Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray


What is it?
'Water your skin. Take along a refreshing face spray for showers of thirsty skin relief.'

It's a hydrating, moisturising spritz with a major kick.

Who is it for?
Everyone. Especially dehydrated and dry skins.

What’s in it?
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Not really.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Predominantly MM with natural elements.
The product is completely vegan, however...

Tested on animals/sold in China?
Clinique do not test on animals, but they are sold in China, who 'reserve the right to test imported products on animals'. Doesn't mean they do, just means they can if they want to. Ironically, you are much more likely to be tested in this way if you are a smaller, niche brand that is unknown to the Chinese authorities. Something Estee Lauder Companies usually don't have an issue with..but there we are.

What's not in it?
Synthetic fragrance
Parabens
Mineral oil
Animal derivatives

How do you use it?
Spritz when needed. 


What’s good about it?
Everything. It's an oil-free hydrator that actually does the job without dehydrating your skin ten minutes after you've sprayed it...
Much more than a 'spritz', this is really a liquid moisturiser. Essential for people with dry or dehydrated skins, great for helping really shiny skins calm down a tad, can be used over makeup and is 100% the first thing I am packing for my next flight anywhere.
Fragrance-free, so you're not spraying essential oils in your eye, which, let's face it, is always a bonus.
And as an aside, the best 'spray' function in a product, ever. Even distribution all over the face, no soaking of your clothes or hairline.

What’s not so good about it?
From a formula perspective, nothing. 

Where to use in your routine?
After acid toning or as and when you need it. I carry mine around like the sad woman that I am. 

Similar products?
Not really. This is kind of on its own. Serozinc is water with added zinc (albeit great for that purpose), Melvita's Pulpe de Rose contains oil, so is not great for over makeup or the already-shiny. 
I can't think of any - if you can, leave a mention in the comments and I'll check them out.


Available priced £21.00 for 125ml from all Clinique counters and Clinique.co.uk (which incidentally, is still one of those Lauder Companies websites that I'd like to get my hands on, but I digress).



75 comments:

  1. The US website is no better. Not letting me view a product page until I've registered a user account with you is as big an "Eff you" as a brand could possibly give me. Controlling, awful customer experience.

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  2. This is a great product to keep in your desk drawer if you work in a highly climate controlled office building. I love it for flights but it's too big for the TSA so you have to decant it.

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  3. Sounds heavenly…

    I use the Rosewater Facial Spray van Reviva Labs and LOVE it. It’s €5 for 240 ml!
    Just looked up the ingredients cause I know you appreciate that ;)

    Distilled rosewater, glycerin, aloe juice, polysorbate 20, hyaluronic acid, tocopheryl acetate, vegetable oil & vitamin a (retinyl palmitate) and vitamin b (ergocalciferol), fennel (and) hops (and) balm mint (and) mistletoe (and) maticaria (and) yarrow extracts, mallow (and) ivy (and) cucumber (and) sambucus and arnica extracts, trace mineral concentrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid.

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  4. What is INCREDIBLY stupid is that Clinique don't do this great product in an under-100ml size so that one doesn't have to buy or bring a spray bottle to the airport.

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    1. It is available in a travel size. If you're in the US, it can be found on Amazon.

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    2. There is a travel size of this product, but it's a bugger to find it except on Amazon. It might be on Clinique's site, but as it won't let me view product search results unless I register another bloody account with them, I don't know. (I have a flight on Thursday and would have loved to bring this - shame they made it so hard for me to give them my money.)

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    3. I've had the travel size as a gift at 'Bonus Time' before. Perhaps they don't officially sell it?

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    4. I've found the travel size in airports in the UK but it's part of a travel set along with some other moisture surge products. It's well worth getting - I refill my mini one from the full size bottle and take it everywhere with me!And Caroline is so right about the spray - no other mini bottle has such a fine and even spray as the authentic Clinique one so that's another good reason for treating yourself to the travel set!

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    5. Thanks, I've never seen that and tbh would have bought a set so doubly annoying.

