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
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.
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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