The isoi Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic Essence* “make[s] your pore skinny.” It’s a multi-functional toner and essence that reduces enlarged pores, controls sebum, and removes dead skin cells. It also restores radiance, hydrates, and helps increase skin elasticity.
After cleansing the face, you wet a cotton pad with a generous amount of the tonic essence and rub all over the face. This is designed for oily skin (not me) so its full effect is a bit lost on me. However, I do like their direction as a company, promoting safe beauty. isoi uses natural ingredients, instead of the potentially harmful chemical ingredients found in most luxury cosmetics.
Since it is a toner/essence, I find that it doesn’t “refresh” my skin quite as much as a usual toner would. There is a very, very slightly sticky feeling on the skin left after use, presumably to act as a moisturizer/essence. I think it might be best to follow this up with your normal moisturizer, as I found the feeling to be slightly unpleasant. The essence itself is quite liquid-y and runny but with a slight slippy, soapy feel to it.
I would still use this as I like most of the ingredients and I find that it does work well as a toner. I’ve used this as a base for a dinner out and it worked well under a very, very light finishing powder. I don’t think it shrinks pores, though I find that products rarely ever do that. It does very thoroughly clean the skin, though, so that there are no impurities left behind after cleansing.
Ingredients: Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Mannan, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Alcohol Denat., Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus(Apple)fruit extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Glycolic acid, Lactic Acid, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Allantoin
I have no information regarding isoi’s animal testing policy.