Review: Geek & Gorgeous 101 – Liquid Hydration Toner

Where to purchase: Available at the Geek & Gorgeous Website: LINK

Price: £6.28

Volume: 110 ml

Made in: Hungary

What is it?: A lightweight, hydrating, watery toner containing 5% Panthenol and Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF).

What does it do?: Aims to Hydrate and Soothe the Skin.

Aims to: Tackle Dehydrated, Sensitive + Sensitised Skin.

Supposedly Good for: All skin types including sensitive skin. This is also recommended for those using strong actives i.e. Benzoyl Peroxide + Tretinoin) to help dry, irritated skin.

What I think: This contains Lactic Acid – so I wouldn’t recommend it to sensitised skin. Sensitive skins could use this and Dehydrated and Oily Skins would appreciate this lightweight texture.

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Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 2 years from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)

pH: 4.5-5 (slightly acidic but this doesn’t sting sensitive (only sensitised) skins.

Packaging: Plastic bottle with a flip-top cap and a dispenser to prevent over-pouring product. I really like this bottle as it’s sturdy and easy to dispense.

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Directions: Apply after cleansing in the AM and PM (can be applied with a cotton pad or the fingers). If using an exfoliating toner, then use the exfoliating liquid first (i.e. Cheer up or Calm Down).

How I use it: I use this in the PM mostly after cleansing. With my Oily-Combo skin, I have found that 1 layer was enough to hydrate my skin.

Key Ingredients: 5% Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) is a Soothing, calming Moisturiser that helps strengthen the skin’s barrier. Also, 5% is a high amount. Allantoin – soothing + skin-protecting. Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF) are compounds found in the skin and help keep the skin hydrated – i.e. Urea, PCA, Sodium PCA, Diglycerin and Lactic Acid. Of course, Lactic Acid provides some Exfoliating benefits (particularly for dry skins) as it’s an AHA.

Full Ingredients: Water, Panthenol, Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Diglycerin, Urea, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Sorbitol, Lysine, PCA, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: The company describes this as a ”fast absorbing, silky liquid” – I would agree that this is fast absorbing and feels just like water. The skin can breathe, this doesn’t have an oily or greasy finish and also doesn’t feel sticky or tacky. It simply runs down the hand when applying.

A transparent, watery liquid that provides mild hydration (not thick and bursting full of watery hydration).

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Easy to spread. The finish isn’t oily or greasy looking either.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes, due to the inclusion of Lactic Acid.

Summer or Winter?: As it’s lightweight, it suits the summer.

Layerable?: Yes!

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Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or EO (this doesn’t smell of anything either).

Good Under Makeup?: Yes!

How long have I been using this?: 2-3 Months

Will I use until Completion?: Yes.

How Long will that take?: Another month of Daily use.

The Effect?: Subtly Hydrated skin. It’s not an intense hydration, but good to use as a skin-prepper before applying serums. This didn’t worsen my skin or irritate it.

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What I like:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • I like the packaging (easy to dispense)
  • Gentle
  • Lightly Hydrating
  • I like that this has added skin-beneficial ingredients and NMFs (i.e. not just water with some centella in it)
  • Didn’t ruin my skin

What I don’t like:

  • Could be seen as quite basic (not intensely hydrating or moisturising for me. No huge skin change).
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9 (nearly a 4)/5 – To me, this is a gently hydrating toner. It’s great for those who want a simple, hydrating toner but want proven skin-hydrating and skin beneficial ingredients. I would say this is an upgraded version of the Soon Jung Toner. It’s an upgrade compared to very basic toners as this has added soothing and hydrating ingredients. It’s not ridiculously hydrating however and doesn’t intensely hydrate or moisturise the skin (Hence why this works for hot + humid weather + oily skins best).

Would I repurchase?: I would if I wanted a basic toner.

Dupe?: The Neogen Essence (I know it’s not a toner) I think is an upgrade (Review HERE) but it is more expensive.

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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One thought on “Review: Geek & Gorgeous 101 – Liquid Hydration Toner

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