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 Purchase or Pass

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.

Verdict: Buy It!


Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser

This 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.

It’s hard to put my finger on why I don’t like this cleanser. It gets the job done, but it isn’t memorable.

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 use this toner. I love that it is gentle and doesn’t sting. I don’t use this every day so I only buy the mini bottle. The one downside is this toner is pretty expensive.

Verdict: Buy It!


Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

This Vitamin C serum 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. 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 serum, but there are other Vitamin C serums that I like more.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this retinol serum instead.



Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution

Unlike the previous serum, the Vitamin C in this serum is paired with other actives that fade dark spots and even skin tone.

I have mixed feelings about the Dark Spot Solution. I don’t like the packaging, but I do like the serum. If you decide to purchase this, make sure to store it in a cool, dark place.

Verdict: Buy It!


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.

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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