My attitude to toners in a skincare routine last year could be summed up in my boyfriend’s words: ‘well…if you say so.’ I had heard of them, but didn’t feel a huge need to use them; I had heard about how a lot of toners seemed to leave your skin dry and tight. While I have oily skin, I still didn’t want that dry, tight feeling on my face. Fast forward a year and I’ve tried out a couple of toners. For a lazy girl such as myself, mist toners in particular have really been my saving grace, and I can really tell the difference when I use a moisturiser after toning!
The Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner you may have seen while visiting your local Priceline. It retails for only $9.99 at their store, making it fairly affordable. The 125 ml spray bottle has lasted me about 6 months, and owing to Priceline’s frequent sales, you can easily pick it up for less.
The spray bottle is a lightweight plastic bottle leaving you in no fear of children breaking it or you breaking it. The nozzle could do with a bit of work as the mist is not that fine but honestly, it hardly bothers me. Using it on slightly damp skin after cleansing gives you a slight cooling effect. I light to spray it on my face, wait a minute or two, then use a cotton ball to wipe it over and off my face. As a toner it does what it does and isn’t drying in the least. It does claim to be really hydrating, which I didn’t particularly feel; on particularly dry days I’ve felt no more or less hydration than I usually would feel. They recommend you spritz your face with this to cool yourself, yet I wouldn’t use this without moisturiser because if you let it sit and dry, your face dries out a little too. For it’s price, its good at what it does; but don’t rely on this only for hydration, and certainly apply moisturiser on a face slightly damp with the toner.
Trilogy on the other hand, retails at Priceline for $26.99 for 100 ml of product (I picked it up on a 20% sale + my Priceline Sisterclub voucher). Trilogy has less frequent sales but if you’re lucky you can pick it up on their famous 40% skincare sales. I’ve noticed when they have a sale, it’s the Trilogy toners which are sold out and out of stock the quickest, proving my point that is definitely great.
Going beyond the price, Trilogy comes in a dark frosted glass bottle and is for all skin types like Sukin. It’s kind of heavy, which I don’t like especially in my bathroom and with a clumsy boyfriend around and I’m worried that it might slip out of my damp hands or off the basin. The spray is a much finer mist and has a rosewater scent that the Sukin one doesn’t have. Yet I don’t notice THAT much of a difference between this and Sukin. If you’re a really big fan of scents then you can get this one; I like it but only enough to buy Trilogy on sale. I think I found that the finer mist of Trilogy meant that it absorbed better into my skin rather than having big droplets sitting on the surface. Yet I would still buy Trilogy on sale; leaving Sukin to take over when I run out of Trilogy as the difference between the two is negligible.