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Clarins is the kind of brand that I’ve always lusted after but never bought as it’s quite a premium and expensive brand which I see as an unjustifiable luxury. So I was very happy to receive several Clarins skincare products for my birthday this year. One of these products was the Toning Lotion with Iris for Combination or Oily skin, which costs £17 for a 200ml bottle.
It comes in a clear bottle through which you can see the green liquid. The bottle has a white screw on lid which, whilst not as convenient as a flip-top or applicator, is easy to open and fastens securely to avoid spillage. Though the design of the bottle is fairly plain and simple it does have that quality look and feel that you would expect from a premium brand such as this.
Taking off the lid you can see that the bottle is wide-necked with a large hole to dispense the product from. This makes it quite difficult to control the amount of the lotion you get out as you just have to tip it out onto your cotton wool, so it’s far too easy to get too much and waste this expensive liquid.
The toner is alcohol free and is designed to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving oil-prone skin clean and perfectly radiant. It contains purifying Iris and Sage extracts to tone and tighten pores whilst normalising surface oils. It also contains Witch Hazel to purify and refresh, and Aloe to soften and moisturise.
It’s a green coloured liquid with a consistency that feels just the same as water, and it doesn’t take much to saturate a cotton pad. It has only a feint scent which I can’t quite place, but it’s a bit more perfumey than I’d expected, rather than the natural, herbal type scent of other Clarins products I’ve used.
On contact with the skin this feels very refreshing, and after wiping it across my face my skin feels very fresh and clean. It dries off quickly so I don’t have to wait ages before applying my moisturiser. The fact that it’s alcohol-free means I don’t get that awful dry, tight feeling that alcohol based toners leave me with, and my skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated.
Whilst I do feel this leaves my skin with a nice matte finish this only lasts until I apply my moisturiser so is nothing really to write home about. My pores do feel a little more refined as with most toners but there is no visible improvement. I’ve now been using the toner for several weeks and though it adequately performs it’s function as a toner I really can’t see anything special about it to justify the high price tag.
All in all I think this is a fairly good toner, but I’ve used much cheaper ones that perform just as well, so I wouldn’t recommend shelling out for this.