Review: Laneige Pore Trouble Skin Refiner

5:01:00 PM mandy 8 Comments

Product Description (from packaging):
-The Trouble Care Skin Toner is specially formulated for strengthening skin pore health. When applied, it leaves a smooth and fresh feeling without any stickiness.
-Removes excessive corneous skin dead cells and prevents keratinization, resulting in smoother and cleaner skin.
-Contains salicylic acid and triclosan, which help prevent skin problems by removing excess sebum and corneous skin dead cells, thus cleansing the skin pores.
-Contains tea tree oil, licorice extract, raspberry extract, clove extract, and parsley extract, which help suppress and relieve skin problems.
-Contains natural Lactobacillus extract which helps balance PH values and strengthens the immune system of skin pores, thus improving adult skin problems caused by factors such as hormone imbalance and air pollution.

-From packaging: Pour about the size of a gingko nut (about 1.8cm in diameter) on to a cotton ball, and wipe the skin with it after washing the face in the morning and in the evening before going to sleep.
-What I did: Poured it onto my cotton round/pad twice. I felt that this was enough for me.

It is a glass bottle with a twisting style cap with 160ML or 5.4 fl oz of product. *Some may not like glass bottles but I think they look prettier :D And it gives it a bit more weight so I won't easily knock it over* The cap twists off and on very easily. I actually prefer their cap because of how smoothly it opens. I can just give it a quick twist and it'll turn around until it reaches the top (provided you put enough effort that it turns more than a little yet still doesn't fly off the bottle lol). Unlike some other toner bottles where you have to keep turning the bottle and the cap before it completely comes off. There a small opening in the plastic stopper that allows you to pour the toner onto a cotton round/pad/ball. It isn't too big or too small of an opening..just right!

-Yesstyle: USD$42
-Evecare: USD$27
-Amore stores (I got mine for USD$27)

-Refreshes skin
-Cleans any remaining dirt that cleanser didn't pick up
-Doesn't break me out
-No bad reactions
-Doesn't sting my face
-No sticky feeling
-Herbally scent?
-No more oily-ness after using it
-No parabens
-Lasted me a pretty long time (close to a year!..with some on and off weeks when I was sick)
-Is a little hydrating...It does soften some of the dry patches on my face after I cleanse so I don't end up having a ton of flakes when I go to put on moisturizer.

-Not locally available
-Alcohol is the second ingredient (strange..I didn't feel any stinging or my skin drying out when I used it)
-Price outside of Korea is pretty expensive
-Doesn't particularly help with acne or pores
-Scent may be a bit overpowering for some people
-Might be discontinued (Don't quote me on this...I've tried to search for it on Gmarket and the Laneige site but don't see it anymore..)

Not anytime soon. I want to try many other toners. I did like this and it didn't make my skin worse in any way. But it also didn't make many improvements either. In addition to the price..and the fact that it might be discontinued... If I do not find any toners I like in the future, there might be a chance that I will repurchase this though.

3.5 maybe 4/5

Ehh..toughy. Maybe. If you can get it for close to retail price or if you're in Korea maybe. But if you have to pay for anywhere IMO over $30 you could probably try cheaper ones to first. But if the price isn't a problem then sure go ahead and try it because it felt pretty gentle/nice and my skin did feel a little bit smoother when I did use it. Maybe you'll get better results than I did :P

Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. I am not affiliated with the company or any other sites mentioned above. These are just my opinions so please research more about a product before buying it. I'm just trying to share the experiences I get from using a certain product. I'm not endorsing it or anything. If anything this is for my own memory of what I liked and what I didn't like. skin is my skin...your skin is your skin, please don't blame me if the product doesn't work for you.


This will the first of many extremely overdue posts! School work should start to dwindle down within the next month and hopefully, I'll be able to blog much more over the summer and when college comes around :] Hope everyone enjoys!!


  1. Good review!!!!! u know i actually finished like 11 bottles of that toner. It wasnt even that good... it's just something I used bc i did not know what else to use. Def agree, did not see any changes with pores or breakouts when using this. I stopped buying this and started to use the Neutrogena Alcohol free toner which did the same thing but for 6 bucks

  2. Lilladylife: Thanks! 11 bottles?! Glad to hear you found something that works the same but much cheaper :P Knowing me I'd probably want go through a lot of other toners before (if I ever) going back to this one. I bought the Neutrogena alcohol free toner before but for some reason I didn't like it? Can't remember exactly why now lol Hmm..might have been the smell? =\

  3. It does sound refreshing!!!!!! :) I have to try it!

  4. Rainy Days and Lattes: I'd love to hear how it will work for you! I kind of miss the scent of that toner lol Most/all of my H20+ products have a 'sea' smell to it. I can't wait to finish them :D

  5. ôw thanks for review, i need something that help with acne and pimples... so i think these product will not work for me, yeah ur right its expensive

  6. CAMILLA: I agree. I have yet to find one that does help with acne and pimples..The search continues :P

  7. lol I've been wanting to try this toner XD but since I don't really use toner so I didn't want to splurge XD thanks for the review :D (and yeah totally agree... laneige stuff are super expensive outside Korea... even in other Asian countries -_-)

  8. Frances: I've heard! *Sigh* Don't you find it annoying when brands are always SO much more expensive outside of it's home country =\ The only time this isn't true is with some Japanese products in like HK or Taiwan..