It is always difficult to find a toner that caters well to all skin types, and especially so for combination and acne-prone skin, where there is the oily T-zone and dry U-zone to take care of. There are many positive comments on Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner as a one which is generously suitable for all skin types even including sensitive skin, so I thought I would give it a try while it was on sale.
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is essentially a hydrating toner, which claims to remove sebum and dirt while restoring skin natural pH balance. Containing hyaluronic acid, Phyto-oligo and wheat amino-acids beta-glucan, it aids in boosting skin hydration levels while reducing inflammation.
After cleansing face, I poured this into a cotton pad and pat into the skin. The toner was much less runny than your usual water-based toners and you could feel the “weight” and heaviness of the toner even as if wets the cotton pad. On the skin, it felt smooth and hydrating, but also left a certain amount of stickiness and shine on the face after it dried. I followed up with the Innis Free Green tea serum and my face did looked brighter and more moisturized.
It might be that I was expecting a lot from a toner which claimed multiple skincare awards, but I was simply not impressed. I thought that the texture of this was slightly too greasy and heavy (how exactly is this refreshing?!), and especially if you are acne-prone or using this during summer. In fact, I doubt that it would be suitable for combination-oily skin or younger skin types and thought that the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion actually performs so much better in terms of instant hydration and plumping up the skin, and feels much lighter and breathable. My skin usually drinks up whatever is being applied pretty quickly, but this just feels like it is sitting on the surface and not seeping through. It did not break me up but did form small bumps across my cheeks (I never have those!) after a week of daily usage, which I probably have to attribute to the rich contents of the toner.
Honestly? I would only recommend this if you have dry or normal skin types, or if you are tiding over for autumn and winter. If you have dehydrated or a combination sensitive skin type prone to acne and prefers a more watery, refreshing feel for toners, there are many better options out there.
Try it out here.