Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Review: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection

At last! I've finally found my 'Holy Grail' moisturiser! 

You may have read my post on the newest release to Kiehl's Since 1851 skincare line:

My skin suffers from uncontrollable moisture outbreaks, leaving me with an oily skin surface at the end of a long day at work. Kiehl's has recently launched their brand new Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection which helps to balance skin and control shine over a 24 hour period.
I've been trialing the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner and Gel Cream and so far, these products have put a huge smile on my well balanced and fresh face!  

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

The striking blue packaging that houses this toner looks brilliant! I also love that the packaing is made from sturdy plastic material. The bottle is capped with a flip-top lid and you could easily control the amount of toner required.  This toner comes in a huge 250 mL bottle and I think this will last me quite awhile.

 I've been using this toner for just over a week after cleansing my face using Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser. This toner is great for my sensitive skin and it does not feel astringent like most other toners I have used in the past. It's great to see that this toner is free of oil, alcohol, paraben and fragrance.  The scent is extremely subtle and I could only notice a gentle refreshing scent when I held the product close up.   

Although a cleanser removes the majority of oils, impurities and dirt adsorbed to the skins surface, the use of a toner also aids to remove any remnant impurities (especialy oils) which are difficult to remove using a cleanser. Squirt or shake the bottle to apply a few drops onto a cotton ball and then gently wipe the surface of skin. After wiping most parts of my face, I could already see some dirt and impurities which were strongly bound to my skin.

This toner makes my skin feel very nice and relaxed! I love that this toner contains core ingredients of Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine, which help to soothe and hydrate skin.

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

This gel cream is a lightweight formula which goes on translucent and applies on smoothly to my skin. Since the consistency of this product is quite thin, I found it very easy to evenly apply a small amount of product to my face and decolletage. 
My skin looked moisturised immediately and the absorption rate of this product was pretty fast! Despite making my skin feel a little sticky, my skin looked and felt matte after about 20 seconds after application. I am very impressed with this gel cream and how well it penetrated through my skin so quickly. There was no shiny layer from the gel cream left behind. After a few hours, my skin managed to maintain shine as it no longer looked shiny.

This product is encased in a jar with a white twist top lid. Honestly, I must say that I am disappointed with the packaging. The gel cream appeared slightly watery in the jar and upon opening the lid for the first time, I almost 'spilt' the gel cream off it's edge. The jar is basically filled to the top and there was no protective plastic cover that you sometimes get between the top of a jar and lid of a moisturiser product.  The slightly watery consistency would have been better packaged in a pump bottle rather a jar. I always have these hygiene issue with moisturisers encased in a jar, when it would be perfectly suited in a pump bottle!  

Overall, I love this product as it is oil-free, hydrating and VERY fast absorbing, leaving my skin to appear very matte and refreshed! These characteristics are great in a moisturiser as I usually don't wait long enough for my regular moisturiser to settle in before applying primer/makeup. 

I will definitely have these products as my skincare staples!

This new Ultra Facial Oil-Free collection is definitely suitable for oily skintypes and I highly recommend these products. I'm very satisfied with these two products from Kiehls new Ultra Facial Oil-Free collction, so I may as well purchase the cleanser to complete the collection!

Have you tried Kiehl's new Ultra Facial Oil-Free products?

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner and Gel Cream were provided for consideration. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I  did not receive remuneration to post this product review.


  1. Great review!!! The products look interesting :D

  2. Thank you Rakhshanda! You should definitely give it a try!