Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate // A review

Hi everyone!

Today I want to talk about this product, which I discovered, bought and used throughout 2015. Having just run out, I thought I would share my opinion with you.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of the American brand’s best sellers, and almost every famous YouTuber that I know has spoken about it at least once, always positively I would add.

The name promises overnight results for your face, but does it satisfy this promise? Should we really believe the hype?

What it claims to be:

A replenishing night-time facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.

What it is: KMRC is a night-time skincare oil that comes in a lovely glass blue bottle with a pump. It is easy to use and to do so in precise quantities (Kiehl’s recommends 2-3 drops, I used more). I found the cap to be difficult to close. This will not be a problem if you always keep it in your cabinet, but what happened to me is that one time I carried it in my beauty case, I returned home to discover a not-so-pleasant surprise. This product has a strong smell so I immediately realised that it had opened and the oil had spilt inside my case. I lost 1/3 of it, sadly. Even so, it lasted me around 7 months.

What it has inside: Gooood stuff. Evening Primrose OilLavender Essential Oil (which gives it the strong smell), Squalan, a botanical lipid that helps restore the skin’s natural moisture balance, keeping it extra soft and supple. 99.8% of KMRC ingredients are naturally derived.

What is does: Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate will not make your skin change overnight. It won’t produce a miracle but it will make a good difference when you look at yourself in the morning. In my personal experience, I have always noticed that the next day my skin is soft, balanced and looks good. However, it’s nothing truly incredible and I did not find the product to have any long-term effect. So while it does a good job, I found that the best use I had for it was to use it every once in a while, just to have good-looking skin in the morning. I did in fact use it constantly for two months — who doesn’t want lovely skin every morning? — but I didn’t notice anything more than what I experienced in the first week.

It has very good ingredients, natural oils, and these work very well while your skin is “at rest”. It helps the skin’s self-healing process to become more effective but it will not fundamentally change your skin, if that makes sense.

As for the oil itself, I don’t have very oily skin, but to those of you who have, I would say: don’t be scared. My skin and my nose (which is oily) have always absorbed the product perfectly and I have never seen any residue in the morning. It will sink into your skin. Regarding application: I found 3 drops not to be enough for my whole face, so I applied at least 5. I put them on the palm of my hand and then applied it on my face with my fingertips, massaging from my nose outwards and on my forehead as well.


Price: 30 ml, 36£ or 37€ on Kiehl’s website or in-store.

Overall judgment: it is a good product, it does a good job, but I said it before, it is something that other products can do better and even though I can’t say “don’t buy it”, I didn’t exactly jump for joy when I saw the results, especially given the price. I don’t think I will be buying it again any time soon (Sorry Kiehl’s). If any of you have used the product and had a different experience, I would love to hear about it!

Have a good day!




*I purchased Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate with my own money. I have been testing this product on my skin for more than 6 months. This is my honest and unconditional review. Nevertheless, keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and something that works for me may not necessarily work for you in the same way.

Full list of ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil/Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed oil, Coriandum Sativum Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp/Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Extract, Heliantus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil


  • Lucy Dorling

    I have wanted to try this for so long but price has always put me off. I think I will stick to the oils I have at the moment (I’m trialling one I got in a beauty box and I am loving that, review coming soon) so I won’t be rushing out to get this one xx

    • Hi Lucy thanks for your lovely comment. You are right, better invest that money on something else or stick to what you already have. Which beauty box is that? Let me now 🙂

      • Lucy Dorling

        It’s a UK based box created by a blogger for bloggers called Blogger Beauty Box. The product is from Magic Organic Apothecary it’s called Aphrodite Facial Oil it’s a beautiful oil and superb value I think xx

  • Kelly

    I’ve wanted to try this one from Kiehl’s for a while but I’m glad to read your honest review which does make me think twice about shelling out that amount of money. I currently use the Pai Rosehip oil which is making my skin pretty happy, so it’s not like I need another oil at the moment.

    Thanks again for the lovely review!
    Kelly Knows It | A lifestyle blog

    • Hi Kelly! I have been using the Pai Rosehip Oil from January too and I’m loving it. I just bought the Vitamine E serum from the Body Shop because I have almost finished the Pai one, and this one seemed a good alternative. I’m glad you liked the review, I always consider the price point of any product when giving an opinion on it. I think for that same price you can get better options, so you should stick with the Pai one for now (also because serums last a lot of time and take time to show their “results”).

      Have a great day!

    • Btw, I’m loving the app Foodie. I have only used it for food so far, but I’ll try to use it for flatlays too (once I have time to take instagram pics).

  • I was considering buying this oil as it was highly recommended (by real-life consumer not youtuber 😉 ) but I’ve chosen Skinesis Overnight Facial over it having great experience with a cleanser from that brand. I must say, that I really love that Skinesis oil and currently enjoy it a lot. I’m curious if you ever tried it?

    • Hello! I’ve actually never heard of this brand before, but I will do some research and check it out 🙂
      Thanks for the comment, I always love when people recommends me products and share their advice with me.


  • Cat L

    Great review, Silvia! Very thoughtful and honest. I do however share a different experience when it comes to this product. I have used the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum for about 6-7 years now faithfully. Not every night, but a few times a week. I’ve recommended it to the ladies in my family, and friends alike. Whenever my skin is acting up, I turn to this product. It works wonders on my skin and in my opinion, it does everything it says it should do. I even praised it on my own blog and included it in my Nighttime routine. Having said all this, it goes to show that skincare should be taken with a grain of salt. What works for some, might not work for others. I have thoroughly enjoyed this post, as I do all of your posts! Great job with the blog!

    • TheSkinCabinet

      Thank you very much Cat! Comments like yours give me a lot of motivation to go on, write posts and enjoy blogging even more. True, each skin is different and what works for me may not work for you. This is the good and the bad of skincare. It’s still great to read reviews, share thoughts and get advice before splurging in something. Sending you a sincere hug my dear!

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