What it is: Marcelle‘s AC Solution Toner
The bad: After using this for about a month, and then giving it to my sister to try out for another month, I think we can solidly say one thing — this doesn’t help with our acne. It also doesn’t smell great, though it is bearable for both of us, and the scent fades quickly. And I’m not a fan of the packaging; in fact, I affixed a pump-bottle top to this to make things easier for myself! It just felt a little too clunky, flipping it upside down all the time.
The good: Dont’ panic; this toner certainly redeems itself! While it’s not the most fun to put on, and it doesn’t make the skies open up and shine down on you, it helps a ton with midday oiliness. After using it for a week or two, both Ri and I noticed our t-zones didn’t get as slick as they normally do. It didn’t dry us out or “patchify” our skin in the process, so I was pretty happy with it!
AQUA/WATER/EAU, ALCOHOL DENAT., BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, GLYCERETH-18 ETHYLHEXANOATE, GLYCOLIC ACID, ISOCETETH-20, CITRIC ACID, SALICYLIC ACID, ZINC GLUCONATE, ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER WATER, ARGININE, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, ENANTIA CHLORANTHA BARK EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, OLEANOLIC ACID, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATER
The verdict? We liked (and are still liking) this toner, and I’d recommend it to someone with normal to very slightly oily skin! However, if you have very oily or very acne-prone skin and you’re looking for miracles… I don’t think you’ll find them here. It’s a very solid skincare staple item in my books, but it’s not the be-all-end-all.