Face mists are a great product that help to quickly cool and reinvigorate the skin throughout the day.
We love our face mists and the refreshing hydration they deliver – sometimes we just get too hot walking around during the day and need that little spritz of moisture.
But what exactly is a face mist? When exactly should we use it? What about using it with makeup?
We answer these questions as well as deliver a list of our top recommended face mists so you can keep your skin hydrated and plump throughout the day.
What is a face mist
A face mist is a product that you spray on your face to deliver instant hydration when you need to, and usually suitable for every skin type.
Every face mist is formulated differently and just like every skincare product, has different benefits that it provides other than the basic hydration.
Some have additional benefits like calming stressed skin, preventing the appearance of signs of ageing, and controlling oil production. You can therefore capitalise on this extra step in your routine for an extra skincare boost.
When to use a face mist
Face mists are not the same as moisturisers; instead of applying it every morning and night, you can spray your face mist anytime during the day for that boost of extra moisture.
They can also be great to lift your mood and make you feel refreshed especially during a hot day. Just imagine that quenching spritz of fresh liquid right after a long workout!
You can also spray it after toning your face and before moisturising for that additional boost of hydration to keep your skin ready for the day’s activities.
Face mist after makeup
While some people may use face mists as a setting spray for makeup, they don’t actually help to increase the length of wear because they are totally different products.
That’s not to say you can’t use a face mist after makeup. By all means, go for it as it may give you a glowing and dewy finish.
There are many facial mist and setting spray hybrids out there now that will do the trick. While not every face mist on our list of recommendations is a setting spray hybrid, we’ve included a few so you don’t have to look too far.
Face mist recommendations
1. Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Face Mist
Non-greasy and non-comedogenic, this face mist is a great option for those who have oily skin. It uses natural prebiotics from France to promote growth of skin-friendly bacteria to strengthen the skin’s barrier as well as Rice Water from Korea for hydration.
Safe for sensitive skin, it is formulated with 0% paraben, mineral oil, alcohol, colourant, fragrance, propylene, SLES and SLS.
It retails for RM17.77.
2. Avene Thermal Spring Water
Clinically shown to soothe, soften, and calm sensitive skin, this facial mist is bottled directly at its source and packaged in a sterile environment for guaranteed purity.
As it only contains spring water and hydrogen, there’s no risk of clogging pores and minimised chances of allergic reactions.
It retails for RM49.
3. Bio-essence Bio-Water
This facial mist not only helps hydrates and cools your skin, it also mattifies and evens out pores for a radiant complexion.
Suitable for sensitive skin, this mist replenishes the skin with ample minerals, allowing it to repair, renew, and breathe.
It retails for RM34.90.
4. Cosrx Low pH PHA Barrier Mist
If you’re concerned about the pH balance of your skin, this product is perfect for you as it helps your skin maintain a low pH level while working as a shield to keep prior skincare steps from evaporating.
Formulated with 98% coconut fruit extract and 0.5% gluconolactone, this facial mist can even be used as a toner if you so wish.
It retails for RM65.
5. Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist
You can use this facial mist to treat your skin, refresh it, and set your makeup all in one go with just a few spritzes.
Formulated with vitamin c, collagen amino acids, and a proprietary energy complex, each mist delivers a hefty dose of antioxidants to shield you from environmental damage and revives stressed skin.
It retails for RM130.
6. Eucerin Hyaluron Mist Spray
This facial mist spray is formulated with hyaluronic acid and gluco-glycerol, both of which supports instant and long-lasting hydration to keep the skin looking and feeling soothed and moisturised.
Its formula enhances the skin’s own hydration system, distributes water evenly, and locks in moisture while keeping the skin smooth and radiant.
It retails for RM29.
7. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Anti-Oxidant Glow Water Skin Nutrition Face Mist
Great for all skin types, this alcohol-free citrus-infused face mist can be used as a cooling primer or makeup-setting spray.
Enriched with vitamin fruit complex of C, E, and B5, a spritz will protect you against free radicals while giving your skin an extra boost of nutrition.
It retails for RM109.
8. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist
We’ve covered Glow Recipe’s products and how well the Watermelon range fares in our humid weather. The face mist, in particular, had us falling head over heels for the product.
This mist not only doubles as a toner, it also triples as a makeup enhancer, so you can spritz it over your face to refresh your look and hydrate your skin throughout the day. Talk about multi-tasking!
It retails for RM130.
