Pore Toner Balm
e.l.f.’s Pore Toner Balm isn’t a terrible product, per se – it’s just one that can’t work as claimed, landing it in the “why bother?” category.
The hook for this toner is that instead of being a traditional liquid or lotion, it comes in stick form, supposedly increasing its convenience so it can be used on-the-go. Its balmy texture quickly “melts” when it contacts skin, making it spreadable. Although this spreads well, it also absorbs quickly, so it doesn’t provide much hydration, as toners (even those designed for oily skin) should.
e.l.f. claims that this purifies pores, but there’s simply no ingredients included that will help in that regard, such as niacinamide or salicylic acid. Using this won’t make the slightest visible difference, so you’ll be disappointed if you’re looking for that benefit.
This does include some soothing green tea extract, and witch hazel extract, which is likely where the pore purifying claims come in. Witch hazel’s tannic properties constrict skin, which can make it seem as though pores are smaller, but it’s a cosmetic effect that doesn’t have a lasting impact. Additionally, those tannins can also sensitize skin (as does the alcohol that’s part of the witch hazel distillation process).
More problematic, this also includes a small amount of fragrance, which puts skin at even more risk for irritation. Our advice? Skip this, and select one of the far better options on our list of best toners and face mists.
- Balmy texture melts quickly into skin.
- Includes soothing green tea extract.
- Doesn’t contain any ingredients that will purify pores.
- Contains a small amount of witch hazel extract, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
- Includes fragrance, which causes additional irritation.
This solid toner stick purifies the pores and instantly tones the complexion with a cool, refreshing application and replaces your liquid toner. The unique stick formula glides over the skin, delivering an immediate dose of lightweight hydration that won't clog your pores. Enriched with Green Tea and Witch Hazel.
e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.
For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!
For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.
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