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  5. Hello Caroline,

    How are you? Sorry it's a bit out of the subject (did not know where to post it to be honest) but could you recommend some books about skincare that would extend our knowledge on skin and ingredients (like 3% of your divine brain)?

    Thank you so much for this blog it's a godsend! I am a 23 year old intern but I have more knowledge on skin then any of my colleagues in the beauty department thanks to you!

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    1. I third this!

      and/ or.....perhaps could you please enlighten everyone with your wit and wisdom and write a book please. I use your blog so much as a reference guide as it is, I feel like it is almost a book, also again thank you for the lovely post, xx

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  6. I've been after a good second toner, thanks for the post! I'm getting married in just over two weeks so turbocharging my hydration and glow! I've just bought SR Luna, and wondering how to use it with Good Genes. Alternate nights? I'd really appreciate any advice you can give 😊 x

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    1. I am not Caroline, but I had an email response direct from the Sunday Riley company, in which they said to use Luna first, followed by Good Genes. If using any oil other than Lunda, the Good Genes goes on first (on clean skin), followed by the oil.

      Caroline, however, said in an previous blog post: "Nothing gets through oil. Use Luna and Good Genes on alternating nights". In view of the fact that her statement makes perfect sense to me (nothing does, in fact, penetrate oil), I have been alternating GG and Luna.

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    2. Thank you so much! So kind of you to share :)

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  7. I have this and have tried to use it in my routine; both times, after a week of daily use, I ended up with gigantic spots bigger than anything I'd had for years. No other new products, same diet and not hormonal, so I put it down to this. Not sure if I'll try again, the red marks from the last eruption haven't totally faded :(

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    1. This broke me out quite admirably as well. So unfortunate considering how nice it sprayed over my makeup. Not sure what ingredient to blame. Returned :(

      Lady Hirons, under the 'Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients' heading, could you elaborate on the "Not really"? Is there something in this that is possibly sensitising? I would really appreciate your input for future reference.

      Also, I was wondering if you have yet to find an alternative 'oil-free hydrator' spray to this.

      xx Lacey

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  8. Sounds lovely...need a travel size one! 100ml of less....come on Clinique...that's just basics! :)

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  9. And another one on my list... Visiting your blog leaves me totally broke, but I come back nonetheless.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  10. Great review. Have you tried the Balance Me hydrating mist? If so, yay or nay? I'm thinking of getting it but it's about half the volume of this clinique one but a similar price.

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  11. I went to the store to buy this, and the woman at the counter gave me a spritz to try it out. I thought it left my face feeling tacky or sticky so I didn't end up buying it. I just carried on with the same old Mario Badescu rose stuff I've been using for years.

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  12. Hmmmm, I don't know - is this product really that necessary? I've been using the Avene and Uriage Thermal Sprays as an in-between spritzer and toner whenever I need an extra kick of moisture and find them to be more than enough for my sensitive skin. They seem to boost my skin's natural glow and hydration levels whenever it looks flat or dehydrated.
    I do love the entire Clinique Moisture Surge series, but with the spray I just feel it is a bit overpriced. Would give it a try if there ever was a sample size though, to compare it to my thermal sprays.

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    1. I think Caroline has stated this product is not a necessity unless you hv very dry / dehydrated skin to add moisture as and when needed... Avene is good for soothing sensitized skin I feel, I agreed most when Caroline brought up that some spritz tend to give a 10 mins relief to skin only, that's what I had experienced with lots of soothing spritz... After 10 mins, my skin always feel tightened again... this clinique one sounds tempting

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  13. elissa patterson10 March 2015 at 19:35

    How would this compare with Rosewater Hydrosol Mist - Makeup Artist's Choice (ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid)? Thanks!!

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  14. The Kiehls inflight refreshing facial mist is also a lovely one for taking to the beach, spray after the shower, anywhere actually. Really nice. Haven't tried this one but it's going on my list :)

    Annette

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  15. this sounds like just what i've been looking for. my skin seems to get quite dry as the day goes on due to over zealous central heating at my work so i think a spritz of this would give me a much needed boost without upsetting my makeup. will definitely be checking it out

    ellie xo
    www.thebeautifulunnecessary.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Definitely trying this out! My skin is still struggling with dryness, though your tip about a few drops of facial oil under moisturiser AM really helps! Been doing it now every day...

