Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner Review

★★★★ out of 5

Pros: Hydrating, fragrance free, non-irritating, non-comedogenic

Cons: Doesn’t do anything else besides hydrate

Purchase: Wishtrend      Amazon

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As part of my basic skincare needs, toner is essential! It removes any excess residue and dead skin, and helps the skin absorb the rest of your products. When I needed a new toner I decided to try Pyunkang Yul’s Essence Toner to compare to my beloved Klairs.

What It Is

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Pyunkang Yul’s Essence Toner contains 91.3% Milk Vetch Root Extract and provides intense hydration. It’s fragrance free, dye-free, and hypoallergenic. This toner’s viscous texture absorbs quickly into the skin for a smooth finish. You get 200ml or 6.07fl.oz of product for less than $20.


Ingredient Analysis

Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine

This is one of the shortest ingredient lists I’ve seen! I’m quite impressed! Nothing significant to note so I’ll just talk about the key ingredient. Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract or Milk Vetch Root Extract is also known as huang qi in Chinese. I’ve had huang qi before in Chinese medicine, but I’ve never applied it topically. It has antioxidant properties, boosts the body’s immune system, and provides heart healthy benefits. In this case perhaps there are some antioxidants at work, but it is mostly used as a skin-conditioning agent.


This essence toner reminds me of COSRX’s Snail Mucin Essence. It’s runny, but viscous, and feels a bit slippery, but dries down smooth and clean. It does get tacky and sticky as you apply more layers though.

The first time I tried this toner was the time I got shingles on my face so everything was ultra sensitive. I am happy to report that it was the only thing I could use on my skin that didn’t sting or irritate my face.

Fast forward to when I was healed up, I tried this toner with a cotton pad and was not impressed. It was too slippery and did not feel like it was picking up anything from my skin.  I missed my Klairs toner at this point! The Klairs toner is lighter and the hydration level is buildable without feeling sticky.

As the weather got drier and colder, I tried the 7-layer method, but really could only get up to 2 and things started getting too thick and tacky. Niche geet!

The best way I’ve discovered to use this is either patted into the skin like a serum or used with one of those compressed facial sheet masks.


The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is excellent for parched skin. It truly does feel like your face is getting a drink of moisture. Although this is a toner, it feels more like a serum or ampoule that you’d find with sheet masks. But if you put it into that category then it’s not that impressive because all this does is hydrate. In the end, I still prefer the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner.

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DIY Sheet Mask

+ 1 Blank sheet mask OR cotton pads

+ Essence/toner/serum/ampoule of your choice to soak the mask/pads

+ Snack and drink of your choice

Enjoy your pampering session! :)