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…

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  1. Adriana Borisova
    September 25, 2013 / 7:21 am

    Ruth, have you tried the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque? If you haven’t I highly recommend it. It has a light cream-gel texture and it feels amazing. You apply it for 10 min and then wipe off the excess. I have a combination skin and I use it when I feel my skin dehydrated – I leave it overnight. On the next day my skin looks so much better – plump and refreshed. Plus they sale it in packages for two uses which makes it great for travelling :)

    • Claudia
      September 25, 2013 / 11:17 am

      I wanted to try this face mask so badly but when I found out there’s alcohol and parfum in it, I had to give up on it. I like LRP’s Toleriane range but nearly every other product has alcohol or perfume in it, it makes me really sad – I mean, they’re supposed to be a brand for sensitive skin!

      well, that aside… I’ve been using Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask instead (not necessarily over night) which is a more skin friendly version and works really well :)

      • Adriana Borisova
        September 26, 2013 / 8:00 am

        Now that you are saying this I realized that it has alcohol in it..never thought about it before. It was fine for me but I don’t consider my skin to be that sensitive. I like practically every product from La Roche that I’ve tried :)) I will check the mask from Clinique as well :)

  2. Ziggiee
    September 25, 2013 / 7:40 am

    I’ve tried the ultra facial cleanser which is also supposed to work as a makeup remover, which it didn’t for me unless I used it with a Clarisonic-like device or some kind of sponge or face brush. Although I have oily-combination skin, I still found it a tad too drying. Oh and it has SLS in it as well so I didn’t repurchase.

  3. September 25, 2013 / 8:21 am

    I’ve been wanting to try some Kiehls products from ages, just didn’t know which one to choose (i know sounds silly)..anyway this looks like a great product! I like the idea of a nice mask in gel that get absorbed straight away.

    Ila x

  4. Rachael
    September 25, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Have you any idea if this would work well on skin with rosacea? I have rosacea and struggle to find products that are delicate enough for my skin to cope with! Does anyone have any recommendations?

  5. Pimlicat
    September 25, 2013 / 11:59 am

    I always get a sachet of this to use on long haul flights and always arrive with great skin. It’s a top twenty product for me.

    • RuthCrilly
      September 25, 2013 / 4:57 pm

      They do sachets?! Excellent!! x

  6. Vanessa Buttino
    September 25, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    I wish I could experiment more with my skincare routine, but in the past, every time I did, I’d break out. My skin is so sensitive and prone to breakouts that I find it really hard to want to change my routine anymore.

  7. Juliana T.
    September 25, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Kiehl’s Ultra is like their basic face creams lines, I’ve used the regular Ultra Facial Moisturizer and i’ts really good, also tried the SPF version of it but it seemed a little harsh and oily to me (and I have very dry skin) but they do make a fantastic oily free version.
    What I love about Kiehl’s face creams is that they are all fragrance free which is great in my opinion, and they do last forever cause a little goes a long way. The only thing I’m a little taken back from is that I read that some of the ingredients listed as part of Ultra Facial Cream are not the kind of things you wanna be putting in your face (as read here: ) but I’m not sure how much of this info is true and I dont wanna stop using my beloved face cream for now.

    PS: Ruth you should really really try their Abyssine Eye Cream +, everyone rages about their avocado eye cream but I’ve tried both and the Abyssine one seems much more efficient to me. Also, check with them about a travel sized mask, cause they are one of the most travel size friendly brand I’ve know and they tiny bottles of practically every product

    • RuthCrilly
      September 25, 2013 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you, I will check this out! x

  8. September 25, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    This sounds great, Ruth! Does it dry clear? I have an overseas trip coming up soon and I’m wondering if this might be a good mask to use during the flight to ward off dehydration.

    • Emily
      September 25, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Hey Katie, it’s quite sticky. I wouldn’t recommend it for the plane as people will see the shine. Probably best post flight!

      • September 25, 2013 / 8:47 pm

        Thanks, Emily!

        • RuthCrilly
          September 26, 2013 / 1:06 pm

          Sorry – yes, it doesn’t really dry at all! x

  9. Emily
    September 25, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    Hi Ruth, I’ve been using this since it came out and it’s great. Perfect to put on overnight after a Glyloric peel too. My skin glows for days after it. I’d also recommend the Avocado eye cream and the moisturiser – excellent products for winter skin (I’m combination like you)…

  10. Aude
    September 25, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    Hi Ruth, Could you do some blog posts / videos similar to your “deep sleep tutorial”? I loved that video so much ! Fall inspired, cocooning? Thank you !

  11. Annie
    September 26, 2013 / 2:41 am

    Hi Ruth. Have you ever tried Tatcha products. I hear this a very reputable and luxurious brand but there aren’t many reviews out there.

  12. September 26, 2013 / 3:08 am

    Ooh, sounds lovely! Will have to check this out in the wintertime when my oily skin gets a bit dehydrated. Thanks for the review! xo

  13. Ty Phang
    September 26, 2013 / 4:20 am

    Thanks for the review, Ruth! Tempted to get this now. I have the Ultra Facial Cream and I absolutely adore it.

    Ty’s Blog of Epiphanies

  14. Alex_Kay
    September 26, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    I adore this mask! Great recommendation.

  15. September 26, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    Here in the Philippines, they carry the Ultra Facial Serum, however I don’t see that on the US online store so perhaps it’s a discontinued product that’s still being sold here? Anyway, I quite like it. If I’m ever bad to my skin and, say, pop a little pimple-buddy that I shouldn’t have, I dab a little bit of that on it and look forward to no scarring the next day. That being said, it’s probably my least favorite of the (very few) serums/treatments I use. It’s a very simple one that mostly just adds moisture, but I can’t see anything else special about it.

    I have combination skin, by the way. Would be combination-dry, in my native habitat (Alaska) but after moving to the Philippines, it’s shifted to combination-oily.

  16. Cris Rajic
    September 26, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Gonna definitely try it! I bought the sisley one since you talk wonders of it and I have to say you´re totally right! it´s awesome!

  17. Meghan Liegel Swaine
    September 27, 2013 / 12:39 am

    I have been looking for something to get my skin through the dry icky winter months (in addition to my normal moisturizer routine) and this might be it! Thanks for posting!!

    Meghan xo

  18. elle
    September 27, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    would you say this masque is good for flights – overnight or longer?

  19. Audrey
    September 29, 2013 / 7:01 am

    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

  20. Bea L L
    September 29, 2013 / 8:38 pm

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

  21. October 22, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    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!

  22. Maggie
    October 25, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    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.

  23. Muriel
    November 3, 2013 / 12:00 am

    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

  24. Fran
    November 3, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    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

  25. Karen Priscila Castro
    November 19, 2013 / 2:19 pm

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

  26. Karen Priscila Castro
    November 19, 2013 / 4:46 pm

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

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  28. December 7, 2013 / 10:12 am

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

  29. bart
    March 11, 2014 / 7:51 pm

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

  30. Jade
    November 25, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Have you tried the Ultra Facial Deep Moisture balm? It’s really good and not greasy at all, despite the texture! Can’t believe how moisturising it is. Perfect for dry winter skin! I never thought I’d find something that would rival Weleda’s Skin Food (a firm favourite), but this might be it!

    Jade x

  31. March 17, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I was told by a cosmetic pro that the liver needs to detox through the skin at night and that oils on the face prevent the detox process. It sounds as if the Kiehl’s mask also would prevent the detoxing. Has anyone else heard of such a thing?

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