I really like mists. I like spraying them on my face thinking they are doing something. I like the idea that they actually do something, and they are refreshing right after cleansing.
Unfortunately, I refrain from buying mists that are marketed solely as moisturizing mists, mainly because one of the selling points in spraying it on your face during the day to refresh yourself. I can’t do that because my skin is oily and the dewy look just isn’t for me. If my skin were in great condition and I were comfortable enough to wear no makeup in public, I see myself buying more mists. But until then, I only use mist first thing in the morning and at night after cleansing. The Nature Republic Bee Venom Mist Essence Mist ($10.80) is supposed to be ideal for those with “acne prone and irritated skin” which is right up my alley.
I purchased the mist on a weekend trip to NYC at the Nature Republic in Union Square. I got the 50ml version in case I ended up not liking it (there’s also a 100ml version). What attracted me to the mist was the salicylic acid and fermented ingredients. According to the Nature Republic website, the mist contains lactobacillus, fermented milk/sugar, bee venom, salicylic acid and other exotic sounding plant extracts and chemicals. So you can see how I felt great about purchasing this.
What I do like about it
- I like the diverse, seemingly effective ingredients list.
- I like that the mist is really fine and refreshing and not shocking.
What I don’t care for
- The smell; very medicinal.
- I am not convinced it keeps my acne at bay or helps with irritation.
- The description of the product on the brand website makes some out-of-this-world claims about the mist “sanitizing bacteria” and unclogging pores… eyeroll. Just eyeroll and smh. It also claims to control pH levels, which, you probably wouldn’t know unless you tested your skin’s pH, tested the pH of the mist, sprayed it on your face, tested your skin’s pH again and see if it’s normal? It’s just such an extra claim and I really wish companies would stop doing this. Now if it’s true and someone has confirmed this mist actually does control human face pH, I take my rant back.
After using it for a couple months, I just couldn’t get excited about it (at least not like my Missha FTE mist). The smell doesn’t bother me now as I have gotten used to it. As someone with acne prone, oily skin, I can’t confidently say that this helps with that, but it hasn’t appeared to hurt it either.
The mist has great ingredients and I can see a lot of people saying they like this mist. While I also like the mist, it’s just kind of meh to me. It doesn’t do enough to justify me repurchasing it.