Review: Face Mist Empties, Winter 2020 edition

Feat O’Lysee – Brume d’Eau Pure, So’Natural -Cera+ Peptide Oil Finisher, Normal No More – Blue Therapy Anti Redness Mist, Dr Jart+ – Cicapair Facial Calming Mist

Seeing as I have the tendency to waffle when it comes to cluster reviews, let’s get some TL;DRs out of the way first.

Mist in a nutshell
O’Lysee – Brume d’Eau PureBasic AF but gets the job done
So’Natural – Cera+ Peptide Oil FinisherWorks better as a toner than it does as a mist
★★★★☆ if used as a toner
Normal No More – Blue Therapy Anti Redness Mist Seen better
Dr Jart+ – Cicapair Facial Calming MistDr Jart+ is pushing that tiger grass too much

People use face mists for a number of different reasons. In my case, I only use them to rehydrate during the day and always over makeup. I also use mists to dampen beauty sponges prior to applying foundation. These types of usage is what I will be judging today’s mists on. Generally speaking, I cannot justify spending a whole lot of cash on face mists simply because I only use them to refresh myself and to help foundation apply better, but that’s just me.

If you like face mists, you may also enjoy this face mist review I wrote a while back which features Kiehl’s, Dr Jart+ Ceramidin and Scinic! But let’s get back to the reviews at hand. In this post, I will give you a quick rundown of ingredients, price, quantity and availability, and then go in with some thoughts and opinions for each of the four mists.

O’Lysee – Brume d’Eau Pure

Price ₩8,900-₩9,900
Quantity 400 ml, sometimes comes with 50 ml travel size as gift with purchase
Availability Both Olive Young and Lalavla Korea
Ingredients 100% pure water, does not contain any minerals as it has been purified

This water spray is super basic – just mineral water, hygienically packaged – but the affordability cannot be beaten. Honestly, most of the time when I buy face mists, I end up cursing the products as so many of them don’t seem to do a thing outside of feeling refreshing for about 20 seconds.

This one here too doesn’t do anything in terms of skincare benefits but then again, it does not lay claim to any lofty benefits either. I genuinely appreciate a beauty brand that doesn’t try to wow with airy-fairy claims, only to leave you feeling annoyed when the product doesn’t work as advertised.

It keeps skin moist for that moisture sandwich trick method (read more here if you’re interested), and feels cooling for a few seconds. Plus, I don’t feel bad about wasting product when I use it to dampen my foundation sponges. No frills but also no disappointment due to low expectations.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So’Natural – Cera+ Peptide Oil Finisher

Price ₩22,000 RRP, ₩15,400 on special at Lalavla
Quantity 80 ml – a bit small for what it is but travel friendly
Availability Online, Lalavla
Ingredients see below – this bad boy is full of hydrators, oils and dimethicone

I was looking for a more substantial mist at the time and this peptide and oil finisher sounded really good to me. This is a product that you will have to shake properly before use, and you may also find that you need to rinse the nozzle under hot water, as the ingredients have the tendency to clog up inside.

When used, this ends up creating a massive, oil slick-y film on your face. It creates a barrier and just won’t sink in, I am assuming due to the high dimethicone content. If you wear eye makeup, know that this will ruin all of it, even waterproof mascara. I would only recommend this if you are comfortable with heavy layers during the day and if you only wear base makeup and perhaps brows.

That said, this makes a super toner for dry skinned people and mature skin. When used as part of your skincare rather than a mist, it feels nourishing and rich, especially when layered underneath another moisturiser. If I bought this again, I would only use it in place of a toner or essence.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Normal No More – Blue Therapy Anti Redness Mist

Price₩9,900 is what I paid at the time
Quantity107 ml – what a super random size! Kind of dinky for a larger spray but the fact that it’s over 100 ml makes it incompatible for TSA travel restrictions when it comes to taking it with you on an airplane.
AvailabilityOnline, Lalavla
Ingredientssee below

This is a mist that is one of many that have disappointed me. Yes, it hydrates and refreshes, but then so does plain mineral water such as in the O’Lysee one on top. I could not see this deliver on its promises of reducing redness and flushed skin. It was by no means bad but I do not see myself repurchasing.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dr Jart+ – Cicapair Facial Calming Mist

Quantity150 ml – sometimes goes on sale as a buy one get one free 1+1, so you basically get 300 ml of product for ₩18,000 if you time your purchase just right, which is a good deal to me!
AvailabilityOnline, Olive Young
IngredientsWater, Propanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sea Water, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Chrysanthemum Coccineum Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Octyldodeceth-16, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Asiaticoside, Sodium Pca, Asiatic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Madecassic Acid, Magnesium Pca, 1,2-Hexanediol, Zinc Pca, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Manganese Pca, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA

I have a whole bunch of Dr Jart+ reviews coming up as you can see from the image above, let’s make a start today with the mist only.

Dr Jart+ is one of my favourite K-beauty brands, so I did have medium high hopes for this mist, actually, especially since I enjoyed using their Ceramidin Mist so much last year. Oh well, this one was kind of a fluke in that it promised a lot – strengthening the skin barrier, calming redness, hydration – but delivered just some hydration.

Tiger grass contained in products like this is such a hyped ingredient but sadly it does not seem to do anything on my skin! Is anyone else experiencing the same thing? I honestly think there might be something wrong for me, since supposedly it’s supposed to work wonders on sensitive, dehydrated, acne-prone and damaged skin and I just don’t see it.

It did not break me out but also did not do anything else other than give that refreshing feel for a few seconds. Would not repurchase.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Final Thoughts

Out of all mists, the only one I would – and actually have – repurchased is O’Lysee (mineral water in a clean bottle). Face mists keep disappointing me – the watery ones do nothing, the oily ones are rubbish over makeup during the day – so I think I will just stick to the cheapest available mineral water and call it a day for now.

If you have a face mist recommendation with actual skincare benefits that works over a full face of makeup but also doesn’t ruin the makeup, do leave it in the comments. Otherwise, if you have a setting spray recommendation for sensitive skin, I would love to hear your thoughts too!

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4 thoughts on “Review: Face Mist Empties, Winter 2020 edition

    1. I have but none of them did much if anything for me if I’m being completely honest! The sunscreen is drying, the serum does nothing but hydrate ever so slightly and the mask was just a regular sheet mask… they do smell nice and herbal though.

      Which products were you interested in? x


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