Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
COSRX’S Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner avoids the pitfalls many of its competitors have – but still doesn’t quite attain greatness, so you’re settling for almost-there if your goal is a truly well-rounded toner.
Packaged in a lightly frosted plastic bottle with a flip-top cap, this fluid toner is lightweight and absorbs quickly, giving skin a plumped look and feel. This texture makes it good for all skin types.
The star ingredients here are propolis extract (a by-product of honey production), and honey itself. Both are worthy ingredients because they condition skin – making it look and feel smoother – plus function as antioxidants. Acting as supporting ingredients are hydration-enhancing betaine, antioxidant sicklepod extract, and skin-conditioning panthenol.
As far as toners go, this fragrance-free liquid isn’t the most advanced formula around, but we’re glad to see a toner that skips the harsh ingredients you find in many products in this category!
A final note: because of its semi see-through packaging, this needs to be stored away from natural light to preserve the integrity of its antioxidant ingredients.
- Lightweight texture is suitable for all skin types.
- Absorbs quickly.
- Contains hydrating and antioxidant ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Lightly frosted packaging needs to be stored out of natural light.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
A toner that contains 72.6% of Black bee Propolis extract and 10% Honey extract which will make your skin glowy and smooth.
COSRX is one of a growing number of Korean beauty brands – a category known by many simply as K Beauty – that’s gaining a foothold in the Western cosmetics world. COSRX got its start in 2014, though it’s essentially an offspring of older “sister” brands, including C20 and Gatzmen, which have longer-standing histories in the Korean market. As the story goes, COSRX came about after the parent company compiled a decade’s worth of research based on customer data and beauty consumer research.
The brand name, as you might have guessed, is a mash-up of “cosmetics” and “RX” (for prescription), and illustrates COSRX’s overall philosophy. Whereas some other K-beauty brands are known for whimsical packaging and brightly-colored products, CosRX’s focus is minimalistic packaging and products designed to target specific skin care concerns, each highlighted by active ingredients.
To that end, the brand is largely successful. Most of the packaging is designed to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients, though there are some jars in the mix. The formulas focus on active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta hydroxy acid (though it should be noted, COSRX uses BHA derivatives, since salicylic acid’s use is restricted in Korea).
Most of the exfoliants are formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation, which is between 3 and 4, and are fragrance free. Unfortunately there are some formulas that include natural ingredients that can potentially sensitize skin, including pine and cedar extracts, and anise fruit extract – proof once again that natural isn’t always better! Some products also contain drying alcohol, which is interesting since other products are specifically advertised as being “alcohol-free.”
Overall, this line is worth considering, especially if you prefer a more targeted approach to skin care that focuses on science rather than trends. For more information, visit cosrx.kr, the brand’s official Korean site. COSRX is available for purchase at several U.S. and online retailers, including Ulta, Amazon, and SokoGlam.
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