Rated 4.44 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review refines skin after first use but so gentle
I tried this when I asked the representative at the Kiehl's counter for a "stronger" tonic because I wanted something that would give my face a more matte finish and tighten my pores. I have combination sensitive skin so I feel like i am always sacrificing one element for the other-a product that fights breakouts usually strips my skin and one that doesn't usually causes some whiteheads. I am so glad she recommended this as it is not "strong" in the sense of striping my face but has helped clear up my nose and small blemishes on my cheeks without drying. I love the way this makes my face feel. I generally use it at night and then I use the cucumber tonic during the day as I find it works better under foundation. I LOVE this tonic, I wish I had known about it years ago. Totally worth the price.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not sure why people are saying it's alcohol-free
I bought this toner hoping since the Rare Earth line has become a personal favorite & must-have in my routine. I'd had the Calendula Herbal Alcohol-Free toner first but didn't notice any difference. Upon first opening the bottle I immediately got an immediately strong whiff of alcohol (and yes, I'd shaken it up well). I don't know if the ingredients have changed since some of the other reviews saying it's alcohol-free but it clearly says on the ingredients label that the 2nd ingredient in this is denatured alcohol, which is a mixture of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and additives (the denature process) that, among other things, intentionally creates the unusually strong scent of alcohol. If that is not enough of a deterrent, denatured alcohol is used as fuel for burners and stoves. I'm not completely opposed to alcohol in my toner but it's overpowering here & dries my skin. Disappointed since Rare Earth has so many other great products. Two unsuccessful toners so far. Becoming more and more convinced I don't need a toner, going to try the cucumber one next.
Reviewed by 50 customers Great results
KD from Dallas, to
My skin looks smoother and even toned, I love using this before makeup.
Makes my skin feel great
Dr Sugar from Tampa FL
I use it every morning and night after washing my face and it leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed!!
Not for me
Niki39 from New York，NY
I brought it two months ago, and when I used it, I had a lot of acne. I love other products in kiehls, but not this one.
Does shrink pores
Jen J from San Francisco, CA
After consisting using this product for two weeks I see a major difference in my face. I have a constant natural glow and my pores are visibly smaller. This is the first Kiehl's product I have used and I'm impressed.
Lana from switzerland
I have never really used toners before but this one is amazing. I apply it on a cotton pad all around my face and leaves my face nice and refreshed I use the tonic and the mask and I already see a difference in the pore size
Mfrappx from Seacoast NH
I have super sensitive skin yet I get oily with really enlarged pores because of hormone issues and this stuff is the best! Not only does my skin look amazing it actually feels clean too. Not too drying, I use this daily with the mask 1-2 times a week and the cleanser as well. Must have! Since switching my fiancé even commented on how great my skin looks and my pores have actually shrunk.
Oily skin savior
Hien from Texas
I have acne prone skin and big pores, using this MY PORES HAVE SHRUNK INSANELY! I'm so happy, I haven't noticed oil control yet. We'll see !
Love this product and Kiehl's
Chris from Cleveland TN
I use this after I wash my face it's great because it closes my pores and helps to keep them form getting clogged.
Great for oily skin
Jessica from Dallas, TX
I've only been using this for about 4 days and so far I love it. My face looks smoother and stays less oily longer. I only use it the morning and use my palms to apply as directed on the bottle. At night I use the ultra facial oil free toner. I'd definitely want to dry the mask.
Pretty Awesome Toner
TigrKelly from Tulsa, OK
I love that this has clay in it! I have oily, acne prone skin and this is refreshing and leaves a matte finish.
Skin like porcelain
FatMermaid from Chicago
I absolutely love this toner. It gently rubs off an makeup left over after cleansing, sweeps the gunk out of my pores, and lets my skin feeling luscious and ready for serums and moisturizer. I've tried many toners and this is my Goldilocks!
freshem from undisclosed
Very much prefer the classic ultra toner from Kiehls, this product was ok, but nothing special. I really did not like how liquidy it was compared to Ultra Toner.
Should have tried this sooner!
AllieM from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
So I?m 27 with sensitive and combination skin. Recently I tried the birth control arm implant and it gave me moderate acne along my jawline. I have been trying all my tricks to calm it ( I?m allergic to most skin care) but nothing was taming it.
I decided to give this toner a try since I love the mask so much. I have been using this for a week, morning and night. It has controlled my oil production significantly. Usually I put my makeup on by 7am and am oily by noon but since using this, I don?t need to blot till about 4pm! As far as my acne goes, it has definitely calmed down and the bumps are starting to disappear.
For the claims of pore size reduction, that has yet to be determined. Pore size is genetic so I don?t expect them to magically disappear. I?m totally happy with the oil control.
