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Today’s review is on Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream. Recently, I am loving Kiehl’s products. They are amazing, especially the serums (reviews coming soon), though there are exceptions. This one was an impulsive decision. In summers, I prefer using gel-type moisturizers or something very light for the day time. I had used Clinique’s “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel” and I really liked it. Instead of repurchasing, I went to Kiehl’s to see if they have anything that is gel based. Consultant at the counter suggested this moisturizer from the new range as I had heard good things about the usual Kiehl’s Ultra Light Facial Cream, I thought this would be a great purchase. Read on to see if this product is really worth the hype?
Our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is a non-oily, quickly absorbed hydrator that visibly reduces the appearance of oil and leaves skin looking and feeling more balanced. The oil-free gel cream works synergistically with skin’s natural lipids to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface. It is non-greasy, and retains essential moisture in skin for a healthier, re-balanced skin barrier and a smoother, fresher appearance. With Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, and Cucumber Fruit Extract, this unique preparation helps skin retain moisture and protect it from arid conditions. The unique gel cream texture is instantly absorbed leaving a dry feel. Oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free.
2990 Yen (I bought it in Japan).
Method of Application:
Apply to cleansed and toned facial skin day and night.
My Experience with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream:
This is a gel-based moisturizer and I started using this a month ago. This gel is recommended for acne prone and oily skin. I use it only in the morning. I have already hit the bottom of the tub. I just can’t believe it. I don’t know what has happened because usually moisturizers last me around 3-4 months. It is a pretty normal-sized tub; I expected it to last at least 3 months. I don’t know if mine is like that, but here I am ready to buy another in a week or so as this one is getting over.
Next, comes the consistency, it is way too runny. I do not like it at all. It does not hydrate your skin enough. So, I have to apply a lot. I also realized that after applying it for 2-4 days, I got some bumps on the sides of my nose and since then these bumps are alternating.
Tub packaging is very unhygienic; it is a pain to take out the gel cream out. It is not a makeup base at all, I have to apply a separate moisturizer if I am applying makeup, otherwise it will dry out my face. This gel cream does not contain any SPF and I have to apply a separate SPF as well, huh!
Lastly, this product doesn’t deter me from buying Kiehl’s products. I completely trust the brand as I have other products from it that I use and can’t live without.
Pros of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream:
- Fragrance free.
- Colourant free.
Cons of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream:
- Not enough product for the price in the tub.
- Consistency is too runny.
- Not hydrating or moisturizing.
- Unhygienic jar packaging.
- No SPF.
- Very pricey.
- Presence of alcohol denat.