I’m Loving It: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

By Beaut.ie | June 23 2010 | 23 Comments

Kieh's midnight recovery concentrate

Skincare’s a tricky beast and you often don’t have that “wow” response you get with a particularly good colour cosmetic, because skin lotions and potions can take weeks to take effect in tiny increments. That means you generally don’t notice dramatic changes as you blearily assess yourself in the bathroom mirror of a morning, and it’ll take someone commenting on your complexion before you realise what you’re using has, y’know, worked.

Except with Kiehl’s new Midnight Recovery Concentrate, €42, I definitely noticed a result straight away. The morning after I first used it, my skin felt incredibly soft and has continued to stay that way. Ok, you might be thinking this is another Guerlain Issima Midnight Secret, and while this is for use before bed and the bottle is indigo, that’s really where the similarities end.

Pat on two or three drops of this paraben-free botanical and essential oil-based serum, and it does the trick while you get your zeds. Designed to replenish the lipids in the skin and keep it healthy – which is basically what keeps the skin’s barrier intact – it’s a clear, light fluid that’s remarkably non-oily considering it contains loads of botanical and essential oils. I’m finding it to be very nourishing, and here’s why.

Squalane (a botanical lipid), evening primrose, coriander and rosehip seed oils are the powerhouses here, dosing the skin with omegas 3, 6 and 9, and providing hydration and elasticity. On the essential oil side of things, lavender has a soothing effect and can reduce blotchiness, rosemary, geranium and rose oils provide brightening, purifying and softening properties.

The result is one that I think is measurable and I’ve been using this for about 10 days now, along with an extra drop or so of Trilogy Rosehip oil as a last step – I’m treating Midnight Recovery Concentrate like an extra-step serum based on its ‘concentrate’ moniker, and I never like to take chances with night time hydration because this is when skin does most of its hard repair work. Also, as it’s quite light, the requisite two or three drops doesn’t feel like enough for my skin, but equally I don’t want to use the whole bottle up in double-quick time, so I’m working a mix.

The latest word on the Kiehl’s store is that it’ll open at the beginning of July, which is also happily when this little bottle of magic will arrive on counter. Get saving – this is a keeper.

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23 Replies to "I’m Loving It: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate"

  • Twinkletoes says:

    Oooh WANT. I think I’ll definitely be purchasing this. Thanks for the review :)

  • Lenuska says:

    Now, you should really stop tempting me with these wonderful lotions and potions. Now I want it……..

  • smurfette says:

    I would be very interested in this.
    Does anyone know where I can buy Kiehl’s in Ireland, or even better, online?

  • baby in a corner says:

    smurfette, the shop is opening soon on wicklow st i think

  • magpie says:

    can you get this at the airport ?

  • xgirl says:

    Sounds lovely, will definitely be having a look at this. My skin needs all the hydration it can get post-baby.

  • L says:

    Is it better than EL night repair??? I find that really good…my hero product of the mo ; )

  • daiseeboo says:

    Would you rate this above Trilogy Rosehip Oil Kirstie? Don’t want to be unfaithful to it for something inferior. :lol: I have an oily t-zone so not sure if I would need to use the two together.

  • Ems says:

    Ooooo, am very interested in this!

  • Kirstie says:

    L – it’s a different sort of thing missis, so not really comparable I don’t think. Sorry to be vaugue, but this is a plant-based treatment as opposed to all the hard science of EL. I do find this very effective as an add-on though.

    Daiseeboo – I’m treating this as an extra step, and not a replacement, if that makes sense.

  • Kirstie says:

    magipie – no, don’t think so.

  • daiseeboo says:

    Kirsite – yep, am very tempted by it as it sounds lovely. I think if I introduce an extra layer to my night time routine Mr Boo might actually faint with shock but I know my 50 year old self will thank me for it :lol: Think I might treat myself when the store opens.

  • Kirstie says:

    also girls, this is £39 in the UK so really well priced I think.

  • magpie says:

    thanks kirstie, may put it on my list for city shopping so, sounds lovely

  • BerG says:

    Can’t wait for the shop to open here on Wicklow Street. Must put this on the wish list and start saving.

  • mb says:

    As a self professed kiehls addict I love that they give samples and so scored a bit of this stuff the last time I was over in the states.
    On a scale from boo to yay I’d give it a solid meh. But really because I have very dry skin and this is just oil and no hydration. Im similarly meh about the rosehip oil which I had great hopes for. I’d say both oils would be a great balance for normal skin but for a super plumper night cream I opt for kiehls cryste marine ultra riche cream. Or one Im trying at the mo is shu uemura moisture replenishing cream. It makes my skin feel so nice my face will be grubby from all the touching…

  • Kirstie says:

    mb – I’d totally use this with another product and not solo, but I also have pretty dry skin and am amazed at how well it’s working.

  • BerG says:

    L: Just to let you know Arnotts are currently doing great deals on the EL serums at the moment.

  • Tigerlily says:

    This looks nice – but I wonder are oils like this advisable for people with very (I mean very) oily-prone tzones?

  • L says:

    Thanks BerG but just started a big bottle a week ago. Has prize position on my locker should keep me goin for a while, its pricey stuff but it actual works so don’t mind too much.

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