In general on this blog, I try to review things that people haven’t heard much about, that don’t have many independent reviews, because I feel like my review is more helpful that way in helping people to decide which products they want to purchase. But today, I’m reviewing a product that already has a big following and a ton of rave reviews, the cult classic kbeauty product, Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. And as much as I wish I had a completely unique point of view on this product, I must grudgingly admit that much like most of the reviews out there, I really liked the Klairs toner.
I was generously sent this toner to review for free by Wishtrend.
Klairs Supple Preparation Toner Review
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Copper Tripeptide-1
There’s a lot to love in this ingredient list. Deeply hydrating sodium hyaluronate, soothing centella extract, and brightening licorice root extract, vitamins C and E, as well as a host of other skin conditioning extracts. This toner is full of pretty much all the ingredients I look for in skincare products, and it’s amazing they all work together in this formula as well as they do!
There are some potentially irritating oils near the end of the list, such as citrus and lavender oils which can bother some people, and be aware if there are any other ingredients that you’re sensitive to.
Texture and scent
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is a clear liquid that’s contained in a brown plastic apothecary style bottle (you know how I love my apothecary!). It is actually quite viscous, almost like a serum rather than a toner. It is slightly thicker than either the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner or the Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion. It’s thick enough, and moisturizing enough, that I really think of this as more of an essence than a straight toner.
The Klairs toner has an herbal scent that is quite pleasant and not too strong. It’s sometimes not quite what I want to smell first thing in the morning, but really, no complaints in the fragrance department.
Where this toner shines for me is in the absorption and hydration. Despite being alcohol-free, this toner absorbs beautifully, soaking deeply into my skin as I pat it in. It doesn’t absorb lightning fast, but it absorbs almost completely, leaving my skin plumped and hydrated but with no stickiness or residue. My skin feels noticeably softer and more hydrated when I use the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, and I even use it as a lotion mask on my forehead to plump up any fine lines there (I just soak some cotton pads and stick them on my forehead).
One thing to note is that I DO need to seal the toner in with a thicker cream or occlusive oil. While it absorbs and hydrates remarkably well, it doesn’t KEEP the moisture in, so I definitely need to add layers on top to prevent the hydration from evaporating.
I find this toner incredibly soothing, although with the many extracts in it, I can see some people having a sensitivity to something in the ingredient list. For me though, I’ve had no irritation and this is one of the toners I reach for if my skin is feeling extra dehydrated or over-exfoliated.
I find myself recommending the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner over and over when people ask me what hydrating toner I suggest. That in itself speaks volumes. You can almost use this as your sole toner/essence/serum step, it’s THAT hydrating, and just apply cream over top. On top of that, the price is really affordable (about $20), and I really think that, short of potentially reacting to some of the extracts, this would make the list of my best buys.
Buy It At
Wishtrend for $21.99
Wishtrend is currently running a promotion where you can get a free mini Klairs toner with certain purchases.
Amazon Prime for $19.90 (sold by Wishtrend, fulfilled by Amazon)
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