Samples Roundup: October 2017

     As a beauty junkie I am always gathering samples, which typically come with online purchases or when I’m interested in purchasing something from a department store. It’s kind of like trying out those tiny bite-sized morsels at Costco – they get you into the shopping mood! I thought it would be fun to share my first impressions on a week’s worth of samples and let you know whether or not I plan to purchase a full size of any of the products. You’ll notice that this month all my samples came from Kiehl’s, which has been on my to-explore list for a while. For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.


© Gil Segev 2017

  • Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ($65*): Unlike most other popular hydrating serums of our time, this one is not based on hyaluronic acid but rather glycerin, which is a cheaper humectant but supposedly equally effective. The serum is also loaded with dimethicone, which gives it a slippery glide similar to the silicone makeup primers everyone seems to be a fan of. I felt that this serum did an average job of hydrating my skin, but for the relatively high price I wish the ingredients were more interesting, or straight up better. And while Kiehl’s is right when they claim that hydration is vital for anti-aging, it is only a small part of a well-balanced solution. WNR
  • Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($38*): Skincare professionals always recommend tapping eye creams into the delicate skin around the eyes instead of wiping it, to help prevent wrinkles. With a thick formula such as this, that is simply not possible, so you end up doing more damage in using it than not. This next part doesn’t bother me so much, but if you’re conscious of parabens you’ll want to stay clear of this product, which is loaded in them. WNR
  • Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate ($56*): This oil has an equally smooth texture as its nighttime companion, but besides a difference in fragrance (this one is a fruity citrus) I feel like they are identical in results. Skin felt smooth, hydrated, and glowing. I don’t know how many people would use a daytime oil anyways, but I could see myself purchasing either one for my nighttime routine. Only thing to note is, I startled myself when I looked in the mirror about half an hour after application, because for the first time in my life my dry skin looked like an oil spill – very shiny, indeed. Nothing a good foundation can’t cover, but noteworthy if you’re trying to avoid the particular look. WR
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser ($27*): Thick, non-lathering cleanser that left a residue on the skin. WNR
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($27*): They really should have taken the time to tweak this product’s fragrance before releasing a face cream with the scent of modelling clay. WNR
  • Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ($39*): I cannot BELIEVE the price on this mundane, perfectly average body cream. I will say that it sinks into the skin immediately, but it’s almost not enough time to spread it evenly. Not a fan of the scent, either. WNR
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($36*): This cream was supposedly developed to protect skin from arctic conditions with all sorts of interesting natural ingredients, but despite enjoying the smooth texture my skin began prickling after application. It turns out I’ve finally found a product I’m sensitive to! It wasn’t terrible, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. WNR

     Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season?

*Prices true at time of writing.

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