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