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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
Health & Fitness

Beauty Board Reviews Facial Mists

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If you’re never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We’ll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.

Repechage Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray

Available at repechage.com/; $33.50 for 6 ounces

Rating: C-

“A unique combination of seaweed concentrates, Vitamin C, Orange Water, Aloe Vera and Gingko Biloba extract help reduce the appearance of fine lines due to dryness, air travel, sun or exposure to cold.”

Janine says: I started using Algo Mist — I thought appropriately — on the first day of summer. Perhaps I should have tried it on the few dry days of winter or if I lived in Arizona.

My face is already “hydrated” with the nearly 100 percent humidity we have around here. If “constantly damp” looks like a “youthful glow,” I’m golden.

But to be fair to the product, I kept trying to make it work for me.

I did like the concept that I was applying vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and gingko biloba extract to my skin repeatedly throughout the day. And the light misting didn’t seem to disturb my makeup. But I did not see any of the promised effects of evened tone, brightened appearance or improved clarity.

The scent was pleasant and light, with a bit of a citrus tang.

Use of the mist is tricky at first. An unpleasant side effect is a nasty chemical taste on your lips if you’re not careful. Too close or too many squirts can drench bangs and ruin a hairdo.

As a year-round Floridian I’ll have to give this product a pass. I can get my seaweed facial the old-fashioned way, by taking a trip to the Gulf of Mexico!

Janine Dorsey, 43, is a producer for TBO.com

Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray

Available at janeiredale.com and amazon.com; $27 for 3.04 ounces

“A facial spritz formulated specifically to help balance skin’s oil production and pH. Orange essential oil, orange peel extract, grapefruit peel extract and algae extract calm and feed the skin. Sets minerals.”

Rating: C

Elizabeth says: I don’t have a lot to say about this product because it didn’t do a whole lot for me. This spray is designed to balance oil production and pH. Each time I used it — after I worked myself up to spraying something directly into my face — I did notice that my skin felt well-moisturized.

I don’t know, however, if it did anything to prevent oily skin. I thought my face looked a little shiny after I sprayed it, but that could just be because of the hot and humid weather we’ve had lately. I think I would be a bigger fan of this product if it contained sunscreen.

I was happy that the spray didn’t have an unpleasant citrus scent like I expected. It’s practically odorless and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin, which is a good thing. I didn’t love this product, but I didn’t hate it either. I’m not sure if it has a place in my personal beauty regimen.

Elizabeth Behrman, 23, covers crime for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com.

KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr Energising Citrus Mist

Available at koraorganics.com; $44 for 2.19 ounces

“A refreshing, balancing spritz. Bergamot, Orange and Mandarin combined with Aloe Vera, Sandalwood and Noni Extract to maintain skin freshness and suppleness. Revitalise your senses with this incredibly uplifting mist.

Rating: B+

Kim says: Like my fellow Beauty Board members, I once was befuddled by facial mists — Spray your face with water throughout the day? What? —until menopause grabbed me and turned me into a cranky hot mess at random hours both day and night. Now I love the pick-me-up a little spritz offers, and I uses mists all the time.

This spray is light in every way; it’s very fine with a delicate citrus scent. But it’s still enough to make me feel spoiled (and at $44, it should).

It cools me down and freshens up my attitude along with my face. I use it in the morning before I put on my makeup, throughout the day over my makeup, and at night after I wash my face.

It takes such a little squirt to do the trick, this bottle — small enough to fit easily in my purse — will go a long way.

Kim Franke-Folstad, 55, is the editor of 4you.

Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray

Available at janeiredale.com and amazon.com; $27 for 3.04 ounces

“A hydrating spray to plump skin and set makeup. Contains key ingredients (Ylang Ylang flower extract and essential oil, and Chamomile flower extract) to calm and protect the skin.”

Rating: B

Erin says: Jane Iredale’s D2O spray stayed true to its promise of leaving my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

To be honest, I didn’t know hydration/mineral setting spray existed until a couple of weeks ago, so I was curious to test it out.

D2O is deuterium oxide-heavy water, which makes its 10 percent heavier than ordinary H2O. The spray, which is 100 percent natural and 30 percent organic, can be used to moisturize and set mineral makeup.

Upon reading that it’s a good way to hydrate oily skin, I was eager to give it a whirl.

I found that just a couple of sprays after applying makeup in the morning kept my skin feeling dewy and hydrated, but not overly moist or shiny.

Even after a long day at work and a run in the muggy Florida heat, my makeup was still set and not melting all over my face.

The only downsides for me were that I wasn’t crazy about the scent and at $27, the price seems a bit steep.

Erin Kourkounis, 26, covers education in Hillsborough County for the Tampa Tribune.

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