Garnier UV Water SPF 50 Mist Review

This year I wanted to test out a few different ways of reapplying SPF over makeup for dark skin. The main way to do this is using SPF mineral powder however when it comes to dark shades there are practically non-existent!

The next best thing was SPF mists and whilst there are a few on the market, I always wondered if they would be invisible enough for dark skin. I ‘ve got a few to test out, today’s post will be a full review and demo on the Garnier UV Water SPF 50 Mist. I saw this in Boots and immediately picked it up.

What the brand says:

Our UV Water refreshing protecting mist offers a triple benefit:

Instantly protects skin from sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays

Refreshes skin with an immediate -2 degree Celsius skin cooling effect*

Enriched with Aloe Vera water, it hydrates for up to 24 hours.

The 360 degree circular diffuser makes it fast, precise and easy to apply. The formula is non-sticky, invisible on skin and water resistant.

Garnier suncare is recognised by the British Skin Foundation.


Type of sunscreen: chemical in a mist/spray format

What I liked: the innovative applicator means it did not shoot out like a jet stream. It was diffused enough to cover a good amount of skin. It also has a cooling effect which means on a hot day this was quite refreshing to use. When sprayed over makeup it leaves the skin glowing

What I didn’t like: unfortunately this isn’t 100% invisible on the skin. As you can see in my picture, it leaves white spots all over my skin! Of course, I can easily brush it away with powder but it claims to be invisible on the skin and if you are wearing anything black or dark, prepare to have white spots all over this.

I didn’t actually realise on the back of the can it says fair skin on it. Does this mean it’s only marketed to those skin tone?

Personally, I don’t mind the glow this gives but for someone who is extremely oily this will come across as super oily.


In theory, this would have been so nice to use! It’s cooling and refreshing and provides SPF 50 protection however it is not invisible on the skin. I don’t want to always have to powder after using this or check a mirror to see if I have covered all the white spots it leaves!

I won’t repurchase and I won’t recommend for darker skin tones.

It’s important to note SPF mists should only be used for reapplications and should not be the main SPF you apply!

Garnier UV Water SPF 50 Mist is £8 at Boots


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