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.
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 😉 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.
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.
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?