Review: Typology – Soothing Toner 7% Niacinamide

Where to purchase: From the Typology Website HERE

Price: £17.80

Volume: 200ml

What is it?: Toner to help soothe redness and irritation as well as balance the complexion.

The high % of Niacinamide helps reduce redness and soothe skin and refine the skin’s texture. Also helps to re-balance the skin’s pH after face washing. Although I can’t find the pH of this….

Good for: Typology state this is good for all skin types – I would say it’s better for oily/very oily skin in hot and humid weather.

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Directions: ”In the morning and evening, soak a cotton pad with the soothing lotion to apply it onto clean skin while avoiding the eye area. Follow up with your daily serum and day cream.Particles may form at the bottom of the bottle. This is a normal phenomenon linked to the high concentration of active ingredients in the product. Shake your soothing lotion before use.” – Taken from the Typology Website.

How I use it: After cleaning, I saturated a cotton pad and swiped my face with this.

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (7%) – Niacinamide improves the skin barrier and accelerates the healing process (anti-inflammatory) – Rose Centifolia Hydrolate (very fragrant, apparently soothing) – Probiotics (Lactococcus Ferment Lysate) – Lactic Acid Bacteria (Lactococus lactis produce this) – helps maintain a healthy skin flora and promote skin renewal to improve the complexion.

Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenylpropanol, Linalool, Levulinic Acid

NOTE: I am a fan of the Niacinamide, I like Glycerin as a humectant/ But I’m not a fan of rose water, to me it’s quite drying, also not a fan of Geraniol (essential oil and Citronellol). The Lactic acid is a nice touch (some extra exfoliation.

Texture: This is extremely lightweight and pretty much feels like water. It spreads far but I find that this sort of disappears quite quickly and doesn’t leave my skin with a hydrated feel.


Youtube Video: The Texture actually reminds me a lot of the Hada Labo (Old formula) Toner in the Youtube video below here which unlike the Typology, contains alcohol – but both feel astringent-y i.e. evaporates quite quick and feels

The texture reminds me of this Hada Labo product.

Fragrance?: Yes – Citronellol, Geraniol and Rose water provides a scent too.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes because it is like water and dries down fast (I find it also dries out the skin which I guess momentarily reduces the look of pores which could make foundation/base makeup look better).

How long have I been using this?: I used this on and off for about 3 weeks. I couldn’t really handle the fragrance or the sort of drying feeling this product gave me so I had to pack it in after 3 weeks.

The Effect?: I did notice some of the benefits Niacinamide provides (i.e. reduced look of pores) but it could have also been that drying effect I felt.

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What I like:

  • I do think very oily skins would like this and those in hot, humid weather as it feels like it sort of removes excess oil (especially if you use a cotton pad with this to swipe away the dirt and excess sebum).
  • High % of Niacinamide (means you do get that Niacinamide punch here)
  • Large ml
  • I like the packaging – convenient and you can dispense a lot quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Feels sort of like an astringent texture (i.e. quite drying)
  • Addition of Citronellol and Geraniol
  • Not a fan of the fragrance (I find it quite strong)
  • I’m not the biggest fan of rose water (I find it quite drying)
  • Dries down quite quick in a way where it makes my skin feel dry.

Conclusion: Not my favourite toner or my favourite Niacinamide Toner. I do think this is better for those with very oily skins in hot and humid weather i.e. you feel constantly oily – I think this could help alleviate that as it has a sort of astringent feeling on the skin, but for those who are trying to keep all the hydration and water looked into the skin, I don’t know if you’d enjoy this. Also the smell of rose (+ the addition of Citronellol and Geraniol) was so strong it sort of discouraged me from constant use.

Would I Purchase?: No I would not as I find this too drying for my skin and too fragrant. But I do appreciate how big the bottle is and I like the cap (makes it easy to dispense).

Dupe?: The Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner is a dupe HOWEVER the texture of the Good Molecules Toner (Review HERE)

is much thicker (not a water-like texture, but more like a serum and very similar to the Hada Labo Toner review HERE, and Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner – review HERE). However the Good Molecules Toner contains Niacinamide whereas these other two toners do not.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.


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