If there’s a product category that still sometimes confuses me, it’s facial mists. As a whole, they can do a lot of things, depending on the different ingredients used in the formula. Some are literally just cans of mineralized water, while some claim to add extra hydration to your skin thanks to ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. At the end of the day, we can all agree on one thing: regardless of ingredients, a face mist is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
The million dollar question is – is it actually doing anything?
This is a question that I asked myself when I decided to buy and use the Innisfree Green Tea Mist. Not gonna lie, what piqued my interest in this in the first place was seeing a woman buying an entire basketful of the travel-sized cans at an Innisfree store. I mean, if she liked them so much that she wanted to buy every single can on the shop floor, it has to be good – right?
Innisfree Green Tea Mist Review
When it comes to the best face mist, Korean brands definitely have some stellar offerings – which is why I picked this up after seeing that very happy customer with her basketful of sprays. First things first, there are actually two types of Green Tea Mist from Innisfree. There’s the original, which is the one I’m writing about today, and the Green Tea Mist [Micro]. The Micro version apparently has a much finer spray, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet; every single store tester of it has been empty, plus it’s a little more expensive than the original Green Tea Mist. The original Green Tea Mist comes in two sizes – 150ml for at home, and a smaller 50ml size for on the go*.
When it comes to how fine the mist is, I’m not entirely sold that the Micro version is even necessary – this Korean face mist spray is already very fine, which I really like. Literally, it’s so fine that you can’t even feel it until you touch your face and it’s very, very damp. Or until it runs into your eyes because you’ve sprayed too much without realizing… Ahem.
As I said, the mist is very fine and comfortable on the skin – plus it dispenses using a continuous spray, rather than a traditional spritzer. Continuous spray is both a good and bad thing; it can be easy to go overboard and spray too much (something I’ve done a few times!) but it also ensures that the product is misted evenly over the skin.
I decided to add this to my routine right after the serum/treatment step, as a way to prep my skin for my all time fave hydrator, Hada Labo Lotion. What I really like about this mist is that you can feel it leave a moisturized slip on your skin – something a little heavier, a little more substantial than just water.
Innisfree Green Tea Mist Ingredients List:
Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, PPG-13-Decyltetradeceth-24, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance/Parfum, Menthoxypropanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol
I imagine this slightly more moisturizing texture, compared to other facial mists, would probably make this great for using while traveling. Plus, the small version is only 50ml, making it perfect for slipping into your travel bag for on-the-go hydration.
The instructions on the can say that it can be used over makeup, but my skin naturally does that super dewy effect anyway because I’m oily af. This face mist definitely leaves a visible sheen of moisture on the skin – so if you’re looking for a face spray for glowing skin, this is the one for you! When it comes to using this face mist for oily skin, I would stick to using it for skincare rather than as a setting spray.
Is there anything that I didn’t like about it?
For a product that is supposed to be part of a “Green Tea” line, its mildly disappointing to say the least when you realize that Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is the second to last ingredient. Just the labelling of “Green Tea Mist” evokes the idea of the mist being majority green tea, no? This is my problem with the entire Green Tea line from Innisfree, but that’s a post for another time.
I also didn’t really appreciate the super strong added fragrance to the mist, either. This same smell is added to the entire Innisfree Green Tea line, which is such a bummer because it almost feels like you can only use a few select products from the line, instead of actually using them cohesively. You get used to it eventually, but my Innisfree products are definitely the most (and I think only!) fragrance-added products in my routine.
Did it make a difference though? I’m honestly not sure. It’s definitely nice and moisturizing to use, I’ll give it that – but I’m not sure if I’ll be repurchasing it for a permanent spot in my routine. I will be doing some travelling close to the end of the year though, and I think this would be a really nice little spritz to have in my travel kit.
Are face mists even necessary?
All skin care products are only as good as their ingredients and formula. I personally don’t think that face mists are as a whole unnecessary, but it’s good to look at them with a critical eye. Realistically, sometimes there isn’t much difference between a ‘facial mist’ and a toner – that’s right, some of them are literally just toners in a spritz bottle.
This isn’t a bad thing, by the way – decanting into a spray bottle is a great way to get the most out of some toners. The Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner* comes to mind as a toner that works really, really well as a face mist DIY hack, thanks to it’s super lightweight texture. Face mists aren’t unnecessary, but I think it’s worth buying your own refillable spray bottle and seeing which products you already have that might be amazing as a facial mist!