Review: Muji (Sensitive Skin) Light Toning Water – High Moisture

Where to purchase: Available on LINK

Price: £ 16.22 

Volume: 200ml

Made in: Japan

What is it?: A Toner aimed at sensitive skins, providing ”high moisture”

Brand Description: ”Using natural water from Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. This water protects and fully moisturises sensitive skin that is prone to drying. It also contains skin protecting ingredients such as Portulaca Oleracea extract, grapefruit seed extract and Hyaluronic Acid.” (From the Muji Website).

Supposedly Good for: Sensitive, Dry skin

What I think: Dehydrated skins of any skin type – in particular oily skins (as this is so lightweight). And those in hot and humid weather. I do agree sensitive skins can use this. I wouldn’t really recommend this for dry skins (usually prefer a thicker texture).

NOTE: My Review of the Sensitive Skin – Muji Light Toning Water (Light) is HERE as these products are very similar!


Packaging: Plastic Bottle with a Metal Screw Top Lip. It also has a safety plastic nib at the top to prevent this water, lightweight water from spilling all over the place when you apply it. I find that this still dispels a lot of product, so don’t shake too hard or hold upside down for too long!

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Directions: ”After washing your face, apply a small amount to your hand or a cotton wool pad, and blend into the whole face.” – From the Muji Website.

How I use it: I use this to wipe off excess dirt from the skin after regular cleansing or water cleansing. I look to use a very basic toner to do this so I can really drench a cotton pad and do this. I can use this both in the AM and PM.

Key Ingredients: Allantoin: Soothing and Sodium Hyaluronate: skin-identical ingredient, moisturiser/humectant and Purslane Extract: Soothing + Antioxidant. Interestingly, Muji state that Lipidure R (Polyquaternium-51) is highly moisturising.

Full Ingredients: Water, DPG, Glycerin, PEG-32, Diglycerin, Glycosyl trehalose, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Sodium hyaluronate, Allantoin, Grapefruit seed extract, Polyquaternium-51, Purslane extract, BG, Phenoxyethanol, PCA-Na, Sodium citrate, Citric acid.

Compared to the Light Toning Water ”Light Moisture”: Water, DPG, Glycerin, PEG-32, Glycosyl Trehalose, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea) Extract

So Overall: You can see there isn’t a huge difference between the Light Moisture Version and the High Moisture Version. The High Moisture Version has Sodium Hyaluronate added (for added hydration / moisture) and Diglycerin (also for extra hydration / moisture). So yes, the High Moisture version unsurprisingly is more moisturising than the light moisture version. so personally if I had to choose, I would go for the high moisture over the light moisture BECAUSE They both have an almost indistinguishable texture, might as well go for the more hydrating formula.


Texture: This literally feels like water. It doesn’t feel thick and runs down the hand/skin. It doesn’t take long to absorb, it layers absolutely fine under skincare and makeup. It doesn’t provide any refreshing / cooling or luxurious finish to the skin. It just feels like water to me.


Hopefully you can see how watery this product is.


Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / Essential oils – this has no smell either.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes absolutely fine.

How long have I been using this?: About 2 months and will continue until completion.

The Effect?: Very lightly hydrated skin that’s prepped for the next step of one’s skincare routine! No irritation either.

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What I like:

  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • Good to use when my skin is sensitised / irritated
  • No added fragrance / essential oils
  • Very lightweight
  • Fast absorbing
  • Easy to spread
  • Can move onto the next step of the routine quickly
  • Good under makeup
  • I like the addition of both allantoin and sodium hyaluronate (i.e. this isn’t just pure water)
  • Good to just swipe off excess dirt + debris from the face so I can move onto more ”impressive” toners / serums i.e. I feel like I can use a lot of this and not feel like I’m wasting precious skin-changing product.

What I don’t like:

  • Not very hydrating
  • Not very moisturising
  • Not a luxurious texture and no ‘refreshing’ feeling (very basic)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.8/5 – A very basic toner. Very simple. It doesn’t feel luxurious and doesn’t provide a nice glide onto the skin, and also doesn’t make a cotton pad slide over the skin (cotton pad may still feel scratchy on the skin).

I like it to remove excess dirt of the face after cleansing or simple water cleansing. I feel like I can use a lot of product and not feel like I’m wasting a precious toner loaded with peptides + Niacinamide, etc.

Also this is so lightweight, it’s perfect to do the job I want it to do. It’s not an exciting or skin-changing toner, but I think those who have sensitised/irritated skin, or use toners the way I do, this should be adequate (not mind-blowing)! I also think those who live in hot and humid weather and who can’t use thick, heavy toners – this does have a suitably light texture.

Would I repurchase?: I would as it’s useful as a basic toner to swipe excess dirt from the face i.e. it does the job I need it to do. I would definitely purchase it over the light moisture version of this toner.

Dupe?: The Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner I think is a nice upgrade to a regular toner and also has the exact same texture – Link HERE

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated 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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