I usually buy Olay Wrinkle Toner but Tesco ran out and it was Sunday and this Garnier one looked like a reasonable alternative, especially as it was half price. It normally retails for £2.99 but they were being sold at £1.49 so I thought I would give it a bash. I really wish that I hadn’t bothered, and in hindsight, I can really see why these were reduced.
I have used a fair few facial toners in my time but this one was really the worst one I have ever used. It comes in a 200ml plastic bottle which is opaque, so you can see how much there is inside the bottle – I have still over half of mine left as I swiftly went back to my Olay one after using this for a week or so.
It is weak and watery and I applied it to cotton wool, just the same way I do with my normal Olay toner, and the way the bottle instructs you too. It looked like water, it had no smell and literally no colour and I wasn’t able to really see how much I was applying to the cotton wool so the first few times I used this I was literally saturating the cotton wool in this and using far too much of it, until I finally got the hang of it.
It is meant to be suitable for all skin types but my normal Olay toner actually reduces pore size and is much better in terms of being kind to sensitive skin. This Garnier one really made my skin sting as soon as I applied it to my face. I have never had such a sudden reaction like that with any kind of facial product before. Silly me continued to keep using it though and it didn’t get any better.
There was no sign that it was removing the last traces of my make up at all and the cotton wool looked the same before I had used it as I did afterwards. I broke out in a few spots around my oily T zone, to boots, so after that I just stopped using it at all.
I simply could not recommend this to anyone.
Having used other Garnier products and liking them i decided to try this toner. I have very oily skin around my t zone that can get small dry patches and a few blemishes, my skin can also be quite red across my nose and cheeks. I hoped this "soothing toner" would help to reduce my redness a little.
After having read the bottle it doesnt actually claim to do much other than soothe and tone, there is no indication of reducing redness, reducing pores, uncloggi g pores etc like many other toners claim to do.
It comes in a fairly large bottle and is priced cheaply at £2.99 a bottle.
The packaging is not well designed however, the opening to the bottle is far to large so if you get a little over enthusiastic with the bottle you will end up soaked.
The product come out and looks like water, there is no colour to it or fragrance.
After using a cotton wool pad and the product after cleansing my skin felt the same, if not a little dryer than before. It felt just like i had wiped water on my face. I didnt see or feel any notable difference.
The following day after use i awoke with two large painful spots on my cheeks. This is a place i never get spots! At first i didnt put it down to the toner so i continued to use it for a few days, i then started to breakout on my forehead. It wss when i started getting a few spots under my jawline when i put it down to this product.
I dont really understand why this product broke me out as it doesnt contain much of anything but it did. My skin felt slightly drier than usual and it didnt seem to have any real benefits, it just felt too much like water.
I will not be repurchasing this product.
Taking care of your skin can be hard work and I find that to get the best results I have to vary my skincare routine. I always use a toner after cleansing and have tried various types to suit different requirements, but more recently I have been looking to cut back on my beauty spending. I came across this Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing Vitamin Enriched Toner in Boots, where it is available for the reasonable RRP of £2.99 for a 200ml bottle. I took advantage of a special offer where I could get two products from the Garnier skincare range for £4.00, and so made a small saving here as well.
Product description: "If you have sensitive skin or your skin feels fragile when cleansing, this toner is an ideal daily way to tone, soothe and refresh your skin to help achieve a more beautiful complexion. Dermatologically tested. Enriched with soothing water lily extract, its formula with no perfume, no alcohol and no colourants, removes any remaining impurities (make-up, pollution...). Your skin feels clean, soothed and toned."
The toner comes in a pale blue tinted plastic bottle which allows you to see the level of liquid left inside. It has a flip-top lid which reveals a small hole underneath which is what you use to dispense the toner. The toner itself does not seem to have any colour or fragrance to it. It has a light liquid consistency which flows easily from the bottle, and I would recommend being gentle here to avoid any excess splashing out and overloading your cotton pad.
Recommended directions for use: Every day after removing your make-up, use cotton wool to apply the soothing toner to your face. Leave to dry naturally.
Toning is a necessary step between cleansing and moisturising. To use this I simply apply directly onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over my face until all of my skin has been covered. This toner feels very gentle on the skin, just like using clear water, and it does leave my skin feeling cool and refreshed as it removes any last traces of make-up. I have combination skin with an oily T-zone but normal skin elsewhere, and can be prone to small outbreaks of spots and sensitivity. This toner does not seem to help balance my skin like others I have previously used, possibly because it does not appear to close or minimise my pores and so this can lead to skin becoming more oily. I cannot say that using this product has helped to improve my skin tone in any way, and it feels like it has very little effect when I am applying it. I have not seen any visible results during the time that I have used this toner as part of my skincare routine. I would say that this toner does not really offer anything and it seems to provide no greater results than if I had just wiped my face with a splash of plain old cold water instead.
Overall I cannot recommend this toner. Maybe the lowly one-star rating seems a bit harsh, as it did not have any negative effect, but in all honesty it seemed pretty pointless to use this product when it offered me no benefits, and I wouldn't buy it again. I think I got what I paid for here, and it simply does not deliver any results.