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  17. Hi Caroline, I will try this in winter when my skin is a bit drier. In Australia it's still scorching hot where I live, no sign of Autumn yet. It's been exhausting. I currently have Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Antipodes Ananda on rotation. No so much for hydrating but so refreshing. I took the Antipodes on a flight and it was lovely. I have to admit I love the fragrance of the Jurlique and don't mind that the spray is a bit hit and miss going everywhere! Love your blog, I have learned so much and my skin looks so much better. Thanks, Kathryn x

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  18. Have you tried the Balance Me spray? Any good?

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  19. Not the same in ingredients, but same in the way it makes my skin feel (based on your description of the Clinique) Michael Todd Blue green algae toner.

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  20. Just purchased this yesterday, but haven't tried it yet. So glad to hear it's got a stamp of approval from you! Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. MD Formulations (Bare Escentuals people) makes a nice spray, too. Ingredients:

    Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Glycosphingo Lipids, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Millet (Panicum Miliaceum) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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    1. Yes, very good spray! Great for dry skin, it was too emollient for me.

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  22. This is sounding like a good mid day pick me up or an additional layer without adding too much to a routine. I'll have to sample it next time I see a counter.

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  23. If you happen to have a minute.. I've been buying Caudalie's Organic Grape Water like it's going out of fashion, currently finishing 4th big bottle and have 2 more on their way. This purchase was of course after being introduced to it by you at a Caudalie event in Summer 2014. How would you rate this Clinique one comparing it to that?

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  24. Hi Caroline,

    I've been using Nu Skin's NaPCA Moisture Mist, which is categorized as a light moisturizer. I decanted it so I can take it everywhere with me.

    Ingredients:
    Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructose, Glycine, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Urea, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate.

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  25. Hi Caroline. Great post. You have recently given a few clinque products good reviews. Up until recently you weren't a fan - have they changed their formulations or are these just new products you hadn't tried before?

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  26. Hello Caroline. Are the two Glycol ingredients anything to worry about? Also, I noticed that glycerine is the second ingredient. Would a spray of the old fashioned rosewater & glycerine do a similar job? Thanks Sophie

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  27. Hi Caroline, This product looks great for a quick hit of moisture! I wasn’t sure where to post this so hoping here is ok. Hoping you might be able to help me with some skin issues I’m having at the moment – I think my skin is having a melt down! I’m in my mid 30s and have always had dry/very dry, sensitive skin but I started noticing last year more & more broken capillaries & redness especially on my cheeks and around my nose. I have been reading a lot of information about rosacea and believe this might be what is going on with my skin (I live in a regional area without any dermatologists/skin clinics close by). I have also read your article about over-exfoliating and think I have definitely been guilty of this as a way to try to rid myself of the dry, flaky patches that seem to be constantly on my face. So I’m wondering if you may be able to point me in the right direction of products that will help hydrate my skin & calm down the redness. I’m currently using:-
    Morning
    Dermalogica UltraCalming cleanser
    *Was using Indeed Labs Powder Exfoliator as a substitute for Dermalogica Daily Micofoliant. I didn’t like it as much, it irritates me around the eyes and I have stopped exfoliating for the above reasons anyways.
    Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion
    Dermalogica UltraCalming serum concentrate
    Avene Rich Compensating Cream (which I feel like is too heavy for day)
    Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair

    Night
    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
    Dermalogica UltraCalming cleanser
    Pure Rosehip oil
    Avene Rich Compensating Cream

    A bit of background, I live in a hot & humid part of Australia so not sure if this is playing apart too. Over this recent summer, I have developed psoriasis on my hands which is the first time I’ve had this (I’ve had problems with eczema on my arms since my teens).
    I love your blog and find your posts so helpful & easy to understand. Any help would be much appreciated as I’m really not sure how to make my skin happy! Thanks so much for your time, really appreciate it!

