Suki Balancing Day Lotion - review


I finished the day lotion in this kit yesterday, so it was timely to review it. It's probably my least favourite item in the kit, but that's mainly because it's too light for my dry skin. I also don't like the smell of this product, but more on that later.

As mentioned in previous posts on this kit, I didn't realise when I bought it that it's designed for oily/combination skin. Ooops! Happily we're in Queensland at the moment so my skin isn't as dry as usual (I would almost call it 'normal'), plus I'd had a few blemishes and this kit is designed for that, so I've been able to make good use of the set while we're away.

Suki claims/product details:
  • The ultimate weightless everyday hydrator for those struggling with overly active, problem skin and for anyone in search of lasting moisture without a greasy feel
  • Suki's stabilised TLC salicylic acid™ from white willow is highly concentrated and deeply penetrating to address the underlying causes of chronically problematic skin, as well as to treat combo to oily and mature skin types 
  • Addresses problem skin, redness and swelling, mild blemishing, clogged and enlarged pores, plus other oil-control challenges
  • Visibly calms and soothes skin problems, helps you achieve the appearance of a balanced, healthy complexion (pH, bacteria and sebum production), as well as long term clarity
  • To use: after misting toner, gently massage one to two pumps into face and décolleté
  • For combination to oily skin
  • Available in the Violet Box shop
  • RRP $47.95AUD for 30ml


Rosa centifolia (provence rose) concentrate†, alcohol (from sugar cane denatured with lavender oil)†, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil†, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil†, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil†, cera alba (beeswax)†, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil†, salix alba (willow) bark extract, anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, cetearyl alcohol, acacia senegal gum, vigna aconitifolia (moth bean) seed extract, corylus avellana (hazelnut) seed oil†, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil†, echinacea purpurea (echinacea) flower extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, tocopherol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower/leaf extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf powder†, matricaria recutita (german chamomile) flower oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, squalane, lecithin, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, sodium borate, fragrance (parfum)*, linalool*, citronellol*, geraniol*, limo- nene*, farnesol*, citral*, eugenol*.

*components of 100% pure natural fragrance and/or steam-distilled/cold-pressed essential oils
†certified organic total organic content: 26.9%
contains botanicals which make up our TLC technology™, calming complexion complex™ & sebum equalising complex™


I'll start out by mentioning again that my skin is dry, so it's no wonder that this product (which is designed for oily/combo skin) isn't heavy enough for me. Having said that, it's still a nice lotion that I've been able to use in conjunction with the facial oil included in the kit, so my skin hasn't suffered at all - indeed, it has improved.

Just briefly, I mentioned in my review of the toner (see here) that I hated its smell: this product smells even worse, although fortunately the scent isn't as strong as the toner so it's easier to live with. It has the same chamomile smell of the toner, layered with something sour that reminds me of rotten fruit. I wouldn't buy this lotion for that reason alone, because it detracts from my enjoyment of the product. Do note though that I've seen others call the smell 'faint' and 'pleasant', so of course this comes down to personal opinion, just like everything else.

I like the glass packaging and the pump top allows for easy and controlled application. Indeed, I may well keep all the little bottles from this set and reuse them because they're handy travel sizes and I think they're quite sweet.

On the product, it's a lightweight lotion that absorbs in the blink of an eye. My skin drinks it up so much that I need to apply more of it than I do a standard day cream. The instructions say to use one or two pumps: I need five. This has of course meant that I've moved through the bottle all too quickly, so it's not good value for me - but it might be for someone who has oily skin and needs to use much less of it to get an effect.

What I like about this is that it doesn't clog pores or cause breakouts, and has helped my skin clear up in the space of two weeks. I also think it does something towards addressing redness and swelling. My skin has visibly improved since using this kit - my blemishes have all but gone, my face appears brighter and more even in tone, and my skin feels smoother - and all this has been achieved in a short space of time! 

On the claims I haven't touched on yet: I do think it's a weightless product that doesn't leave a greasy feel; it definitely helps problematic skin, addressing blemishes and redness; my pores are definitely less clogged and less apparent when I look in the mirror; and my complexion does look more balanced.

Do note that I put all these benefits down to the kit as a whole, so I can't comment on whether each individual product - including this one - can perform these functions when used alone or combined with products from different brands.

This lotion is on the expensive side; however if you only need a small amount, the bottle should last for ages. As mentioned, I need to use more than suggested to get any effect. One or two pumps just doesn't cut it: my skin drinks it up so quickly that this amount isn't enough for my whole face, let alone my neck and dec. So this isn't a good value product for me, but it probably is for someone with oily skin who doesn't need to use so much of it. I'd love to try the moisturisers designed for dry skin, so I'm on the look-out for a kit that's more suitable for my skin.

Also, my skin is sensitive and none of the products in this kit have irritated it, so that's a huge plus. While I was initially annoyed with myself that I hadn't seen this kit was geared towards oily skin, I'm now quite pleased because another kit mightn't have cleared my face up and addressed the redness around my nose.

I would definitely recommend this, particularly if you have blemishes that need targeting, and you shouldn't need to wait long to see an effect.

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