When face mists first burst onto the beauty scene, it’s safe to say that they were somewhat equated with the word ‘frivolous’.
Many people questioned if it was truly necessary to follow up multiple skincare steps with yet another one, especially considering the mist category came across strikingly similar to simply spraying your face with water.
However, as more and more sceptics switched into the ‘face spray convert’ lane, it became clear that these little bottles were evidently filled with ingredients considerably more complex than initially thought.
In fact, though the starting point of any spray does remain hydration, moisturising is far from all that mists are capable of.
The selection of sprays available nowadays allows you to combat an array of skin concerns with every spritz, with options addressing everything from dullness and oil overproduction to the appearance of wrinkles and pores.
The product itself is as versatile as the category, too; a good face mist can serve as anything from a cooling primer or midday pick-me-up to a makeup-setting spray or relaxing evening ritual. In a nutshell, they boast both a bevy of benefits and a slew of unique uses.
And so, why not try one? Not any old one, of course, but one of the very best, AKA exactly what we’ve found for you. So with that, allow us to present the top face mists to shop…
Best face mist for: normal skin
Esmi Skin Minerals Refreshing & Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist
Given its name for its ability to top your hydration levels between moisturiser ‘meals’, this mix of apple, algae and almond oil is a classic ‘hydrate and refresh’ style mist that leaves skin looking and feeling replenished in all the right ways.
$35 at Sephora
Best face mist for: dull skin
Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist
Wish your face could have a hit of lemon water in the A.M. too? Well, with this invigorating citrus spray, it can indeed. Designed to smooth, nourish and energise lifeless or lacklustre skin, it features a peppy hybrid of aloe vera, mandarin and true to its zesty shade, lemongrass.
$42 at Sephora
Best face mist for: dry skin
Laneige Cream Skin Mist
Delivered as a mist but designed to hydrate like a cream, this option is all about a moisture top-up that takes seconds to apply but lasts for up to 12 hours. Featuring a serving of amino acids in the form of heavenly white leaf tea water, it’s the skin-strengthening spritz to try pronto if you’re dealing with dehydration.
$33 at Sephora
Best face mist for: combination skin
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
A favourite of our eternal source of skin envy, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, this clever toning mist has a jam-packed to-do list with every combination skin-appeasing spritz. Not only does it enhance glow wherever needed, but it also aims to tighten the appearance of pores and tone any oilier areas.
$74 at Sephora
Best face mist for: mature skin
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
A cult-status spray that heroes dual weight hyaluronic acid as well as a blend of Australian florals, the only thing it’s better at than calming, smoothing and hydrating the skin is enhancing plumpness and minimising the appearance of wrinkles, making it a perfect pick for maturing skin.
$156 at Sephora
Best face mist for: sensitive skin
Innisfree Aloe Revital Skin Mist
An ultra-fine face mist built around the skin-soothing powers of aloe vera (which anyone with sensitive skin should be well acquainted with), it allows you to douse your face in a cloak of cooling, refreshing and barrier-protecting moisture that reduces redness and eases inflammation as it works.
$17 at Adore Beauty
Best face mist for: oily or acne-prone skin
Disciple Balancing Mist
‘Balance’ is always the goal with an oily or acne-prone skin type, and this spray is all about bringing just that back to your face. How? It harnesses geranium floral water to simultaneously hydrate and handle the oil overproduction that can cause breakouts to surface, while also allowing essential oils to calm the complexion and the senses.
$37 at Adore Beauty
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