Jun 30, 2018

A Splurge And a Save: Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist and SW Basics Rose Water

SW Basics Rosewater – Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist - Facial Mist Sprays - Review
SW Basics Rosewater – Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

I love reading about makeup and skincare dupes, but as tempting as it might be to believe that a $10 cream is exactly the same as something that costs $200, it's almost always one of those too-good-to-be-true stories (or a lousy $200 cream 😏). Even accounting for the advertising and packaging markup that contributes to a higher price tag, a lot of the pricier products do contain pricier ingredients and/or higher concentrations. That's not to say, though, that an inexpensive product cannot be awesome or that a pricey one will work miracles.  You could just find two equally great products, without labelling anything as a dupe, as is the case with two of my favorite facial sprays – the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist and the pocket-friendly SW Basics Rose Water.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist Face Spray - Review - Ingredients
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist ($30/30 mL) - available HERE.
Ingredients*:  Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mannitol, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Phospholipids, Yeast Extract, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.  *Check product packaging for up-to-date information.

Like any good luxury skincare brand, Omorovicza has a story.  Their products are inspired by the  mineral rich thermal waters of Budapest and deliver similar skincare goodness using a patented mineral delivery system that's developed by a Hungarian Nobel-prize winning dermatology laboratory.  And the inspiration for the Queen of Hungary mist is the Queen of Hungary water (reported to be a distilled product made using rosemary and alcohol), the world's first perfume.  A perfect blend of modern day science and old world romanticism that actually works.  The mist smells lovely, with a mix of orange blossom and rosewater that's instantly uplifting.  The pump delivers a fine, even spray, and I can drench myself in this without ever feeling like I sprayed on too much.  It adds just the right amount of hydration and moisture to the skin without making it oily or greasy.  Yes, it's a splurge – a decadent, luxurious treat – but definitely one that lives up to the hype surrounding it.  I like to use this as the last step of my skincare routine, as a fine spray that adds just a hint of moisture, and then move on to my sunscreen and foundation.  I find this more effective at making my makeup look natural and non-cakey rather than using a finishing spray at the end of my makeup routine.  Not really a normal way of using it I suppose, but it works for me.

SW Basics Rose Water Face Toning Mist Spray - Review - Ingredients
SW Basics Rose Water ($12.99) - Available HERE

SW Basics is a recent skincare find from the Target aisles.  What  attracted me to the brand initially was the availability of smaller/trial sizes of a lot of their products.  I don't know why more brands don't bother doing this!  Sensible marketing aside, the brand also features natural, organic ingredients in their products.  The SW Basics Rose Water has only one ingredient in it – steam distilled organic rosewater.  No preservatives.  It smells like the roses from my mom's garden, and unlike any other rose water toner I have tried, this does not make my skin oily or red.  It's perfect as a soothing, refreshing mist on a warm day or as the last step to my regular skincare routine.  I also use it, just as with the Omorovicza spray, as a moisture boost to keep my makeup from looking cakey, and it works just as well.  Maybe a little less moisturizing for drier skin days and/or winters, but that's just me trying really hard to pick out differences.  I do have some issues with the packaging (love the labeling, design, colors), with the bottle leaking if it falls on to its side, and the spray could be a little more even/fine.  Overall, though, the SW Basics Rose Water is a great pick, and I am definitely going to try out more of their products.

The SW Basics Rose Water is a great buy, whether you are looking for an inexpensive facial spray or  are on the lookout for a good soothing facial mist.  The Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist on the other hand is a splurge, but one that truly delivers both in terms of product quality as well as a perfect delivery system.  Between the two, I couldn't pick a favorite – maybe buy a bottle of each and give both a try 😁.  

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