Sep 052013

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Lately, I’ve been trying several new foundations and variations–BB Creams, CC Creams, and the like. This includes Kiehl’s BB Cream SPF 50 ($37/ 1.35 oz.). This is a generous tube with great intentions.

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Really, Kiehl’s has all the right boxes checked. It has a great sunscreen rating at SPF 50. It contains Vitamin C and advertises that it can (over time) color correct skin tone irregularities. It gives serious medium coverage. There’s a generous 1.35 ounces in this travel-friendly, lightweight squeeze tube for a well-priced $37. Who wouldn’t love it?

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Well, I didn’t love it. First, the scent of this product is strong (it’s a sunscreen type of a scent) and it just didn’t seem to fade. Also, Kiehl’s BB Cream has a heavy feeling on my skin that I just could accept. I tried this for a few days, but ultimately found that it just didn’t ever quite feel right. I was too conscious of it.

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The final straw was that the product just didn’t make my skin look better. Unlike Shiseido’s Urban Environment Sun Protector (available here), the Kiehl’s didn’t meld with my skin and improve the texture and glow. The Shiseido offers a more cosmetically elegant solution to the suncare protection question.  Note, however, that Kiehl’s coverage is stronger than Shiseido’s, so if you are looking for some strength in that department, that has to weigh in too.

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There’s a lot to love about Kiehl’s BB Cream, and I know there are a lot of fans out there. It comes in four colors–Fair, Fair/Light, Light, and Medium. I chose to try the product in Light, which was a bit too dark for me. Here are swatches of Kiehl’s BB Cream in Light next to MAC Pro Longwear Liquid Foundation in NC15 and Shiesido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation (the one in the blue bottle) in SP 20:

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Here are the ingredients for  Kiehl’s BB Cream:

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We’re so fortunate to have such a good range of foundations available, and I had high hopes for Kiehl’s. I’ve heard great things about it’s (now discontinued) tinted moisturizer. I think that my skin and the texture of this one just didn’t seem to be compatible. Perhaps you’ve had better luck?

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Jul 072012

I bought Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($44) during a quick trip to their counter to look at the line. I tried a bit on my hand, which felt wonderful. What really pushed me to buy was a young woman speaking to her friend, who pointed at it and said, “Look. This is magic. You put a few drops on your face at night so your skin looks really alive when you wake up.” I’ll have what she’s having–sign me up.

Although frequently referred to as a serum, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate has a thin oil texture. The oil has a pleasant, light scent, and is colorless. The scent is far more pleasant to me than Rodin Olio Lusso. In my opinion, the Kiehl’s is gentler and the effect more subtle. Sometimes my skin feels transformed using Rodin’s Olio Lusso–and it can get a little pink in the process. In contrast, the Kiel’s Midnight Recovery leaves my skin soft and glowing but never irritated.

Kiehl’s recommends putting on a drop or a few before going to sleep. Sometimes I wear it in the evenings after taking off my makeup for the day, or in the early mornings as I’m getting things done around the house. It feels wonderful. Ingredient list (click to enlarge);

Overall, Kiehl’s is a lovely, moisturizing light oil that’s helpful if your skin is stressed. It’s non-irritating, moisturizing, and leaves a nice glow behind. Recommended.


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