Review: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

I have not been so disappointed in a long time. And it had to be Kiehl’s to break the spell.

Before ever trying Kiehl’s, I used to admire the distinctive font of its logo, its brand philosophy of using only the finest naturally-derived ingredients, its creative retail store display and its brand history that go back 160 years as a New York City-based pharmacy. I still do, in some way. But the shine has tarnished.

For many years I told myself that I should give Kiehl’s a try. The opportunity came a month ago when I was looking for a gel-based moisturiser.

Most of the time, my skin is normal/combination. But for some reason in the past one to two months, I noticed my face getting oilier superficially. What I mean by this is – while my skin was getting oilier, the condition of my skin seemed to be getting drier. Can anyone relate to this?? Maybe I was going through some temporary hormonal changes…?

So, I thought it was a great opportunity to bag a Kiehl’s product to my collection.

As usual, I walked into Kiehl’s retail outlet and asked what their best sellers were. One of them happened to be the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. An all-day concentrated hydrating moisturiser for normal and oily skin type. It came in a see-through blue plastic jar with a white screw on cap. The watery gel cream jelly-like texture is somewhat translucent. I thought this was definitely going to be one of my best finds.

Oh, am I filled with regret! And major disappointment.

The moment I started to use this moisturiser, I wanted to throw it in the bin.

First, it smells like salty sweat.
Second, it lays on the skin like gooey-sticky jello.
Third, it sits on the skin like a starchy-mask barrier, rather than an absorptive moisturizer.

If you have ever made starchy water for paper marche crafts, this moisturizer’s consistency and smell, reminds me a lot of that.

Another frustrating thing is – every time after use, I have to rinse my hands. Most moisturisers will easily absorb into your hands as you apply onto your face. Not this. I don’t like its slimy texture on my fingers.

After a week of persistent use, my skin did seem to improve in hydration and balanced out the oiliness. BUT!…I wouldn’t buy it again. There are lots of excellent gel-based natural moisturizers out there that – I’m certain – can do the job just as well.

Editor's Rating

Don't waste your money.
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