MakeupArtistsChoice (MUAC) Mandelic Acid Toner Review

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Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) Mandelic Acid Toner was in my May 2016 monthly favorites which if you have missed you can check here. I came across Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) products quite a few years back while I was researching for AHA/BHA peels and immediately stood out because of their simple website, no extravagant marketing strategies and tons n tons of positive review with before and after shots! Fast forward to early this year one of my favorite YTuber Nurberxo mentioned about this toner on her snapchat and since I was almost out of my Pixi Glow Tonic (even though I did have a backup :P) and I wanted to try something stronger I decided to pick the MUAC 5% Mandelic Acid Toner.

In the past few years I have made quite a few changes wrt my skincare and one of them was to avoid using products having alcohol in it. In the past I have used and liked Clinique Clarifying Lotion which contained a hefty amount of alcohol in it, but since it can cause irritation to the skin I decided to stay away from products containing alcohol until MUAC toner came along! 

My biggest concern about this toner was the alcohol content and so I reached out to MUAC customer service which by the way is probably the best customer service you will ever find! They are extremely educated and if you are confused so as to what products will suit your skin they do provide a free consultation as well! Take a bow MUAC team!

So when I reached out to their customer service team about an alcohol free option for the toner they explained that Mandelic acid dissolves best in an alcohol base and helps in delivery as well, they recommended to use a good hydrating serum after the toner like their hyaluronic acid serum to help with dryness if any.  Further in my research I found even Vivant Skincare line which specialises in Mandelic Acid based products did contain Alcohol as the first ingredient! And this range is thrice as expensive as MUAC! Anyways so I decided to go ahead and pick up the toner as well as their trial size of the 40% lactic acid peel which I am yet to try.

The toner comes in a very simple plastic bottle packaging with a flip cap. Its one of the most raw boring packaging I have ever seen and I honestly could care less as the product inside is what matters and in this case it does deliver! The toner does come in many sizes like 4oz, 8oz and even 1oz trial sizes which is great! I went ahead full blown and picked up 8oz and its been over 2 months now and I am still not even half way so it'll last a long long time!

Ingredient List:-
Purified Water, SD Alcohol, Propylene Glycol , Mandelic Acid (5%), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Malic Acid, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Hyemale Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phytic Acid, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate.

My experience:-
I have to admit..even though I was skeptical due to the alcohol presence I love this toner! Since I started using this toner I have seen a huge difference in the texture of my skin, it feels a lot smoother. I used to get tiny bumps under the skin which I believe was congestion especially below my temples but since I started using the more bumps! It contains 5% mandelic acid which is great for oily, acne prone skin which gets congested easily. I use this toner every single day morning and night and it has helped me to keep the acne away! Not gonna lie the first time you use you get that alcohol smell and if by chance you pour too much on your cotton pad chances are you are not gonna like the strong alcohol whiff!

It deep cleanses the pores and also has helped with the pore size! Nothing is going to vanish your pores but since I started using this toner I see a big difference in pore size, they appear smaller and tighter which is due to the pores being clean! Earlier I would also get clogged pores in the inner cheek area but that too has reduced along with the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads! It also works in brightening the overall tone of the skin since it gently exfoliates the dead skin cells. The PH of this toner is 2.5 which is sufficient for exfoliation...lower than that can cause serious irritation to the skin. 

As always start with trial size if you are interested in trying out this toner and always so a patch test just to be sure! Even though the toner does have alcohol I don't mind cause first - it has not irritated my skin or caused any severe dry skin issues and second the smell of alcohol goes away in few seconds plus only tiny bit is required so a little goes a long way! If you have acne/blackheads/whiteheads/uneven texture etc issues I highly recommend you to check this toner..infact check out other products from MUAC brand as their products are high quality with very reasonable pricing! I myself am eyeing their Mandelic Acid Serum which is 10% mandelic acid and their Niacinamide (Vit B3) serum!

Availability :- MakeupArtistsChoice website.

Price:- 16.50$ for 8oz (They do offer 4oz and 1oz sizes)

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I hope this review was helpful, if you have any questions please do leave them in the description box below and Ill get back to you asap!

Have you tried any of the MUAC brand products? What are your thoughts and suggestions? Please do share them below as I would love to try few more products from them!

Thank you, take care and stay beautiful!


  1. Hearing about this brand for the first time. I was little skeptical reading that it has alcohol as they tend to dry the skin excessively, but reading through your entire post the toner sounds promising.

  2. i've been thinking to try it since some time, but same as u concerned about the alcohol! i think ill give it a shot :D


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