I can’t decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

by Paris B on · 38 comments

in Mask,Product Reviews,Toner/Lotion

Mist = Miss = Me trying to be funny when I’m really not.

When the weather is hot or drying, like Summer time or when we encounter a heat wave here, I like to keep a little bottle of facial mist in my bag. It freshens me up and helps my skin not dry out. I also like to take it on holiday, because I tend to walk around a lot especially if I’m in a new place so a face mist helps me cool down or sometimes when water is scarce, allows me to wash my fingers too! Bet you didn’t think of that last one icon wink I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

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I’m not quite sure though if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a similar sort of product as the spray cans I’m used to. It comes in a translucent light blue plastic bottle with a spray mechanism that sprays out a fine mist. There are pros to this, because an aerosol can is compressed air and is liable to explode. Not kidding! Also, I’m not sure if some airlines allow them on board. A spray bottle however doesn’t have a danger of exploding if the pressure increases or if its too hot, and it isn’t filled with air, so perhaps it might even be a more economical item to use.

I took this mist with me on my recent beach break to see how it would fare in a hot, windy, drying environment. Dipping in and out of a pool dries out the skin and sea air is surprisingly very drying! Must be all that salt icon razz I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day So what better time to test out a hydrating product icon biggrin I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

Packaging wise, I don’t really have complaints. The plastic bottle is sturdy and the pump worked well. I dropped it on the sand once or twice from quite a height with no problems. The spray gave me a nice fine mist. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, when a spray doesn’t spray the product properly but dribbles it, or splashes me in the face, I get very annoyed.

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The bottle is fairly large (120ml) and it will last because the mist is so fine and you only really need a few sprays to moisten your skin.

On contact with my skin, I find that it did help cool down my skin but it wasn’t terribly significant. Technically, any water spritzed on your skin will cool you down, because of evaporation and heat absorption so this operates on that principle. However, it also claims to help moisturise the skin and to “instantly reset dry and fatigued skin”. These last 2 claims intrigued me.

Did my skin feel moisturised? It is, marginally. I spritz it on and it felt nice. I find that the liquid is a little more viscous or tacky than just plain water so it might be that, that’s helping with the moisture. A couple of key ingredients would be mineral water, organic lemon verbena extract to soothe skin and Parsley Purifying Complex to discharge protein extract accumulated by external aggressors. That’s what they say anyway.

As for instantly resetting dry and fatigued skin, I would think that most water mist products would deliver similar results. I have found that when I use thermal spring waters like Vichy or Avene, my skin does feel a little softer after use.

The same is true here. I spritz the mist on my skin, give it a couple of seconds then blot it off with a piece of tissue if I’m out an about. The reason I blot off is because if you allow the water to evaporate naturally, you may actually dry your skin out more. Its to do with osmosis and evaporation and a bunch of Physics. I’m sorry, Physics wasn’t my strong subject at school icon razz I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

You can also use this in addition to a lotion (toner) or in lieu of it if you prefer. At home, I use this like how I use my floral water sprays - I spray it on after wash my face and before I proceed with the rest of my skin care because I apply my skincare on damp skin. Do I prefer this one? Not really. The reason is primarily because of the floral perfumed scent in this one which is quite strong but its not of fresh flowers, if you get my meaning. It isn’t uncomfortable, but it does smell like the rest of the Laneige skincare range.

So I spray this, and I think of skincare. I spray on a floral water, and I think of a flower garden. There’s a difference. Compared to a floral water, this does seem more moisturizing on my skin. Less of a mere water, and more of a step of skincare. It isn’t something I’d use lightly, by the beach like I did, even if it was quite nice to cool down with it. I’d reserve it more for use at home, when you’re doing your face in the morning and evenings.

In a nutshell

The Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a water based face spray that not only cools down the skin but also helps moisturize skin. It is suitable for use at any time of the day whenever you feel that your skin needs a bit of a pick me up. Its quite nice to use in the office if you find your air conditioning drying your skin out. You can also use it to set your makeup by spraying a fine mist over your face, then lightly blotting. It helps makeup stay on longer. There is quite a strong floral perfume scent that I’m not too keen on. I prefer my mists to either not smell of anything or smell of fresh flowers.

Pros: Helps cool skin down, Helps dry skin feel more comfortable, Spray head sprays out a nice fine mist so your face isn’t too wet, Its quite handy to have around

Cons: The scent is a bit strong, A little pricey

Who will like this: Anyone who likes using facial sprays or spray toners, Anyone who feels the need to have a little skincare boost in the middle of the day

I don’t have an ingredient list for this product. The box has mostly Korean characters on it (nothing that looks like an ingredient list) and the paper insert was of no help either.

