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I've always had a problem with toners, firstly, that I never really saw the point of them, and secondly, they always seemed very drying. I don't have especially exciting skin, it's pretty normal with occasional spots or dry patches (normally weather-related). This product is part of the Chanel Precision range that's supposed to be made to the highest specifications etc. If you go to a Chanel counter you can run a self-diagnosis on which products you should use by pressing buttons on an exciting looking gadget, which is quite fun by itself. It asks you about your age, how oily/dry your skin is, how you react to the sun etc, and then suggests a regime that you should benefit from. I bought this after being given a sample of the blue Lotion Purete, which I actually really liked and was recommended for my skin. But, I thought, I quite like the idea of using an alcohol-free version, and as the Tendre was marketed as being more gentle and soothing, I thought I'd give it a go. And it's a pink fluid so it's altogether more girly and delicate, right? I don't think I'd actually describe this product as either particularly soothing or gentle. It actually felt much more drying than the Purete version, strangely enough. And I've hardly used any since buying it 6 months ago so I think it may now be time to bin it. Problem is that feels so wrong because of the cost of it (£12 for 200ml)! I don't mind if something's less than a fiver, but if not I always feel obligated to hold on to it. Well, I shan't be buying it again. For non-alcohol toners, there are some lovely ones on the market, the Samuel Par soothing tonic for example. For one with alcohol but (to my skin) more gentle, Chanel's Lotion Purete wouldn't be a bad investment. Chanel cosmetics are widely available at department stores and larger Boots. The packaging is pretty distinctive, very minimalist
and expensive-looking, and everything comes in a lovely simple white-with-black-text box so you know that you've treated yourself. And when you get home you can open it so it's just like a thoughtful gift. Each product comes with a detailed insert explaining how to use it, which is quite helpful if a little obvious with something like a toner. The staff at the counters are generally very helpful and know their products, and can be very generous in giving away samples. It's always worth asking them lots of questions as I think it makes you more of a challenge to them, and therefore they are more likely to provide 'evidence' in the form of take-home trials. I find this works well with most cosmetic brands actually!
I came to the bottom of yet another bottle of Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 and I realised that I had given up on cleanser because the toner was so good at stripping all the gunk off my face. It occurred to me that maybe this wasn't such a good thing. It is probably no coincidence that this coincided with officially joining the mid-twenties club. I could no longer deny that the route to thirty was shorter than the distance from twenty. My skin at least has always been in good condition. When I describe it to a beautician or cosmetic counter assistant I call it "normal". Normal it is. I am worried that it stay that way and that it doesn't become "wrinkled" etc. so I cast aside my Clarifying Lotion and went in search of a cleanser toner combination that would a. do the job and b. have no alcohol. I started with the chanel Precision combination and it has been good. The cleanser Lait Tndre removes makeup in one go and the toner leaves skin fresh and a little pampaered. It is difficult to find a toner with no alcohol so if you have been searching, your quest may end here. I have not seen any revolutionary results but I wasn't looking for any. My skin is still "normal" and I happy with a more balanced product formula than I had previously.