face mists (L-R): Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Spray, Glossier Soothing Face Mist, Evian Facial Spray; notebooks: Kate Spade; keychain wallet: Coach
Merely a year ago face mists were a foreign concept to me. The only time I had come across even the slightest hint of fancy face water was 1) Massie's constant sprays of Evian in the tween book series of yesterdecade, The Clique and 2) that one time Man Repeller debated the worth of Caudalie's $50 beauty elixir. In my oblivion I dove feet first into the face mist world exactly 12 months ago during the glossier.com *buy anything, get a face mist free* promo. It was my introduction to Glossier and my introduction to luxury face hydration. Like any typical drug addiction, it started out with a tentative trial that lasted a few weeks, but then quickly grew into a ten times a day back-of-the-mind yearning that preoccupied my ever wandering mind. After whizzing threw my first bottle, I decided to settle down and savor bottle #2 of my Soothing Face Mist as well as swim out into deeper waters and try even more versions of this utopian skin product.
My first impression of Air Repair was that it was the rough around the edges, geeky older brother to Glossier. Though Air Repair pre-dates Glossier, its product line seems a little like Phase 1's less glamorous twin sister. Initially, the Complexion Quenching Facial Spray seemed like my no nonsense replacement for my depleting rosewater spray, but it became abundantly clear after just a few uses that they would work sooo much better in tandem rather than as alternates. Soothing Face Mist is, as the name suggests, is Glossier's take on facial mists. However, the Complexion Quenching Facial Spray goes far beyond that. It's a spray on moisturizer that can practically replace your current face cream in the morning. Instead of coating my face with a medium to heavy lotion in the morning, I spritz a little Air Repair mist followed by a thin layer of rosewater spray. It is the most refreshing and moisturizing summer skincare routine I've tried yet.
On the other hand, Evian face mist was a little disappointing for me. Mostly because I always envisioned something super luxurious whenever I read The Clique books. Plus, the first experiences I had with face mist involved a beautifully scented concoction and an ultra quenching spray. Evian face mist is quite literally misted water. The only real ingredient is water mixed with elements in there most basic form. Nevertheless, when spending a day at the pool or sitting at the drive through drenched in sweat it serves its purpose and hydrates/refreshes my skin. But with all the different deluxe varieties out there I really wish the was a little more oomf to make me want to purchase again. What matters, though, is that I I've got every version of face mist I will need for the rest of the summer. No complaints here :)