Another Monday, another Project Focus 10 review! It’s actually a holiday here today. It’s Family Day, which is a fairly new holiday for us (it started in 2008). Family Day activities include: going skating, playing hockey, skiing… oh who am I kidding? We just sleep in, watch tv, eat junk food and waste the day away – and then tomorrow we complain about how the long weekend wasn’t long enough. 😛
Today I’ll be looking at Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream:
I bought the 50ml jar for CAD $34, but it is also available in a 125ml jar for CAD $58, which is a better value per ml ($0.68 vs $0.46).
I opened this up with the intention of using it for my nighttime cream since I had finished my Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream. To me, the name “Ultra” alludes to how rich this cream might be, so I thought it would be perfect for nighttime use – but in fact, I found this to be better suited for daytime use. Maybe it’s just me, but I like rich creams for nighttime use – ones that leave the face shiny looking… just me, then? 😉
I do appreciate that Kiehl’s packaging is no-fuss, and this jar comes with an inner lid to keep the product fresh. Some people don’t like jars for creams but I don’t mind much.
This cream touts that it contains Antarcticine, sourced from Antarctica, which is a glycoprotein that has superb protection against dryness, and helps to hydrate the skin. The Kiehl’s site goes to explain that “*A glycoprotein is a macromolecule composed of a protein and a carbohydrate (an oligosaccharide).” I’m not sure how that’s important – it’s just some mumbo jumbo to make this product sound good? Mainly, it is a glycerin based moisturizer, containing squalane (antioxidant), urea (exfoliant), avocado oil, apricot oil. The Antarcticine mentioned is in the form of Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract – *shrug*.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8 Stearate, Urea, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerithrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, PEG-8, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sweet Almond Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean)Oil, Tocopherol, Collagen, Hydroxypalmitoyl, Sphinganine, Chitosan, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate
This moisturizer, leaves the skin supple looking but without the shine – it absorbs into the skin quickly and completely. Makeup glides onto this moisturizer perfectly and there’s no pilling / balling of foundation on top (I tested with a few different foundations). We’ve been experiencing a cold snap here (-33C with windchill!) and this cream really delivered on the hydration front – a true test is around my nose area where I tend to get flakes, there was none at all!
And here’s what the container looks like after a month’s worth of usage:
I estimate this jar will last me around 4 months.
It has a light, non-greasy texture (excuse my dry hands here):
I’m pleasantly surprised by this cream! I find it comparable to my previous HG, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ ($32 for 125ml) which is a mineral oil based moisturizer. Some people don’t like mineral oil on their skin, so I’d recommend Kiehl’s in place of the Clinique. I’d also like to mention a recent discovery that also rivals these moisturizers: the Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer Normal/Dry Skin ($35 for 88ml), which is also a fantastic glycerin-based daytime moisturizer. I had already started using the Mary Kay when I opened the Kiehl’s (which I had originally intended for nighttime use) – so I’ve been alternating between the Mary Kay and the Kiehl’s (I find the Kiehl’s to be slightly more hydrating). And interestingly enough, none of these moisturizers are all that pricey.
I should also mentioned that since I relegated the Kiehl’s for daytime use, I had to find another nighttime moisturizer in my stash – I end up opening the Kibio Ki-Crème, which is an excellent shea butter-based cream that makes my face so awesomely dewy looking – perfect for nighttime! 😀
• Did not break me out
• Very hydrating
• Works well under makeup
• Not too expensive
• Jar format not as hygienic
Stash worthiness: 9/10
Have you tried Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream? What’s your current daytime moisturizer?