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  28. A great and cheaper alternative is the Vitamin E spray from The Body Shop. It's also travel friendly (100mls spray bottle) and half the price. Find it very hydrating and preps my skin perfectly before serum.It has some of the ingredients of the ones mentioned here but list is easily available. Love it!

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  29. I second the MD Formulations spray and add derma e's Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid.

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  30. I recently bought the "new" Bioderma Soothing Refreshing Water for sensitive skin... how do you think they compare Caroline?

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  31. How about Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist or Multivitamin Mist? I've also tried derma e Hydrating mist. Any comparisons?

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  32. Clinique has done minis of the spray as part of GWP bonus packs - I got one a couple of summers ago. I loved it and bought a big bottle, and just decanted into the small one when it was empty. Great for travelling, and also to keep in the fridge for the summer.

    Unfortunately, I won't be repurchasing once I've used up my current stock. I didn't check the inci as carefully as usual, since the small bottle had been fine, but I'm allergic to chamomile. I'll only spray it over top of makeup as a moisture boost now, never on bare skin as a toner. Hopefully someone will come out with a really moisturising spray that doesn't have chamomile, rose, or lavender in it! In the meantime, I shall continue with the Urban Decay b6 spray, which my skin likes.

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  33. If you like this, you'll love the Clinique Even Better Essences. I use the Oily/combo version during the hydrating toner stage AFTER spritzing the Moisture Surge spray. I use the spray throughout the day as well, but the essence is a serious plumping boost of hydration. You've probably already checked it out but its great with yeast ferment, plant based antioxidants, and tamarind extract that supposedly has studies proving it to be better at hydrating compared to hyaluronic acid.
    I like that both of these products are also free from essential fragrant oils, irritants, and fragrance, since I have sensitive skin and have to avoid them. I have to stick to perfume if I want to indulge my sense of smell!
    Anyway, Cinema Secrets Spray is a very basic toner that is also free of such irritants. Could be good for someone very sensitive looking for a hydrating toner.
    By the way, I have a suggestion for you to review. An exfoliating toner. SK II Clear Facial Treatment Lotion. It has a very low percentage of acids including salicylic, lactic, and malic, near the end of the ingredient list, so it's perfect for twice daily use. The pH is around 3.9, so it gently and effectively exfoliates. I use it twice a day and in the wise words of Bill and Ted, it is most excellent! Fragrance and irritant free too.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning this toner. I've been using the Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner and have had to stop using it because the pungent fragrance is making my eyes stream, even though I've kept it well away from that area as per the instructions.

      It's a real shame because it's a great product and suits my skin; just not my eyes IYKWIM. I don't do strong fragrances so this seems ideal.

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  34. How does this compare to the Pixi Glow Mist?

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  35. Clinique's Even Better Essence lotion is also very very good. Doesnt come in a spray bottle but lovely to pat on after acid toning. Hydrating and plumps skin!

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  36. Clinique's Even Better Essence lotion is also very very good. Doesnt come in a spray bottle but lovely to pat on after acid toning. Hydrating and plumps skin!

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  37. I use Rose water diluted with tap water in a spray bottle for after acid toning. Don't know if it does anything but it feels great!

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  38. I quite like Sephora Softening Facial Mist which I bought on a day trip to Lille last year.

    Lovely light spray and smells good too.

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  39. Hey Caroline, how about the Vitamin E Facial Mist by The Body Shop being similar? :)
    xo Larissa

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  40. MAC's Fix+ is similar: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

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  41. Thanks for the post, looking for something for a long flight to nyc.
    http://sarahsinatra.blogspot.com.au

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  42. As one of your more aged fans I have been using this for years and have a travel size version which I decant into. My skin has been particularly dry and dehydrated after illness and I spritz this over make up before leaving the house, I use the Moisture Surge Foundation too, perfect for me for light coverage. Since your rec for Hydraluron I have not used the M S gel, but all the range seem to suit my sensitive skin.

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  43. nazia in arabia11 March 2015 at 09:31

    This sounds pretty darn perfect since I have moved to dusty desert of Arabia! Hydration is quite difficult here. Any other ideas how to keep skin super hydrated?!

