Hylamide Sub-Q Mist Review

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Hylamide says their recently rebranded Sub-Q Mist (formerly known as Hydra Density Mist) is an "Advanced treatment to support dermal water density for intense lightweight hydration and comfort." This facial mist contains 120ml (4 fl oz) and retails for $22AUD ($13 USD). Hylamide is a subsidiary of Deceim, and creates cruelty free, vegan friendly products that are made in Canada.

The Sub-Q Mist comes in a plastic bottle topped with a finicky spritzer - it usually expels an even fine mist, but sometimes it produces large droplets. I've come to prefer spritzing this mist into my hands and patting it on, due to the unpredictability of it. Packaging is recycable.

I'd been curious about Hylamide products for a while, but I wasn't really sure where to start. I bought the Sub-Q Mist because I was lacking a mist/hydrating toner step in my routine, and this one was highly recommended by Caroline Hirons. I was pretty excited to incorporate this mist into my routine, but if I'm honest, I don't feel like it really does anything for me. Hylamide's mist seems to impart some moisture into the skin, but it doesn't really impact the look or feel of my complexion. Sub-Q doesn't create a plumped or dewy look, and it only partially relives the tight, dry feeling created by harsher products like clay masks and acne treatments. To me, that's the core function of a mist in my routine, so Sub-Q Mist is obsolete. I personally only use this mist as a skincare step, but there's no reason you can't use it over your makeup to refresh the face if that's your preference.

Hylamide's Sub-Q Mist is basically a souped up rosewater spray. The ingredient list starts of with a mix of water and rosewater, followed by several antioxidant rich and soothing ingredients like pepperberry extract, green tea ferment, and arginine, coupled with humectant glycerin. This mist is alcohol and added fragrance free (though not truly fragrance free, since it contains rosewater). This mist smells a little strange in my opinion, almost like a cleaning product.

I've found Hylamide's Sub-Q Mist to be only ok - I wouldn't repurchase or recommend it, unless you've been on a big Deciem kick (like I've been, lately. I'm not really sure why the Sub-Q mist receives so much praise, in my opinion it's the least interesting Deciem product I've tried so far. There's clearly been a lot of thought put into this product's ingredient list, it contains a good amount of interesting and beneficial ingredients, but I don't feel like they truly boost Sub-Q beyond a regular rosewater mist.

aqua (water), rosa damascena flower water, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, tasmannia lanceolate fruit/ leaf extract, curculigo orchioides root extract, pseudoalteromonas exopolysaccharides, gallyl glucoside, arginine, propanediol, glycerin, sodium salicylate, citric acid, propyl gallate, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, gellan gum, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, ppg-26-buteth-26, sodium chloride, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

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