The Best and Worst Kiehl’s Skincare Products

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If you are reading this, you are probably thinking about testing out some of Kiehl’s skincare products. Maybe you heard a thing or two about the brand but are looking for a second opinion. After all, you want to make sure this skincare line is worth the hype before you make the investment.

Overall, I’ve had a pretty good experience with Kiehl’s skincare products. That being said, there are some products that are worth the purchase and some that deserve a pass.

Kiehl’s Skincare Reviews

Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Face Wash

This face cleanser breaks down dirt, oil, and impurities without compromising the moisture barrier, helping skin look hydrated and feel soothed, not dry or tight.

Of all the Kiehl’s face washes I tried, this is the one I like the most. It comes to a nice foam when washing but doesn’t leave the skin feeling stripped. This is great for combination or oily skin. If you have super dry skin, you might find this a bit too drying.

Verdict: Buy It!


Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser

This cucumber cleanser claims to be a gentle, gel-lotion cleanser that softly melts away dirt while conditioning sensitive skin for a fresh-feeling clean that lasts all day.

This cleanser is pretty forgettable. I tested it for this post and then went back to my old cleanser.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this gentle cleanser instead.


Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner

This hydrating, alcohol-free toner soothes and improves the feel of skin. 

When my skin is red and angered, I reach for this toner. I love that it is gentle, doesn’t sting, and reduces redness. The one downside is this toner is pretty expensive. To keep the cost down, I only use it when needed, not every day. If you don’t want to invest in a full-size bottle, buy a mini to try it out first.

Verdict: Buy It!


Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

The Powerful-Strenght Line-Reducing Concentrate is a Vitamin C serum that reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, dullness, and uneven texture.

When I want to address aging and wrinkles, I reach for a retinol product, not Vitamin C. If you are not interested in trying retinol, then Vitamin C is an okay alternative.

Concerning this serum, I like that it applies easily and does not irritate my sensitive skin. However, once I use the entire bottle, I won’t be repurchasing. I do like the product, but there are other Vitamin C serums that I like more.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this Vitamin C serum instead.



Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution

This Clearly Corrective Serum is formulated with Vitamin C, salicylic acid, and white birch extract to help fade dark spots and even skin tone.

I have mixed feelings about the Dark Spot Solution. When I first tried this serum years ago, I had oiler skin that broke out a lot. The alcohol, Vitamin C, and salicylic acid helped to reduce oil production while fading scars.

Now that I’m older, my skin is drier and less prone to breakouts. This type of product isn’t something I need anymore.

If you are oily and acne-prone, I think you will enjoy this product. If you are on the drier side or don’t have issues with acne, I would skip it.

Verdict: Buy it if you have oily, acne prone skin.


Midnight Recovery Concentrate

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a blend of squalane, lavender, and evening primrose oils. It is applied nightly to soften and hydrate the skin.

Calling this a serum is incorrect. This is a facial oil. My combination, sensitive skin did not like this product, causing me to break out.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this facial oil instead.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

The Ultra Facial Cream is a lightweight face cream that supports the skin barrier and delivers hydration. 

When buying products to test, I almost didn’t pick this one. I thought it would be too heavy for my combination skin, but I was wrong. Now, this is the moisturizer I reach for every day.

If you have normal or combination skin, you will enjoy this moisturizer. For those with super dry skin, you might not find it rich enough.

Verdict: Buy it!


Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

This moisturizing under-eye cream hydrates dry under eyes and visibly brightens and de-puffs.

This eye cream is thick! But don’t let that scare you away. Take a small amount and rub it on your fingers before applying. This will warm the product making it easier to apply. Since a little goes a long way, buy the small jar.

Verdict: Buy it!


Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

Formulated with avocado fruit extract, avocado oil, and evening primrose oil, this mask is formulated to soften and hydrate the skin.

I’m going to be direct. I did not like this mask and I can’t recommend it. The texture was not creamy. It was not easy to apply. Once removed, the mask left my skin feeling greasy, not hydrated.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this Fresh mask instead.


Final Thoughts on Kiehl’s Skincare

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Kiehl’s skincare. I absolutely fell in love with two of the products I tested. I highly recommend everyone pick up the Creamy Eye Treatment and the Ultra Facial Cream.

One major thing to note, most of their products contain essential oils. If you are super sensitive to fragrance or essential oils, you may want to stick to their unscented products.

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