Review: Kiehl’s Tumeric and Cranberry Seed “Masque”

On principle, I refuse to acknowledge “masque” as an appropriate form of the word “mask.” No matter how good this MASK is, I refuse to waver on that point. Just a bit of a disclaimer before I get into this review.

I got this mask yesterday as a reward for myself for not exploding with desperation/anxiety after spending the day interviewing at a job fair. I went to the Kiehl’s in the Macy’s at Herald Square and was willingly upsold into buying a set of 3 of the new Nature Face Masks AND the Daily Reviving Concentrate. I’m not complaining, I knew what I was getting into.

I picked this as the first mask to test for a few reasons:

  1. I like cranberry juice? That appreciation must transfer to skincare, right?
  2. This one advertised brightening and that’s basically code for me opening my wallet and handing over money
  3. It got some great reviews
  4. The lady at the store put some on the back of my hand yesterday and put the Pineapple Papaya Scrub on the other hand and I can STILL feel a difference.

Before putting on this mask, I wiped down my face and put on some western-style toner (the Calendula one from Kiehl’s) as I wasn’t sure how my Korean toners (which provide moisture) would mesh with this product. Also, I’ve already proven myself to be a rebel because the lady at the store said that I should put this mask on before the shower, because it’s hard to wash off AND that I should build up to having it on for 10 minutes.

I didn’t follow her advice and I still have skin! I put on a thin layer of this mask, kept it on until it was dry but not tight (about 7-10 minutes) and rinsed it off. I found this mask to be as difficult to get off as it is to get anything off my face, be it a mask, scrub or face wash. My skin looked kind of red immediately after rinsing, but when I looked in the mirror after patting my face dry, I was actually shocked by how good I looked. My forehead had a nice, bright, even tone, and I could barely notice the pores on my nose. After applying my first round of nighttime moisturizer (Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream), my skin feels pretty great. I’m actually worried that I will undo all the benefits of this mask by the frequency I’m running my hand over my cheeks. I am super, A+, 100% into this mask.

Pros:

  • Works real nice
  • Makes my skin feel awesome
  • Much cheaper than other products that claim to do similar enzyme-y stuff (looking at you, Sunday Riley)
  • Delivers on the promise of brighter, glowy-er skin

Cons:

  • The set I got lacks instructions for using this, so I had to look it up on the Kiehl’s website multiple times (I’m forgetful)
  • The smell is nothing to write home about
  • Although it’s cheapER than other skincare products, it’s by no means cheap. The mask on its own would cost $32 for 2.5 fl oz. In the set, it’s $46 for .95 fl oz of this mask (plus 2 others).
  • It’s more labor intensive than the majority of my other masks. I have to put it on in front of the mirror, wait 10 minutes, return to the sink to rinse it off, and then pat it dry. Most of my masks are either sheet masks or sleeping packs and don’t require action other than putting it on.

Buy the Tumeric and Cranberry Seed mask on its own here
Buy the set here