Far too many toners for far too long have caused me to question the benefits derived by practicing the traditional Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize mantra. I did fully embrace treatment-driven essences from around the world when they began to appear on the beauty scene. It wasn’t until acid toners became the favorites of editors and bloggers, however, that I fully comprehended and experienced the transformative impact of these potent fusions. Seriously game changing.
The tarte knockout tingling treatment can take the credit for some of the biggest improvements in my complexion and is quickly reaching cult status in the acid toner department. Its purpose? To level the skin’s pH post cleansing, exfoliate, refine the look of pores, hydrate, balance, brighten, and clarify any imperfections. After almost three weeks of daily use, the verdict is in. Knockout is impressive. And I’m not wowed easily.
First things first: the elephant in the room. Many Instagrammers have been quick to term this newness a dupe for P50. I beg to differ though admittedly I haven’t reached for my P50 in weeks. Knockout is Phenol free, delivers the same slightly numbing tingle, and does not smell of roses. It works in seconds, however, so neither the burn nor the scent lingers.
What’s in it?
Never have the first three ingredients excited me as much. Water, Niacinamide, Lactic Acid. But wait! There’s more. Malic, Phytic, and Salicylic Acids are combined with Glycerin, minerals (fans of pore-shrinking Sulfur, get excited), and plant extracts to deliver instant glow and smoothness with each application. Non-irritating, this magical medley soothes and hydrates the skin while fighting dull tone and rough texture. A cotton pad is all you need.
How and when?
You can use tarte’s knockout mornings and/or evenings. If you opt for daytime use, bear in mind that the resurfacing agents may increase susceptibility to sunburn, which means you must wear a broad spectrum SPF, especially those loyal to acid toners. After cleansing, saturate a cotton pad and swipe it across your face, neck, and chest. Wait for the skin to dry before reaching for a serum or moisturizer.
The active ingredient powerhouse needs time to work, so don’t be expecting an overnight miracle. Glass-like smoothness and visible radiance transformed my congested pores and post-holiday skin fatigue in just a couple of weeks.
$39 (5 oz.) available at tartecosmetics.com