This is very comparable to seabreeze which was usually my go to favorite but I got to try this one on a good sale and coupon deal that made it nearly free. Figured it was worth it! I like to change acne cleansers every two or three weeks to keep my skin from getting used to any particular formula and to train it to not be so sensitive. With this astringent, you do not get any cleansing pads so you have to purchase those separately. You can get a pack of 100 for less than a buck so not a deal breaker. The scent is very harsh on this. It's minty kind of like menthol but it's potent and strong. The astringent kind of tingles your face and it's blue so it must have some sort of dyes in it which I find disappointing but the tingly feeling is kind of nice. It's a definite morning wake up. I like to use this as a toner and a cleanser when I get done with working out sometimes. It helps pick up dirt off my face before I go through my nightly routine and it helps with stress and workout breakouts. Overall good acne fighter and toner but not too great for blackheads. It can over dry if you use it multiple times a day. Effectiveness Good at cleansing and toning but not for blackheads or deep cleaning. Ease of Application You have to apply it on a pad first but it's still easy. Convenience It could be a little more convenient and easy it's not complicated. Side Effects It can over dry you a little bit. Immediacy Goes right to work pulling dirt and oil off your face.