Thursday, February 25, 2016

Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque And Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

I gave these brand new, nature powered masques from Kiehl's a thorough road test and I am ready to extol their virtues. So let's get this gushfest started!!

Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque

Name: Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque
Price: RM 138 for 75 ml
Made in: USA

Developed primarily for nighttime use, this masque promises to defend (Orange Extract) and replenish skin (Vitamin E and Cilantro Seed Oil) against the effects of pollution. As a further benefit, it is able to form a barrier to repel environmental aggressors found in smoke and haze when used in the daytime.

I have zero clues whether it succeeds or fails in its mission but I can tell you that it is hydrating and soothing enough to keep my face in a plumped-out, firm and rejuvenated condition, heh heh. The funky smell I could do without because a minty Zam-Buk is not quite my cup of tea.

This masque has a really rich consistency - it feels creamy, sticky and stringy (somewhat like snail creams!). It packs a phenomenal punch when it comes to moisture and for the reasons mentioned above, I would only use it as an overnight treatment, and never in the morning because I don't need my painstakingly painted makeup sliding straight off!

Now, I am supposed to tissue off the excess after 10 minutes, but I substitute the tissues with damp cotton pads to avoid little bits of tissue sticking to my mug. Whatever that is left on my face post blotting is massaged all over and voilà, I am finally ready for bed!

I had this sleeping masque for over a month now and I barely made a dent in the tub (I use a dollop each time)! If you use it twice a week (recommended) or prefer to keep it on standby for rainy days, you would probably have your jar lying around for a long, long, long time.

The full ingredient list for Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque:
Aqua/Water, Propanediol, Butyrospemum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arginine, Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea Oil/ Olive Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Squalane, Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone, Coriandrum Sativum Seed Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ferulic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil/Peppermint Oil, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Acer Saccharum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, Linalool, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Phytic Acid, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Citric Acid. Fmla 685699 F.I.L. Code D178150/1

Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Name: Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
Price: RM 138 for 75 ml
Made in: USA

Formulated with ingredients like Cranberry and Turmeric, this invigorating facial masque helps visibly improve the overall look of skin, while crushed cranberry seeds within the formula gently exfoliates for a smoother, brighter and illuminated complexion.

The turmeric content lends it a non-overpowering spicy scent and a yellow hue but it will not stain the face; as assured by the friendly KCR during the fun filled session at the Glasshouse on January 19th. It is easy to rinse off once I had enough of the tightening action, which is about 10 minutes or so.

I could not help the sense of unease sliding through me when I saw the misshapen cranberry seeds. I feared they would feel impossibly rough, but to my delight, they are smooth to the touch, and manage to be a proper beauty treat when combined with the creaminess of the masque base. It clarifies, de-greases and exfoliates while being cool and comforting. It even brightens a tad!

And to add to the ever-growing list of reasons why I lurve this masque so: my skin doesn't cry out for my moisturiser after I have had this on. I genuinely look forward to using it, though I make an effort to not dig in more than twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays!). I like having my healthy skin cells where they are and not down some plughole, haha!

As far as clay masques go, there are far more powerful options out there (Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque comes to mind) but none of them offer this extra moisturising touch. For those who have been looking for a masque that does a bit of everything, then this should shoot up to the top of your wishlist.

The full ingredient list for Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque:
Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Silica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylamide, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Laureth-7, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita Extract/Peppermint Leaf Extract, Menthol, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract - Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil. Fmla 942012 F.I.L. Code D176277/1

These facial masques from Kiehl's have already hit the stores and are RM 138 each. Drop by for samples and complimentary skin consultations!

Disclosure: Press samples.