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I found that if I were generous, I could actually use this as a quick face mask too. I wet some pieces of cotton pads thoroughly with the liquid (don’t bother spraying, you’d be there till the cows come home! Just unscrew the cap and pour some of the liquid on the cotton pad) and then lay it on my face and relax. It helps cool the skin down more, and this way, I actually felt the moisturizing benefits better. So I quite like it for this nifty trick icon biggrin I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

Any thoughts on the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist? I think many would find it pricey to be used so generously as a face mist when you could quite easily find pharmacy products that work in a similar manner for cheaper. I quite like it, but I am not planning to repurchase because I just prefer the floral waters better, even if they are pricier! I do like the rest of the Laneige Water Bank range of products though. Will tell you about them soon, although you are free to share your thoughts icon wink I cant decide if the Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist is a Hit or a Mist for a hot day

Paris B

Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist Price: RM85/120ml Availability: Laneige counters

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Hanny Daforcena July 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hmmm, I’ve just started using the Avene Thermal Spray and I have to admit that it worked wonders for my eczema spots! I guess I’ll just stick with that for the price HAHAHA ^.^


gin July 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

look out for sale! i recently bought a 4 300ml pack at sasa! only 105rm!!!

Ques: the avene 300ml mist started fine and even when first used, then, it eventually became uneven… which is quite annoying since the product is great but i need more spray to cover my face because it doesnt spray properly…
anyone else has this problem???


Hanny Daforcena July 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

But the 300ml bottle is too huge to tote around! The offer was also in Watsons a few weeks ago. ^.^


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’ve heard that the Avene Thermal Spray is very good for those with eczema. I personally like Vichy myself but since we can’t get it anymore I’d probably have to go with Avene or Uriage once I run out :)


casey23 July 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Also La Roche Posay is a good alternative, too (And not pricey!) I use Caudalie’s grape water but had no effect and I pay the same price for half of LRP’s or Avene’s so I will go back to using them, either.


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Eeps! No LRP here for us :( For spray waters I’ve only seen Evian, Avene and Uriage locally. Evian is the one I think that disappoints me the most. It doesn’t even cool me down!


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love La Roche Posay. It works better on my skin than Avene or Evian. You are right about Evian. It does nothing. There are on and off big discounts for twin packs deal for LRP here, hence very affordable.


Stacey July 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

This seems more versatile than the evian / vichy facial sprays. actually i didnt occur to me that i could wash my hands and make a facial mask out of it. :P thanks for sharing!


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

Haha now you know, Stacey! ;) Sometimes when I travel, the face sprays come in handy to rinse fingers after munching on street food hehe… And yes, this has additional benefits compared to the regular thermal spray waters. I guess if compared to some of the pricier spray waters this is quite competitively priced because the mist is so fine, you hardly use anything each time :)


Stacey July 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

haha but this laneige one is a little expensive to use to it for washing hands right?? :D


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Ugh! yes definitely! LOL


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

I recently discovered the Caudalie Eau De Beaute Beauty Elixir. It says smoothing and glowing complexion on the glass bottle. I love it but it’s way pricey here at Sephora for a face mist. Read reviews online that it’s actually a lot cheaper in France.


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’d actually been reading a lot about this Beauty Elixir too! Still haven’t gotten round to trying it although I did purchase a bottle of the Caudalie Cleansing Water quite recently to see how I liked it :)


casey23 July 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I heard that Beauty Elixir’s one of the top ingredients is alcohol! So beware :S


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for the warning! My skin tolerates alcohol quite well but its good to bear it in mind should it react :)


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

yes, it’s the second ingredient on the list. I was at first skeptical about this bit but found the scent calming *i love anything that has mint in it!* and bought it on impulse. However, no regrets about it. The only grip is the price.


Nikki July 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

Nice tip! for sprays, I have used MAC Charged water and I’m not sure how it is or what the effect is but it does feel good! I’ve always been intrigued with Laneige as I love their moisturizer, so this (hopefully) might be good too!!!

Will try your trick with my other face mist!


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Yes! Sometimes, if you feel tired I find that if the only thing you have on hand is face mist, just misting a piece of tissue, and laying on the face is good enough to perk me up a little. Useful for those days when you need a little pick me up in the middle of the afternoon ;)


rudi July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

I can’t comment on the Laneige spray since I hv not tried it but I just want to inform that I hv taken along the Avene thermal spray, which is aerosol, on numerous plane trips without any incident; whether in my handbag or checked-in luggage.


