Friday, 7 October 2016

Review: Kiehl's Turmeric-Cranberry Seeds Energizing Radiance and Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks

Hello everyone,

When I posted pictures of masks on my IG, a lot of my friends wanted to know how I felt about them! And after that I vanished from the internet. I was under tremendous work pressure and had no time to think about anything else, and, blogging got pushed down the priority list and I must say I missed it!

Now, that the work pressure is less and I am back into blogging senses, I want to start with the review of these two masks, which I have been using for past few weeks.

But, before we talk about these masks my hats off to the Kiehl's for its genius idea to launch travel size jars (~ 30 ml) of these masks as well. These travel sized mask jars costed me INR 1350/- each, which is quite economical for experimenting and trying.

Let's first talk about the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Mask. First of all, I LOVE how it smells - it reminds me of kesar-pista kulfi which I LOVE and I can't get enough of its smell. I don't have to tell anyone how beneficial turmeric is for its antiseptic properties and is being used for ages in many beauty treatments (apart from day to day cooking in Indian kitchens). 

As you can tell from the photos, this mask comes in a bright orange coloured glass tub which is quite sturdy - I can say so because it survived a fall! Its a clay based mask infused with turmeric - which helps in healing skin problems and cranberry seeds - for mild exfoliation (one complain though, these cranberry seeds stick on to my skin after the mask dries completely and I have to scratch them away). As this is a clay based mask, I feel this would be more suitable for those with oily skin, yay for me (but, I currently have pretty normal skin). I mostly use this mask twice a week in the evening for a deep cleanse. This mask gives a very soothing cooling sensation to skin which I find very relaxing after a tough day at work.

When I used this mask for the first few times, it worked wonderfully for me. I didn't notice any dryness or tightness in my skin after using this mask. In fact, my skin was a lot softer and smoother and I could see that my skin looked brighter and fresher. But, then after a few uses (5-6) I couldn't see much difference and I stopped using it. And, during my PMS my skin freaked out and I again started using this mask I notices my breakouts dried a lot faster. So, now, I start using this mask about 2-3 times a week prior to my PMS date and see very few hormonal breakouts (of course it depends more my hormonal balance during that month).

In a nutshell, I like this mask when my skin is problematic and breaking out and those with dry skin should stay away from it. To conclude, I would say that I am not very overwhelmed with this mask, I like it but not love it and I am still on fence if I would again purchase this mask. I would rather experiment and try other clay based masks for deep pore cleansing.  

Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks is formulated as a protective mask to fight affects of pollution and strengthen skin against pollutants. Orange acts as an antioxidant which prevents damage from aggressors and Cilantro helps to strengthen skin's barrier to keep skin replenished and hydrated and supplied with essential nutrients that get damaged because of pollution. 

Its a wipe off and overnight leave on mask and I have tried this mask only as a wipe off mask. As this is a treatment mask, the longer you leave it on skin the better it is. When I use this as wipe of mask, I leave it on for good 1-1.5-2 hours, after which I wipe it off using a dampened wash cloth and do my daily skin care routine. I usually apply retinol after this mask (either Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil or MV Organics Rose Plus Booster) and the next morning my skin is super fresh, hydrated and plump. 

If you see the ingredients list carefully it contains sugarcane extract and as sugarcane extract is generally associated with glycolic acid (a type of AHA), which, is a commonly used chemical exfoliant these days, we see the brighter and radiant skin. And hence, use of sunscreen with at least SPF of 30+ becomes mandatory the next day to preserve skin's brightness and radiance. 

If you ask me, how, I like this mask over my Oskia Renaissance Mask, my answer would be both equally. Both are treatment masks with AHA's (however, Kiehl's doesn't say so explicitly) and deliver on its claims. However, a little bit biased with Kiehl's considering its price and ease of availability. 

I hope this review is somewhat helpful. Let me be honest, it took me forever to channelise my thoughts to write this review after such a long gap from blogging. If you find any missing info, please bear with me and shoot your questions at me I will try to respond with max info possible at the earliest. Also, share your experiences with me if you have used any of these masks. 

Lots of Love


  1. glad to know your thoughts on this....This remained in my wishlist for ever..Wish these brands had sachets/samples that we'd try out befr buying a full sized one.... I would like to try cilantro version first...Hope it works for me

  2. They sure look appealing!!

  3. sound is good but too expensive. Thanks for the post.


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