Product Type: The Body Shop body care
Newest Review: ... worries about it leaking. The mist is to be used for refreshment, moisture and protection and can also be used for after applying make up t... more
A multi purpose face mist not to be missed
The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist
Member Name: loulabelle17
The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist
Advantages: Delicate fragrance, multi purpose, long lasting, freshens and softens skin
Disadvantages: On the pricey side
I was a bit apprehensive about using the Body Shop's Vitamin E Face Mist after my poor experience with the Vitamin E facial cleansing wipes. I bought the mist at the same time as the wipes as it was also on special offer but because I was disappointed with the wipes the mist has sat at the back of my cupboard for a while. It was only when I spotted it whilst looking for something else I decided to get it out and give it a try. Funny, as I've now become a bit addicted to spraying myself with the mist.
Aside from the disastrous facial wipes I do like products with vitamin E as I find it suits my skin well and seems to make a visible improvement to its condition. Vitamin E does have quite a few things going for it. It acts as a powerful antioxidant which can help protect the skin against damage from the environment such as sunlight, pollution and smoke. As well as being an antioxidant it is also an effective moisturiser so it can help keep the skin hydrated. The face mist also contains liposomes and lecithin, which apparently help the skin absorb the vitamin E in order to achieve maximum moisture balance. It's not got a huge list of ingredients in it and it states on the front of the bottle that is suitable for all skin types, though as it does contain alcohol and paraben preservatives this might not be the case, especially for sensitive skin.
As with all of the Body Shop vitamin E range the face mist comes in a minimalistic style pale pink container. The face mist is clear and has a lovely rosewater fragrance, it is very delicate and discreet though so it doesn't over power at all. It just smells nicely refreshing. Once the mist has dried the fragrance completely disappears. I would prefer it if it lingered a bit more. To use the mist you simply hold the bottle 10cm away from the face, close your eyes and push down the pump action spray to release the mist, one or two pumps are sufficient to give the skin a good coating of the mist. The mist is really fine so there is no problem with it making the face too wet, it only gives a very light covering which absorbs into the skin and dries within a matter of seconds. There is also no need to rub it in as it is evenly distributed by the spray. I thought it might make my skin greasy but it doesn't, well that is as long as I don't go spritz crazy.
The face mist seems to be one of those products that hasn't been designed for one specific purpose, instead it can be used for a few different things. It can be used to set make up in place, I was a bit apprehensive about this to start because the idea of spraying liquid onto my newly applied make up seems to me like a bit of an odd idea. I thought my make up would just run everywhere. I was wrong to think this though as this is not the case. You apply make up as usual and then give a couple of spritzes to the face, it stops foundation and powder from looking dry or caked on which is good as it gives make up a dewy fresh look but without any greasiness. It also seems to help keep make up in place for longer, though I wouldn't say it is as effective as a good primer but it does a good enough job for me. I will say to make sure you avoid the eye area as the mist does make eye make up run and the first time I used it I just sprayed it all over my face and I was left with the panda effect around my eyes. Luckily, it doesn't seem to sting though if it does accidently go onto the eye area.
It can also be used to give the face a quick boost of moisture during the day if skin feels tired, dry or tight due to things like air conditioning. It's great as you can see and feel the effect of the mist instantly there is no long wait for it to work. Skin looks fresher, less tired and feels lovely and soft. If I am really pushed for time then I will sometimes give my face a quick spritz of the mist instead of applying my usual moisturiser. It isn't really a replacement for conventional moisturiser, as for most people it probably wouldn't be moisturising enough but it is fine for times when it is not convenient to apply a cream moisturiser. The bottle is not too heavy so its good for taking out and about as the lid clasps shut well, so it doesn't come of in my bag, nor does the spray dribble. If you place the face mist in the fridge it cools it down and when you spray it onto the face it feels really refreshing, so it would be great for taking on holiday to freshen up. I actually like spraying it on my neck as well to freshen up in the middle of the day.
I paid £3.50 for the face mist but it usually sells for £7.00 for a 100ml bottle. Although I am enjoying using it I do think the full price is on the high side for me so I will probably only buy it again if I can get it when it is on offer. It is available to buy in store and online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. It is long lasting though as only one or two spritzes at a time is needed so one bottle could last a good few months, even with daily use. You may well be thinking wouldn't a water spritz, which would be a much cheaper option be just as good. I always give my face a good splash of cold water in the morning to wake me up and during the summer months I often use a water spritzer. This is all well and good for freshening up but it doesn't feeling moisturising or softening at all. I can tell and feel the difference on my skin from spraying this face mist as opposed to just water. Although I enjoy using it and feel the benefit I do think it is one of those products that could divide people.
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Summary: A fab little multi purpose mist.