What You Need To Know About Facial Sprays

by Kia C

“Setting” the Record Straight: Facial Sprays 101

One of the newest trends to jump on the beauty bandwagon is the ever-growing roster of facial mists and sprays – but how do you differentiate between brands and their benefits? It’s time for us to face the facts! Between refreshing, toning and setting, here’s some pros & cons of each category in the below Facial Sprays 101 guide:

facial sprays 101

H2O Facial Sprays
Pros: Refreshing and soothing, one spritz gives your skin a fresh wake-up call! Water facial sprays are often infused with natural minerals that are safe to use on all skin types. They can be used combat the effects of in-flight/air conditioned dryness and fatigue.
Cons: Often said to moisturize and hydrate the skin but when applied alone a water based facial spray won’t moisturize, unless you apply a moisturizer directly after to lock and seal the water.
Evian Mineral Water Spray, $11

I use MAC Charged Water before applying my foundation, $23

Makeup Finishing Sprays
Keeps your makeup intact for 16 hours without drying out or settling into pores and wrinkles. Sets and locks in makeup, keeping it from fading, smudging or creasing. It’s the new way to moisturize and prime your skin post-makeup.
Cons: To set and seal complete makeup the spray must be applied onto the entire face evenly.
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray, 4oz/$29 8oz/$39

Toning Mists
Toning mists revive and tone the complexion making skin look smoother and more toned. They relax and tone pores preparing them to more effectively receive the benefits of your moisturizer.
Con: Some sprays may include ingredients that can actually be drying to the skin.
Ren Tonic Moisture Mist, $28

I use Lush Tea Tree Water, $9.95 – $21.95 depending on size.

Mixing Medium Spray
Pro: Can be mixed with cosmetics such as eye shadow to intensify hues and create a fun new lip color or creamy blush.
Con: Although often marketed as a spray to seal and set makeup, these spray have no set ingredients to set makeup in place.
MAC Fix+, $10



Joanna Feb 26, 2013 - 7:46 AM

Great information! I use the skindinavia setting spray and I am in love with it. I sometimes use it after washing my face when I am home all day 🙂

Kia C Feb 26, 2013 - 1:07 PM

I never heard of that. Are you oily? Does it help with that?

Joanna Feb 26, 2013 - 3:19 PM

@Kia Yes I do oily skin. I bought the setting spray for oily skin and it does help keep my make up in tact.


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