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The $114 Essence Mist That Turned Me Into One of THOSE People

You know that person who is constantly whipping out her face mist and spraying it at random times of the day, at the most random of places? That's my life now.

I’ll be honest – I only started to take skincare seriously a little over two years ago. (Right about the time that we formed Team KULALA, by the way.) Since then, I’ve realised that I go through different product phases. I was all about overnight masks when I first started out, then sheet masks, then deep cleansers, so on and so forth. Some stuck, like my obsession with serums and sensitive-skin friendly exfoliants. Some left, like my attempts to find a cream moisturiser that isn’t too heavy for my taste. My current “thing” that is frankly, getting out of hand, is face mists.

Let’s see. In the last three months, I amassed a total of five face mists on my own. Some made it to that one time I tested seven different ones for our “Beauty Wars” series. But despite my horde of face mists, I never was the kind of person to bring a face mist out and spray it whenever I get the chance. That just seems a little…high maintenance. Until the piece de resistance: Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Essence Mist.

Oh my god. Where do I even begin with this? My favourite before this was the rather polarising Beauty Elixir from Caudalie – I say so because I know as many people who like the smell as the people who hate it – which leaves a cooling effect on the skin because it has peppermint in it. But even this cannot match the cool that Chanel’s mist leaves on the skin, sans peppermint.

I also love a mist that goes beyond water. I need it to serve a purpose that goes beyond just being a pick-me-up on a hot day. With hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C and E – and y’all know just how much we love skin vitamins – and blue ginger, an antioxidant, this mist is skincare. It just comes in a spray bottle, so you can spritz a touch of that fantastic cocktail whenever, wherever. You don’t even need clean hands. It smells so good, too. Almost mouthwatering, like apples.

Of course, the “spray” part matters in a face mist. I am no mist expert – if they exist – but Chanel nails it with this one. The mist comes out very fine and even – I get the same feeling from Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Facial Mist – but you also get just the right amount with each spray.

To all my other mists, it’s not you, it’s me. (Oh relax, I still use them. I’m an addict, remember?) At S$114 a bottle, the Hydra Beauty Essence Mist is officially one of the priciest we’ve ever come across, but you do get skincare out of it and it is a terrific product. If you’re down for a serious splurge – or perhaps as a well-deserved gift for mother dearest – we say, why not!

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