I never really understood face mists until recently. I tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir a while back and wasn’t really impressed. I liked the cool minty feeling on the skin while some hated it and I didn’t mind the scent while some were completely put off by it. I read good things about the Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water (RM122, 200ml) and was lucky to be sent one recently to try. About a month later, I was then sent the Bobbi Brown Face Mist (RM120, 100ml) which is still new to the market. Instead of writing individual reviews, I thought I’d maybe compare them, just for a change.
As you might have noticed, the Melvita Rose Water is twice as big as the Bobbi Brown Face Mist. However, the price is about the same. I don’t know if it’s fair to compare price points, because comparatively, Melvita products are generally more affordable. However, it is a point to note. When it comes down to the face mist itself though, there are some marked differences.
Firstly, the scent. If you love roses, go for Melvita. If you love a combination of lavendar and geranium, go for Bobbi Brown. Personally, I love both. I know that some of you hate either one or the other though 🙂 Aesthetics wise, Bobbi Brown wins hands down. The all black sturdy plastic is chic and classy while the Melvita’s blue soft plastic is functional. For face mists, I find that it’s also important to note how the spray comes out. The Melvita comes out strong, with more pressure on the mist while Bobbi Brown’s is softer and it sprays more evenly, covering the entire face. I find that I really need to stretch out my arm before spraying the Melvita Rose Water because the mist comes out more concentrated – like point and shoot. LOL!
Function wise, I find Melvita Rose Water to be less moisturizing compared to Bobbi Brown Face Mist. If I had oilier skin, I might prefer the weightless Melvita but if I had dry skin, I’d definitely go for Bobbi Brown for longer lasting hydration. Given the few humectants in the ingredients, Bobbi Brown Face Mist is perfect as a base before applying any foundation that has high alcohol content. I’ve been using it with the Diorskin Nude Air foundation and it made the application so much better. More on that in another review. The Melvita Rose Water is excellent as a pick me up, and also to set makeup. It leaves nothing on the skin, but after spraying it, skin just looks so much more dewy. It’s like drinking water when you’re really thirsty. Somehow, keeping my face moist has kept shine at bay. Go figure!
Here are the ingredients for those of you who are interested.
Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water Ingredients:
Rosa Damascena Floral Water, Aqua / Water, Polyepsilon-Lysine, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol
Bobbi Brown Face Mist Ingredients:
Water / Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower
I used to buy my own spray bottle and fill it with water. I’d spray it on my face when I get really hot, but it does NOTHING to actually keep my face hydrated. On hindsight, what was I expecting? It’s just water. However, it does a great job in cooling down the car really fast. On really hot days, I’d start the car (more so if parked under the sun), turn on the A/C, spray some water everywhere especially near the A/C, and the car cools down twice as fast! Sorry, I digress.
Back to face mists. Do they work? I think I’m a convert. I keep the Bobbi Brown Face Mist in my bag (because it’s smaller and also the perfect size for travelling / flying!) and whip it out when my face gets red or hot. Calms down my skin immediately. I keep the Melvita Rose Water at home in the fridge and the cool mist is the first thing I reach for when I get home from my workout, flushed and red like a lobster.
Will I choose just one? Not if I can help it. I love both for their uniqueness and I use them for different purposes. I think I need to try the other Melvita Floral Waters. It’s a good thing I can shop online. In Malaysia, it’s still not a widely practised method for brands to sell online. I hope it’ll change soon enough.
Do you use face mist? Any favourites?