Vanilla Milk Toner
Kylie Skin’s Vanilla Milk Toner avoids most of the pitfalls of traditional toners, though there are a couple of missteps that keep it from earning a higher rating.
Housed in an opaque plastic bottle (which is great for protecting its most beneficial ingredients from light exposure) this toner has a soothing, milky texture that applies easily, providing lightweight hydration that’s best for those with normal to combination skin. It sinks in quickly, drying down to a finish that leaves skin feeling softer, not sticky.
We’re happy to say that unlike many other toners, this one doesn’t contain harsh, astringent ingredients (think witch hazel, alcohol, or menthol), and instead includes nourishing, non-fragrant (and antioxidant-rich) plant extracts and oils, including apricot, apple, avocado, sweet almond, and kiwi. They’re welcome additions that can help skin look smoother and rejuvenated, although they aren't present in particularly high concentrations.
The big drawback here is the inclusion of a small amount of fragrance, and the fragrance ingredients linalool and benzyl salicylate. They’re what give this toner its vanilla scent, as there’s no actual vanilla in the formula. No matter how pleasant the smell might be (and this does smell good), fragrance in any form puts skin at risk of irritation.
Another note: this product’s claims say it can help reduce the appearance of pores, but it doesn’t contain a single ingredient that works in this manner. Instead, we recommend instead a BHA exfoliant, or a booster or serum product containing niacinamide.
These caveats aside, this toner mostly gets it right – we just wish they’d left out the fragrance! See our list of best face toners for fragrance free options.
- Milky texture works well for normal to combination skin.
- Smooths and hydrates skin without a sticky feel.
- Includes nourishing, non-fragrant, antioxidant plant extracts and oils.
- Packaged to protects its beneficial ingredients.
- Includes fragrance and fragrance ingredients, which put skin at risk for irritation.
- Cannot unclog or minimize pores as claimed.
Our gentle alcohol-free facial toner helps replenish the look and feel of your skin. It is formulated with avocado oil, kiwi seed oil and apple extract to help soothe, tone and restore natural hydration. This toner helps unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores.
As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.
Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.
To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).
Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.
The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.
Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.
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