I was debating about starting 2018 with a bang and doing an ambitious “Best of 2017” post, and then realized that as much as I enjoyed certain products throughout the year, “best of” adds a whole new set of standards that I am not a fan of categorizing my things into.
Instead, I’m reviewing a product I thought I would love, ended up not, and still liking the results of.
THE WHAMISA GREEN TEA SERUM TONER
The Whamisa Green Tea Serum Toner is a “lightweight, skin–soothing toner and serum all-in-one that instantly floods skin with intense hydration, while imparting antioxidants to treat and refine troubled skin.” It’s formulated with soothing, anti-inflammatory green tea extracts, and features kale and broccoli to “brighten and refine troubled skin with high concentrations of vitamins A and C.”
*insert leslie and kale statement*
It retails for $22 for 4.4 oz. and can be found at Target or Glow Recipe. It actually says 5.07 oz. online, but my bottle says 4.4.
Because you can use this for the “7 Skin Method” where you layer toner on your face 7 times I’ve always considered this more of a toner than a serum, although it did throw me off at first. I wasn’t sure where to put this in my routine, as I still had the Hungarian Water Essence from belif, which feels significantly thinner than this serum toner hybrid. I ended up packing on quite a few layers after my shower, and then hours later I’d finish up with the essence and a moisturizer.
While it doesn’t feel exactly heavy on the skin, it does leave a tacky feeling, and if you end up touching your face afterwards it just makes you want to wash your hands. Sealed with something like Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer (because anything heavier felt like my face would never dry) it’s not so bad. The stickiness isn’t there, although you’ll still want to steer clear of leaning your face into your hands, because there will still be a bit of slip of skin.
One layer does not feel like enough hydration. So if you’re anywhere in the realm of slightly dry, you’re going to end up using a few layers at once, every time you use this. Still, using 4-6 layers every day, I’ve been using this consistently for months, and I’ve still got some product left to go. This will definitely last a long time.
Throughout most of the year my skin is normal, but around fall/winter is when dry patches around my chin start to make themselves known, and it’s usually a pain when they keep coming back despite whatever moisturizer I use. Using this during these past few months has really kept those dry patches at bay, and my skin never feels tight or dry.
I can’t argue with the results, and yet… I also don’t find it pleasant to use. The tackiness it leaves, the amount of time tapping layers into my skin, the smell – which has admittedly gotten less potent as time passed. I know there are other products out there which will do the same as this, but are nicer to use, so while I like the results I won’t be repurchasing.