October 10, 2017

It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic ($38) is a new all-in-one cleanser and toner that launched with the It Cosmetics Fall 2017 Collection.

I have to admit this is a confusing product that can’t quite make up its minds about what it is. It Cosmetics dubs it a tonic that brightens, hydrates, and purifies while apparently maxmizing the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums. They probably should have stopped right there. That was perfect. But the went one step further and said, “Well, guess what? This is also a micellar water!” That’s when things got a little confusing.

Here’s my review and thoughts.

A majority of the It Cosmetics Skincare launches aren’t quite good ones for me. They can be very hit and miss that promise way too much and deliver on very little. I consider myself an It Girl and I really enjoy their foundations and color cosmetics but their skincare, not so much. Don’t get me wrong there are products they launched that are really, really good such as the 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm that are amazing and others like Confidence In An Eye Cream that do so very little.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic is a product that also promises a little too much but it actually delivers on the things I wanted it to do versus the one thing I really didn’t care if it did or didn’t do well.

The question that probably entered our mind was, “Well, what doesn’t it do?” It’s not a great micellar water formula for me. It stings my eyes and does a poor job removing eye makeup but does a good one removing facial makeup. Since I don’t really use micellar water all that much anyway this isn’t an issue but if you’re depending on this as your sole product to remove makeup I wouldn’t really recommend it.

I don’t think It Cosmetics intended you use it that way anyway though. I think there idea was the use it as a second cleanse type of a product. In other words, wash your face well with your favorite cleanser and follow up by using this to remove anything that your cleanser might have behind. Cool, I use micellar water all the time in my second cleanse!

Now, the real question here is what exactly does this do?

According to the brand it’s a radiance booster and a potent anti-aging treatment essence to reduce lines and wrinkles formulated with a “Secret Sauce” aka seven fermented ingredients that increases the absorption of your moisturizers and serums. This is pretty much a K-Beauty trend that’s been around a while as apparently fermented ingredients act to gently exfoliate skin therefore your other skincare will absorb more easier. Makes sense right? Although, recent studies have shown that the fermented ingredients do not do much of anything on your outer skin.

But we’re here to discuss what happened when I used it, not what science is telling us. Sadly though, science is probably right and perhaps the results I am seeing are in my head. But I sure hope not because I really, really like this stuff.

This works quite like Pixi Glow Tonic which by the way I’m surprised, with all the recent lawsuits, Pixi isn’t getting on It Cosmetics case about the name. I started using it after I cleansed my face in the evening and pretty soon I started using it in the AM as well prior to my skincare application and makeup. It ingrained itself into my routine somehow and I find myself using it twice daily because I somehow got addicted to way my skin felt and looked after using it.

It really does a brilliant job of smoothing, lightly hydrating, and prepping skin for moisture. But I also felt like my duller skin started look much brighter after use. Like much, much brighter. Not to mention it does indeed prep nicely for moisturizer which absorbs more easily when this is used before application. And did I mention it seems to work just as great as Glow Tonic and doesn’t smell bad? In fact, it has zero fragrance! None! The texture is a lightweight water that resembles a toner. It isn’t thick enough to be labeled an essence in my opinion. I use a cotton round to swipe it across my skin and it sets quite quickly and does leave a very slight tackiness behind but nothing uncomfortable and the feel does disappear after several minutes but by that time I’ve applied my other skincare so I don’t even notice.

So, after a month of using It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic I’ve decided to make it apart of my daily and nightly skincare routine. I really like this stuff. It eases my dullness, gives my complexion a bright, healthy appearance, while smoothing and lighting hydrating my skin. It sucks as a micellar water but works great as a second cleanser or toner. Whether or not it will prevent fine lines or treat them is debatable nut I can’t deny my skin looks visually much less tired and a lot more perkier when I’m using this.

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I’m sticking a Muse Approved on it.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic is available now at sephora.com.

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Ingredients:
AQUA/WATER/EAU, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ULMUS DAVIDIANA ROOT EXTRACT, AMARANTHUS CAUDATUS SEED EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES/RICE FERMENT FILTRATE EXTRACT, ASPERGILLUS/CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM FERMENT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES/RICE FERMENT FILTRATE, ASPERGILLUS/RICE FERMENT EXTRACT, LACTOBACILLUS/PUMPKIN FERMENT EXTRACT, LACTOBACILLUS/RICE FERMENT, MONASCUS/RICE FERMENT, LACTOBACILLUS/KELP FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT EXTRACT, BACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CERAMIDE NP, LACTOBACILLUS/DIPTERYX ODORATA SEED FERMENT FILTRATE, LEUCONOSTOC/RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM CITRATE, CITRIC ACID, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, XANTHAN GUM, PUERARIA THUNBERGIANA ROOT EXTRACT, CNIDIUM OFFICINALE ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PAEONIA LACTIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, CHOLESTERYL OLEYL CARBONATE, CHOLESTERYL CHLORIDE, CHOLESTERYL DICHLOROBENZOATE, CHOLESTERYL NONANOATE, BHT, 3-O-ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DIAMOND POWDER, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, NIACINAMIDE, PEARL EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, RETINOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Agona

    I haven’t tried this but it reminds me of the Heimish Beauty Water I’ve been using (which is similar to Son & Park’s Beauty Water from what I can tell) for mornings where I don’t have time to do a full cleanse on my face. I’ve used it to remove swatches on my hand but I think I wouldn’t trust these types of products for other than a second cleanse, not to remove a full makeup face on first cleanse. (Random, breaking out bad this month. I don’t know why, baaah! I blame it on the second summer/indian summer humidity we’re having.)

