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9 Feb 2015

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate


Yeah I know. I am late to this party. I bet most of you have already tried this haven't you? If ever there was a moment to use the word "amazeballs"...

I love a product that actually works.

As obvious as this may seem I often get disappointed in skincare. I remain iffy about La Mer and I am still on the fence about Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair for example but there is no doubt that this - Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - works for me.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to incorporate this into my routine:

a) I love oil blends - I love the earnest scent and the fact that they seem to restore moisture levels in one night; and
b) I have a bit of a soft spot for Kiehl's having discovered it pre-L'oreal buy out in the 90's. Although the brand has changed/evolved since that time that old-school apothecary interior and packaging style still "gets me".

I actually think the barrier to adoption was in knowing where this fits. I don't have a complex night time routine by any means - I cleanse, skip toning because I think it's a load of baloney and can't be arsed...and then slap on a serum and moisturiser before crashing into bed - but how does an oil integrate itself within that line-up? Is this really a serum as it claims or does it substitute a moisturiser? #confused

I read conflicting statements online but I think the general trend is to either use this on it's own, or if you suffer with dryness, pair it with your usual moisturiser.  Either way, after a few hours kip you will wake up with a fresh, radiant, even textured face. And I'm not overstating that - I can actually tell the difference between a morning after a night of Midnight Recovery and a morning after a night without. The redness around my nose has subsided, the flakies have gone and I look well rested...which is almost always a TOTAL lie.

The oil itself is quite thin - okay so your face definitely looks shiny after application but it's not something that will ruin a good hair day if you get a whisper of it near your hairline. The lavender, geranium, evening primrose oil and squalane (whatever the hell that is) blend is light and quickly absorbed.

For me this is 100% worth the price tag. Having said that we can be certain that a cheaper product, containing a similar nourishing blend of essential oils, would have the same positive impact. Heck, some reviews on Make Up Alley strongly assert that you could just as easily concoct your own version - sans preservatives.

As much as I like the idea of perusing the shelves of an organic supermarket and picking up my own oil blends that will not be happening any time soon. For one, this 30ml bottle is probably going to last me a very long time - I have used this consistently and we are still only a teeny bit down in the bottle.

Now before I sign off with a "you should totally get this guyssss" ending I will say that I have read some negative reviews: not every skin type invented gets on with this so if you are considering a purchase get a sample from a store or counter. This is something that Kiehl's will happily do - unlike other brands - and once you do I would love to know what you think!

PS. This is £36 for the 30ml bottle in the UK....and next up for me will be to try the eye cream!

42 comments

  1. I am a HUGE fan of this product as well...it has totally improved the skin on my face and gotten rid of blemishes and pimples. I've been hoarding the samples of it for as long as I can....planning to buy a full size one soon.

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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    1. That is such a good idea! I love the Kiehl's samples because they actually ARE generous enough to give you a sense of what the product is actually like. Definitely worth the splurge! So glad it worked for you.

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  2. Absolutely on my to try list once I went through all the other stuff already hoarded in my drawers...
    I for one do love Estee Lauder, but you can never try to many, can you?

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  3. I have not yet tried this either, but have heard so many great things about it, it needs to be mine soon I think. I am using the estee lauder advanced night repair at the moment and whilst I think its nice, it is not miraculous so may try this next!

    Jo | A Little Pop Of Coral

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  4. Didn't realize Kiehl's is great with offering testers! I tried a face cream before and really did not get on... this sounds interesting though!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  5. Don't remember how, but I found you first on Instagram and then subscribed to your blog...and I love it! Your writting style is so easy to read and very enjoyable...seems like you are just chatting with a friend. Hope you keep posting regularly =)

    http://www.newinmakeup.com/

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  6. I love this so much! I've been using it for a few months now and I'm not even half way through... And I totally agree, I can tell the difference in my skin too the morning after! :) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  7. I keep going back and forth between the Kiehls oil and a similar one that Clarins does (3 skin types). I've had generous samples from both, but am still not sure which one to get. Now I'm back in camp Kiehls. Let's hope I won't read a review on the Clarins one any time soon.

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  8. I've always been a bit nervous to ask for sample in Kiehls good to know they give them willingly. Ive start using estee lauder ANR and I just don't know if it is doing anything. Kiehls on list to try.
    Loving new look of the blog.

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  9. How timely, I was just about to order this from Nordstrom! I couldn't decide between this and clarins repair concentrate, but I think you sold me on the Kiehls.

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  10. I love it, but you know that :) I've tried other oils and not all of them worked for me. Clarins Blue Orchid left my skin dry as cardboard for example. This one made me love oils for sure. I have a Caudalie one too (the red one, moisturizing) and it's ok-ish but nowhere as good as the Khiel's. I won't be without this one ever, for sure.

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  11. i tried the midnight recovery eye cream and wasn't impressed with it. never repurchased it. not very hydrating (and i don't even have dry under eyes!). the avocado eye cream is superior IMO.

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  12. I have been eyeing this for quite some time, and after your glowing review, I may just bite the bullet and pick it up!

    www.medicaminablog.com

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  13. Such a fan of Kiehl's. Love the samples!

