Kiehl's...Hmmm...

They have such attractive packaging and pretty decent reviews, but I am not a fan. I have tried multiple times, but they are just not for me. This is a  review of a few of the products that were in my routine, up until recently.

Let's start with the good:


 [Ultra Light Daily UV Defense with SPF 50]

This is definitely something you should pick up if you're looking for a reasonable, lightweight moisturiser with a good SPF. It sinks nicely into the skin without leaving a white cast or any sticky residue. It's a nice formula, but if you're willing to spend a little more, Murad would be a better option. It feels far lovelier on the skin.


[Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate]

This, too, is a decent product. It feels nice and sinks in reasonably quickly which makes you feel like it's actually helping you. I got it with a Kiehl's trade-in, and I used the entire tube but saw no actual difference to my eye area. If you just want something that feels good, go for it. Otherwise, keep searching.

On to full range uses:


[Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser]

I don't even know what to say about this cleanser. It's all right. It foams up decently and does clean your face, but it doesn't do what it says it does. Firstly, if you're cleaning your face the way you should, it leaves a tight feeling after you're done. Nobody wants that! Now, I could live with that if there were actually benefits such as my face being oil-free for most of the day, but this is such a blatant lie. I know you get the best effects out of using an entire system together, so I did that, but saw absolutely no difference. Their statistics are such a lie.


[Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner]

The toner is all right. It feels good on the skin and absorbs quickly enough. If you're going to buy anything from this range, this should be it. It doesn't help AT ALL with oil control though, so don't lie to yourself, like Kiehl's is lying to us all.


[Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream]

This! This may be my most hated product ever! Seriously. So, so bad. Not only does it have a weird consistency, it doesn't even sink nicely into the skin. Almost immediate the oil breaks through and makes it a completely pointless step in your skincare routine. And now they're selling jumbo jars? Why?! If this actually works for anyone, let me know. I have no idea how it's such a well selling product.


[Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner]

This is something I quite like. It's just a little more pricey than the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, but it's well worth the additional cost. It feels a lot nicer on the skin and it definitely does a little more for oil control. It absorbs well and makes you feel like you're looking after yourself. Get this if you're torn between toners in Kiehl's.


[Ultra Facial Toner]

This too is quite a bit better than the oil-free version of it and I used it at night in order to avoid looking like a vat of oil during the day and it worked nicely enough. It definitely works as a moisturising double cleanse, but I wouldn't repurchase it because it's not as awesome as what I am currently using (oh the suspense...updates to come).


[Ultra Facial Cream]

This too is way better than the oil-free version, but not suitable for use during the day. However, it works quite well as a thick, nightly moisturiser. Again, there are better things out there so I won't be repurchasing this.


[Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator]

This is definitely not an appropriate sole exfoliator. It borders on a lie, but it works quite well if you use it as a daily exfoliator, provided you don't have over-sensitive/irritated skin. The grains are not rough enough to abuse your skin into submission, so you need a slightly grainier exfoliator at least once a week, but this would be perfect post-exercise to prevent breakouts and whatnot. I do like this product, but again, there's better stuff out there. However, Kose has a product similar to this which I thoroughly despise, so this definitely wins out over that.

For those of you who don't know, Kiehl's has a recycling programme whereby you can return your full-sized empty containers in exchange for other stuff to try. Four empties gets you a deluxe sample size of the eye cream mentioned above, seven gets you a travel sized amino acid shampoo and ten gets you their lip balm or hand cream, I don't remember which. Also, it's cumulative so you will get all three over time if you consistently return your stuff to them. 

There's another thing I want to mention, but I finished it long ago and didn't repurchase, but that is the one thing I might consider buying again in the future. Their avocado eye cream. It's amazing. It's such a thick, lovely, protective eye cream that you can't help slather an abundance on your eye area. If you need an eye cream that's thick and indulgent, go for it!












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