There are some cosmetics that even the most hardcore of us just don’t need but they look so pretty that we fall under their spell.
A perfect example of this is the Kandi Cosmetics Pre Glow Up Mist that looks absolutely gorgeous, like magic in a bottle! But does it translate as gorgeous on the face and is it worth the cash?
Let’s find out!
The Kandi Cosmetics Pre Glow Up Mist comes in a white cardboard box that has minimal writing, almost no branding or wording.
The glow mist itself comes in a plastic bottle that has a spray pumo and closes with a lid on top. It doesn’t feel particularly expensive but neither super cheap. The bottle itself is actually fairly steady and the minimal design actually lets the product speak for itself!
Colour and texture
The product has a rose-gold look while in the bottle and translates into millions of tiny rose-gold glitter on your skin.
It dries completely, is not sticky and looks absolutely stunning. It’s definetely too much to spray all over the face, unless it’s that type of party (Christmas, New Years or other really sparkly occasion) but it’s what the doctor ordered for some body decoration!
The spray has a light cosmetic scent that is sweet and pleasant. The product does not contain added fragrance and the scent comes directly from the ingredients.
One full size bottle of 120mL retails for £20. While that’s not a bad price considering how great the result is and how much product you get for it, it feels bad knowing how simple the ingredients are. This could be cheaper.
Practicality of use/user experience
This glow spray is very easy to use. The pump works well and produces a fine and equally distributed mist.
The glitter settles very quickly, within a few minutes, of the bottle standing so you have to shake very well before using it (see pictures below). However, if you do shake well before using it, the results are very good. No patchiness and equal distribution of glitter!
It gets absolutely everywhere when you wear it, it is tiny glitter afterall but it washes away easily with just soap.
The brand doesn’t specify this so assume that the spray is compatible with all skin types.
There are no skin specific ingredients but obviously don’t use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.
This spray lasts for 12M which is a reasonable time cosmetic-wise but feels a little short for this specific product. Unless you party hard with over the top looks and gliter constantly, I’m not sure you will use this up in a year. Unless…you just spray your entire body with it.
This product is cruelty free and although the brand says that you can use it as a setting spray too, it doesn’t really contain many ingredients that will protect your makeup.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Give your dull winter skin the ultimate glow up with the Kandi Cosmetics Pre Glow Mist. It’s hydrating properties moisturises the skin whilst giving it a long term glow. You may have seen us in the latest Glossy Box!
Spray the mist before or after makeup, or on its own for refreshed and glowing skin.
A primer and setting spray in one”
This is the type of product that I thought I would hate straight on but it really turned me around by using it, even just once. I’m not a fan of some of the ingredients (see ingredient section below) or the price (se price section above) but you can’t argue with the fact that this product delivers glitter and glow. It’s not the sunkissed type of glow, it’s the tiny glitter type but it’s gorgeous.
I’ve tried to take a picture of this glitter on skin but it is so tiny it was impossible to get a good picture of it. As a result, I’ve taken a picture of it on an easier and more neutral background, a piece of paper. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s much more beutiful in real life and on actual skin but atleast it’s picture visible on paper!
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Despite the brand claiming that this could be used as a setting spray, it doesn’t really contain ingredients that will protect your makeup or even prime your skin. The only acceptable usage for this product is for cosmetic glitter purposes.
Although all ingredients in this product as safe to use, it contains some of those rather avoid for peace of mind ingredients, so it is really up to you whether you’d like to use this product or not. If you want my opinion as a chemist, this is absolutely fine, how often will you use a glitter spray anyways?
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water (aqua) based formulation.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Also known as Green Tea Extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
- Alcohol – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
- Dmdm Hydantoin – A preservative that slowly releases formaldehyde over time. However, this ingredient is safe to use within the cosmetic allowed levels (0.074% or less) but some people prefer to avoid it for “peace of mind”.
- Methylparaben – Love them or hate them, there is still not enough scientific proof to undisputedly prove that parabens are harmful. However, some people prefer to avoid them for “peace of mind” and some countries are now moving towards banning them. So, if you are looking for paraben free products, this one is not for you. For my thoughts on parabens check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A – You asked “As a Chemist Which Ingredients do you Avoid?”
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this glow spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Dmdm Hydantoin, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben.
Full list of ingredients:
Water（Aqua）, Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dmdm Hydantoin, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben.
The Kandi Cosmetics Pre Glow Up Mist is not a product I would ever personally buy (I actually received this in Glossybox Beauty Box November 2019) and when I first received it I hated it (gave it a 5/10). I stand by the initial score because the ingredients and claims of application of this product are not great, but if you just use it occasionally for some glitter glow then this spray can be pretty stunning!
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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