Dry Combination Skin & Oily Skin Review: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, Toner & Gel Cream

by xin on September 19, 2011

A while ago, Kiehl’s has launched a new range of products, which is the Ultra Facial Oil-Free range. I like the color of the products, the blue is really a prominent color to represent ‘hydration’ to me, and it’s easy to relate it to water and ocean.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Range

I was provided a set of these to try out the products. Having dry combination skin, I wasn’t sure about how will this work for my skin. Since it’s quite a large set, shared it with my sister who has oily skin and acne prone.

This way we can find out how it fares for 2 skin types.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser RM85 (USD$18)/150ml

Being a large tube of cleanser, it lasts you a long while!

With just about 5cent coin of product, it lathers up very well and good enough to cleanse your whole face.

And I notice that with cleanser that foams, I tend to be gentler when I am washing my face without much tugging.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser Details

And also since it is quite foamy, I like to use it with my Clarisonic Mia.

On dry combination skin: It works quite well cleansing my skin without drying it out, which is a plus for me as certain foam cleanser tends to be really dry for my skin.

On oily skin: It works good enough to keep the skin oil-free for longer than normal cleansers and no breakouts experience.

It does what a cleanser should do, and of course, if you find a cheaper cleanser that works for you, then this is not a must.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner 1

2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner RM85 (USD$18)/250ml

This toner that comes in 250ml is a huge bottle. To use it, I usually apply it on my face with cotton pad. It takes a little longer than the usual toners to be absorbed. However, I am really bothered by the funny scent in the toner :(

On dry combination skin: On my skin, it works okay without being too dry, but that’s about it. I did not feel anything extra-ordinary. And I usually have not much expectations for toners.

On oily skin: However, on my sister’s skin, she commented that toner feels little too heavy than what she was used to, and it does not give her the ‘cooling and dry’ sensation like the others.

 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream RM100 (USD$24.50)/50ml

I have mixed feeling about this moisturizer as initially it worked well on me, then after a month my skin decided not to like it anymore.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream texture

As you can see, the texture is REALLY light!  Although it is labeled as gel-cream, it feels more like a gel on my skin.

And this moisturizer has a really pungent scent, it’s like the pitera scent in the SKII, but this is something else. The scent tends to linger a while and only go off when it is fully absorbed.

On dry combination skin: Like I said, for the first month of use, it worked quite well for day time. I still experienced shine after a couple of hours but it was manageable.  It took a while to be absorbed but once it’s in, my skin felt quite supple to the touch. Then my skin decided to havoc and turn into desert (again), hence the hydrating level was not enough for me anymore, which was a bummer really.

On oily skin: It works VERY WELL to keep shine away! My sister commented that she had hours of oil-free before the shine appeared. Usually, most of the moisturizers (even the Blue Herbal range didn’t work as well) turn her into an oil-pot in just one or two hours. Yes, that’s how oily her skin is. This moisturizer is light enough for her without breaking her out.

Clinique Moisture Surge

If you are wondering, this is how thick is Clinique Moisture Surge Extra compared to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream.

Conclusion:

Overall, I think it is quite a decent range for combination/oily skin. While I personally like the cleanser, I think it is more important for you to invest in a moisturizer that suits you rather than cleanser, that’s if you have limited budget. For the dry skin, I am afraid that this is not enough for you, and you will definitely need a serum for a boost. If in doubt, you can always walk in a request for a sample before purchasing the entire tub :)

Price: As stated above

Availability: In all Kiehl’s stores

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domncroxd September 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

thanks for the review Xin. if i’m not mistaken, kiehl’s moisturizer appears to be runnier than clinique’s? but i’m intrigued by how it worked well for your sister, since i too have oily skin.
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xin September 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

The kiehl’s is a lot runnier than clinique’s. it became too light for my skin, it’s best that you get a sample from them to try, nothing is more accurate than trying out for yourself ;)
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gio September 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I’m really curious to try the moisturizer considering how well it worked on your sister. I have some shiny patches on my skin and I think this could help keep them at bay.
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prettybeautiful September 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

i wished it worked as well for my dry skin too :( if u have a kielh’s store near where u stay, get a sample :D
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Nikki September 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I have used a travel set gifted to me by my bro and i like it! What i like about Kiehl’s Products are its simplicity and quite straightforward in targetting skin concerns :)

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prettybeautiful September 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

you are right, and no fancy packaging involved ;)
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Krys September 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I’m actually using the Ultra Facial line, but not this oil-free one. I think for normal to combi skin, the original line might be more suitable :) I love Kiehl’s.

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prettybeautiful September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

i think that might work better for me too ;)
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Sukie September 20, 2011 at 4:26 am

Hello Xin! I’m guessing the ‘cooling and dry’ sensation your sister experiences with other toners could be due to the high alcohol content in them! I’m a huge fan of such moisturizers and I can’t wait to give it a go! Kiehl’s is overpriced over here so I will wait until I go home and then start pestering my mum to get me one! =D
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prettybeautiful September 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

yeah you are right. but do note that this range contains alcohol too, probably in lower dose ;)
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Jenn LA January 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I have combination and sensitive skin. It’s been hard to find a skin product for me. Recently I’ve been looking for a cream to use for both during the day and night. I have tried the Made from Earth Vitamin C Moisturizer one for a week and am absolutely in love with this. And its organic without chemicals! When I put it on, it feels light and refreshing with no scent.

It has the perfect amount of moisturizer so my face feels hydrated and I don’t need to constantly reapply nor wiping oil off my face. I have not found any other product fits my skin so well and I’ll stick with this one for a while!

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