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Hair spray—we get, but what’s up with all the facials sprays on cosmetic shelves? From the iconic Evian spray to a new class of setting tonics, sprays refresh, moisturize, and make your makeup last. Often portable and easy to fit into a busy schedule, there’s a facial mist for almost everything you need. A quick spritz that gets you refreshed and set? Count us in!
When your face demands a little pick-me-up, moisturizing facial sprays are the ticket. Refreshing and soothing, one spritz—usually infused with natural minerals that are safe to use on all skin types—can combat the effects of in-flight or air conditioned dryness and fatigue. And perfect for counteracting overheated rooms in the winter. Evian Mineral Water Spray ($11) is pure Evian water propelled by nitrogen to remove perspiration, harmful salt, and chlorine. The spray instantly soothes and hydrates skin damaged by harsh winds or the sun.
Another moisturizing mist we love is AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System ($35), a pure botanical mist that provides a lasting and instant boost of refreshment for any skin type. Oil-free and water-free, a spritz of this mist tones and energizes skin, fights against chronic dehydration, and delivers a combination of treatment products including a mineral and amino acid blend to increase skin’s defense against stress and environment, as well as the company’s signature red ginseng complex that delivers antioxidants to prevent damage from environmental forces.
Make your skin look smoother and more toned with a reviving toning mist. These sprays relax and tone pores so that your moisturizers can become more effective. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($22) features the relaxing scent of rose. A daily hydrating mist ideal for normal to combination skin types, one spritz will restore and hydrate your complexion. Formulated with marshmallow and glycerin to help prevent moisture loss and hydrate, rose and aloe vera to soften, soothe, and calm the skin, and grapefruit seed extract for antioxidant protection, this spray will leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced.
Another cooling and hydrating facial spray out on the market is REN Tonic Moisture Mist ($28), which revives and tones skin. With a quick spray over the neck, face, and décolleté, the mist can also be used over makeup. Fig extract cools and refreshes the skin while the ginseng root boosts energy. Hyaluronic acid binds water to skin tissue to boost hydration, leaving your skin full of moisture.
Sprays also work to enhance your makeup. Setting and locking makeup in place, makeup finishing sprays can keep your makeup intact the entire day without drying your skin or settling in pores and wrinkles. Makeup stays put, doesn’t fade, and resists smudging or creasing. It’s the newest way to moisturize while priming your skin post-makeup. Remember that to set and seal your makeup completely, the spray must be applied evenly to the entire face. Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($29) partnered with Skindinavia (“the original makeup finishing spray”) to create a spray that keeps makeup in place for up to 16 hours. Hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, vegan and cruelty-free, as well as oil-free, the spray is suited for all skin types. Urban Decay’s “Temperature Control Technology” is said to lower the temperature of your makeup—including foundation, blush, eye shadow, and concealer—so that it stands up to any and all environmental aggressors like heat, wind, and harsh cold weather. In a consumer poll, 81.8% of customers say that the setting spray gave makeup a healthy glow, 78.8% believe that it helps makeup avoid any creasing, and 75.7% of consumers say that their makeup looked as good at the end of the day as in the beginning.
A spray that holds even under extreme conditions, the light and comfortable Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix ($28) sets all types of makeup. Formulated with alcohol-free ingredients, and enriched with chitosan, a marine algae extract, this makeup spray protects skin against environmental damages like temperature changes, pollution, and other harsh factors. We like that you can throw this in your bag, so while on the go, you can simply spray the mist on a thick tissue, pat gently on your face, and voila, your makeup is refreshed. Apply a veil of powder to give your complexion a velvety texture for the evening.