Essences, Mists and Toners under $10

Essence(s), mist(s) and toners

Everyone is looking for a bargain right now. The uncertainty in the air is driving a lot of people to look for skincare options that are inexpensive. Oh, let’s just say it… We all want to get items that have great skincare ingredients in them that work and under $10 is even better. Otherwise, you are putting that money down that drain and it could have gone for at least a good coffee. That is why you need skincare for the best value.

You are in luck. Some great, hardworking skincare ingredients aren’t that expensive to put into products. Niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Aloe, just as examples. The percentages matter as well. Some companies will not tell you how much of the “good” skincare ingredients are in their products. You have to guess based on the number of ingredients and the placement of those ingredients in the deck/list. Lower priced products sometimes have the advantage, because most of these products, don’t have a ton of ingredients. They just can’t add them for their price point. Some of the companies just come right out and tell you.


Let’s start with just some brands that specialize in skincare for under $10.00:

  • The Ordinary
  • E.L.F Cosmetics
  • Revolutionary Skincare

As I look around my collection there aren’t as many brands that specialize in this category as there really should be. A lot of these ingredients aren’t that expensive. Some great skincare under $10.00 shouldn’t be that hard to do for essence(s), mist(s), and toner(s).

Besides, I know, a lot of you are thinking, with uneven skin tone and wrinkles, I should be spending my dollars on makeup. Not necessarily, if you spend your funds on skincare you may be ahead of the game. You will use less of your makeup products and still look great.



ELF Keep your balance Toner (skincare under $10)
ELF Keep your balance Hydrating Toner (skincare under $10)

I am going to write a blog on toners soon, so this toner will be among those in that blog. A majority of people don’t think toners are worth purchasing or using in their skincare routine. I am not one of those people. Toners can remove cleansing agents from your skin (not all cleansers rinse clean), they can adjust the PH in your skin and they can add hydration to your skin. Even mild exfoliation. Exfoliation, PH, and hydration are important to your skin, as you age. (It is important for acne skin as well).

Elf has two toners that I like, one is Elf Keep Your Balance Toner and ELF SuperTone Toner. I am currently, using the Keep your balance Hydrating Toner because it is under the $10.00 mark and it is a really good toner. It contains simple ingredients for hydration and ph balancing. This toner has glycerin, aloe, witch hazel, and Hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate). It covers the bases for hydration, but really nothing else. So it is great to use after cleansing at night before you use all of your other skincare items.

ELF SuperTone Toner (skincare under $10)
ELF SuperTone Toner

The ELF SuperTone Toner is a good one as well, but it doesn’t tell me how much of the Glycolic Acid is in the toner. I would assume in the 3-7% range. It also has Witch Hazel, which is another one of my favorite ingredients in a toner. Aloe has been used for centuries in skincare. My grandmother used to have aloe plants all over her house. She used it for everything from scrapes and burns to skin irritations.

The Ordinary

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (skincare under $10)
The Ordinary Toning Solution (skincare under $10)

TO glycolic toner with 7% glycolic for under $10.00. Like a lot of people, I used the Pixi Glow Tonic ($29.00). It is a great toner, but then TO came out with theirs and I never went back. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two products. They both provided hydration and very mild exfoliation. TO Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is $8.70 and available now at Ulta and Sephora. However, I won’t be surprised to see it at Target, CVS, or Walgreens soon. A lot of TO products are great for just pure, simple ingredients.

I would probably say this one is a really good one for most people in general. It has a price tag that you could afford no matter what changes happen in your finances. The PH (3.6) is perfect for penetrating the skin for a mild exfoliation. It does contain some flower waters. But don’t mistake those for pure fragrance or essential oils. They still may irritate some sensitive skins but not to the extent that fragrance and essential oils usually do. I haven’t irritation to it at all. I would assume that most people would not have any issues.

