Niacinamide is a skincare favourite that works for pretty much all skin types. Since the Ordinary came on the scene there has been an explosion of affordable and effective skincare brands and Good Molecules is one of them. It is a brand from the online retail giant BEAUTYLISH whom I love by the way!

Once the brand hit the market it has been 5 stars all around. One of the products that I immediately wanted to try out was the Good Molecules Niacinamide brightening Toner. If you haven’t heard about Good Molecules Niacinamide brightening serum you may have been living under a rock, because it has been sold out consistently single its release.

Good molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner is a combination of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) ,arbutin & licorice root extract. This combination works with the Niacinamide reducing congestion, the appearance of blemishes and balances the sebum levels of your skin. It also targets dullness, and visible pores to strengthen your skin’s barrier function.

While the Arbutin and liquorice root extract improve the look of hyperpigmentation soothes inflammation and inhibits excess melanin production.


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    Appearance and packaging

    Unlike similar brands of the same ethos and price range, which are minimalistic the Good Molecules packaging is more colourful. The Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner comes in a sturdy amber coloured glass bottle which feels much more luxurious and expensive.

    How to use

    This Niacinamide toner can be pretty much used by every skin type, however if you have e sensitive skin patch testing it for 24  hours before actual use..

    Apply this on freshly washed skin with a cotton pad or patted into skin until fully absorbed.  It is suitable for daily use because of how soothing the ingredients are..


    • It is an affordable toner with a HUGE punch
    • Widely available on most skincare retailers online
    • Clears up acne and reduces the severity and frequency of breakouts
    • Significantly improves skin tone ,pigmentation and brightness


    • While it doesn’t have one , its popularity means that it is constantly sold out

    Who is it for

    The Good Molecules Niacinamide brightening Toner works for all skin types, especially congested skin but is especially helpful for oily and acne-prone skin.


    $14 or N9,500


    Performance: 5/5

    This is a really great product that quite frankly over-delivers on what it promises. It reduces breakouts and congestion and significantly improved my skin brightness, texture and clarity within 10 days of consistent use.

    Quality: 5/5

    It comes in the standard GOOD MOLECULES packaging which is pretty elegant and sturdy. The amber glass bottle is hefty and solid,I  was actually afraid that it would break if I dropped the bottle, it’s that solid.

     Value for money: 5/5

    It costs $14 if you are buying directly from the brand website, understandably in Nigeria, the price is slightly higher and the current naira devaluation and corona quarantine have not helped. However, even with that, you get more than your money’s worth.

    Ease of use: 5/5

    It is extremely easy to use and works like any basic toner just put a few drops on a cotton pad wipe across your face and you are good.

    Overall rating: 5/5

    I love it because it does exactly as promised and more, my skin was luminous dewy and break out free and it is affordable to boot!


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      Where to buy


      • COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
      • MISSHA – Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence RX (Pro-Ferment)
      • Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Tonic
      • Cos De BAHA Niacinamide 5% Toner 200ml w Panthenol 1% –
      • Face Theory – Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner (£14.99 for 200ml) – 5% Niacinamide
      • Natural Pacific – Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence –
      • Niacinamide 5% Toner for Face

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      1. Ese
        2020-06-25 / 1:31 pm

        Can this be used alongside the ordinary 10% niacinamide serum or will it be too much?

        • 2020-06-25 / 1:37 pm

          You can use both, but if you already have the ordinary I would say you don’t need to you can alternate

          • Gaby
            2021-01-03 / 7:25 am

            What’s the difference between the Goog Molecules niacinamide toner and the serum?

            • 2021-01-03 / 10:58 pm

              The toner is focused on both brightening as it has a lot of ingredients in addition to the niacinamide, while the serum is purely niacinamide so is more on oil control. I prefer the toner the serum is very thick and doesn’t apply as easily

        • Vivian
          2020-11-26 / 11:28 am

          Can it be used with a vitamin c serum

      2. D- ID
        2020-08-30 / 9:37 am

        Can this be followed with TO 8% Ascorbic Acid + Arbutin serum? Considering niacinamide and ascorbic acid are supposedly not to be combined?

        • 2020-08-30 / 12:21 pm

          Yes you can , i use Niacinamide with ascorbic acid with no issues at all

      3. Manahil Khan
        2021-01-04 / 7:12 am

        Can i use it after soon jung relief toner?

        • 2021-01-04 / 4:11 pm

          Yes you can but they do similar things so i would say alternative but using both are fine

      4. Foye
        2021-01-05 / 12:29 am

        Can it be used with Neutrogena sialicylic acid toner?

        • 2021-01-06 / 1:25 pm

          Yes it can , it is a skin barrier booster so works well with all actives

      5. Sarah
        2021-02-03 / 8:31 am

        Hello, thanks for this.

        Can this be used along with the good molecules niacinamide serum or no point using both?

        • 2021-02-03 / 11:16 am

          I would say no point in using both , however you can alternate with the toner in the morning and the serum at night

      6. Agbasi Jennifer
        2021-02-15 / 1:16 pm

        Can this toner be used with Differin gel and salicylic acid.

        • 2021-02-15 / 8:37 pm

          Yes it is hydrating so pairs perfectly with both of them

      7. Ifeyinwa
        2021-03-22 / 4:22 pm

        Can I use this in the mornings and use the ordinary niacinamide serum at night?

      8. Anon
        2021-04-18 / 12:46 am

        Can I use this with Azelaic Acid?

      9. Jackie
        2021-05-06 / 2:04 pm

        Can the toner be used with acids eg Aha BHA peeling solution, glycolic acid and inkeylist retinol?I’m scared of burning my skin

        • 2021-05-06 / 4:35 pm

          Yes it can , niacinamide is actually a skin barrier booster and is best combined with actives like AHA and retinol

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