I picked up this ELF Aqua Primer Mist during my drugstore haul (see that here) as I’ve never tried a drugstore face mist before and the ingredients in this are actually quite good for the affordable price. More and more drugstore brands are coming out with face mists as they’ve become an added step in a lot of people’s routine- including mine. Does it work? Read on.
This product was only $6CAD (for 1 fluid ounce) and I picked it up at Superstore. It is formulated with purified water, aloe, cucumber, vitamin E and caffeine to prime skin with moisture or to be used on top of foundation. This is also silicone and alcohol free. I always try and avoid alcohol in any skin products as it will dry your skin out and AGE you. ELF is also a cruelty-free brand and this product is vegan.
-Cruelty free and vegan
-Doesn’t make skin feel sticky or look greasy
-Doesn’t contain alcohol
-Doesn’t extend the life of my makeup very well
-The sprayer on this is so aggressive- it douses your face!
Okay, I honestly would have ranked this much higher because the ingredients, cruelty-free factor and low price are all on point, and this is a solid facial mist to refresh your makeup or prime. It’s not anything like the UD All Nighter by any means but its a “primer mist”, not a setting spray. It basically just gives your skin moisture either before you apply foundation or throughout the day for a refresher BUT, the mister on this is HORRIBLE. It literally feels like you’re opening up a hose on your face. It sprays basically in a straight line and just douses you. The mist is not fine at all and I always wince when I use it because its so concentrated I always feel like I’m going to ruin my makeup.
Most facial mists evenly distribute across the face in one or two sprays. This one you need like four or five sprays and then you just have a really wet face. If you can put up with the awful mister, its not a bad product. It dries down decently quick and doesn’t leave splotches on my makeup like the Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Mist does (see that review here). But yikes- I’ve never used a more aggressive face spray before!