2 Jan 2017

Review: Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Actually, I bought this in March last year, but only have the time to talk about it now. Not just because I have tonnes of products waiting for my review, but something about this product makes me feel that I need longer testing period before sharing it with you guys.

Kiehl's comes out with two new masks last year: turmeric & cranberry scrub mask and cilantro & orange overnight mask. Since I was planning a massive haul with Kiehl's back then (oh that reminds me that I still owe you guys an overview on Kiehl's products!), I was intrigued when Kiehl's introduced these two. Plus, the hypes were all over the internet so I felt that I had to get at least one of them for myself.

image courtesy of Kiehl's Malaysia

I claimed two samples (Kiehl's Midvalley is generous with their samples with great customer service) from Kiehl's and decided to go for the turmeric & cranberry one after trying out the sample.

The mask comes in a beautiful, transparent orange plastic jar. On the packaging, it claims that this is an "instant facial" that brightens and energizes dull and fatigued skin to restore a healthy and rosy complexion. It is formulated with cranberry and turmeric extract to visibly tone up the skin while the cranberry seed gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a smoother, brighter and illuminated-looking skin.

The instruction requires that you apply this on a cleaned face for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. You're supposed to apply a "visible layer" that will completely cover your skin. A jar of this (75ml) is likely to last you for about 15-25 uses depending on how much product you use. Also make sure that you wet the skin after leaving it on for 10 minutes (as the mask will turn into a dry and tight paste on your skin, sort of like a clay mask) and gently exfoliate your skin with the cranberry seeds inside before rinsing it to enjoy the full benefits of this mask.

You can use up to 3 times a week, but I don't use it that often since it is a physical exfoliator (scrub mask), maybe just once a week.

The mask looks like turmeric paste. Little black particles floating around is the cranberry seeds. For those of you who are not aware, turmeric which also known as haldi is a raw ingredient in curry-making in Asian cuisines. It is ritually applied to Indian brides during their wedding for a radiant glow. Cranberry seed extract is also known for their antioxidizing and skin soothing properties. The mask definitely looks like a DIY mask you can make at home with better ingredients used, zero effort involved and longer shelf life!

The mask has an interesting texture. It's creamy and soft when you apply it but will turn dry and tight after leaving for a few minutes. Actually, Kiehl's masque normally has great quality. They somehow manage to stay wet and creamy in the jar when will turn into solid and dry paste when you apply it all over your face. Other clay masks I've tried will turn dry within a few months from opening but not Kiehl's, which I really appreciate.

If you notice, the cranberry seed actually looks quite big and harsh, and believe me they are not THAT gentle on your skin when you exfoliate. Sensitive skin should definitely think twice or patch test before purchasing.

As for the scent, expect something that is spicy yet herbal smelling which reminds me of... turmeric jam! Well... less spicy turmeric if you get the idea.


Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Silica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylamide, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Laureth-7, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Menthe Piperita Extract/Peppermint Leaf Extract, Menthol, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract-Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil


image courtesy of Kiehl's Malaysia

Most of the ingredients used here are very safe on the skin, which is pretty impressive for a mask like this that is meant to be rinsed off later.

Skin benefiting ingredients used are kaolin (a clay mineral to absorb excess sebum and pollutant), cranberry seed (functions as physical scrub in this mask), jojoba oil, turmeric extract, vitamin C (skin brightening), eucalyptus oil (antiseptic and aromatherapeutical properties), green tea extract (antioxidant and wound-healing), peppermint and menthol (skin cooling and soothing properties), willow herb extract (anti-acne and skin soothing) and cranberry seed oil. Together, they make a powerful weapon against uv damage, pollutants, and stressors that cause dullness and aging.

Main ingredients turmeric and cranberry are also two wonderful things you can have on your skin. Turmeric acid, in addition to its traditionally perceived radiant-imparting benefit, is also a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredient. Study shows that when applied topically, turmeric is able to prevent the formation of wrinkles and dark spots and slow down the loss in skin elasticity when the skin is exposed to sun damage. Further study also demonstrates strong antioxidizing property in this ingredient making it a potent weapon against the aging of skin. Cranberry seed, except for functioning as a scrub here, its extracted oil enriched with proanthocyanidins are also found to provide antioxidizing and skin soothing properties.

