Hydrating mists . . . unicorn tears, newborn baby’s breath and fairy kisses . . .
They cool the face, refresh makeup, get rid of powder residue after makeup, used before makeup to create a hydrated surface to make makeup application smoother, can set over powdered faces and increase the pigment of makeup, especially eye shadows and pigments. They are marketed as skincare products, so they are not make up setting sprays. You guessed it. . . . not hairspray for your face!’
One of the most asked questions is ‘ which is better, MAC Fix + or the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray?’ My answer is always that they are different products like I’ve just mentioned.
Today, I’m comparing three popular Hydrating mists. MAC Fix+, the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray and Benefit’s Ultra Radiance Facial Hydrating Mist. I know, there are other facial mists that are cheaper, but I decided to go with three high-end mists because I have used these most and because they’re spppensive so it is nice to know how they perform and who will emerge The Boss! Common claims of these products. . They cool and refresh the skin, prep for makeup application, add radiance and have healthier ingredients than a green smoothie!
MAC’s says of Fix+ ‘A lightweight, mineral rich finishing mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup. Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application’
Short and sweet application. Simple and fuss free. It delivers its promise, has a pleasant fragrance. Nothing overpowering. It does a good job of cooling and hydrating the skin. This is definitely one to put into your purse for those sweltering South African summer days.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
Price: R250 for 100ml
Where to buy: MAC FFS or counters across the country or www.maccosmetics.co.za
Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Rehydrating Mist
Benefit says: ‘Even the brightest complexions need a quick pick-me-up now & then. Ultra radiance facial re-hydrating mist instantly enhances radiance with our exclusive tri-radiance complex to deliver immediate & long-term hydration. Contains magnesium PCA and white & blue lotus extracts, known for their relaxing properties and to help skin combat stress.’
It moisturizes, soothes and refreshes. With this hydrating mist, I have had the worst experience. My skin stung, it was an uncomfortable tingling experience, my face turned red. It definitely gave me colour, but not radiance. It gave me long-term irritation. Ok, I did wash my face after my skin became irritated so I can’t comment on the longevity of the hydrating. It wasn’t relaxing or cooling. But there was liquid on my face, so it did hydrate. What’s really strange is that I bought this once before when Benefit was here years ago and it was an amazing product. Either my skin care or skin changed and reacted to an ingredient in it or they changed the formula and ingredients.
They do advise on the website: Please read the ingredient list on the packaging of your product to be sure that the ingredients are appropriate for your personal use, so I am to blame for that, well, not really, I didn’t think it would cause the reaction. It is what it is. I tried it a few times after and had the same experience. Now I use it to wet my brush to intensify pigments and eye shadows.
Looking at the ingredient list, it may be the fragrance and alcohol that caused the reaction. But I’m no dermatologist, so, it’s just a hunch because I do not use a toner and stay away from heavily fragranced skin care face products.
Water (aqua), Pentylene glycol, Butylene glycol, Hydrogenated castor oil, Betaine, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Fragrance (parfum), Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Biosaccharide gum1, Xylitol, Tocopheryl acetate, Decyloxazolidinone, sodium hyaluronate, Nelumbo nucifera Flower water, Nymphaea coerulea flower water, tetrasodium edta, citric acid, magnesium pca, bht
Price : R365 for 133,1ml
Where to buy: Benefit counters in Red Square nationwide or www.redsquare.co.za
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray
This is a recent purchase, but I have done a blog post on it.
Urban Decay says a lot about it so I’m going to condensed some of it: This scientifically advanced formula contains the first patented, stabilized form of topical vitamin B6, which absorbs oil, minimizes pores and reduces redness. You can use it morning, noon and night to refresh, reduce redness and soften skin with vitamins and antioxidants. It says it refreshes your makeup without messing it up.It is also meant for ALL ages and skin types.
It has sprays a fine mist, with the right amount of pressure. It meets all the claims but I didn’t notice any increase or decrease in the longevity of my makeup. I was surprised that I didn’t have a reaction as it also contains alcohol.
Aqua (Water/Eau), Alcohol Denat, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Xylitol Phosphate Esters, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Xylitol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Panthenol, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fructan, Sodium Hydroxide, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coconut Acid.
Price: R450 for 118 ml
Where to buy: Urban Decay Sore in Sandton City Johannesburg, Cape Town store set to open soon. No online store available yet.
In terms of packaging Benefit knocks it out of the park with their textures transparent blue bottle that looks like a potion, very vintage. It has a plastic nozzle that sprays a fine mist.
Urban Decay looks like an aerosol can with a plastic pump. It sprays a super fine mist, the best spray action of the lot.
MAC Fix+ has a lock and unlock twist mechanism with the nozzle exposed. When unlocked you press the cap and it sprays a fine mist, not as fine as Benefit or Urban Decay and sometimes you can be greeted my a blocked pump or a surprise squirt.
At the end of the day, there isn’t one that out performs the other.
This one goes to MAC Fix+ because while the other two claim to have added benefits, I didn’t see a difference.
MAC Fix+ is good value for money and easy to get your hands on. It is a staple in every makeup artists’ kit and for good reason.
Do you have a favourite hydrating mist? Let me know down below.
Until next time
Stay fresh, blessed and beautiful
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