    • Isabella Muse

      I completely agree, def wouldn’t trust to remove all my makeup but do like it to gently exfoliate (if it is even doing that) and allowing my skincare to absorb more fully ;-D I feel like my dullness has eased a lot since using it. You aren’t alone, I rarely breakout, but the humidity is giving me a dotting of pimples on my chin!

  • Gali

    Hi Muse! Thanks for your review. I read the link you added regarding your double cleanse routine during winter. Since I’m also a dry skin colleague, I’m curious if these are still your faves (farmacy/kanebo products) to use for not stripping the skin for double cleansing…

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! 🙂 I still use Farmacy but not sure which Kanebo product you are referencing, I’ve never used Kanebo cleansers in my double cleanse routine. Was there a particular one you meant? I tend to swap around a lot depending what my skin needs. Currently, I’m in love with the L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm which is the first step in my cleanse.

      • Gali

        Yes I do remember I read that Loccitane review recently. The kanebo product you mentioned as second step was naive deep cleansing foam peach… and if in the subject of k-beauty I’m also curious about botanic farm grain ferment cleaning sherbet. Have you heard or tried it?

        • Isabella Muse

          ahh I do so forget naive is a kanebo sub-brand. Yes, I do indeed use it but that’s part of my AM cleanse. Nightly routine I’m using L’Occitaine first followed by Neogen Cranberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser and lastly this miracle water. I haven’t tried botanic farm grain ferment cleansing sherbet has a nice, soft texture perfect for the first step of your cleanse!

          • Gali

            Thanks Muse! I’m always curious hearing about your am/pm routine, especially since having dry skin too. I can imagine it changes with new products/weather etc. so keep us posted!

          • Isabella Muse

            Will do! Maybe I’ll do a post one day soon! I’m constantly swapping out products ;-D but I have staples for sure!

      • Brandy

        I have a question. I use Korres Greek foaming cleanser, it cosmetics 3 in 1 , and mega mushroom lotion. My nose is dry,red,flaking and itchy . And it’s only been since starting these three things. I did steady them altogether so idk which it is if it’s any at all. Im hoping not being I don’t have the money to spend and waste. It is also cold and winter so I’m hoping this is something else or there’s something I can add to make it go away and stop itching and hurting. Thank you.

        • Isabella Muse

          I’m not really sure what could cause the issue but if you suspect it is the skincare I would stop using it immediately until the problem cleared up. After that try using one item a week and see how your skin reacts to eliminate what might be causing the problem.

  • Christina

    Looking at the ingredients, I’d say this is more just an essence than a micellar water. I currently use Albion (love this!) and Cremorlab (does nothing, by the way), so maybe I’ll swatch out my Cremorlab for this when I’m done.

  • Amy

    I am so glad you think the Pixi Glow Tonic smells bad. I had been reading such rave reviews that I decided I needed to try it. Ugh. Could not get past the smell – ended up returning it.

    I have been using the Miracle Water for about a week, so I can’t report yet on how I feel about it. But it definitely has no scent at all. I’m also using it twice a day, since it’s not so much about cleansing as it is about brightening, anti-aging and softening.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t blame you. I love Glow Tonic but it stinks! It smells like Charmin Toilet Paper! It really kills the product. I agree completely, can’t really see it cleansing much but really like the way it brightens and softens skin for other products 😀

  • kjh

    Ok, so first/second for dry skin? I think the marketing blurbs on this exist, so you can put it anywhere in your routine. Use it as micellar. Use it as toner. Oily, but dehydrated: I usually do micellar and/or Nooni jelly oil, then reg cleanse w/Cosrx good am long name ph whatever. Then Cosrx bha/aha toner. Getting sick of long name products, though they do indicate their purpose/ position. So you drys (sounds like i’m talking alcohol here) do what? If I didn’t get it all off, i’d Redo micellar/jelly oil, then reg/second cleanse. And ps/btw, the ingredients list for son & Park beauty water kind of scares me, beyond the high alcohol content, iirc. Do like the list for this, but have one allergy. There are probiotics as well as ferments. Those may be bs, but seem to have favorable results for me. Let us not forget the gut…skin connection, as well as the gut… brain connection. I like ferments and probiotics for the gut, too!

  • Brandy

    This seems to have great ingredients. I’m just so worried about my skin having a bad reaction since the ingredients list is so long. As for a good micellar water, I’ve been enjoying Simple Water Boost micellar water that you mentioned was out a month ago. I use it before my face wash, and it removes most of my makeup and is gentle on my sensitive skin.

    • Isabella Muse

      Don’t quote me, they had a sample size circulating you might to try that first 🙂 Oh yaaa! Glad to hear it! haven’t tried yet!

  • Elaine

    I bought this during VIB ROUGE SALE and I fell in I just ran out of my Glow Tonic, so I decided to pick this up since I don’t need to wait for it in the mail OMG my skin is so much brighter with this. I also bought secret sauce moisturizer with it. Its a great combo together. One thing I did notice that my pores got smaller . Not even my Retinol helps with that. I use it as my toner and then my serums. Right now I am debating if I should buy the QVC set today. I just bought Dr. Jart bb cream during the sale as well and his magical skin potions. The retinol makes me very red, which I only use 3 times a week. Any thoughts on if I should pull the trigger?

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m still testing secret sauce but really enjoying it too and doesn’t stink like glow tonic ;-D pull the trigger on the qvc set?!

      • Elaine

        I did pull the trigger on the IT Cosmetics and I am trying out Dr. Jart BB balm with Bareminerals mineral veil with it. So far so good on that. I know I will only use IT pore powder maybe under my eyes. Sephora was sold out of the Miracle water so I could stock up. I will order it again on the 10th tho