Is it something you’ve seen before? If you’ve walked into an Ulta Beauty or even an Urban Outfitters before, chances are you have. If you’ve been at your friend’s house & looked at their top shelf, chances are you have. If you’re a model getting final face touchups before you step up on the catwalk, chances are you have. That is: the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater.
So…why do people like this so much? It’s Mario Badescu’s best-selling product. But…all it is is rosewater, basically. What makes this one so special?
Well, first of all, the price. $7 for 4 oz., $12 for 8 oz. is nothing to sneeze at (if you’re a fan, get the 8 oz. version. It’s worth it, trust me). If you have any experience with makeup or skin care, you know that some facial sprays go to upwards of $50 (like Tatcha’s Dewy Luminous Skin Mist). So…whether you’re getting the 4 or 8 oz. size, either way, it’s a deal. & it’s good.
What’s it do? It has many uses, actually. First & foremost, it can be used as a toner. It can also be used to set makeup (keep in mind if you’re wearing a full face of foundation, concealer, contour, liquid liner, etc., etc. this probably isn’t the setting spray for you), can be used to refresh your face during the day (especially great during the summer) & even can be used as a subtle hair fragrance. Basically, it’s an all-purpose spray for your face & body.
However – Mario Badescu is careful not to call their face mist a toner. Why?
Traditionally, toners are usually poured onto a cotton ball or pad & gently swiped over the face. (MB has a lot of great options on their site!) This gets rid of excess dirt, oil, & whatever else might be lingering. It’s great for all skin types – for me, however, I’ve not seen a huge difference in applying this type of toner & using a “face mist.”
For my sensitive skin, face mists work better. I don’t have to worry about extra irritation a cotton pad might bring to my face. I just mist my face flap my hands around in the air to help my face dry, & continue with my skin routine. The face mist tightens my pores while continuing to provide my dry skin with moisture. No extra hand/cotton pad contact necessary. Extra points if it’s been chilled in my fridge beforehand, something I do more & more frequently as it continues to warm up here.
This isn’t to say that this mist works for all people with sensitive skin! I’m not particularly sensitive to scented products; some of my friends are. If you’re one of those people, this probably isn’t the mist/toner for you.
I’ve tried quite a few other toners – including the Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist, the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner (world’s first solid toner, & unscented, for those of you who don’t react kindly to scented products), the Caudalíe Beauty Elixer (luxurious &, if I had the money, would buy endless bottles of) & the Glossier Soothing Face Mist.
Yet – as lovely as some of these are, I keep returning to my beloved Mario Badescu. There’s something about the satisfaction of paying $12 for a huge amount of product & watching it work well on your skin – just as well, if not better than some of the other mists I mentioned.
It’s true – I joke about taking baths in Tatcha’s Dewy Luminous Skin Mist when I make my first million, & watering my flowers with Caudalíe’s Beauty Elixer. These are both amazing, have beautiful packaging, & feel wonderful.
But…I have a feeling that no matter how much (or little) money I make, the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater will have a permanent place on my top shelf – for life. Mario was here when I started taking proper care of my skin, & I think he’ll stick around til I can’t do it anymore.
P.S. If you weren’t aware, Mario Badescu also has a “newer” version of their traditional face mist – an Ulta exclusive, called the Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, & Green Tea. It’s almost – not quite – as good as the original. If you have oily or irritated skin it just might become your holy grail, if it isn’t already. Check it out! I love this one, too.