I first heard about this moisturiser from Paris B. She raved about it, and I obviously had to have it. At a Kiehls Beauty Bloggers’ event in May, I excitedly asked if this moisturiser was available in Australia. Unfortunately, at that time, it wasn’t.
When the Ultra Facial Oil-Free range finally made its way to Australia, I jumped at the chance to try it out.
This Oil-Free Gel Cream deeply hydrates and conditions skin, while providing long-lasting moisture. The non-greasy formula is specifically formulated for normal to oily skin needs and traps moisture to visibly reduce the appearance of oil, leaving skin looking more balanced. It contains Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine and Cucumber. Oil-Free, Paraben-Free, Silicone-Free
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Biossacharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus Juice/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Crosspolymer Fmla 685478/11 Code F.I.L. D45072/1
What surprised me about this moisturiser was how watery it is. It’s the lightest moisturiser I’ve ever come across. To be honest, it reminded me a little of the starchy water I used for paper mache when I was a wee child. I thought it would be similar in consistency to Clinique’s Moisture Surge, but the latter is actually a lot thicker.
Unfortunately, this did not work for me. Given its watery consistency, it doesn’t have enough slip. It feels like a very watered down gel facial cleanser. It doesn’t absorb onto the skin, but just sits there wondering what to do.
I badly wanted to like this moisturiser as it’s supposed to be very suitable for oily/combination skin, but I just couldn’t. It’s such a pity because this moisturiser received a lot of positive reviews but I couldn’t find anything I like about it
Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream retails at AU$34 for 50ml and is available at Kiehls counters and stores nationwide.
What I like about it: Nothing
What I do not like about it: Too watery for my liking, doesn’t absorb as well as I’d like it to.
Note: This product was provided for consideration. Sucks that there was nothing I liked about it even though I really thought I would.