Essence(s) or Mist(s)

ELF Soothing Aloe Mist (skincare under $10)
ELF Soothing Aloe Mist

Face Mist

Now, a face mist is another thing that most people really don’t think they need and there they may have a point. However, it does feel really good on parched skin. If you are planning on spending more time outdoors for social distancing or just enjoying nature, your skin is going to get parched. Mist your face before you put on another layer of SPF while you are out, you will see what a difference it makes in the hydration of your skin.


This face mist by ELF is only $8.00, e.l.f. Soothing Aloe Facial Mist and the packaging isn’t bad. It sprays a fine mist and it is easy to carry with you. This face mist has Glycerin, Aloe, Vitamin B5, HA, and Allantoin, all of which are humectants to keep your skin hydrated. It does have fragrance close to the top of the ingredients list, which may be irritating to some skin types.

I have used the Clinique in the past but I am not sure it is worth the price tag. I will explore that further in the future as well.


ElF Toner and Essence
Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Clarifying Essence Spray (skin care under $10)
ELF Toner and Essence, Revolution Skincare Essence

ELF also makes an essence that I am currently trying out. I have been really enjoying Essence(s) as of late. But I don’t believe they are that essential in your routine. I use them for just a bit of hydration to my skin before I add my serums. The essences, that I have tried, have plumped up my skin. This is temporary, of course, but it is nice to have a bit of refreshment for the skin. I have enjoyed using the ELF and I am going to keep repurchasing it.

Apparently, quite a few people like it because it is out of stock quite a bit at my target. I definitely can see why. The price point is remarkable for the ingredients. It has glycerin, niacinamide, coffee, HA, and urea. It does have fragrance (I can’t smell it) but it is at the end of the ingredients list. The con that I have with this essence is it isn’t in a spray. However, this product is under $10 for all of that, so I really can’t complain.

Revolution Skincare London

Revolution Skincare
Niacinamide Clarifying 
Essence Spray
Revolution Skincare
Niacinamide Clarifying
Essence Spray

I don’t think that The Ordinary (TO) has a mist. But Revolution Skincare has some, one of those is Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Essence Spray. I will be honest, this isn’t the one I would get. I think Niacinamide is an amazing ingredient for the skin, but this spray smells like fake roses. It is quite overpowering to me. I don’t really like the smell of fake roses. It is not the best. It doesn’t seem to have that much niacinamide in it. If it contains more niacinamide than I think, then it’s effectiveness is lessened by the fragrance. We all love a great bargain, but this one is not it.

I am not sure I would get any of their mists, sprays, or toners, For example, they have a Hyaluronic Essence Spray, that again has a fragrance as the 7th ingredient. The ingredients before it except for two are more of “formula” ingredients.


Fragrance is irritating to the skin no matter if your skin can “handle” it or not. Ask any dermatologist, what is the number one cause of irritation in products, they will tell you fragrance. Your skin can tolerate it and then all of a sudden, it just can’t.

I have looked at the ingredients in some of their other toners. The ingredients aren’t bad (aside from the fragrance issues), but they’re just isn’t enough of the ingredients to make it worth it to me. I simply need more of the good ingredients and less of the fragrance.

Even in this price range, you don’t need to settle. I would stick with the ELF Toners, TO Toners, and the ELF mists. They are just a better value for the money. Don’t get me wrong, Revolution Skincare has some great products at this price point, serums for one.

Skincare under $10 topic

I can see from how long this post is getting that I will probably need to do a whole series on good products under $10. You may be surprised at what great products that are out there in this price range.

This topic has come up quite a bit not just because COVID-19 has put a strain on some budgets. It is because I have quite a few people that are noticing the changes in their skin as they mature. They don’t like those changes but they don’t want to spend a lot on skincare either.

Most of them have tried the “popular” and much more expensive products out there and didn’t really see a difference. You want to use products that you can sustain not just continue to splurge. Some things are worth the splurge and sometimes you just want to find affordable or cheap products that work.

Next in this series, Serums

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