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

That’s great to know. A friend had to give up the aerosol can because she told me an airline refused to let her bring it on board. I had the impression they’d discarded that ruling!


Makeup Morsels July 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

hahahah Hit or Mist. I thought it was funny! I’ve used the Avene thermal spray before and I loved it. This one sounds good too, but maybe not entirely worth the price. Will have to think on it! Dun dun dun :P


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yay for having the same sense of humour MM! :D I think it depends on what you plan to use the mist for. The usual thermal water sprays mostly offer some relief from heat while this one is less about that and more about hydration. I wasn’t too taken primarily because I didn’t like the scent very much :P


Becca July 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’ve tried a few Laneige products before, but I agree about the scent–they’re usually too strong and synthetic for my liking. I like to apply my serums to damp skin too–so I usually go for an alcohol-free antioxidant toner so I get double the benefits!


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yes! That scent that screams “Skincare!!” I do like the Water Bank Essence and Emulsion though. The scent seems lighter and because I don’t spray it on my face it doesn’t all hit my nose at the same time :P Which spray toner do you usually use?


Sze Ling July 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Meh…I’m going to skip this one.

Currently, I have MAC Charged Water, Avene and Shu Uemura mists. Out of the three, I actually preferred the MAC Charged Water. Expensive though. :P


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I haven’t tried the MAC one but I used to like the Shu Uemura one until the nozzle became defective and would literally “splash” water on my face instead of misting. Irritated me to no end!


Sze Ling July 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

ROFL. Then it’d be called Shu Uemura Splash. :P


bronzechiqz July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

IMO all the mists look and deliver the same result for me, nothing spectacular.Nozzle wise I prefer LRP and Vichy.Ive tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, it does contain alcohol, and I can’t see any result only face as it claims to give some glowingness on our skin, except for tingling refreshing sensation.I think I’ll stick to Evian, so far most of the dermatos here suggest only Evian or Avene.
Paris, I would like to know your updates on Clarins Lotus oil?How do u use it?:)


Paris B July 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’d heard of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir only very recently. There seems to be a huge Caudalie wave online and everyone’s talking about their products! I still haven’t tried any yet. Thanks for letting me know about the elixir. I think I’ll skip it :P I’ve replied your email about the Clarins oil – sorry for the delay. I think it ok but perhaps the one I’m using isn’t right for my skintype because it doesn’t seem moisturizing enough on its own, and I’m not sure, but I had a little bit of breakout when I was using it before. I plan to take it for a longer trial soon so will report once I do! :) I usually just drop a little in my palm, rub my palms together, take a deep breath (because I love the smell) and then pat it over my face.


Lisa July 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I’m liking the sound of the “Lotus Oil”. My friend loves the other version… Blue Orchid oil i think. Didn’t know that Clarins has her oils too. I love oils. Hope to see your review on this soon.


bronzechiqz July 27, 2012 at 5:24 am

Ohh thank you Paris! I shall get a sample first to try out!:))


Mira July 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I have the Benefit Ultra Radiance Face Mist & Avene Thermal Water – one high end brand and one pharmacy brand. I think both deliver the same result. IMO mostly all face mists are almost the same. Thus, I’m not really interested in getting the Laneige one. Plus, I don’t know why but I always have break-outs if I use Asian skincare like SK-II, Kose, SkinFood, The Face Shop… That’s why I’m avoiding Asian skincare.


Paris B July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Yep I have to agree. I don’t think face mists do much so ultimately it comes down to how happy we are with them or how much we like the scent etc. To be honest, other than Kose that I’ve never tried, I can’t use any of the skincare you mentioned either. However Shiseido is pretty good for me as is Kanebo. The Laneige Water Bank essence and emulsion is very good for my skin recently though. Its surprised me!


Firn July 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I use this as makeup setting/touchup spray. It remoistens my powder-set liquid foundation well for touchup better than the Lunasol spray. I don’t quite like the spray mechanism of Laneige because it’s not as fine as Lunasol’s so I decant it into my empty bottle.

I use it to wet my sponge when applying liquid foundation too.


Paris B July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Those are some great ideas for how to use these mists, Firn, thanks!


makeupmag July 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

I love mists and now you’ve given me one more to look out for!


ysk July 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

Ah I still have a few big bottles of unopened mist in my room,not really a big fan of mist coz sometime I’ll feel hotter when spray on the face!


Amber Norell July 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The MAC spring water spray is awesome because it works kind of like a light face primer and makeup setter but has a similar effect to the evian mist :)


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