RRP: £55 for 200ml
--What does the promo say?--
"The Oil Absorbing Tonic is the vital transition between cleansing and
treatment. Infused with Colloidal Mineral Water, the topical benefits of
this soothing tonic are readily apparent. Creme de la Mer's exclusive Deconstructed Waters™
within the tonic revitalize and enliven the skin with no signs of
dehydration. Anti-irritants delivered through these negatively charged
waters soothe and tone the skin, preparing it to readily receive the
maximum benefits of skincare to follow. The Oil Absorbing Tonic,
formulated for oily or problem skins, is infused with algae extracts to
significantly reduce excess sebum that can lead to adult breakouts."
A translucent turquoise bottle that's topped with a plastic turquoise screw cap. Gently complemented by the pale coral logo, it keeps information to a minimum. The bottle's translucency means you can always see how much is left, which is nice, and the colour scheme ties in well with the brand theme of "la mer".
The Creme de la Mer website says that you should "shake gently to activate tonic. After cleansing, moisten a cotton pad
and gently apply all over face and neck, dabbing in a gentle press and
release motion. Repeat until cotton pad comes away clean." Nothing tricky about this.
Even though the bottle makes the toner seem blue, it doesn't come out blue on the cotton pad, so must be clear. No visible residue is left on the skin.
Smells like it has a high alcohol content. However, it does smell refreshing and this is also reflected in how it feels on your skin on application.
--Texture and consistency--
Even though there is a definite sediment in the bottle before shaking, the toner does not feel grainy in any way, and as stated, feels refreshing.
--Effects on the skin--
Lamentably, I saw no real improvement in my skin as a result of using this product, despite the fact that oiliness was reduced slightly. However, the skin was not irritated in any way and I didn't experience any extra breakouts.
--Value for money--
I bought this toner in the US, where you can pay significantly less depending on the exchange rate (it's $65, which today comes to around £43). However, I expect far better results from a product in this price bracket and would point you to Clinique's anti-blemish solutions toner for a better result and a less ouchy moment at the till.
The Radiant Serum, £450
The Eye Concentrate, £125
Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream, £100