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 ;)
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 :P So what better time to test out a hydrating product :D
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.
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 :P
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.
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 :D
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 ;)
Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist Price: RM85/120ml Availability: Laneige counters