what is it and what does it claim?: Rumase Bifida Snail Toner is, as it says, a toner. But not the kind of toner that you dispense on your fingers or that you apply with a cotton pad: it's a spray toner. You just spray this all over your face (I spray it 4-5 times to cover my whole face) and then pat it with your hands to get it absorbed. It claims to ”reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger looking skin”
The bottle is dark brown, looks sleek and it's made of sturdy plastic. The pump functions well, never had a problem, and it produces a nice and fine spritz, like thermal water.
Characteristics and features: This toner is literally PACKED with goodness.It contains:
Bifida and Lactobacillus ferments, to improve skin condition
Galactomyces ferment, for getting resilient skin
AHA+BHA, for exfoliating (ok, I'll tell you right away: forget about AHA and BHA. The pH isn't low enough for them to exfoliate. I pH-tested this toner when I got it and can't really remember the exact reading, but it was something along the lines of 5.5/6)
Snail, for enhancing elasticity
Madecassoside, for reducing blemishes
Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera for moisturizing
Propolis, Allantoin for nourishing
and a quick mention to other interesting ingredients that it contains, such as: niacinamide, tea tree extract, betaine (apparently lots of people -including me- love it!), adenosine, green tea extract, phytosqualene (that is, plant-derived), gold (well, whatever, not a fan of gold), licorice extract.
It does not contain sulfates, parabens, silicones, mineral oil, triethanolamine, synthetic pigments and synthetic fragrance.
How it performs and my general opinion of it: Let's get straight to the important question: does it do what it claims? Yes, it does. And I found it out when I stopped using it. You kinow when you use a product but can't exactly tell what it's doing to your skin? Well, I went on a long vacation without it (4+ weeks) this summer, and didn't bring this with me. My skin looked soooo much duller, and it was only after reintroducing it that I noticed how well it works: my skin just returned to be brighter, much brighter. My complexion looked again clearer, fresher-looking and yes, just a lot brighter.
It works amazingly well as a daytime toner, cos it's not sticky nor heavy whatsoever and it requires a few pats to get fully absorbed. After that, my skin just feels super ready to get the next steps.
Since it's so light, it could also be used as an "anytime" mist, as it says on the bottle, but I personally have another mist for that task. Besides, I don't know, it feels wasteful to me, I don't want this toner to run out quickly!!
Would I recommend it?: Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes. And for what it's priced, it's an absolute steal.