Monday, 17 June 2013

Review: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque 125ml MYR 130

One of the essential part of my skin care routine are masks. If you are a follower of this blog, you may know that most of my masks are hydrating based. I love to incorporate different kinds of mask in a month, alternating with my yoghurt mask, lotion mask and my normal hydrating mask.

I used to love my Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask until recently, I found that they have changed the formula and the new formula contain some ingredients which I don't agree. As I was searching for an alternative, I stumble upon this one from Kiehl's.

Product Description

In just one application this ultra-hydrating masque, formulated with Ophiopogon Japonicus, also known as Fountain Plant, fills skin's 'hydration reservoir' to help moisture depletion. Combined with skin protecting Glacial Proteins and moisture-retaining Desert Plants, our formula leaves skin smoother and softer, refreshed and supple. Silicone-Free. Paraben-Free. Fragrance-Free. Colorant-Free.

Aqua, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Propylene Glycol, Squalane, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Ophinopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Chlorphrnrsin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Fmla.

My Experience

The mask itself is of a 'gel-like' consistency and opaque in colour. It has a undescribable faint scent to it, which to me, smells kind of acid-y. Not sure if it makes any sense.

At my first application of this product ( right after mild exfoliation ), I applied a thin layer all over my face, avoiding my eye area. Within seconds, I felt a burning sensation, which was pre-warned by the SA. I was quite scared that it might provoke my eczema or might be too strong for my sensitive skin. I was about to rinse it off, but surprisingly, the burning sensation stopped and I decide to leave it on for 10 minutes, after which, I would tissue off the excess. Your face will definitely feel tacky at this point but it is fine to leave it overnight. ( To avoid staining your pillow case, just lay a tea towel over it ).

The following morning, I was surprised to find my skin does feel supple and refreshed after rinsing off the remnants. It feels slightly plumped up and the hydration is very much noticeable, as there is a slight glow on my face. That being said however, the glow may differ for each individual. I used this for my hubby on his very parched skin and his skin just soaks it all in. Though there's no glow in my hubby's case, the hydration level is much noticeable.

Honestly, I wasn't so enthusiastic about this product the first few weeks because I personally feels that it is just ordinary. Aside from making your skin supple, I noticed most people raved about their skin looking brighter after using this product. I am afraid I didn't get the 'brighter' results and I rely on my trusted topical Vitamin C for it.

As I was about to sign off this product as ordinary during the first month, I hold on to that thought because by the second and third month, I noticed that my skin feels and looked much healthier. The hydration level was up, despite being sick for a couple of days. I have a very nice 'tiong tiong' effect on my skin, which indicates that my skin is nicely supple.


Given time and patience, you will definitely see results with this product. On me, I saw that my hydration level is up and it has maintained the condition, even when I was sick. On my hubby, it replenishes his parched skin almost immediately, making his pores looking slightly smaller.

If you don't like the idea of sleeping with your mask on, it is fine to rinse it off after an hour or so. Personally, I prefer this method. For those with sensitive skin, I highly recommend that you get a sample first before purchasing the whole tub. As said earlier, some may not be able to take the burning sensation right after application.

Personally, this mask grows on me and it does makes my skin looking healthier. I also love the hydration it gives to my skin and I believe this mask does helps to maintain my skin, making it supple. This product has now become one of my staple!

This item was purchased by me for my personal purposes. This review is based on my honest and personal experience with this product and is not influenced by any parties.

1 comment:

  1. Just purchased this product today, no burning sensation but my skin is sensitive and I tend to break out if products are too rich, especially overnight mask. We'll have to see what happens tomorrow.

    Been using the other products in the range too. The facial wash is too drying for me, toner is so-so (Still prefer Yves Rocher) but the moisturizer is oh-so-awesome. Thanks for the review!


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