Friday, February 22, 2013

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - Is it really a magic potion?

Its funny how these beauty companies will not let us stay in peace. Don't understand? Ill elaborate and I am sure you will agree with me. 

Just when we were all getting used to using sunscreens and day moisturizers they introduce us to BB creams, just when we learnt how to apply the perfect base they go ahead and launch primers to make it more complicated for us, just when we thought shampoo + conditioner + serum is the perfect answer to hair problems they tell us that we are missing out on hair masks. And just when we got started using night creams as the ultimate solution to ageing they launch oils and serums that are supposed to be more effective. Now don't you agree with me? If a girl starts using all of these products then all she'll end up doing the whole day is stand in front of the mirror and apply products to her skin and hair.

One such product that I came across recently is Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is a lavendar oil based product that is supposed to be like a "magic potion" and make your skin better, younger, smoother and more beautiful. After following their much advertised Facebook campaign me and my friends got convinced enough to atleast try out a sample if not buy the product. (Yes they are pretty generous with samples).

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Here's what Kiehl's USA website says about the product:

Purely Potent Over-Night Repair.

•Lightweight, overnight treatment.
•Regenerates, repairs, and replenishes skin for a smoother, healthier skin.
•Works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors to dramatically restore skin.
•99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free.

So the SA was kind enough to give me a sample of this replenishing oil alongwith it's under eye cream version.

This is how the sample looked like:

Packaging & Ingredients

Since I got the sample version I will not be able to comment on the packaging of the actual bottle nor the ingredients as they were not mentioned on the sample.

The sample packaging was a cute plastic one in the shape of a bottle. 

The Product:

The product which is made up of essential oils is an oil itself. Clear and lightweight are 2 words that come to my mind (you'll have to try hard to see the oil on my palm in the above pic). 

How to use:

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The SA advised me to take only 2 drops every night on my palm inhale the oil so as to calm my senses before sleeping and then apply it. Although the sample is just of 2ml but it lasted me for more than a week! Just 2 teeny weeny drops are enough to apply it all over your face. I followed this ritual every night for 9 nights in a row till the sample lasted. The oil feels a little greasy on application but will get soaked in quite easily. 

So did it magically transform my skin?

 I find it difficult to comment on how well it did cos honestly I don't how long is one suppose to use it to actually check for any effects. But yes, my face did look fresher every morning rather than groggy or puffy. And don't if it was the winter glow but it did make my face radiant for the few days that i used it. Will I actually buy the product? I would have, had it not costed me a bomb.

  • Just 2 small drops are enough so lasts really long
  • Almost fragrant free
  • Gives a glow in just a week
  • Almost paraben free
  • Does make skin look fresher and smoother
  • Makes your skin greasy so you might think twice before applying in summer
  • High price 
2750 for 30ml bottle


  1. I tried this sample too and I'm quite tempted to buy it. However I found a similar oil at Marks and Spencer for 700rs (Pure overnight oil) and it works well for me. I've reviewd it on my blog. Check it out.

  2. Heard a lot about it.. but I am not sure what is keeping me away from getting it... I am not 100 per sure to go for this.. There are days when I just want to hop and grab it them on other I think of giving it a miss.

  3. Its a magic potion. I have been using it for about a year now. It works superb on me. I could see the difference in just about 2-3 days.


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