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  44. Hi Caroline,
    Stunned to have been in the dark about your blog all these years, shame on me really!!! :)
    Was just introduced to it by a friend, it is tremendously informative, fun to red, loving the witty humour and as a result utterly addictive!!!
    I have no clue how on earth you manage to find the time to combine being a mother of 4, full time job, looking after your own skin (*wow*) and all the social media - but please DO keep going we beg of you :))))
    Thank you!!!
    Katerina

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  45. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir (Eau de Beaute) spray has been an essential product for my dry skin. But the second ingredient is alcohol from a "plant origin". I find this orange flower water/rosemary leaf oil/balm mint leaf oil/grape extract etc spray refreshing. But should I avoid sprays with alcohol?

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    1. I believe Caroline has previously advised to save the Caudalie Beauty Elixir for summer. (Mine is chilling in the fridge, just waiting.)

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  46. This is a good contender: http://www.misshaus.com/all/skin-care/skin-care/toners/time-revolution-the-first-treatment-essence-mist-120ml.html

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  47. I think Pixi Glow Mist is similar: http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/skintreats/mists/glow-mist

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  48. I tried this a few years ago and liked it, then forgot about it! I.might have to try it again. thanks for the review Caroline! And I was just about to mention missha fte! there's another brand, secret key, that does a similar one at a cheaper price called Rose Starting Treatment Essence. I'm about to start trying Paula's Choice Resist Toner that seems to have loads of good ingredients http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/toners/_/Resist-Advanced-Replenishing-Toner-Skin-Remodeling-Complex/
    Fingers crossed!

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  49. Hi Caroline! The Mac fix plus seems to be very similar to this product, can u check that out? Would love your take on it

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  50. Would this be a good spray for after bikram yoga, as per your exercise/routines post? Thank you!

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  51. This seems expensive for the size of bottle considering the ingredients which look quite cheap - glycols etc. Would rather pay a bit more for something with more intensive skin care ingredients or pay less for something simpler. I do like the Sjal mist and the RMK ones in different Japanese flavours like Yuzu.

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  52. Went into my local pharmacy (the amazing Zitomer's on Madison Ave in NYC) and tried this out today. Couldn't leave until I'd spritzed my face three separate times. Gorgeous.

    But as I went from shop to shop the past two days, asking about hydrating face mists for travel, it was quite funny how many "experts" tried to push alcohol-filled sprays or the blah Evian mists on me. Sometimes I wonder if it's lack of knowledge or eagerness to make a sale that leads to this sort of misleading advice.

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  53. I use a rose toner in a similar way, but I'd be really interested in what you think of Korean mists such as the LJH tea tree toner mist http://www.glowrecipe.com/products/leejiham-tea-tree-70-mist-toner

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  54. Looking at some of the ingredients it sounds similar to a spray I use for the same purpose called Avivir Aloe Vera Spray. Mine only has 5 ingredients though, and is originally made for calming down the skin in certain areas like sunburns and the like. I use mine as a refreshing moisturizing mist though. http://www.aloevera.dk/page124.aspx?recordid124=67

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  55. Finding the products you review in Australia is sometimes challenging, so Ive been using this product for a while as my hydrating toner step. I've been wondering what you thought of this one, so thanks for your review. All I can say, is thank god for online shopping! I too carry a mini version in my handbag......

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  56. You said you can't really have allergy to this product, but yeast allergies are quite common. Just wanted to point that out.

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  57. So I have DESERT dry skin, which causes makeup to go cakey and patchy. I've been wanting a spray like this for ages. I have been considering the Pixi Glow Mist, but now I've seen this, which one is best? I want to use it pre make-up and as a setting spray for a dewy glow. Which do I go for?! Many thanks, Laura.

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  58. Just took delivery of a full-sized bottle of this from Sephora, and I have a mini version on the way from an Amazon seller. After five hours of flying and five days in the heat (and air conditioning) of SXSW in Austin, Texas, this is my new BFF. Thank you, Caroline.

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  59. Thanks for reviewing this. Its gone straight on my wish list as I think it will be perfect for my dry skin.
    Leigh

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