Several weeks ago I was contacted by RoseRoseShop.com to review a new product they are carrying, the Benton Honest TT Mist. I’ve always had great experiences buying from RoseRoseShop, and Benton is a brand I’m curious to explore further, so I accepted the opportunity and they sent the mist out with my next order.
I wanted to give the TT Mist a good fighting chance to work before reviewing it, so I’ve been using it every day for a solid 3 weeks now, and I’m about 3/4 done the bottle. I think I have a good idea of how the mist is going to work for me long-term.
The star ingredient of the Benton TT Mist is the tea tree leaf water that is the first ingredient. I’ve never used tea tree water, but I have used tea tree oil before to calm down irritated, itchy skin. Tea tree oil is supposed to be a natural antibacterial substance, and is therefore good for treating acne (in fact, studies have shown that it is as effective as benzoyl peroxide). Tea tree leaf water, I would presume, has similar antibacterial properties, but I figured it was probably gentler on the skin than tea tree oil (which can irritate or burn skin if used undiluted). The Benton TT Mist also contains tea tree extract and sodium hyaluronate to help hydrate the skin.
The Benton Honest TT Mist comes in an interesting tube. It’s an airless tube with a spray nozzle, so as you use up the spray, the tube compresses down. This is actually great for air travel as it’s not a pressurized can, and the small 40ml size makes it ideal for throwing in your bag. I love that it’s airless so that the freshness of the ingredients is protected.
The only complaint I have about the packaging is that the nozzle dispenses more of a spray than a mist. The large droplets can potentially run and take your makeup with them, making this less than ideal as a mid-day refresher. You can minimize this effect by holding the bottle further away from your face before spraying.
To be quite frank, when I first spritzed the Benton Honest TT Mist on my face, my first thought was, “Uh oh, I don’t know if I’m really going to have anything to say about it.” It honestly felt like I was spraying my face with water (albeit water with an ever so slight burnt-rubber smell, probably not detectable to most people). It wasn’t particularly hydrating on my dry skin, so I didn’t know if I was going to be able to use up the bottle. But since I had promised to do the review, I decided to stick it out and find some way to use it up.
Instead of using it as a refreshing mist, I decided to simply use it as a watery toner at the beginning of my routine. As a toner, it was just okay. It was less hydrating than my first essence (Secret Key First Treatment Essence), so I often used a hydrating toner after it.
However, when I started using it as a toner, and taking the time to pat it into my skin, I noticed that it calmed down any redness that I had, leaving my skin looking really nice and fresh and non-irritated. This was a really nice effect that I didn’t expect, and one that you probably wouldn’t notice unless you used enough of it.
After 2-3 weeks of usage, I was astounded to realize that during the time I had been using the Benton Honest TT Mist, I had no breakouts. I usually get a few pimples cyclically that pop up and don’t go away for literally WEEKS and then leave unfortunate red marks that eventually turn into purplish PIH and last for months. While I was using the mist, I only had two tiny little pimples that went away overnight. That never happens. That effect alone made me overlook that fact that it wasn’t that hydrating.
I’ve used probably about 3/4 of my tube and I will be repurchasing this mist with my next order. It’s very affordable, at about $6 (before shipping), and I think it will be handy to always have a tube of this around.
The Bottom Line
Pros: Soothing, calming, prevented acne (although YMMV, not everyone responds the same to skincare treatments)
Cons: Large spray droplets, not very hydrating (this would not be a problem for oily skin types)
Buy It At
RoseRoseShop for $6.07
Disclosure: This product was provided free for review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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