Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

by lyn on July 18, 2011 · 6 comments

in Kiehls, Moisturiser

Kiehls recently released an oil-free version of their popular Ultra Face Cream, which I have used before but found to be a little heavy. The new lighter gel version is definitely a lot more suited to our warm, tropical weather and especially for those with oily skin.
I was a little apprehensive about getting this gel initially as it contains Alcohol Denat as its 3rd ingredient on the list. I asked for a sample and tested it out for a week. I really liked the results as my skin felt quite smooth and hydrated throughout the day. So I decided to take the plunge and purchased a full sized jar.
* Product Description (from Kiehls) *
Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is said to provide no-shine moisture that lasts all day. To a certain extent, I find this claim to be quite true as my t-zone seems to be less oily. It doesn’t control oil and shine the whole day though and I do get a little oily after 6 hours or so.
I find the texture to be more gel-like than cream. It is quite watery and feels rather sticky when first applied but stickiness goes away once the product gets absorbed into my skin. I have not had any adverse effects using this gel daily for the past month and have only used it as a daytime moisturiser below my regular sunscreen. I usually apply serums and a heavier gel moisturiser at night.
Pros:
* Lightweight texture.
* Good oil-control.
* Hydrating enough for day use.
* Suitable for tropical weather.
* Free from mineral oil and parabens.
Cons:
* Contains alcohol denat (but I have not had any reactions to date).
* Has a rather weird non-scent.
* Sticky at first but goes away after a while.
Ingredient List:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltautamide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Imperata Cylindrical root extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus Juice/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Fmla 685478/11 Code FIL D45072/1
Availability:
Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is available at all local Kiehls outlets and retails at RM100 for each 50ml jar.

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Rae // theNotice July 27, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Mmm, gel-creams! Perhaps I'm too easily amused, but I love a good gel moisturizer :P I'm really liking the sound of this, though (I can get quite oily in the summer, too) – and I love the look of that ingredients! The alcohol doesn't thrill me, but the fact that it's paraben and silicone-free is awesome.

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l y n July 27, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Rae: This moisturiser is quite nice albeit a little sticky upon application. I thought the alcohol content would cause havoc on my skin but I haven't suffered any reactions to date.

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Diana July 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Hi there, I'm from Malaysia too, I enjoy reading your posts, the place where I study is near pyramid can't wait to check more on Inglot thanks for your reviews!

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l y n July 28, 2011 at 5:41 AM

Hi Diana, Thanks for stopping by :-) If you're into colours, you'd really like Inglot. The quality of their products are quite good.

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belledemoiselle July 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Heya Lyn, thanks for this review :) Quick question – how do you find this compares to Clinique Moisture Surge? :)xox ksuan

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l y n July 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM

ksuan: Clinique's more moisturing than Kiehls' and I use Moisture Surge during the night along with serums and stuff. The Kiehls gel is a good alternative if you're looking for something a little lighter for day use or if you have very oily skin. I would suggest getting a sample if possible and to test it out first.

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