I’m dreadful when it comes to beauty counters. The amount of times I have popped in for something in particular and come out overloaded with bags of products, I don’t want to think about it. In fact I avoid department store beauty counters now, the temptation is just too much. You can imagine I was torn between feeling excited and nervous when Terri mentioned Kiehl’s had asked for beauty bloggers to go and trial some of their products at Selfridges, Trafford Centre.
The Kiehl’s stand is at the back of the store but stands out due to its very own Mr Bones! The products are quite plain with the same design throughout but simple is sometimes best and does say to me that they know the products work and they don’t need to spend a fortune on packaging to promote their product.
Kiehl’s have a huge celebrity following with household names proclaiming to be regular users of the products and Alanis Morissette designing a limited edition pot for the brand’s ultra facial cream. It’s not hard to see why. The brand has been around since 1851 and still uses the old fashioned aeroplane image as its symbol. Founded as an old-world apothecary in the East Village New York, the brand blends cosmetic and herbal knowledge passed down for generations to bring the best products possible. They are so confident that their products work that they offer a money back guarantee!
As well as an impressive money back guarantee Kiehl’s also offer a skin consultation as standard as well as encouraging you to take away samples of their products to try before you buy. The little tabs above were placed on my forehead and cheek to determine my skin type. The result wasn’t a surprise; I have combination skin with more oily spots over my cheeks than my forehead.
Our visit to the Kiehl’s stand was to celebrate the launch of their latest product; hydro-plumping re-texturizing serum concentrate. Made with 15% plant based glycerine it is paraben and fragrance free. The product is designed to help correct signs of age related dehydration whilst plumping the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and a tired looking complexion. It is almost gel like in consistency and glides onto the skin with ease. Immediately after using this product my skin felt softer and smoother. After using for a week my skin looked less tired and my make up glided on much easier. Winner! This product retails at £40 for 50ml so is on the pricier side for a serum but it is well worth it.
I was also offered some other samples when in store and my favourites are the powerful strength line reducing concentrate and the midnight recovery concentrate. As a woman in her early 30s I do worry about lines and I appreciate this product is probably more suited to those with deeper lines than I have but I found it ironed out the fine lines I already have so well. This little sample tube has lasted so long and it retails at £49 for 50ml which, for a line reducing product, is really quite reasonable compared to others on the market.
I also loved the midnight recovery concentrate for its overnight results. It’s a facial oil like no other delivering a real hit of moisture to dry skin overnight and a radiance that no other product has ever given my skin. I’ll definitely be buying some when my sample runs out! It retails at £36 for 30ml but I still have loads of my sample left as I don’t need to use it every night.
Huge thanks to Terri for the heads up and to the fabulous Kiehl’s staff for an introduction to the range. Make sure you pop in to your nearest outlet for a skin consultation and to try their amazing products, I promise you won’t go back.
I was provided with samples of products from Kiehl’s during my visit. This is an honest review and anyone can obtain these samples when in store. I challenge any other brand to beat their money back guarantee, samples and results of the products.