This year, I decided to start a new ‘Project Pan’, to focus on a few items I would like to use up by the end of the year. I have been thinking about how to go about this project, and I’ve decided to select products by category: sprays, creams, liquids, powders, and palettes.
The products I wanted to start with are primers/ setting sprays. I bought a few in 2018 that I either used all the time, or have never used before. Most of what I have been using this year is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray infused with grape water, which I loved so much, and might get back to using. I love that it is so natural and soothing on the skin. This brand is much more expensive in the States, but it is worth the investment.
1- Caudalie Grape Water Spray
This is one of the best sprays I have tried yet. The mist is very fine and gentle, and instantly hydrates the skin. I use it much more as a setting spray, as it helps set everything in place. I used it a lot during the summer since it helped hydrate and cool down my skin. I would definitely repurchase this item and keep it in my collection.
2- Bio Rose Water
I bought this item from a store in France called Monoprix, which sells drugstore make-up and other items. I was interested in it since it is advertised as an organic product. I was surprised at how it irritated my skin when I used it. After looking at the ingredients, I found that it contains Benzyl alcohol, which causes irritation and dryness. What alarmed me the most is that this product contains both citric acid and sodium benzonate, which according to some sources can cause cancer. After reading about all the ingredients, I have decided to discard this product, but I am curious about a better alternative for rose water. Please leave your recommendations in the comments below!
3- Hangover 3 in 1 spray.
I have only used this product a couple of times. The spray is a bit aggressive and sprays a lot at once. The texture feels a bit sticky on the skin, but it doesn’t irritate or dehydrate it. I have seen many reviews of this product, and a lot of people liked it, so I am excited to give this spray another try, and I hope I like it.
4- Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist
I found the spraying system a bit more aggressive than the Hangover 3 in 1. It is not as misty as I would like it to be and sprays a bit unevenly. This also had a sticky texture to it, which I didn’t mind. The only thing I was concerned about is that when I looked up the ingredients for this product (which are not listed on the product itself), I found out it contained alcohol and other drying and irritating chemicals, which leave me a bit concerned. I am curious to give it a try; but if I notice that it is causing any irritation to my skin I plan to stop using it. Has anyone used this product before? What do you think of it?
Starting this project, I had not planned going into detail about all the ingredients contained in these sprays. However, it helped open my eyes to the reason why some irritated my skin so bad and why others worked so well with my dry skin. Doing so helped me select the products I want to keep using this year. I am curious to learn about your experience with these products if you have used any of them, and welcome any recommendations for natural, hydrating primers/ setting sprays.