9. Hourglass Veil Soft Focus Effect Setting Spray
While it’s a little on the pricey side, this setting spray makes it worthwhile as it doubles as an ultra-fine and hydrating mist that keeps your skin smooth and radiant.
Containing glycerin, it increases hydration while having water-resistant properties to enhance foundation for maximum staying power.
It retails for RM240.
10. Innisfree Aloe Revital Skin Mist
Designed to be a toner, this facial mist is suitable to replenish your moisture throughout the day as it contains madecassoside and 94% organic aloe gel extracted from Jeju.
The mist is also free of colorants, mineral oil, artificial and animal ingredients, so it is unlikely to irritate your skin.
It retails for RM47.
11. Jelita KL Saffron Face and Hair Mist
This Malaysian face and hair mist not only soothes irritated skin, but also sets makeup and keeps hair from drying.
Formulated with saffron flower extract, chamomile flower extract, and cucumber fruit extract, it promotes hair growth, improves hair strength, and relieves itchy scalp.
It retails for RM49.
12. Kayman Beauty HyaluMelon Mist Toner
Like the name suggests, this product can double as a toner, and we’re all for products that can do double-duty.
Packed with watermelon fruit extract, rice bran oil, and hyaluronic acid, this is a fast-absorbing and lightweight formula that will keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day.
It retails for RM59.
13. MAC Cosmetics Fix+ Setting Spray Magic Radiance – Moisturizing Skin Mist
This face mist can be used under or over makeup for an all-day ultra-moisturising hydration. Suitable for all-skin types, this dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested product is non-acnegenic.
We like how lightweight this formula is, and how it also contains vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and essential oils for that extra glow and nourishment.
It retails for RM125.
14. Mario Badescu Facial Spray
We’ve talked about how much we love this facial mist in our empties of 2021 article, but we’ll reiterate how much we love this product now.
Lovers of lavender will go crazy over the Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender variant that not only hydrates your skin, but brightens it as well. There are two other variants: Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea, as well as Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater.
Get all three in a set for RM100.
15. Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist
Made from 92% aloe vera gel, this face mist is enriched with vitamins and is great for keeping the skin soothed and cool throughout the day.
What’s great is that the aloe vera comes from certified organic farmers in California, and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
It retails for RM31.90.
16. Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
While this may have “milky” in the name, we assure you that this product isn’t going to curdle. You can use this mist as a toner as well as it preps the skin for serums and makeup.
Formulated with provitamin A, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and black oat, this facial mist provides anti-inflammatory effects and strengthens skin.
It retails for RM70.
17. Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Set & Refresh Spray
We find Sephora Collection products in general to be pretty good, and this lemon and peppermint scented spray is one of them.
You can either mist this over your face as a finishing touch after makeup or use it as a hydrating touch-up throughout the day. Sephora recommends spraying it directly on an eye brush before picking up an eyeshadow to make the colour last longer.
It retails for RM63.
18. St Ives Face Mist Orange
This face mist is targeted toward enhancing your mood with its fragrances. Spritz it on your face or skin for an instant pick-me-up throughout the day.
We recommend the orange scent for those who enjoy lovely refreshing citrusy aromas.
It retails for RM23.99.
19. Temyracle All Over Mist Sugarush
Local brand Temyracle released a collection of mists suitable for “all over” the body, hence the naming. Formed with alcohol denat, water, and fragrance, this is a simple yet sweet mist.
The scent Sugarush will flood you with floral scents accompanied by delicious hints of cotton candy and chewing gum that will bring you back to your childhood.
It retails for RM32.
20. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray
This weightless, three-in-one face mist uses coconut water to prime, set, and refresh makeup while keeping skin hydrated.
Simply shake the product well and hold it six to eight inches away from your face before spraying it onto your skin to brighten and smoothen it.
It retails for RM155.
21. Wardah C-Defense Face Mist TikTok Approved
Infused with vitamin C, this face mist is one that was circling around TikTok for a while for its affordability and effectiveness.
This product provides a boost of dewy hydration that smells refreshingly of orange and citrus without leaving a sticky residue.
It retails for RM13.
22. Wardah Lightening Face Mist
Formulated with 0% Alcohol, this is a non-drying, non-sticky face mist that will hydrate your skin, reduce sebum, and improve the length of wear of your makeup.
This is a 3-in-1 mist that primes, sets, and refreshes the skin using brightening Niacinamide which also protects the skin against blue light negative effects.
It retails for RM8.40.
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