Review: Aveeno Face Calm and Restore Soothing Toner

Where to purchase: Available at Boots: LINK / Look Fantastic: LINK / and Feel Unique: LINK

Price: £7.99 

Volume: 200ml

Made in: France

What is it? + What does it do?: A toner meant to prep the skin for the next step of skincare. It’s supposed to calm, soothe and hydrate the skin while (if using with a pad) removing any lingering makeup residue and dirt. The addition of prebiotic oat and feverfew (antioxidant) should aid in reducing skin inflammation. It aims to not leave the skin with a tight feeling either.

Supposedly Good for: Normal-Dry + Sensitive Skins

What I think: I would agree as this is a thick toner.

Aveeno Oat Range Swatches + Review


Vegan?: No

Cruelty-Free?: Aveeno sell in China 😦

How long does it last after opening?: 6 Months

Packaging: Plastic bottle which you can squeeze to get product out (quite stiff however). Comes with a flip-top cap (easy to dispense + hard to overly-apply).

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Directions: Shake before use! Can be applied x2 a day. Apply with a cotton pad after cleansing and before a serum. You can use the Aveeno Calm and Restore Oat Cleanser prior to toning.

How I use it: I sometimes apply with a pad (to swipe away excess dirt) or I just use it with the fingers depending on how I feel.

Key Ingredients: Prebiotic Oat (Oat Extract + Colloidal Oatmeal) – these contain Avenanthramides which exhibit antioxidant properties (help calm the skin). Colloidal oatmeal encourages the growth of good bacteria on the skin, which should also help reduce potential inflammation. Oat Oil – rich in lipids (fatty compounds) to help reinforce the skin’s barrier. Ceramides – also help improve the skin’s barrier + prevent water loss.

Feverfew – Antioxidant that helps soothe + protect the skin.

Full Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Flour, Glycereth-26, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Succinoglycan, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: This is a thick toner, like the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. But this also means that 1. When it dries down, it has that tightening sensation 2. It balls up (aggressively) under skincare and makeup and 3. It is emollient and 4. a little goes a long way (you don’t need a lot of product). It is subtly hydrating and it’s moisturising. It does soothe the skin when applied.

Does this feel sticky/tacky once dried down?: Yes.

As you can see, this has a nude colour due to the ingredients.


Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No.

Summer or Winter?: Winter for Oily Skins and all-year-round for Dry Skins.

Layerable?: No.


Video Swatch:

As you can see this has a texture that runs down the hand. It is moisturising and hydrating.

Fragrance?: No added Fragrance or EO (This just smells like oats).

Good Under Makeup?: No. Potential to ball up.

How long have I been using this?: 1 Month.

Will I use until Completion?: No. The balling up was too much for me.

The Effect?: Hydrated + Moisturised Skin + Soothed skin (but the texture is what ruins this product for me, I can’t handle the balling up).

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What I like:

  • Hydrating + Moisturising
  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Gentle + Soothes the Skin
  • You get a lot of product

What I don’t like:

  • Balling up issues (Difficult to wear)
  • Feels sticky and tacky once dried down

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 2/5 – Not a fan of the layering and texture issues and stickiness with this. Wasn’t that pleasant to wear and I didn’t like that tightening feeling once this dried down on the skin. I do like this doesn’t irritate, sting or itch and Dry Skins > Oily Skins, but the wearability wasn’t the greatest for me.

Would I repurchase?: No. But I would repurchase the other products from this line.

Dupe?: A ”fat water” dupe that’s still calming, soothing and hydrating and contains Oat (without the balling up) is the First aid Beauty Wild Oat Toner (Swatches + Review 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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