Make sure to shake the bottle well before application. I?ve also used my midnight recovery on top of this and everything is still fine.
not the best.
HannahB from undisclosed
I brought this toner sometimes last year but only had recently started using it daily. I was drawn to this toner because of what the company claimed it does and how raving the reviews were. Unfortunately I haven't seen much much transformation or seen result that the toner claimed to do. First thing I notice was the smell, it has a strong alcohol scent, but it soon dissipate. Second, it leaves a white residue on some spot when dries, but I guess it is due to clay.
While this toner helped controlled and mattified my oily T-zone, I see no difference in my pore size nor has it helped clean out the pores.
Another great performance
CharliesAngel from Arizona
As I wrote in my review of the Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, when used together with this toner, say goodbye to enlarged pores, save time by foregoing foundation application, say hello to a fresh and youthful face.
where did my pores go?!
Clancy from Long Beach, CA
I almost never write a review, but this toner calls for it. I have dry skin, but struggle with big dirty looking pores. I wash my face twice daily and take really good care of it, so its frustrating that I hadn't found something that really scrubs and shrinks my pores. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND IT! I hope to never be without this toner. I love it so so so much and my sin has never looked better.
Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic
Smileyy182 from undisclosed
This toner did not help at all! Very disappointed :(
Mainah from Maine
I have for a long time loved the rare earth mask, as well as the lotion. I have normal/ combination skin with large pores. I received this as a gift back in march and I was hesitant. My previous experience with toners was not a positive one- they all left my skin feeling dry and as if it was going rip open any any time. THIS CHANGED MY LIFE. I don't want to go even a day with out having this in my routine. Alone it makes my skin feel soft and fresh, minimizes my pores, and leaves my skin with a nice matte finish. It is a great base product for my Kiehls routine- day and night. I have a about a 1/4 of a bottle left and am purchasing more because I do not want to go even a day with out it.
I have huge pores due...
terribleskinissues from NY
I have huge pores due to constant acne and breakouts over many years and I tried this with out much expectation but boy, I am delightedly surprised. I am using the toner with rare earth mask and my pores actually seem smaller now and my skin feels cleaner. I am almost done with my first bottle and buying it again!
Chip from undisclosed
This is the best product in my collection! This tonic noticeably minimizes pore size and rids of dirt in just a few days time. Its application is easy and the step by step instructions are wonderful, especially for newcomers. My skin feels tighter and clearer and I would hate to run out of this product ad not have it even for a day.
Pretty good toner!
Ligo from Boston, MA
I started using this toner to address my large pores -- and this product definitely did the trick! I got noticeable compliments on the suppleness of my skin and the tightness of my pores.
I also noticed fewer small breakouts and acne. Clearer fresher skin all around. I think it also evened out my skin tone. This product did a lot of great things for me!
One drawback: I feel like it dried my skin in dryness-prone areas
It's Good, But Not For Me...
nford from Portland, OR
I like the idea of this toner; however, I personally don't have oily enough skin to fully benefit from this toner. It's great if you are looking for that matte finish and to not feel dry after.
You'll notice the clay pools to the bottom of this bottle, so you'll want to shake it up before you use it. Also, don't use a cotton pad to apply this toner, as the cotton pad will soak the clay particles up and be useless to your skin.
Magic in a Bottle
CherOhio from Ohio
I didn't think that my oily skin with very large pores could ever appear to be matte...until I tried this toner. I am using it with the facial wash and I am having amazing results. Despite being in my 40's, I never outgrew my oily skin. My makeup now goes on smoothly and I can go all day without shiny skin. Best of all, My pores no longer look like tiny swimming pools on my cheeks.
EmilyR from Chapel Hill, NC
I wanted this to love this..mainly because I read some great reviews. Nothing special for me.. and the cost didn't make it worth it. If it works for you awesome..
Interesting... and amazing!
littlerager from undisclosed
I sampled the Rare Earth Tonic on the back of my hand while trying to waste time at an airport. Much to my surprise, the patch on my hand where I had put it still felt different from the rest of my hand hours later. Matte, but not dry. I was impressed enough that I bought a bottle and I absolutely LOVE it. Along with the Rare Earth Cleanser it has helped to clear a ton of black heads out of the unfortunately large pores that I have on my face. It keeps the shine away all day long. It has only a light smell of alcohol to it. There's no burn or discomfort. As long as the bottle gets a good shake to mix the clay around, it's pretty hard to make it uneven. And it's great under make-up if you're into powders only - I don't know about cream foundations. I can't say thank you enough to Kiehl's for creating this incredible product!