Midnight Recovery Concentrate

by Kiehl's  
Price:
$46 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
Last Updated:
1/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Restoring skin’s healthy appearance overnight isn’t going to happen with this product. Although it contains a few helpful ingredients for dry skin, it is far more loaded with irritating fragrant oils. Coriander, lavender, and rosemary are the biggest offenders; all present problems for your skin, including irritation and collagen breakdown. Please…save your skin and your cosmetics budget and ease your dryness with a well-formulated fragrance-free moisturizer coupled with a non-fragrant plant oil such as olive or evening primrose. You’ll get better results without the irritation Midnight Recovery Concentrate is guaranteed to cause.

This lightweight, readily absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother, more radiant complexion by morning. Enriched with Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender, our formula provides a boost of intensive moisture to depleted skin. These natural oils instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. Our recovery concentrate works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. With skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to tired-looking skin.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rose Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil

This line has been around for quite some time, and has its origins in a family-owned pharmacy based in New York City. Perhaps its neighborly beginnings with a big-city heritage are what propelled Kiehl's to its long-standing status as a popular product line. Considering that Kiehl's doesn't advertise (at least not in the traditional sense, though their products get frequent press), their brand identity and status in the minds of consumers are impressive.

What gets lost in all the fashion magazine hype and company claims of "excellence" and "quality ingredients" is that almost all of the Kiehl's products hardly warrant excitement or even mild enthusiasm. Most of them are surprisingly ordinary, with a dusting of natural ingredients almost always at the very end of the ingredient list, well after the preservatives. That amounts to little more than a token attempt to make the products appear more natural to those who want to believe a plant or vitamin must somehow be better for the skin than something that sounds more chemical. Nevertheless, that token amount is enough to allow Kiehl's to brag about how its products nourish the skin or are more environmentally friendly, when they're not.

Aside from the allure of the natural, this line consists of totally ordinary and often completely unnatural ingredients. More disheartening for skin is that many of the ingredients are of questionable benefit for those with sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin. In some instances product ingredients are irritating for any skin type, while half of the sunscreen products are a serious problem for reliable sun protection. If you can't resist the allure of Kiehl's, just know that the product assembly will work best for those with dry to very dry skin and that, for the money, most of the formulas aren't knock-your-socks-off thrilling.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Christina
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    love this oil
    • This is my favorite product of all that I own/have tried, but only for extra moisture. I don't use it for anti-aging. My face breaks out from everything and always dry from acne treatments. This oil not only calms my skin, but also reduces break-out inflammation/redness AND reduces my cracked, dry facial skin by 80% the first night I need to use and I'm back to normal within 3 days-no makeup flaking, etc (Iput it under my regular moisturizer at night). Also great on dry lips with a balm over it

  2. Bonnie L.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 15, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Neutral
    • For me, I find a bit oily when applied at first however when I wake up next morning, skin feels supple and refreshed. No shiny spots on nose and forehead. For its claim, this product is pretty god for its intended effect. However, I have sensitive skin and my skin is a bit irritated by it when applied for the first few days.

  3. Danielle M
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Worked wonders for my skin
    • This product worked miracles for my skin. I wake up with my skin feeling much softer and looking much brighter and well rested. My skin can be sensitive and react to a number of different ingredients, but I have had no problems at all with this product. I adore the fragrance (and I'm not normally a fan of scented products) and find it calming and relaxing - like a day at the spa! I notice a complete difference when I don't use this. Yes, it's expensive, but it totally works!

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 17, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Truly A Miracle...for me, anyway
    • I have been using MRC for over two years and it is hands down the best product in my arsenal. It evens out my skin tone, softens fine lines and my face looks great the next day. I have never had any breakouts or irritation using it and while, yes, it is pricey, you only use a few drops and it lasts forever. For reference, I am 50 and have combo skin, leaning towards dry.

  5. Marilyn
    Reviewed on Friday, June 21, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Disagree
    • I also have to disagree with your review. My eyes are sensitive, but I have no problem with this; in fact, I really like it. It reduces puffiness and makes the eye area look very youthful. I have used many eye products over the years, and this is my favorite so far!

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Not irritating
    • This product is not irritating like the "cosmetics cop" says. I would say if you have dry skin it is not enough as a moisturizer - in the winter i top it with a night cream or aquaphor, but it is more than sufficient in the summer. My skin looks calmer when i use it, and when i use it regularly I need less makeup. I make a point to keep up the habit of applying this when I am stressed, as it really helps my skin most then.

  7. Lois k.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Skin looks moist and healthy in the morning.

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