I bought this overnight serum because two of my friends were raving about it and said how much it had helped their skin’s overall feel and appearance and, at the time, I was lacking a nighttime product to put on my skin.
Plus, anyone who knows me knows how easily I can be persuaded to buy a skincare or makeup product!
Admittedly, I was sceptical about this product at first because I was (wrongly) under the impression that putting oil on normal/oily skin was only going to exacerbate the issue. But, I’d wanted to try Kiehl’s for ages, had heard stellar things about the Midnight Recovery Concentrate serum already, and read that it was suitable for all skin types, so thought I’d try it out.
The packaging is quite cute. I like the dark/purple blue bottle and it seems like the right size for an oil. A really small thing I dislike, though, is the fact that the words ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’ are in caps and underlined. I’m not a fan.
But hey, I’m not purchasing this product for the packaging, I want results.
When I squeezed a few drops into my hand, I noticed a strong smell of lavender, which has relaxing and calming properties – perfect for a nighttime oil. Personally, I like the fresh and floral smell of lavender so this was a nice addition for me.
I then warmed the oil up in my hands and applied it all over my face.
To my surprise, it had a light texture, which I was pleased with because I didn’t want it to feel greasy on my already prone-to-oil skin.
One month in
After using this for about one month three to four times a week (along with The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution for the other days), I wasn’t bowled over.
Did I like it? Yeah, I did.
Did I love it? Not at all.
I didn’t feel like it was doing much for me. It smelled nice and my skin felt pretty soft the next morning, but I just couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
Three months in
I don’t even remember noticing that my skin had improved. I just remember hearing a lot more comments around a similar time saying that my skin looked healthy, glowy and clear, and thinking to myself this isn’t just coincidence.
The only product that I’d relatively recently incorporated into my skincare routine was the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I realised the magic it had been working.
In fact, it worked so well that when I looked in the mirror in the mornings, I wasn’t noticing many/any spots or finding that my complexion was dull. I forgot that I’d ever had those problems.
Sure, I still got the odd spot here and there or had days where I felt my skin looked a bit dull, but 9 times out of 10 my skin looked completely different.
One year later
I’ve been using the serum for over a year now and I genuinely wouldn’t swap this oil for anything.
First of all, I’ve not even used half of the bottle, which is crazy seeing as I’ve been using it every week four times a week since my birthday last August.
Secondly, my skin has continued with its healthy, glowy and clear appearance. What more could you ever want from skin?
Growing up, I never had particularly enviable skin. But since using this oil, I get so many more compliments on my skin with people asking what I use on it.
In truth, I think I owe the huge improvement in my skin to the Midnight Recovery Concentrate as well as Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel.
Thirdly, it proved me wrong about putting an oil on oily skin. It works!
Saying this, I think the serum would work well on all skin types because it isn’t heavy or greasy and I think the oil qualities would help soften dry skin.
Where to buy
View this product as an investment because, with a £38 starting price, it’s definitely not the cheapest product on the market.
Honestly, though, it’s worth it. As I mentioned before, this has lasted me for a year and I haven’t even used half of mine yet.
Buy this from the Kiehl’s website because then you get 3 free samples and free stuff is always the best. Plus it’s Kiehl’s free stuff, which is even better.
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is available in 3 sizes:
- 30ml: £38
- 50ml: £49.50
- 100ml: £95
An absolute 10/10 product. This has done wonders for my skin and I love it. Out of my current skincare products, if I could only continue to use one, this is undoubtedly the one I’d pick.
Easy to apply, lasts ages, has a nice smell, and has improved my skin in multiple ways.
A no-brainer, this should be incorporated into everybody’s skincare routines. There’s a reason this product is so highly rated.
Rating: 5 stars
B U Y I T !