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Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum

Updated: Jan 14

Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum (5 fl. oz., $28) is a 2-in-1 toner-serum combo that targets pores, improves the look of dark spots, brightens, smooths, and fights shine—all without stripping skin. This toner-serum combines the benefits of a toner, meaning it helps pores look tighter/smaller and controls oil, and a serum, so it delivers powerful ingredients that target skin concerns like dark spots, making them less visible and evening out your skin tone and texture over time. Additionally, the toner-serum’s thick texture absorbs quickly, so there is no need for a cotton pad. The Pore Refining Toner Serum is ideal for all skin types and is oil-free, clean, vegan, gluten-free and noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

 One of the main ingredients of Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner-Serum is niacinamide. Niacinamide or nicotinamide, is a type of vitamin B3 (niacin) that is used in a lot of skincare products. According to this article by A.A. Newton on SELF, niacin (and by extension niacinamide) helps your body to absorb and neutralize more free radicals, which are highly unstable and reactive molecules that can damage healthy cells leading to aging skin. Additionally, the article cites this study, which found that topical niacinamide can increase the production of ceramides, lipids that help maintain the skin’s protective barrier, and contribute to niacinamide’s topical effects on wrinkles and fine lines and the skin’s moisture barrier. According to this article on healthline.com, niacinamide has many other benefits including minimizing pore appearance, regulating oil, protecting against sun damage and treating hyperpigmentation and acne. Products with over 5 percent niacinamide concentration are effective in treating hyperpigmentation and damage related to sun exposure. Formulas with 2 percent niacinamide may help ease symptoms of eczema and similar conditions and are better for those with sensitive skin.

Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum contains many other active ingreidents such as green tea and acerola cherry, antioxidants that help fight environmental stressors as well as the signs of aging. Although it isn’t clear the percentage of niacinamide in Pore-Refining Toner Serum, even formulations of at least 2 percent should leave your skin moisturized. Other ingreidents such as cactus flower, which helps hydrate the skin and witch hazel water, which is used as an astringent to help tighten skin, round out the list of impressive ingredients in this toner-serum. With such a solid combination of ingredients, you should expect a lot from Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum. Read on to see what the guest reviewer thought!

About the Brand

Fenty Skin was founded Bajan musical artist, actress and songwriter Rihanna, after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty—and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones. Inspired by her global lifestyle, Rihanna combines ingredients from around the world and pairs them with skincare staples such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide for clinically proven results. Driven by that bad encounter with a harsh product, Rihanna has prioritized clean formulas that are also vegan and gluten free. The packaging? Earth-conscious: Think more recyclable materials and smart refillable packs that feel luxurious. Plus, she’s elevated the entire experience with supple, unique textures and warm, delicious scents. Fenty Skin is skincare that works, that feels incredible, and that makes you feel good for using it. 


  • Reduces oil on skin

  • Pores look smaller, skin looks clearer

  • Dark spots are less visible

  • Nourishing hydration leaves skin smooth, plump, and replenished

  • Skin tone and texture evens out over time

How to Use

Use day and night on clean, dry skin. Apply to palms, then pat and press over your face; letting it absorb. Watch video on how to apply here.


Key ingredients

  • Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3): Helps reduce the look of dark spots, even skin tone, and fight excess shine

  • Barbados cherry (acerola): Every cherry is loaded with more vitamin C than an orange to help brighten

  • Australian lemon myrtle & Hamamelis Virginiana (witch hazel) water: Help reduce oil and refine pores

  • Japanese raisin tree: It’s been used for over 1,000 years in Asia as a recovery treatment from long nights of partying; helps detoxify

  • Cactus flower: Thrives in the desert; helps hydrate

  • Green tea & fig: Rich in antioxidants to help defend against environmental stressors

Full list of ingredients

  • Aqua/water/eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hovenia Dulcis Fruit Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Red 33(CI 17200).

My Take

This is a guest review of the Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-REfining Toner Serum that I have copy-edited for content and style. The final version was approved by the guest reviewer.

I bought the Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum as part of the Fenty Skin Start’rs Full-Size Bundle that also included the Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser and Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. The Pore-Refining Toner Serum is a clear peach colored thick gel-like liquid that comes in a clear bottle with a twist cap. To dispense the product, twist the cap to the right and squeeze into the hand, and twist the cap again to close. I love the smell of the Toner Serum, which is a blend of cherry and fig that is not overpowering. I used the Pore-Refining Toner Serum as part of my nighttime skincare routine, after cleansing my face and before applying my moisturizer or retinoid cream. As per the instructions on the website, I did not use a cotton pad to apply the Toner Serum but rather, I poured it into my palms and patted it onto my face.

Although I don’t have much experience using toners, there are a few things I liked about the Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum. First, I liked that a little goes a long way, which means that at 5 fluid ounces, this toner-serum will last for a long time. Second, I liked that it left my skin feeling moisturized and that the Toner Serum was light and did not leave my skin feeling oily. Fenty Skin Pore-Refining Toner Serum also made me skin look brighter, although I haven’t noticed a difference in the evenness of my skin tone. Also, I like the value for money because at $28, Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is less expensive than many other popular toners in its price range for example, Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner (read review here). The Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is also at the very low end of the price range for serums.

After 3 weeks of use, the main critique I have of the Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is that I did not see any noticeable change in dark spots on my face. Another critique is that I did not notice any changes to my skin tone or texture. Also, I foresee that it may be challenging to get the product out of the bottle when it is close to being finished.

I liked Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum and I recommend it to those who want to save time by combining two steps in their skincare routine, toner and serum, down to one. If you want something that is moisturizing and refines pores, smells great, and is a bargain for either a toner or a serum, then I think you should try Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum.

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