Korres Pomegranate Toning Lotion - review


I bought this toner a while ago and I've almost finished it now so it's definitely time to review it before it's gone for good.

While I think it's ok, it hasn't done much for me and I'm looking forward to finishing it. It doesn't tone well and I also don't feel that it cleans that last layer of gunk from my face like my other toners do. Still, it's not awful and it hasn't been a pain to use, so that's something. 

Korres claims/product details:

  • A daily exfoliating toner that dissolves dirt, debris and excess oil while promoting a tight, smooth, shine-free and almost pore-less complexion
  • Powered by a concoction of hardworking botanicals, this exfoliating toner is a must-have addition to your daily skincare regime 
  • At the heart of this fluid formulation is pomegranate extract - a powerful antioxidant loaded with tannins, polyphenols and vitamins a, c and e - that works to minimise the appearance of pores
  • Also present are natural astringents witch hazel water and alpine willowherb extracts, which act in harmony to impart a beautiful matte finish 
  • Exfoliating salicylic acid acts to minimise congestion
  • RRP $32 AUD for 200ml


This product is ok but it's not great and I personally wouldn't recommend it.

It's a standard toner that comes in a bottle with a hole in the top, through which you dispense product. It has a light, fresh and fruity scent that I'm not aware of unless I smell the bottle, so the fragrance shouldn't bother most people.

I've been using mine every morning and on alternate evenings for three months now, and I've almost finished my bottle so I've definitely used it enough to make a call on whether or not it works for me. It doesn't really. Indeed, it doesn't do much for me at all.

I apply it on a cotton pad and run it over my skin after cleansing, and what I notice is that it doesn't feel like it's doing much. Indeed, it feels like plain old water on the skin and I need to apply a reasonable amount in order to get that last layer of grime from my face, which of course means that I'm getting through the bottle rather quickly.

It also doesn't cut through grime well and although some dirt comes off on the pad, it's not as effective as other toners I've used (including much cheaper ones) so I wouldn't go back to it. Plus my skin doesn't feel toned or refined after use, and while I agree that the product isn't drying, I don't think it's hydrating either. For me, it just feels like plain old water on the skin.

On the claims: no I don't think it exfoliates or leaves me with a tight, smooth or shine-free complexion; no I don't think it minimises the appearance of pores; and no I don't think it gives me a matte finish or minimises congestion (indeed, I've had more blemishes than usual while I've been using this).

Overall I don't think this is a terrible product but it doesn't do much for me so I can't recommend it and I wouldn't repurchase it. Two toners I would recommend instead are the Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner (reviewed here) and the Blessed by Nature Hydrating Mist Toner (reviewed here), both of which are significantly cheaper than this one and are also a lot more effective.

Not for me.

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