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.
I’m sticking a Muse Approved on it.
It Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Glow Tonic is available now at sephora.com.
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.