Banana Boat Soothing Aloe Mist After Sun Spray - review


Tired of paying too much for facial mists that weren't doing what they were meant to do, when I saw this on special for less than six dollars I had to try it.

I don't need my face sprays to perform back-flips: I just want something that I can spray over makeup throughout the day to keep my dry skin hydrated and looking fresh. A little plumping action is always good too, but that's really all I'm after. I don't mind if it doesn't help my makeup last longer because, when you have dry skin, makeup tends to cling to your face anyway and what you need more than anything else is something to keep your skin feeling comfortable and looking nourished.

Anyhoo. What I'm trying to say is that I've used a few dedicated skincare mists from good brands lately and haven't been wowed by them. There had to be something cheaper and simpler, and I wanted something in a large bottle too because when a mist is bad, I use it more than I want to and end up getting through the bottle all too quickly.

Enter this product.

Banana Boat claims/product details:
  • Replenishes skin's moisture after being exposed to the sun
  • Gives you the cooling and soothing relief your sun-drenched skin needs
  • Convenient and cooling spray format
  • Hydrates to prevent peeling and skin dryness
  • Soothes minor skin irritations and burns
  • Conditions, refreshes and moisturises the skin
  • Regular use will keep skin soft and supple all year round.
  • RRP $8.99 AUD for 250ml, but do shop around


This is one of those rare purchases that I made on a whim without knowing anything about the product, and turns out I've stumbled on a hidden gem.

Looks like I'm late to the party, however: of 37 reviews on beautyheaven, 95% of people said they would buy it again, so that's saying something!

I use this as a facial spray throughout the day over makeup, and it's wonderfully cooling. My skin always looks more hydrated and feels more refreshed after using this - and it stays that way for a while - which is all I'm after and it works a lot better for this purpose than many other facial sprays I've used. Even better, it's the cheapest one I've used!

The product has a vanilla scent that's definitely there but it's not overpowering, although you might want to test this first if you're sensitive to fragrances. It also has a slightly tacky finish as it sets, but this fades on me after a short while and I don't mind a bit of tackiness anyway.

On that, because the product is slightly tacky before it completely absorbs, it may well work as a makeup primer. I did try it this way yesterday and felt it provided a good base, although as mentioned, my skin is dry so I don't normally notice a huge difference in the lasting power of my makeup when I use primer anyway (I use primers more for other benefits like hydration and illuminating the skin), so I can't say for sure whether it helps with longevity but I suspect it might, so it's worth giving it a go if that's what you're after.

I have seen others say they use it as a primer, and apparently it also works as a deodorant. Who knew?! Another use for it is to cool the skin after eg laser hair removal, and I've seen that it does work for its intended purpose of soothing sunburn (with the benefit that you don't have to touch the burned area with your hands as you do with eg gels - you just spray it on), although I can't confirm this because I haven't been sunburned while using the product.

I can imagine however that it works for any kind of discomfort or irritation of that nature, given how much it soothes my skin when I apply it over makeup. I also feel that it helps my makeup 'merge' together so it looks more blended and natural (the same way that MAC Fix+ does), and while it mightn't be as good at plumping the skin and reducing lines as MAC Fix+ is, it nevertheless makes me look a little less wrinkly because it's so hydrating. Huzzah!

In sum, I love this product and I've given it an HG tag. MAC Fix+ (reviewed here) and Argo Naturals Rose Water Tonic (reviewed here) are my HG facial sprays in the $20 AUD and over bracket, but this one wins in the budget section hands down - and I reckon it competes with those two products well anyway. Plus you can't beat it at that price, or I certainly haven't found any other facial mist that costs this little and does this much.

Love. This has already become a staple in my skincare armoury, and I've only been using it for a month. Even better, I've barely made a dent in the bottle because it's so good that I don't need to reapply it too much throughout the day.

Yay to budget finds!

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