    The avacado eye cream is awesome to - I hoard samples of that.

    This sounds fab, adding to my wishlist (although at the moment I use the NUXE facial oil which is great to!)

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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  14. I'm scared this will break me out but it looks interesting!!!

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  15. This is definitely something I've wanted to try for a long time, but the price has been a deterrent. A sample is definitely the way to go! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  16. Been using this for awhile, but started making my own oil blend at home instead to save money -- works just as well.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  17. this has been in my forever wishlist. it seems like the minute i am about to buy it i'll discover something I want to try and all thanks to the beauty blogs I read that "list" is always longer than my needs. happy to know this is a thin oil as I am currently using rosehip oil and while i love it - it is greasy on me face. love the reviews as always :) and oh i love the the line "the barrier to adoption" :) xx
    www.mschikee.com

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  18. I love this product, it's absolutely essential in my nighttime skincare routine!

    www.blushingbetta.com

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  19. Gosh no, you're so not late to the party, I just got my MRC bottle three days ago!!:))

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  20. Fantastic! I've only had a sample of this prior but now am swayed to seek a full sized! I use their Midnight Recovery Eye Cream and loved it too, I suppose I need to hop onto their website right now :)

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  21. I've been on the fence about this treatment for so long, but after this rave review and now that I know it smells of lavender, geranium and primrose? Yes please! I've gotta save up for this baby.

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  22. It definitely is amazeballs! :) You have to try the eye cream, I swear by it. x

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  23. When the cooler months come around I'll have to head into a counter to get a sample (just like you said). I've been looking at it since it first came out.

    Taylor
    www.taylordevil.com

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  24. When the cooler months come around I'll have to head into a counter to get a sample (just like you said). I've been looking at it since it first came out.

    Taylor
    www.taylordevil.com

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  25. I have heard so many good things about it which make me want try it.

    http://alittlelesscomplicated.net/

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  26. This sounds like one of those little wonder products! I'll get a sample to try & if I like I'll buy at duty free at the end of the month! does much transfer onto your pillow/bedding?
    Hugs Adele xoxo

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  27. I love this product, at night time I can be lax with my skincare regime but slapping this on with it's accompanying scent makes me feel relaxed and fooled into some luxurious state. I've have mine over a year and whilst I don't use it constantly it is frequently part of my routine and I've barely made a dent in my bottle.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  28. I have two samples of this waiting for me to get round to trying them! I don't know why, but I'm just not that excited by this yet. But if you're telling me that this is the stuff of magic to make me look like I sleep at night, then I'll be digging these out asap!
    Ting | The Ting Thing

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  29. These night serum are really everywhere these days and they constantly remind me that I should take more care of my skin.
    I'm a huge fan of the kiehls ultra facial cream and their scrub so i might give this one a try as well :)

    http://fashionbarbecue.com/

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  30. i like the body shop vitamin e overnight serum-in-oil. Like you I didn't know how this was going to work into my routine and I notice the difference it makes when I don't put it on at night. I can't remember how much it cost but it might be a nice cheaper alternative to the keihls one.

    http://loveaffairwithshopping.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I love this. I bought this during the summer and I use it every single night and I'm not even half way through. It's gorgeous and if you suffer from eczema it's fantastic to calm the red undertones in your skin. I have sensitive/dry skin and it definitely works for me. :) x

    www.noergaardliving.blogspot.dk

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  32. I am absolutely in love with this stuff!! I got it in sample form a few months ago (which I am still using amazingly enough!) and have used it religiously during these dry winter months :) I love the eye cream too. Recently I've had slightly dry eyelids and the eye cream did sting but in the morning all was good and the dryness was pretty much gone. I definitely notice this stuff working.

    Annie Belle

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  33. I really want to try this oil out! I've heard so much about it.

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  34. I swear by Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it's changed my skin for the better! I actually did a review on it here... http://www.charlottelizabeth.com/2015/01/kiehls-midnight-recovery-concentrate.html

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  35. I recently tried a sample of the Advanced Night Repair and I didn't love it if I'm being honest...It was a bit 'meh' however; I'm a big fan of Kiehl's and I've been eyeing this one up for a while. I'm not a complete lover of the scent but I'm willing to overlook that if it works wonders for my skin. I really need to get my hands on a sample. I have the Overnight Biological Peel from Kiehl's which I use maybe 2 or 3 nights a week at the moment. It's not as harsh as it sounds and my skin always feels really great after using it. x

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  36. You must try the eye cream... That too is amazeballs x

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  37. I tried the moisturizing lotion for oily skin, liked it and that too had squalene which I think is the magic ingredient because I've never tried anything with squalene before.

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  38. I have been using a sample of this stuff for seriously a month, two drops every evening. How amazing is that? Plus the woman at the shop gave me two samples, so I have another month to go :)

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  39. Did you end up applying this under moisturizer Laura? I'm finding it just a touch light a was wondering if you did in fact moisturizer overtop?

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  40. I have been using almost daily, 3 drops every night and moisturiser on top. I jst wnat that hydrated skin feeling that I don't get after applying this serum miracle only. That is also a good thing that this is not oily/greasy at all. Must buy!

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