Beauty Corner: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener

February 15, 2017 | 2211 Visits

One of the toners we hear a lot about is Etude House’s Wonder Pore Freshener. Beauty bloggers and users alike rave about how clean their skin feels and how pores appeared minimalized. We decided to try the product to see if it’s worth the rave reviews.


The product arrives in a poppy blue box that makes the Wonder Pore Freshener look exciting. The bottle, two, has a poppy appearance with noticeable text and a strong color scheme. The product looks clean and fresh based on the packaging, so it feels like the product will be beneficial because of its presentation. One of the perks of the bottle is that it has a flip-top lip and the pump has a reservoir to catch the liquid. It has an innovative design that helps prevent product waste.


Water, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26 Betaine, Sea WAter, PEG-60 Hydrogenated CAstor Oil, Dosium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cycmbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Water, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Nelumba Nucifera Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Chamaecyparais Obtusa Water, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Dissodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol.


After cleansing, pump some of the product onto a cotton ball. Starting from the center of your face outward, evenly apply the toner until your face is saturated. Then, pat it into the skin. Apply moisturizer or makeup as usual.


When I purchased this freshener, I was intrigued that the product was 10 in 1. It’s supposed to balance pH, improve elasticity, tone, remove dead skin cells, even out skin tone, cleanse pores and cool skin, deep clean, minimalize pores, control sebum, moisturize, and smooth skin. If it can do all that, this truly is a “wonder” product.

Upon the initial use, my skin did appear brighter and was extremely smooth. The freshener wasn’t sticky and felt refreshing thanks to some of the mintiness it has. In terms of scent, it doesn’t smell any different than regular witch hazel, so a part of me suspects Wonder Pore may just be witch hazel with some added ingredients. Either way, it worked in terms of brightening and smoothing.

Unfortunately, despite rave reviews from other beauty bloggers, I did not have an overall favorable opinion for Wonder Pore initially.

I give it points for brightening as mentioned, and I like moisture it provides. However, it didn’t calm skin as promised. While others experienced less breakouts and redness, the next day, my skin along the hair and jawline looked like a mountain range while my T-zone looked pretty good. The breakout did calm with a thorough cleansing, but it is worrisome that upon the first use it did cause a bad breakout. In order to review the product properly, I did keep using it. With time, the breakouts did calm and disappear and no longer became an issue. One of the aspects Wonder Pore is supposed to do is balance pH, so it does, perhaps, take time for that to happen. If you’re using it, don’t be alarmed at skin flare-ups because it might just be the product doing its duty. However, if it continues for a longer period of time, discontinue use.

After a month, while my skin did have a smoother appearance, I did experience some minimal flare-ups and pores were not minimalized. Needless to say, I am disappointed with the results over time. I do like that makeup glides on easier, but as for what was promised, I expected more.


At first, the desired results may not be present and skin flare-ups may occur. If you stick with it, skin conditions may improve. It’s not a miracle product as some bloggers make it sound, but it’s a good one. It earns a 3/5.

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