First Impression: Kiehl’s Skincare

Kiehl’s is one of those brands I had noticed before, but I had never gotten around to trying any of their products. A recent quest for a facial sunscreen with high protection that works underneath my make-up led me to their Ultra Light Daily UV Defense. I will do a post on facial sunscreen later this week where I will talk about that a little more, but the lovely sales lady also gave me four samples from Kiehl’s skincare range. A great introduction to the brand and I thought I would share my first impressions with you.

Kiehls Skincare First Impressions

The first sample I received is the Ultra Facial Cream. This is a light moisturiser, which Kiehl’s claim provides 24h hydration. I am a little baffled by this idea: if the period between applying your day and night cream is truly that long you should reconsider your schedule πŸ˜‰ This was a lovely light cream, but nothing truly special.

The second sample was the Creamy Eye Treatment. This eye cream is based on Avocado oil and suitable for sensitive eyes. Kiehl’s claim that the unique texture prevents it from migrating into your eyes. I have to agree the texture was different, but not in a good way. It is very tacky and difficult to spread: it sure stays put where you place it. The downside is a tricky application that involves tugging on your delicate under eye area. Loved the hydration, but the texture makes it a no-go for me.

Kiehls Skincare First Impressions

I also received a sample of the Midnight Recovery Eye, a blend of essential oils without any parabens, silicones or fragrance. The texture of this is a lot better than the Creamy Eye Treatment, but after a couple of days I noticed a reaction from my sensitive eyes. Really unfortunate, as I loved it up until then.

The final sample was the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl’s renowned serum. This fluid serum is great. It is very light and truly makes your skin look healthy and glowing. It works just as well as my normal organic facial oils and I prefer it over the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.Β Kiehls Skincare First Impressions

A bit of a mixed bag: I loved the serum but the other products weren’t really for me. Keep in mind that these are first impressions based on the testers, not full product reviews, but I find you can usually tell if the product isn’t really suited for you based on a tester. Seeing if it really makes a positive difference takes a couple of weeks of proper testing. Have you tried Kiehl’s? Any other recommendations on what I should try next?


22 thoughts on “First Impression: Kiehl’s Skincare

  1. Mary B April 30, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    hey, i like kiehls as a brand cause they are generous with samples, but i think the price in europe compared to us, is crazy, it at least 30% cheaper in the us..they have a great algea mask (lasts for ages and makes your skin baby smooth) and their avocado hair mask is awesome too:) i also made a review of their hair balm;) want to try the serum now!:)

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    • Anne May 1, 2015 / 8:58 am

      They are very generous with their samples, always a plus for me!
      You are right about the price, it really matters with the US. Same with other US brands, but than European/UK brands are usually cheaper this side of the ocean. Strange but true.
      Oh the avocado hair mask sounds divine, might give that a go!
      xxx Anne

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  2. rachandmer April 29, 2015 / 5:24 am

    We nominated you for a Leibster Award if you take a look at our most recent post!
    P.S. The Keihl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser is my fave!

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    • Anne April 29, 2015 / 8:41 am

      Thanks so mcuh for the nomination! I am afraid I have already done the Leibster award a while ago πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne


    • Anne April 29, 2015 / 8:42 am

      Oh yes, the night oil really is the standout product πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne


  3. fislittleblog April 28, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I Went into keils a couple of months ago and brought the UV defense and got given the midnight recovery samples. I acidently used the eye cream as a moisturiser for my whole face (I know I need to learn to read) but it actually worked really well and woke up with lovely skin. I also loved the midnight recovery oil and can see even this little sample lasting me a few months ! X


  4. annie'sbeauty... April 28, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    yeah, the avocado eye cream is like that that’s why it’s more likely to be used on a PM skin care routine! and the glorious concentrate serum, ahhh! I owe it my life… well, the skin on my face sure does anyway! LOL
    need to investigate more on the eye version of it though! anything with Midnight Recovery written in it, has me sold from min 0! haha!
    enough rambling now! wishing you an amazing evening!
    lots of xx, Annie

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    • Anne April 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      At first I was really surprised by the avocado cream texture, and even after reading the explanation i still find it strange…
      The serum is just amazing πŸ˜€ I might just get myself a bottle when i run out of my current serum!
      Be sure to try the midnight eye version though, it gave me the weirdest reaction!
      Hope you have a lovely evening as well!
      xxx Anne

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  5. anastasiias April 28, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    I didn’t try anything from Kiehl’s. And I wanted even it’s quite expensive but then I started to read lots of reviews where pople say that products are nice (the most popular one) but nothing really speacial. And I decided to look at some other brands.

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    • Anne April 28, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Well, the midnight recovery serum is amazing! The rest isn’t too special to me πŸ™‚

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  6. tatumwrites April 28, 2015 / 9:56 am

    I use the midnight recovery eye cream and its so far so good. I do have really sensitive skin but so far no reaction, hopefully it stays that way! I used to have a bottle of the serum but I loved it! this post has just reminded me to repurchase it (even though its friggin expensive here in Singapore). Hope you get the bottle too! xx

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    • Anne April 28, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Really hope you don’t react: I have never had such a weird reaction in an eye cream before, so I hope it’s just a fluke for me.
      I love the serum as well, it really is a great product! Too bad it is really expensive in Singapore though 😦
      xxx Anne

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  7. Amelia Vesper April 28, 2015 / 9:43 am

    I’m sad you didn’t have a better experience! I love Kiehl’s (the Ultra Facial Cream is my go-to winter moisturizer) and you know how obsessed I am with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate πŸ˜‰ I haven’t tried the version for eyes, though – maybe it is a bit too harsh? I think I have a sample laying around somewhere, I will have to give it a shot!

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    • Anne April 28, 2015 / 11:44 am

      It is a bit mixed 😦 I love the daily defense facial sunscreen and the serum: both amazing products. The rest wasn’t my thing though.
      Do try it and let me know what you think! I really hope it was a weird fluke reaction, never had anything like it.
      xxx Anne

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      • Amelia Vesper April 28, 2015 / 7:27 pm

        I will def let you know!

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  8. Lonneke April 28, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Gelukkig dat het testers waren en zo weet je wat je in iedergeval niet meer hoef te proberen πŸ˜‰

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    • Anne April 28, 2015 / 11:45 am

      Hi lonneke!
      Zeker, sommige producten zijn super maar de rest is niet helemaal mijn ding. Toch fijn als merken je netjes samples meegeven πŸ˜€


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