When Glossier first announced that they were releasing an acid toner that helps with acne/ blemish-prone skin, I knew I had to try it. I have been using Pixi’s Glow Tonic for over a year now and felt like I needed a glycolic acid toner which also combines salicylic acid and niacinamide to help prevent blemishes. Glossier’s Solution also has lactic acid, which is a bonus for me.
I must admit when I first begun using Glossier’s Solution, my sensitive skin did sting. After about a week, it did sting less. It is important to only use this product once a day. I alternate between using this and COSRX’s Blackhead Power just because they do have some rather similar ingredients (i.e.: COSRX contains 4% salicylic acid- which is 8X higher than Glossier’s solution (0.5%) and it also contains Niacinamide). What is troubling about Glossier’s Solution is that we don’t know the exact ratios of the active acids.
Three weeks in of using the product, I still get slight tingling when using the Solution for some reason. Maybe my skin is just a little too sensitive to it. I also notice that when I get a little greedy and use it twice a day, my skin dries out and fine lines look more profound. Therefore, it is important to use sparingly. I still can’t figure out what is the cause of the “tingling” sensation but I think it may be safe to say it is the fragrance.
💦Packaging: 4/5 – I quite like the packaging. It is a convenient pump which resembles a nail varnish removal. It’s great especially for me, I have over 25 skincare products on my dressing table and the pump makes it more accessible (basically just open the cap and pump) vs. a pour out bottle where I would have to pick it up and pour. Sometimes however, it does get a tad messy, where parts of the pump would squirt out to unintended places (i.e.: mirrors, tables etc.). I do think it may need a little improvement. Size wise I think it’s great for travel. I think I may keep the container to store other toners in the future.
💦Smell/Texture/ Ingredients: 3/5 – I’m not exactly sure what it smells like. The first thing that came to mind was vinegar. Then as I read the content I realised that they have included perfume into the equation, which is definitely no bueno for sensitive skin. Not exactly sure why was fragrance included. It could be possibly to mask the acidity of the solution? However, I’m not a big fan on the fragrance. The texture feels watery (like a toner would). However, I have accidentally squirted some solution where it landed on my mirror and the solution left a bit of a “thick-ish” clear consistency when I tried wiping it off. It is quite hard to explain, it maybe the niacinamide in the product.
I’m not a big fan of fragrance, so the points given for this product is reflected of that. Also, it bugs me that although it is claimed that Glossier’s Solution makes up 10% a combination of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which includes salicylic acid, and polyhydroxy acid (PHA). It is not clearly stated what is the break up of each component. I guess this would remain a mystery to us all.
💦Efficacy: 3/5 – I think the product is quite promising. I have less breakouts around my chin area ever since I started using the product. My blackheads and open pores are less noticeable. However, I have also been using COSRX’s Blackhead Liquid Power for the past 2 months, so it maybe a result of that since it normally takes about 6-8 weeks to see a noticeable difference with each product. Plus when I started using the product it did in fact dry out my skin, so I tend to focus on oiler zones. Also, I’ve recently noticed some little red bumps on my cheeks which is really quite unsettling. I am still trying to figure out if it is the toner or a combination of other things.
💦Price: 2/5 – I’m going to say it at £19 for 130ml (4.4 fl oz), it is a pricey toner. Don’t compare this to Biologique Research etc. but if you were to compare it to Pixi Glow Tonic at £18 for 250ml or The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution at £6.80 for 240ml, this product is pricey. Sure they contain entirely different ingredients
💦Repurchase: I’m on the fence with this one. I think if I had cash to blow I would probably try the OG of acid toners instead, The Biologique Recherche P50. Since it’s quite the cult classic.
💦Overall Rating: 3/ 5 ⭐️