Review: Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic


I think I have finally found my holy grail skin product. After months and months of trying my hardest to find something that suits my skin. Something that beats the blemishes but doesn’t turn my skin into a red, irritated crackled old pale thing… ladies and gentleman, let me introduce to you the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic!

For quite some time now, I have always owned a toner (Simple’s own) but never actually used a toner in my cleansing routine. It’s usually been cleanser, then serum, then moisturiser. That’s pretty much it. Maybe add some micellar water in there just for a bit of fun and to say I’ve actually used it.

Point is, I’ve never really seen the point of a toner. Asking around my colleagues, one says it makes her skin feel extra clean. Another actually uses it instead of a cleanser. I didn’t really see the point if I was already using a cleanser and then going on straight to a serum.

Over the summer when my skin turned from normal/dry to oily/dry/sensitive/combination/all of the above, I suddenly had what used to be a simple skin routine, to an impossible one. If I used things specifically for spots or oily skin, I would crack up like an ice cream cone. If I used even a normal moisturiser, I’d wake up with a bout of acne. If I used nothing, then I’d just have a nice combination of both. It was a skincare nightmare (see what I did there).

Since the summer, I have invested in some good skincare products and have also been trying to change my lifestyle a bit to counteract some of these issues – which I am thinking of detailing in another blog as I have finally managed to get my skin under control again. However, I noticed this little beauty in Superdrug last week and was surprised to see something look so gentle, but target blemishes. It seemed too good to be true.

As I am currently using other serums and moisturisers (ones too expensive to swap for something new – I’m in too deep now!) I decided that perhaps I would try the toner and incorporate it into my skincare routine, as it was something I maybe needed anyway.


I used it after I had taken my make up off with micellar water and then had run an exfoliating pad over the top. The consistency is some way between watery and gel-like, which I didn’t really know what to expect anyway, but it seemed thicker than my Simple toner.

There wasn’t really any fragrance to it, but I wouldn’t expect that from a product for sensitive skin anyway.

I’ve used it 3 times now and every time I have squirted too much out as I keep expecting it to come out like a moisturiser! So I have been using a little bit of an excess, but I have just run it over my face twice over and it seems to still absorb fine. It takes about 10 seconds to pretty much dry completely. Is that supposed to happen? I don’t know.


On the website, this product claims to:

  • Tones and visibly tightens the look of pores without drying out skin.
  • Soothes skin with a moisturising effect.
  • Hypoallergenic and ph neutral formula for optimal tolerance. Its caring, gel-like texture leaves sensitive skin feeling soothed and hydrated.

And it definitely did all three and more. Seriously though, this has absolutely worked like a dream. Within a very short space of using this product, my skin not only visibly cleared up, but it felt like a baby’s bottom. I think someone has finally hit the nail on the head with these products for combination skin because finally there is something to hydrate and doesn’t wreck your skin or burn the outer layer of it to get rid of spots.

I used this initially at night time before I put on my night serum (works a dream with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery) and then I began using it in my morning routine, too. It provides such a lovely and smooth base for everything else to go on top of, but doesn’t feel like it’s clogged your skin or that you’ve attacked it with too much product.

Honestly, so far this product has been an absolute life saver for me and something that I have been looking for for so long. My skin hasn’t felt this fresh and lovely for a long time! If you have sensitive but combination type skin and just can’t seem to get it right, please have a try of this I promise you won’t regret it!

I haven’t had a look yet but next time  I am out and about I will definitely have a look at getting the moisturiser from the same range to see if I can even outdo the effects of the toner. If you’ve tried anything else from the range, please let me know what you think!

As always,


One thought on “Review: Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic

  1. Finding a product that suits your skin is probably one of the longest journeys i’ve ever been on haha. I’ve finally found a couple of products over at Lush that seem to calm down my skin problems (for now) and I love my Simple moisturizer. Will definitely check this one out next time I’m at the drugstore, I can always use more products that do wonders for my skin haha. I have used Garnier masks in the past and they didn’t really work for me, but hey, this seems worth a shot. Great review.

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