend you either save or splurge and ditch the spend on this occasion. If you are genuinely sleep deprived and looking for something to really make a difference, I’d splash out on the Clinique. As it only takes one spritz for your entire face, this one does last a long time so despite the cost I think this one is a good investment. Of course, if you’re vegan or living a cruelty free lifestyle, the Nature’s Alchemist option is best for you. The mist absorbs really well in the skin, it is the mist that leaves you feeling damp for the least amount of time and the avocado oil does leave the skin feeling nicely nourished and looking a little more dewy.


I’ve sprayed my face about 300 times while typing this post. I feel like I’ve just had a shower.


Until next time,



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  1. 18th January 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Such a great, informative post. I’ve never used a facial mist but it’s been on my list of products to try, since my skin is very dry and my morning moisturiser doesn’t see me through the day! I’ve also heard that misting has a really calming effect, so it’s great to have on hand if you get stressed or have anxiety/panic attacks!
    It’s really useful to see a little comparison guide like this, thank you for sharing!

    Love, Mary

  2. 18th January 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I try to look for alcohol free products! They dry out your skin soooo much even if you don’t realize at once. And I have oily/combo skin so I try so it doesn’t over produce oil plus I try to minimize fragrances since my skin is quite sensitive thanks for sharing the Clinique awesomeness!

    xx Lena |

    • Sophie
      19th January 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Yessss!!! It’s so bad for your skin but it’s in SO many products! I only buy stuff wiht alcohol in if it’s a product I’m obsessed with and it’s an ingredient towards the bottom of the list x

  3. Josephine
    18th January 2018 / 8:48 pm

    I’ve been getting really dry skin as of late due to the drastic changes in the weather so these sound pretty handy to own. I will be sure to check out hydrating mists as I’ve never used them before and they sound interesting.

  4. Heather McLeish
    18th January 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Ooo I’ve never actually tried a face mist! The Clinique one sounds right up my street and the bottle is such a beautiful colour, its just a shame they aren’t cruelty free as thats the route I’m trying to head down.

    Heather xo ||

  5. 18th January 2018 / 11:52 pm

    As I was thinking ‘she must have sprayed her face so many times’ I read your last line haha!

    Commitment to the blog!

    • Sophie
      19th January 2018 / 10:35 pm

      Haha I had them on the table in front of me so I could double check ingredients and stuff and every single time I wrote something about one of them I felt the need to spray myself again x

  6. 19th January 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I love this!! The Liz Earle tonic was by far one of my favourite bits last year I’m tempted to try a Clinique makeup remover- have you tried any? What would you recommend ? Xx

    • Sophie
      19th January 2018 / 10:34 pm

      Hi Charlotte! I love the Clinique lids, lips and lashes for removing stubborn eye makeup; it’s the best. A little pricey for what it is but it’s a great product. I wouldn’t recommend any of their step 1 cleansers, most of them are quite harsh on the skin but the ‘take the day off’ oils and balms are both good. Happy shopping!

  7. 19th January 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Hi, Great post and honest reviews. Sometimes its worth paying that bit extra so I shall take note of Clinique, thank you.

  8. 19th January 2018 / 9:21 pm

    The Clinique mist sounds great! It’s worth spending a bit more for a good quality product. I like the sound of feeling fresh like you have just had a shower! Great review Sophie!

    Bexa |

  9. 19th January 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I don’t usually use facial mists, but these sounds great! I love the moisture surge clinique moisturiser and this mist sounds amazing! might have to try it out x

    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • Sophie
      19th January 2018 / 11:08 pm

      Moisture surge is one of my all time favourites too, the line in general is great x

  10. 19th January 2018 / 10:08 pm

    My face gets especially dry right after a shower, I don’t know why, but facial mists seem like a great solution!! 🙂

    • Sophie
      19th January 2018 / 11:09 pm

      My skin is awful after a longer shower! So dry and tight. I’ve never tried this after a shower but you’ve got me thinking now….x

  11. 20th January 2018 / 6:58 pm

    I love that you included a range of prices! My skin has been quite dry thanks to winter so this is great, I want to try all of these!

    Suffering Wanderlust

  12. 21st January 2018 / 8:52 am

    I never tried a mist, but this sounds really interesting! You wrote such a lengthy, informative post on it! Love the amount of detail. Awesome post Sophie!

  13. 21st January 2018 / 9:42 am

    Thank you for the informative review! I wanted to try facial mist before but didn’t know where to start. It’s also great that you list the ingredients – this helps a lot if you’re allergic to something 🙂

  14. 21st January 2018 / 11:56 am

    Your post was very informative. Thanks for pointing out the pros and cons of the mis. This is sure to help when evaluting whether to make thr purchase. Thanks for sharing

  15. 21st January 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Such an informative post, thanks so much!! I need to look after my skin better with a new skin care routine!

  16. 22nd January 2018 / 8:10 am

    I love the Liz Earle tonic! Have been using it a lot lately. I have it in the bottle; I haven’t tried the mist actually. Thanks for sharing ☺️ X

  17. 22nd January 2018 / 8:43 am

    Thanks for sharing Sophie! I didn’t realise Clinique did a facial mist! I’ve just been using an inexpensive setting spray but may have to invest in one of these ☺️


  18. 22nd January 2018 / 9:45 am

    I am one of those people who find facial mists a little weird. I have one lying in my dresser… maybe I will try it again.

  19. 26th January 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I bet you had ALL the fun typing out those ingredients . Well done on taking so many mist sprays to your face . . . for science!

    To be honest, a face mist isn’t a product I’ve ever considered giving a go! I might try out your ‘Save’ option and see if I’ve been missing anything!

    Steph 🙂

  20. 11th March 2018 / 6:49 am

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  21. Alison Schofield
    1st September 2018 / 9:18 am

    I’ve just found the perfect post, thank you. I was looking for reviews of the Natures Alchemist mist after a thorough internet research comparing ingredients and prices (like you I believe they shouldn’t cost a fortune as they’re mainly water after all ). I already own both of the other two, but find Liz Earle’s slightly irritating although it gives a wonderful glow and clinique’s leaves me a bit tight once it’s dried, so I’m looking for an alternative which containes a bit of oil. You’ve addressed all my questions about Natures Alchemist and the comparison has saved me the further research! Much appreciated, Alison x

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