Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a must-have for anyone preparing to travel. Before a 9-hour flight I put three drops of this serum on my face and to my delight landed looking fresh and hydrated. This formulation is the Holy Grail for anyone facing dry skin due to acne treatments or harsh climates. Insomniacs will enjoy a soothing scent of lavender that will lull even the most obstinate night owl into a state of sensational spa-like bliss.
Effectiveness: When you first put this product on, you will naturally be fearful that it will cause breakouts. Fortunately, I have not experienced any irritation as a result of using this serum over the course of several weeks. Rather, at the onset of a pimple this serum helps soothe and heal it rapidly. My skin remains soft and smooth, but never shiny, despite the oily consistency. Another fear I initially had when using this product is that it takes any spots of irritation on my face and makes their redness more pronounced for the first few minutes. But do not fear, Thereafter the product works its magic and the spots of irritation fade. Even acne marks that I had for about a year prior, disappeared within 10 days of consistently using this product. A little less redness appeared to the irritated area every night, until all regions of discoloration disappeared completely. In conclusion, this product intensely moisturizes, helps heal acne, and miraculously fades discoloration.
Texture: One should only place 1-3 drops of concentrate onto their palm, dabbing it onto the face, as the serum has an oil-like consistency. While this texture might sound like a bad idea for those with oily skin, ironically the product absorbs completely within a couple of minutes without causing any residual shininess throughout the day. For those prone to dry skin, this oil will soak into the pores and quench their thirst almost instantly. You can use it before your makeup in the day to help even out skin tone like a primer or before bed for optimal results. (I don't recommend both, if you have combination to oily skin, as that may clog your pores.)
Price: The price is moderate. It ranges from $46 to $120 per bottle based on size. While the bottles seem small at first, they last forever. Considering that you only use a couple of drops per day/night from the bottle’s built-in dropper the product will last you a very long time. The dark colored glass container also helps to protect the contents of the bottle so that they remain potent over time. Based on how well this product works/lasts and how little is used combined with its therapeutic properties of the lavender aroma, it is a value.
Company Overall: While this product is a great indulgence, the sole reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars is due to my dissatisfaction with Kiehl’s in general. After placing an order online, I discovered that my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum had been tampered with from a very apparent previous return. Moreover, sales associates at Kiehl’s retail stores have the disposition of disgruntled car salesmen at a failing dealership. They hover over you like a shark but become immediately grumpy if you’re not interested in purchasing the particular product they are pushing that day. And forget getting a sample of anything after purchase. If you want to try a product, best ask before checkout. These lab coat mall technicians will do away with you like a one night stand after they get what they want. Kiehl’s customer service in stores and online is notoriously horrid. Even thought they have a great formula in the serum, a company that lacks integrity will acquire a reputation for the latter.
Final Suggestions: If you have dry skin, you must try this product. If you have combination skin, you should try this product. If you have oily skin, you should give this product a chance. Just be sure to purchase from Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom's as the sales associates tend to be more knowledgeable and the return policies more liberal.