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Whenever I decided to change any of the products in my skin care range I think it is always best to try a small sample if at all possible first. For a long time I have been using the Boots Number 7 range of cleansers and toners however when a new branch of Debenhams opened up in my local town it meant I suddenly had more options when it came to my skin care, living in a small town called Kidderminster the shops are small and choices are limited so when Debenhams opened I was able to look at the likes of Este Lauder, Clinique and Clarins, it meant I did not have to take a 20 minute journey to a larger shopping centre. When the store opened I was given a little goodie bag of gifts from the Clarins counter, within this bag was a sample of the Extra Comfort Toning Lotion.
The sample that I had was only small and came in a small plastic bottle but since I have now fell in love with the product I have since been back and brought the larger sized bottle. As I mentioned above, I got my Clarins products from the Debenhams store, however the brand have counters in almost all of the leading Department stores, places such as John Lewis, House of Fraser and Selfridges are all stockists of the brand. The price is pretty much the same wherever you get the products from and on the couple of occasions that I have visited their counters there is very often some sort of offer on.
The cost of the Extra Comfort Toning lotion is about £17.00 for a 200ml bottle, this is a high price for a toner (I was paying about £11.00 before) but I really have seen a noticeable difference to my skin. I am also part of a survey site that gives you Debenhams vouchers as a reward so this helps me towards payment.
The bottle of Clarins toner comes in a distinct Clarins style bottle, there is a cardboard box that the bottle comes in but to be honest all details on the product are printed on the bottle anyway so this is a little bit unnecessary in my opinion. The bottle itself has the Clarins logo printed in white writing at the top and then the name of the product. On the reverse of the bottle are the ingredients that have been used in the product as well as directions for use.
The toner is designed to remove all remaining traces of make up as well as hydrate and moisturise the skin. To open the toner you need to flip back the white lid which will reveal a small hole, then as directed you will need to put the toner onto a cotton wool pad and then gently wipe over your face and neck. The toner is quite clear but does have a slightly blue almost purple undertone to it. There is a rather unusual fragrance to the toner, one that I have come to really like as time has gone by. There is a mixture of sweet almond and marshmallow in the fragrance and it really is different but in a good way, it is light and refreshing and quite sweet with the almond in the background.
The texture of the toner is like a gel, it is smooth but quite thick at the same time, the toner will glide onto your skin and there is no need to really rub it in as it will just sink into your skin. There is the Bioecollia that is there to preserve the skins natural balance, the linden that is for refreshing your skin and the n the wonderful mixture of the almond and the marshmallow to moisturise and soften. One of the first things that I noticed is that some make up came away when using this toner so it must be quite powerful but at the same time was really sensitive to my skin; it was in fact my skin feels great after using it.
I am slightly prone to dry skin but this has really helped with restoring my skins natural moisture levels. I do not use the toner with any other Clarins products but I have really seen a change in the way my skin now looks more refreshed, it also feels less tight after washing and cleansing it.
In summary, I would have no hesitation in recommending this product. I think the only off-putting thing is the price as I fully understand that this is a high priced product and there are toners out there that are much cheaper, however there is a really sense of quality to this toner that I have not really seen form any others.
I give this 4 of 5
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