Review: Kiehl’s Iris Activating Treatment Essence

Kiehl’s Iris Activating Treatment Essence, £36 for 200ml

Now that I’m in my early thirties, I’m aware that I need to look after my skin and my complexion. The products I use are an keihls investment for the future. I’m very lucky so far in that I haven’t developed any wrinkles or lines. Most people say I look far younger than I am, so I’d like to keep things that way!

When Kiehl’s sent me their Iris Activating Treatment Essence I was eager to try it. Based on Asian beauty regimes, The essence is being marketed as the ideal step after cleansing and toning, and before serum and moisturiser.

Enriched with Iris Florentina Extract Kiehl’s claim the formula activates radiance, for smoother feeling , more youthful looking skin.

Now, I don’t always have time to use toner and serum when I’m rushing about in the mornings, so mostly I’ve been applying this prior to my moisturiser. Kiehl’s promise that the lotion helps prime the skin, is hydrating and is quick to absorb.

I did find that it was very quick to absorb and dry up on my skin, but at the same time, it wasn’t too drying which can feel like a tightening sensation.

Keihls say the essence improves the appearance of fine lines, dullness and rough texture. I’ve been using it night and day for the last couple of weeks, and I can say I have noticed a difference in my complexion. Although I don’t have to worry about the lines yet, I do feel sometimes my face can look a wee bit grey and dull, especially if I’ve had a bad night’s sleep or I’m not well. The essence has helped with this and I do feel my complexion looks a lot brighter.

It’s a pricey product at £36, and it’s an extra thing to add on to your beauty regime, so I don’t know how many people will be wanting to do that, but for me, it has greatly improved the radiance of my skin, and I do feel like I look a lot more hydrated and refreshed, rather than just using moisturiser alone.

Lalita O'Neill

Lalita O'Neill is a journalist and copywriter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has written for a number of Scottish publications, including; The Herald, The Daily Record, The Scottish Daily Express, The Evening Times (Glasgow), The Glaswegian, and many others. She was also Beauty Editor for She loves writing about entertainment, lifestyle and beauty issues in particular. Follow her on Twitter @LalitaONeill