Review: Milk's Matcha Toner Majorly Elevated My Skincare Routine

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Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

Milk Matcha Toner

Celeste Polanco/Design by Cristina Cianci

What We Like
  • Contains soothing ingredients

  • Great for combination to oily skin types

  • Good value

  • Travel-friendly packaging

What We Don't Like
  • Feels heavy on the skin

After just a few days of using the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner, I began to notice that my skin looked a lot smoother, and that the positive changes in my skin set the perfect foundation for the rest of my skincare.


Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

Milk Matcha Toner

Celeste Polanco/Design by Cristina Cianci

We put the Milk's Matcha Toner to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

To tone or not to tone. It's one of the most debated steps in a skincare routine. Some skincare enthusiasts will say it is vital to your routine, while others argue that it’s pretty pointless. Whatever side you’re on, picking a toner that is right for your skin type can be quite a process. What'w worse, toners, if not chosen according to skin needs, can be harsh and over-drying to the skin. 

Personally, I have had quite a history with toners. In my early 20s, I suffered from adult acne. Having acne at a time in my life when I was supposed to be in my “prime” was quite a humbling experience. For the first time in my life, I had to learn how to take care of my skin. I did what any broke acne-filled girl in her 20s would do and desperately tried a handful of drugstore products. Out of all the products I tried, toner is what helped me clear my acne. 

Today, I am proud to report that I am at a better place with my skin. Outside of the monthly hormonal pimple, I have conquered my adult acne. Consequently, my relationship with toners has changed. I find that they over-dry my skin, and are almost uncomfortable at times. I also find it hard to find a toner that is not harsh or specifically for acne. In my opinion, it’s tough to find a toner when you’re at a good place with your skin. So I jumped at the chance to put this one to the test.  Keep reading for my experience using Milk’s Matcha Toner. 

Milk Matcha Toner

Best for: Sensitive and oily skin

Uses: Tones, hydrates, detoxifies

Star Rating: 4

Active ingredients: Kombucha, matcha green tea, witch hazel

Byrdie Clean?: No; contains PEGs.

Price: $30

About the brand: Based out of Milk, a creative studio in downtown New York City, Milk Makeup specializes in cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan cosmetics and skincare. It's famous for its innovative products and stick formulations.

About My Skin: Dry, dry, and more dry 

My skin has been through many stages. In my acne struggle days, my skin was very oily. Now that I am in my late 20s, my skin is as dry as can be. The dramatic changes to my skin type can be related to where I live. I went to college in Florida, where the climate is more humid. Now I live in New York City, where the weather is drier. 

The Feel: Tacky at first

If you have oily skin, don't be alarmed at this product's tacky feel upon application—it quietly subsides as the product melts into the skin. You won't experience any oily residue when it dries, nor will it interfere with your serum and moisturizer application afterward.

The Ingredients: Unusual (in a good way)

The first ingredient that caught my eye was kombucha. I found this to be a fascinating ingredient that you don’t find in most skincare products. Kombucha improves texture and clarifies as it illuminates the skin. It also improves fine lines and wrinkles. The toner also features an organic cactus elixir, an excellent vitamin E supplement for healing, moisturizing, and reviving the skin. Finally, I noticed that this product also includes witch hazel, which can help reduce acne. 

How to Apply: Swipe and pat

Use this product the same way you'd use a regular toner—that is, after cleansing and before applying serum and moisturizer. To apply it onto the skin, simply swipe the stick onto the areas you'd like to tone. Then, use your fingers to gently pat the product into the skin and follow up with your serum and moisturizer.

The Results: Smooth and hydrating 

Milk Toner Results

Celeste Polanco/Design by Cristina Cianci

When the toner first arrived, I was pleasantly surprised it was a solid formula. Looking back, I should’ve known—I mean, it is Milk Makeup, known for its stick formulations. Because the toner was a solid formula, I had doubts about its efficacy. I am happy to report I was wrong. The toner sat on my skin beautifully. After a few days, I began to notice my skin looked a lot smoother. The positive changes in my skin set the perfect foundation for the rest of my skincare. As I continued to use the toner as part of my day and night routine, my results only amplified. My skin began to appear more even, with the appearance of my acne scars reduced.

I had doubts about its efficacy. I am happy to report I was wrong.

The Value: Reasonably priced

I look at skincare as an investment. However, I can understand that not everyone has $30 to spend on a toner. There are a wide range of toners that are much cheaper and just as effective. I believe the toner is worth it because of its positive effects on the skin, and for the fact that it’s a solid formula. Because the toner is not liquid, you are using less product on the skin while still getting significant results. The product will last longer, and you would get your money’s worth in the long run. Ultimately, this hydrating, purifying product is worth the purchase.

Similar Products: You've got options

Let’s be honest; sometimes, it’s tough to find a toner that won’t be so rigorous on the skin. Here are two of our favorites that fit the bill.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant Toner: This toner from Paula's Choice ($32) from Paula's Choice has many of the same attributes as the Milk Matcha Toner. It's lightweight and is meant to smooth and even the skin as well as and unclog pores.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner: If your skin is in a good place and you’re looking to keep it that way, then this toner from Kiehl's ($20) could be a great option. It's a little more on the gentle side and has a milk-like consistency. The product’s benefits include hydration, removing surface debris without over stripping, and refining the skin’s texture.

Final Verdict

The Milk Matcha Toner is the first toner I’ve found in a long time that embraced my skin. The product plays a beautiful balance between keeping my skin nourished while still keeping it in check. I love that I don’t have to sacrifice hydration to rid my skin of impurities. The Matcha Toner has gently elevated my skin to its highest form.


  • Product Name Matcha Toner
  • Product Brand Milk Makeup
  • Price $30.00
  • Full Ingredient List Water/eau/aqua, butylene glycol, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, sodium stearate, pentylene glycol, glycerin, oleth-2, stearic acid, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, rice ferment filtrate (sake), saccharmomyces/xylinum/black tea ferment, opuntia ficus-indica stem extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, lens esculenta (lentil) seed extract, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, yellow 10/CI 47005, blue 1/CI 42090

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