Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant-Rich Gentle Toner - review

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This is one of those products that I've been using for ages but I've never really 'noticed', which tells me that it's neither very good nor very bad.

I always keep one gentle toner on hand to alternate with the glycolic treatments I use to keep my skin looking its best, and this is the product I've been using for the last few months. While it's done its job because it doesn't irritate my dry, sensitive skin, I also feel that it hasn't added anything to my routine and I don't look forward to using it as I do other products, so I won't be repurchasing it. 


Antipodes claims/product details:
  • Replenish nutrients with the Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant-Rich Gentle Toner
  • Pure New Zealand Waiwera artesian water, high in natural minerals and voted 'World's Best Water', offers hydration and moisture balance to sensitised skins
  • Raspberry extract - high in omegas - helps strengthen stressed and delicate skin while soothing skin irritated by environmental aggressors
  • Mamaku black fern, rich in antioxidants, assists with healthy cell proliferation
  • Dermatologically approved for sensitive skin
  • RRP $32 AUD for 100ml, but do shop around


Verdict

This is an ok product but I don't think it's worth the $32 AUD price-tag and I won't be repurchasing it. Thankfully I picked mine up at half-price during one of Priceline's skincare sales, and I can now see why this was one of only two products left in the Antipodes section: it's ok but it's not Antipodes' best.

It's a lightweight, watery liquid that smells faintly of roses in a natural way. It's not your traditional toner in the sense that you're meant to spray it over your face (as opposed to applying it to a makeup pad), although I must admit that I eventually resorted to using it on a makeup pad because one of the functions of toners for me is to remove any last bit of gunk from my face that my cleanser may have missed, and you need a makeup pad for that. Note, though, that I noticed no difference in efficacy or enjoyment when I used it as a spray or on a pad.

While I did find this refreshing, soothing and hydrating when applied, the sensation was gone very quickly after use - and the same thing happened when I used it over makeup throughout the day to freshen my face and add hydration. Yes it worked, but only briefly and so would water so I wouldn't recommend it for that purpose.

On that, unfortunately the spray isn't fine enough for my personal tastes, so if I apply this over makeup I end up with little visible droplets everywhere and I don't like that - particularly because 'thicker' sprays can sometimes leave bare dots on your face where they've 'lifted/dissolved' your makeup, and this sometimes happened to me when I used this. I hate that!

As a toner it was ok - yes it was gentle and didn't irritate, so it therefore made an ok product to use on non-glycolic days - but it also didn't wow me. It's not super refreshing; it doesn't noticeably tone my skin; and it doesn't remove gunk particularly well either. 

It does hydrate briefly, but as mentioned above, the hydration this provides doesn't last and I'd be spritzing it all day if I relied on this for hydration. The best thing about this product for me is that it's soothing and cooling when applied, but you can say that of plenty of things and it's not enough for me to give this a good review.

All in all, I don't mind this product but I wouldn't recommend it either.


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