Sunday Riley's Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner Clears Acne, Mattifies Oily Skin, and Tightens Large Pores

About a month ago I spotted Sunday Riley's Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner on The Beauty Studio counter at Sephora. I was already shopping for beauty products to aid my oily t-zone and this seemed like the perfect addition to my skincare routine. After doing some research (ahem … justifying the purchase to myself - do any of you do that, too?) I went back to purchase it. At the time of purchasing it, I was experiencing terrible hormonal acne and an uncontrollable oily t-zone and this was the key to balancing out my skin. The result wasn’t instant, but after 2-3 weeks I could see a noticeable difference. 

If you suffer from hormonal acne, large pores, and oily skin, keep reading to learn how Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner can help you. 

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner review on beautybyjessika.com. 

What is it? Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner is a cooling gel to water toner that targets people with oily and acne-prone skin.

What does it do? Bentonite clay mattifies skin and reduces pore size. Marshmallow and green tea soothe sensitive skin for a calmer complexion. Cucumber and witch hazel extracts oils and tones and tightens large pores. Manuka, black cumin, and magnolia balances oily and acne-prone skin using natural antibacterial properties. All of the ingredients work together to visibly clear and mattify oily and problematic skin as well as prep it for makeup. 

Who should use this product? Women with normal to oily skin, oily t-zones (combination skin), hormonal acne, sensitive skin, and/or large pores would benefit the most from using this product. 

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner review on beautybyjessika.com. 

How to use it? Pump half of a pump of product into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together to create a water-like consistency or until all of the green turns clear. Gently press the product into your skin starting at the most oiliest area (for me this is my cheeks and nose). Press the remaining product into the rest of your skin then apply your sunscreen/moisturizer and eye cream. 

  • If using this product in the AM, apply after washing your face and before sunscreen and eye cream.
  • If using this product in the PM, apply after washing your face and before any nighttime oils, serums, and moisturizer. 

Quick tip: After testing this product out over the last 2-3 weeks, I prefer using this product in the morning as a toner/primer before applying my makeup. I found that using it twice a day started to make my skin feel dry. 

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner review on beautybyjessika.com. For best results use in the morning as a toner/primer before makeup. 

How much is it? Sunday Riley’s Mattifying Melting Water-Toner is $55 for 4.4 ounces. You can buy it in store at Sephora or on sephora.com

Is it worth it? Totally! Especially if you’ve been having problematic oily skin for quite some time and no other product seems to be working. I’m very picky about the skincare products I use and I usually either a) purchase and return a lot of products or b) repurchase my favorite products until i’m sick of it. 

I was a bit surprised to have liked Sunday Riley’s Martian Toner as much as I do because a lot of products that claim to balance oily skin usually don’t (at least in my experience). This product visibly mattifies oily skin, clears acne, and tightens large pores and has become a must-have product in my skincare routine. 

Do you suffer from oily skin, hormonal acne, and large pores? What skincare products do you currently use for these problems? Would you try Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Toner?