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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer: Not So Hot and Heavy

It’s unusual for Kiehl’s to miss the boat, but this time they sure did. I was very surprised to find their Ultra Facial tinted moisturizer to be so thick. Even though it claims to be lightweight and easy-to-absorb, that’s simply not the case. This is anything but a light tint: it’s full-coverage with a stubborn consistency.

I squeezed a quarter-size drop on my hand and probably used ¼ of that, and I still couldn’t get it to fully rub in. I had to tissue off the excess. Even though the result wasn’t bad, I looked like I had a ton of makeup on (I used the medium shade, which is quite dark, and it blended find with my complexion). Maybe it’s the combo of Royal Jelly and apricot extract that thickens this up too much. I do love their Ultra Facial moisturizer though. It’s light and easy, so I’m shocked the tinted formulation is so thick. I have tried many tinted moisturizers with SPF, and I have lots of favorites (Laura Mercier and Stila are at the top of the list), but this is definitely not making it. Sorry, Kiehl’s. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $24.50.



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