These benefits are complimented by jojoba seed oil, a type of emollient that not only moisturize and repair the skin from aggressors and damage, but will enhance the removal of waste and dirts from the pores and increase the delivery of cosmetic ingredients. Sort of like an enhancer or booster fairy that brings out the bad and takes in the good for the skin.


Kiehl's Taiwan advertises this as the "发光面膜" or "Radiance Masque", claiming that it will brighten up your skin giving it an instant boost in skin's radiance. Well, to be honest, the radiance claim is true but a little bit different from what I expect. I would call this an "instant facial" but most other deep-cleansing masks I've tried also give me the same brighter and clearer looking complexion due to the removal of dead skin cells. Besides, this is also a scrub mask so it definitely will make your skin brighter, smoother and clearer. Kiehl's turmeric mask does what it claims, but it is what most other surface-cleansing and/or exfoliating mask will do, not uniquely Kiehl's or turmeric. This is not a deep-cleansing mask though, as it doesn't help to remove blackheads nor does it deep-cleanse the pores.

In addition, it has also its cons as well. The cranberry seed inside the mask, despite its exfoliating property, is not as gentle as one might expect. Sharp edges of cranberry seed might hurt your skin, leaving scars and making your skin duller as your skin is busy repairing those damages. And skin repairing sometimes produces melanin, something that contributes to uneven and "spotty" skin tone.

I have been using this at least 2-3 times a month for the past 9 months, especially during times when my skin is looking dull and tired. I notice that my skin is brighter, smoother, clearer, cleaner after using. But it doesn't soothe or calm my skin, nor moisturize or nourish my skin in any way.

Paired with Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

However, the radiance magic occurs when you pair it with the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence! The Iris Essence is a treatment essence with a slightly viscous-than-water consistency. Apply this with your palm not cotton pad and gently pat it for absorption after using the Turmeric & Cranberry Masque. You'll be pleased by how plump, moisturized and glowing your skin becomes when you look into the mirror later!

Complimented by Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

You can also apply the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution soon after applying the Iris Essence. I've talked about Kiehl's Dark Spot Solution previously and raved about how it managed to brighten up and fade my freckles. This is a brightening serum made of vitamin C that is not drying for your skin, which compliments your journey to radiant skin as it works deep down the skin surface while the Turmeric Masque clears off dullness-creating rubbish and the Iris Essence instills radiant-creating moisture and nutrients.

Don't Forget about Kiehl's UV Light Daily UV Defense SPF50+/PA++++

Although this sunscreen is expensive as hell, but it is one of my favourites so far. It is by far the lightest sunscreen that contains the physical sun filter titanium dioxide among all others I've tried. Kiehl's has also upgraded their formulation to include better protection against long ray UVA that causes aging and pigmentation. Despite my love for it, I only use it very sparingly on my cheek areas where most freckles like to grow to avoid running out of it too soon. Urgh, I wouldn't hesitate to bath in it if it is at least twice cheaper than its current price.


In conclusion...

Does it worth the hype? Not without the Iris Essence.
Does it worth purchasing? Definitely if you have normal skin (not sensitive type) and want a scrub mask made of natural ingredients!
Will I repurchase? No... the mask is good but not great enough for me to repurchase it. I don't regret buying it though but I think by the time I finish it there would be a lot of different facial masks up on the market so I would probably save my money for those.

About: facial scrub, wash-off mask, physical exfoliant (this is NOT a deep-cleansing mask)
Properties: surface exfoliation, brightening, smoothing, skin tone evening
Best suited for: most skin types especially dull and rough skin
May not suit: very dry skin, sensitive skin

packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★
texture: ★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★★ (quite decent and I somewhat enjoy it)

You can get this from: Kiehl's Malaysia
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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