Tried and tested

The best hydrating mists for summer

{Facial mists} often get overlooked as a refreshing ‘extra’ – but we like to think of them as akin to moisturiser – but a more convenient version. In a convenient spray format, there’s no poking about in pots and less likelihood of them leaking in your bag – there really is no better way to pep up your complexion when temperatures soar.

(Another tip: mist your skin before applying a hyaluronic acid-based serum or mask, to turbo-charge its hydrating powers.)

Although many mists on the market can be made of water and not much else, here at Cult we’ve cherry-picked the ones that are packed with potent actives and can also double as {setting sprays} too. Essential to a summer wardrobe as Jackie O shades and a straw hat, mist them on liberally throughout the day and your skin will thank you.


{Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist}

Made with 84% watermelon, hydrating hyaluronic acid and hibiscus flower AHAs, this ultra-hydrating and gently soothing super-fine mist will be your Holy Grail go-to come summertime. Inspired by the K-beauty fog mist trend, this beauty is adored for its super delicate, lightweight spray that refreshes and enhances skin and make up. Featuring a bi-phase formula, simply shake and spray throughout the day whenever you need a glow boost. It’s an absolute essential for dry or dehydrated skin types as well as those wanting a dewy, healthy glow, we guarantee this will become one of your go-to favourites.  

{Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist}

Very few skin care brands have a facial mist as their flagship product – which is what makes this concoction pretty special. {Omorovicza}’s iconic mist is packed with nutrient-rich minerals derived from Hungary’s famous thermal waters, this works to revive, tone and purify skin and is based on a centuries-old recipe for a perfume created for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary (hence the name, geddit?).

{Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator}

Skin dehydrated and prone to fine lines? Then this is the plumping superhero you need in your back pocket. The vitamin-infused aloe water calms and softens with firming sea buckthorn and evening primrose, together with detoxifying dandelion and renewing rosehip. As well as using it throughout the day, it’s also a great one to use in your bedtime regime to enhance the effects of your night cream. Green beauty fans will be pleased to hear it’s 100% natural and largely organic – natch.

{Decree Day Shield SPF 30}

It’s not just face mists you should be stashing in your summer tote bag, this innovative SPF spray is a must-have too. An absolute essential, this lightweight SPF30 spray helps protect you against UVA and UVB rays to prevent a multitude of skin concerns. However, it doesn’t stop there, this lightweight spray is also spiked with refreshing rose water and antioxidants to ensure your complexion is protected from harmful environmental aggressors like free radicals too. And last but not least, it works invisibly over make up so you can reapply with ease throughout the day to get maximum protection. We’re obsessed!


{Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set}

Anastasia is renowned for gracing the beauty realm with acclaimed eyeshadows as well as sublime brow contour kits but wait until you discover her Dewy Set mist. The lightweight vegan mist locks your expertly-applied base firmly in place while imparting a natural-looking dewy glow – plus, it also boasts a delicious coconut-vanilla scent too. It’s a must-have for those with dry skin who don’t want to miss out on an enviably dewy glow. Layer this over skin care for natural-looking luminosity, or spritzed over make up for maximum hold day and night!

{Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Spray}

Use this light primer in the morning to prep and “wake up” your skin before applying make up, at night before your treatment, or anytime you need a quick boost. Inspired by the Korean water trend, Quick Fix is a must-have for your office desk too. The energising formula is loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients including vitamin B3, Sepitonic M3 and coconut water too. It feeds your skin intense moisture as you prep, prime and balance your complexion. Finally, Quick Fix comes in a sleek, soft-touch neon green bottle with a calibrated, microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it! It also smells so good, you’ll feel like it’s a summer’s day at the beach.

{Morphe Continuous Setting Mist}

A beauty industry favourite, Morphe’s Continuous Setting Mist is renowned for its ultra-light and smooth spritzing nozzle and its multi-tasking abilities that you’ll adore. So swap your old clumsy manual pump setting sprays for Morphe’s ultra-fine, refreshing air-powered mist, offering complete control and unbeatably smooth application It’ll help you say goodbye to melting, caking and fading! While also offering a subtle ‘lit-from-within’ dewy finish, this setting spray protects your artistry as it boosts radiance. One final top tip is to try spritzing this onto your favourite Morphe make up brushes to help build even more intense pigment pay-off!

{One Ocean Beauty Blue Light Protection and Hydration Mist}

Jam-packed with radiation-resistant microorganisations obtained from Northern Spain using Blue Biotechnology (a lab-controlled process that bioferments marine microorganisms to obtain high-quality, high-performance, non-GMO and sustainable, natural molecules while preserving the environment and marine life, as there is no harvesting or large-scale extraction), this incredibly clever formula activates the skin’s natural sensors to prepare for blue light exposure and repair photoaging signs, such as dark spots, wrinkles and roughness. Meanwhile, red algae sourced from the Celtic Sea, helps preserve hydration and deeply softens the skin. An additional high-performance peptide promotes the skin’s natural biome to provide a stronger healthier barrier against urban pollution. What’s not to love?!


Emmie Thornhill

Emmie Thornhill

Deputy Content Editor

Emmie is Cult Beauty’s Deputy Content Editor. Her love of skin care began in primary school when she first learned the term “hormonal acne” and has been in a love-hate relationship with tea tree oil ever since. She lives in East London – where you can normally find her baking, tending to her plant jungle or planning her next tattoo or hair cut/colour appointment – and is known to start DMCs with you about your birth chart placements, the importance of wearing SPF every day and the difference between a vagina and vulva.