Impression: This is the best toner I've ever used, seriously. With this toner, and with many skin care products, the results do not show immediately, as we might want them too. With this toner, since it is a clarifying treatment, the results will show much later than a week after initial use. For me, I truly began noticing the results after about a month of use, which is when I saw a nice glow and evenness within the appearance of my skin. Also, my skin is much smoother after repeated use of this product.
How I use it: To be clear, using this AM and PM, I apply this to a cotton ball or pad and sweep it over my face, switching the starting spots every day or two, or whenever I feel as though I am beginning in the same place often. Toning, of course, should occur after a thorough cleanse of the face, removing makeup completely.
Packaging: The packaging allows for very little waste of the product, as the pump does not allow any product to escape upon initial press. Also, the packaging promotes perfect hygienic use of the product, and even when I reached the bottom of the bottle I was still able to retrieve product down to the very last corner.
Money: Price? Expensive, for a toner. I think we are used to the days of Sea Breeze and Witch Hazel running us a good $5-$10, but, with this toner having good ingredients, the price point is much higher. This toner runs for about $24-$28, depending on the store from which you purchase. Also, it is not in Ulta, so beware of that, and only in certain Sephora stores but definitely online in both Sephora and Kate Sommerville.
Thoughts: Would I repurchase? Absolutely. Would I refer this to a friend? Absolutely, and have already. Could I live without it? No. I have combo/acne prone skin and this works wonders for controlling the frequency of breakouts, and, most importantly, it lightened my hyperpigmentation over the course of the first month of use. No irritation, clogged pores, or adverse reaction. Top good ingredient? Phytic acid.
If you have the money and access, buy it; it's worth the money.