Review: Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Omg omg I can’t explain in words how sexcited I am about this product. I think it was launched in NY sometime last year, but soon, soon it’ll be launched in Singapore -shrieks- I’m super honoured to be one of the first in dees leetle country to try it ๐Ÿ˜€ It’ll be available in May, so just hold your horses for a couple of weeks!

Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence 1Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence – SGD$68

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I say…

The Packaging: FINALLY. A treatment essence that doesn’t come in a heavy glass bottle. YAY! Other than that, it’s the usual tall bottle with twist-open cap to reveal a pinhole opening that dispenses the treatment essence.

The Scent: There’s a very, very slight somewhat fermented scent (slightly, slightly sourish), but it’s a pretty pleasant scent. It also isn’t very noticeable and not pungent at all. It’s just a whiff you’ll get when applying, and within a couple of seconds, the scent will disappear.

The Texture: Now, even though the bottle isn’t a glass one, it’s still somewhat heavy because of the texture of the treatment essence. It’s a little visuous – slightly, slightly gel-liquid, so it’s not the usual watery runny liquids. Because of the density of the liquid, it has more mass than liquid, and this explains the weight. Despite its slightly thicker-than-water consistency, it’s still very easily absorbed into the skin leaving no residue. All it takes it a couple of pats and it’s gone. There’s no tingling sensation whatsoever, but the skin does feel refreshed and hydrated.

The Verdict: I LOVE IT. I usually test new products on one half of the face, and continue my usual routine on the other just to monitor the difference. Now, the weather has been insanely hot this month, and my skin usually reacts with spots galore. Amazingly, the half of the face with this Treatment Essence on it had NO breakouts, while the half of the face with it had a good 5 spots or more. I was pleasantly surprised and decided to put it to further test by applyingthis on the entire face – the spots almost completely disappeared, and the previous blemishes started healing and fading nicely. FRIGGIN YAYYYY. That aside, the skin feels healthier, looks more radiant and has more bounce and firmness. The smoothness is obviousย  when I run my hands over the face when cleansing.ย  It also doesn’t react with any other products in my current regime, which is great! This has immediately risen to the top of my Treatment Essence list (alongside IOPE Bio Conditioning Essence, Nature Republic The First Essence and Laneige’s Advanced Clear-C Effector) – I recommend it highlyyyyyyyyy. If I could, I’d even fill up a bathtub with it and soak in it everyday. I’m defo gonna continue using this ๐Ÿ˜€

ย P.S: For more deetsย on this product, read the official press information here

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12 thoughts on “Review: Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

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  2. hi! thanks for introducing me to this product. i am so intrigued by it!! between this ad the missha the first treatment essence, which would you recommend? i have combo/oily skin with blackheads and enlarged pores.

    • Hi Lynda,

      I see much better results with this one ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s more targeted at skin texture refining, so you’ll probably need some other products/treatments to counter the blackheads and enlarged pores though..

      • do you know of any essences or serums that are good for blackheads/enlarged pores? or i was thinking of using an essence, then vtamin c, then retinol but i don’t know if that regimen would be to muc.. sorry i am asking you a bunch of questions but i really love your blog and your reviews!

      • Hey Lynda, Use vitamin C products at night for the best efficacy. Retinol might be a be drying. I think if you’re looking to change your skincare routine, incorporate one new item at a time, and monitor for at least 2 weeks (so that you know what’s causing any adverse/positive reactions). I used to use DRx Comedone Formula (CF) which was great for dislodging the clogged pores, but the best thing that solved my issue of enlarged pores is the OPT treatment as well as CNP’s treatments ๐Ÿ™‚

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