Skincare: Overnight Success!

skincare beauty review

I have been a little bit quiet on the skincare front recently, and that’s because I’ve wiped my whole shelf clean apart from just two or three products. I’m doing a little experiment, you see. A minimalist one. I’ll tell you all about it next week or perhaps the week after, when I’ve given my new routine a fair chance.

Anyway, pre-experiment I used the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and was very impressed. A lot of overnight masks seem to be a waste of space – not even as moisturising as a completely unremarkable face cream – but this one is good. Skin looks plump and fresh in the morning and (on my skin at least) there’s still a bit of mask leftover to rinse off. I kind of think that if a mask completely absorbs within minutes (seconds, even) then it’s not really a mask. It’s just a moisturiser. The Kiehl’s version seems to be cut out for longer-term rehydration.

You’d expect this mask to be rich and creamy in texture but it’s not – more of a light gel-creme. Though it looks lightweight, it really packs quite a phenomenal moisture punch and for this reason I would only ever use it as an overnight treatment – never in the morning, no matter how much you think you need it! It reminds me quite a lot of Sisley’s Eye Contour Mask in that it simply refuses to stop working – you can tissue off, rinse off, but still you have that plumped-out, rejuvenated feeling. And you need such a small amount every time – I’ve used it for quite a few sessions and I honestly can’t even see a difference in the tub! If you kept this is an SOS product for emergency rehydration then you’d probably have it for life – it would be great if Kiehl’s brought out a travel-sized version…

So, the Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. Great for dehydrated skin or skin that’s about to be severely dehydrated (read: hangover). If you’ve overdone the wine then may I recommend two Alka Seltzers before bed and a thin layer of this face mask? Works wonders. It’s actually OK on all skin types, too – it’s not rich or oily so you should be fine if you have skin that’s prone to breakouts. Great, also, if you’ve gone a bit crazy with your exfoliants and your skin feels a bit tight and out-of-sorts. Ooh – last thing: aftersun! If you want something lighter than the magnificent Decleor High Repair After-Sun Balm (I always used to take this away on hols with me, then lost it, must get more!) and you just want to concentrate on getting some moisture back in, then this is a Pot of Dreams.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque costs £28 from – I also really like the cleanser from the same range, I’ll review that soon. Has anyone tried anything else from the Ultra range? I see great reviews on the moisturiser…


  1. Awesome post! I only used it 4 times but am in love with it as well. Cannot wait to blog about it myself!

  2. They have a mask? Argh why didn’t they tell me.

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  4. Karen Priscila Castro

    Where did you find it? I can’t find it on the Kiehl’s website.

  5. Karen Priscila Castro

    How did this new routine work out for you. Ruth? I’d love to try this out :)

  6. Hi Ruth, I’m new to your blog but love it already! I was wondering if you could recommend any affordable at-home chemical or enzyme peels. Not sure you’re actually answering questions here but thought it was worth a try! Best wishes from Oxford! Fran

  7. I’m into kiehl’s… a lot!! I use the ultra facil moisturizer with spf, comparing it with the cream, it doesn’t feel as moisturizing (I’ve normal to dry skin), but the toner and cleanser from that line are great, very gentle, but you feel like they get the job done
    Greetings from Chile

  8. Totally agree. Bought over a week ago along with Keihl Earth cleanser, from Heathrow Terminal 5 and have been using it every other night and yeah, it works. Skin comes out plumped and smooth. This is going to be a regular item.

  9. I’ve been using the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque, which I love because it’s not too rich for my combination skin. But after trying it, I’ve become obsessed with masks. Can’t wait to try this one, especially now that the weather is starting to cool down where I live (New Orleans, LA) and I can feel the dry skin coming on!

  10. I love kiehls products. Thanks for the review. Please read my blog thank you.

  11. it seems to work like the gel hydrating mask from Mary Kay, works wonders for me!

  12. hello Ruth, I’ve used literally every item from the Ultra line and I love it!! Especially the moisturizer and the face cream though I only use them in colder days, have you tried them? xx

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