I have to start this post by saying that I am OBSESSED with facial sprays. I spray my face at least 3 times a day. Often with different types of facial spray (#highmaintenance).
They can make a huge difference in the way your make up applies & wears and the way your skin looks & feels. You make up addicts know what I am talking about.
But, not all facial sprays are made the same way. Generally, they fall into these categories:
Priming sprays or waters such as the Smashbox Primer Water are meant to help makeup adhere to the skin better. They usually have glycerin as one of their main ingredients.
Mac Prep & Prime – Also known as Mac Fixed Plus. This is a true multitasker, you can use it all over your face before foundation, you can use it to dampen your beauty blender or brushes and you can use it after applying your make up to remove the powdery look. I’ve learned over time that the key with facial sprays is not just in the product itself but in the nozzle. You want a light mist on your face, not a splash of water. My Mac Prep & Prime has the best application.
Make up Setting Sprays
Setting sprays are like hairspray for your face. They are meant to help extend the life of your makeup, but can also help remove the powdery look. I was skeptical about setting sprays until I started putting them to the test. For a couple of months I started walking a mile to work in the Texas heat so I invested in a setting spray to see if it would help my makeup stay on longer. And surprise, surprise while the rest of my look was a sweaty mess, my makeup did withstand the trip.
Urban Decay All Nighter – This unicorn water helps extend my make up beyond 8 hours and I have a terrible habit of touching my face throughout the day. Plus, if it can withstand the Texas heat and make my face look intact for hours its a winner in my book. Urban Decay has a few variations of these spray and they are all just as good. They also have a travel size version if you don’t want to shell out $30 to try it. Note: this spray will not in any way hydrate your skin or provide any other skin benefits that I am aware of.
Now this is a broad category, but generally these would be any sprays that treat a specific skin condition such as dry or dull skin. You can buy facial sprays that hydrate, add radiance, give a glowy look, etc.
The latest trend is sprays/mists that claims to do all of the items above such as the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Mist which I reviewed here.
I love hydrating sprays since they can refresh my skin mid-day or soothe dry or irritated skin.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – I have mentioned this one here and here. Its expensive but I love it. And the mist is so fine that you really don’t use a lot when you spray. An affordable alternative which I really like is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. I’ve been through at least 2 bottles of that one and its $7.
Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Face Mist – I talked about this in my recent empties post here. I don’t know what it is about this spray but I swear the week I stopped using it I started breaking out again. I did mention in my previous post that I am not a huge fan of the nozzle on this one. Once I purchase a new one, I will use an empty bottle of the Mac Fixed Plus or the Jurlique spray.
My biggest piece of advice with facial sprays?
Experiment. Just because a spray is labeled for a certain purpose doesn’t mean you can’t use it for something else. I have used a hydrating spray as a primer, setting spray and refresher before and it has worked great. So spray away! & pin this down below!
Have you tried a facial spray/mist before? What are your favorites?