Review: Bobbi Brown Face Mist vs Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water

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.

 

face mist

 

 

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?

 

xoxo Lily

 

disclaimer 800pix

 

 

  • Hey Lily, I still don’t mist that much! I’m getting slightly better at re-incorporating toners into my routine, but that’s about it. I can see them being much more useful when the weather is warm tho! I actually have the Melvita one and I’ve used it a couple of times. Maybe I should do that consistently enough to see a difference.

    • Lily

      Hey Sunny, I only started incorporating mists into my routine for a bit more than a month. The weather here is so hot, it’s definitely very useful to keep the skin calm and cool. Also, it’s excellent to set makeup 🙂

  • Oooh, the Bobbi Brown one sounds good! I don’t use mists that often (I like my MAC Fix+ for before/after makeup) but I’m starting to get interested in them. There is a Boscia one that I’ve been looking at, and also a First Aid beauty one. ANd of course, there is beautiful Tatcha…hahaha. I’ll have to pick one up at some point.

    • Lily

      Ah yes, I read Xiao’s post on Tatcha. She’s like a Tatcha spokesperson. LOL! I like that these mists have a very soothing scent. Makes me want to mist more. One day, I might pick up the Tatcha one to see what the fuss is about 🙂

      • The Tatcha one is super super fine…. like blowing air on your face. It doesn’t even feel like water. Which it isn’t really, it’s supposed to be a moisturizing fluid. So I will make a couple of airy spritz, then pat it into my skin. But I can use it up really really fast because i’m psycho like that! ;P

        • Lily

          Thing is, I always get it all over my shirt. LOL!

  • I’m a big fan of the Bobbi Brown one! I tried the Melvita one though and didn’t like it. It made my skin a bit red so my skin clearly didn’t agree with something in there.

    • Lily

      Oh, I wonder what you’re allergic to. The Bobbi Brown one is very soothing, isn’t it? I think it’s great for dry weather 🙂

  • Liz

    I don’t really use mists for hydrating unless I wait too long after cleansing before putting lotion on, so I’d probably go for the Melvita, especially now that it’s really warm. Today I was looking at Shu Uemura mists. Have you tried those?

    • Lily

      These are the only 2 mists I tried. I haven’t really used much of Shu Uemura stuff actually. I used one bottle of their cleansing oil, and the H9 brow pencil is good. Other than that, I never really gave it a chance. What with their reaction on Tracy’s cat review, I don’t think I want to try it, to be honest. LOL LOL!

  • I want that BB one! DANG IT hahaha. I love face mists! I use them all the time.

    • Lily

      If you have drier skin, Tracy, you’ll love the BB one! It’s so cold and dry where you are. I think you’ll appreciate it more!

  • Hmm… i’ve never been big on face mists. Tried a few, stuck to my La Mer, and i can’t ever finish it. I read somewhere it is actually bad to spray pure water on the face, as the evaporation pulls water from within the skin and thus dries out the skin more. In any case, you’re absolutely right about the nozzle being important. I tried a Jurlique one which was just like shooting myself in the eye and nose. Not pleasant at all.

    • Lily

      Ah and hence, my skin felt dry after spraying with water. That was way back when… it was trendy to keep spray bottle in your bag. HAHAHA! The thing about mists though, I have to spray a few times so that my face actually feels a little wet. I wonder how long it’ll take me to use up these 2.

  • Hey great tip on the water spritzing in the car! I’m trying that! After work, my car has been baking in the sun all day and that tip could really help. I already use one of my husband’s golf club covers to shield the stick shift from the sun. Sometimes it’s so hot, I have to drive it with the club cover on and I feel like I’m driving the Shaggin’ Wagon from Dumb & Dumber, LOL! Anywho, great comparison of 2 products I’ve never tried. I currently have half a bottle of Glossier rosewater mist to finish before I set off on my next spritzing journey, but these both sound like good options. I used to be obsessed with the Caudalie elixir! I loved the scent and the tingly yummy feeling on my face in the hot months!

    • Lily

      LOL at Dumb and Dumber. Hahaha! Please let me know if spritzing your car with water helps. I usually aim it at the air conditioner and also the dashboard which is usually very hot!