This £2.39 MUA recommendation has the internet (and me) hooked

Kate Pasola
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From Cosmopolitan

In the words of a wise woman I know (AKA Cosmopolitan's deputy beauty editor Laura Capon), when it comes to beauty, there's something to be said about the slow-burners”.

In her case, LC was talking about a £4.50 lip liner of dreams, which she clocked way-back-when, but completely forgot about until it started appearing in captions on the selfies of Jamie Genevieve and other Instagram royalty.

For me, the slow burning beauty bargain of dreams (try saying that while applying your lipliner) is this grannyish looking, 200ml bottle of transparent fluid, available from Boots for the princely sum of £2.39.

Esteemed beauty community, may I introduce you to (drum roll)...

Boots’ Traditional Glycerin and rosewater: AKA the perfect setting spray, skin enhancer, moisture-locker-inner and general multitasking product. And it's LESS THAN £2.50, PEOPLE.

Disclaimer: the recommender of this product and MUA in question is my sister, Sophie Pasola. But let it be known that rosewater, glycerin and combinations of both have been used in the cosmetics industry for 50 years.

Glycerin in particular is a serious oldie but goodie, and most likely a low-key go-to for most of your fave MUAs. In other words - you can trust her on this one.

On top of this, Laura Capon reports that when Rihanna’s MUA Pricilla Ono did her makeup, she was super trigger-happy with rosewater spray in efforts to combat her drier-looking skin (and intolerance of matte foundation 👀).

The brand Pricilla opted for was a somewhat ‘spennier Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater, £8. But if you’re looking for something cheaper (and with a healthy dose of wonder-ingredient glycerin), Boots’ cute little traditional gem is where it’s at, guys.


Sophie suggests decanting the product into a mist spray (it retails in a toner-shaped bottle), and using it to set makeup and lock in moisture. Luckily for you, she took to Instagram to demonstrate the spray's wonders.

Clock that before shot:

Photo credit: Sophie Pasola

Sophie's full glass-skin beat set with glycerin and rosewater:

Other beauty bloggers are big fans of Heritage Store Rosewater with Glycerin, which comes in at a slightly pricier £9.99.

Why is glycerin good for my face?

It’s a ‘skin-identical’ ingredient (meaning it’s naturally found in skin) - in this case, in the outermost later. It helps your skin grip to water, slowing down trans-epidermal-water-loss, and it helps your skin barrier stay in tact. For this reason, it's not only a wonder-ingredient for dry skin, but it preps the skin perfectly for makeup, and keeps your base dewy-looking throughout the day.

What else can I use this for?

  • Spray it on the back of your hand and use with your favourite shimmery shadows or highlights to turn powders to sheer, creamy formulas (perfect if you’re seeking a Pat McGrath glossy lid).


  • Spritz down your shins for the perfect glossy leg (I’ve said it once and i’ll say it again, shiny legs are the best accessory.)


  • Spray onto a spoolie and comb through brows for a lightweight setting agent (or combine with pears soap for steadfast soap brows).


  • Scrunch it into your hair for texture (think like a sugar spray), or use it to add shine and slickness to a ponytail.

In short, this little baby is the gift that keeps on giving.

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