When I first received this, I couldn’t understand what could make this toner worth $44.00. This was in line with brands like Fresh, Guerlain, and Shiseido. After cleansing my skin, applying it to a cotton ball, and swiping it on my face, something just wasn’t “right.” This was a huge mistake on my part! The Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Essence Boost is not “just a toner.”
When I looked at the instructions, wow- was I wrong! You are supposed to apply five drops to the palm of your hand, and smooth it all over your face, neck, and décolleté. Oops. This is why it is called an “essence” rather than a “toner.” While a toner usually serves to remove traces of makeup and impurities left behind, an essence does much more. An essence is actually a skin treatment in and of itself, as it adds nutrients to the skin.
Considering Koh Gen Do’s Oriental Plants Lotion is $99.00 and Shiseido’s Eudermine Essence is $79.00, Clarisonic’s Essence is a steal at $44.00. The Clarisonic essence contains several great ingredients, my favorites being Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid. My biggest complaint with this product is that alcohol was the fifth ingredient listed. With so many alcohol-free formulas on the market to compete with, I feel like this could have been left out.
Despite the alcohol content, this was non-irritating and it did provide a nice amount of moisture without being sticky. If you’d like a good treatment essence without spending a fortune, you may want to try this!
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Essence Boost retails for $44.00 for 8 oz.