Another Whitening Serum: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

What can I say? When it comes to serums, I do love my whitening products. I depend on my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum for hydration and cell repair so whitening is extra. I already used up my Diorsnow one, with lovely results and my expectation on Kiehl’s  is either to match or do even better. Probably unfair on Kiehl’s but hey, expectations are unique and based on the individual, so here is my review.



The Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution comes in a sterile looking bottle and an applicator that reminds me of my beloved Estee Lauder ANR. The bottle instantly gave me flashbacks of my visits to Kiehl’s, seeing the staff wearing white lab coats, so I guess their image is consistent 😉 In the bottle, the serum looks like water but it is in fact a little tacky when applied. The texture reminds me a little of face oil, minus the oiliness, if that makes sense. One pump of the applicator brings you just the right amount of serum for the whole face. Please refer photo below for an illustration. That is one pump in the tube.



This Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution glides on skin when applied and it smells of relaxing lavendar. It is a little surprising, because I was expecting something more… industrial, more like solutions to sterilise equipment. Hahaha! The scent is not strong, but it is soothing to the nose. I find it absolutely calming when I slowly massage the serum into my skin. It is like a winding down ritual after I remove my makeup and preparing my skin for the night. ** You can use this serum day and night, but I’ve been using it at night only.



For results: I find that my skin tone is a tad lighter after one month of using this serum, and it does not break me out. However, my spots are still visible (if not more since my skin looks lighter) and it does nothing to reduce the size of my large pores. When I use this after my ANR, I do find it a tad heavy on my face, so I pat my face longer for the serums to seep into the skin before applying my moisturiser. This is something I did not have to worry when I was using my Diorsnow serums. In short, my skin conditioned maintained status quo other than the fact that it looks a little bit lighter. I am not saying that this serum is mediocre, just that maybe my skin has reached a good condition that it takes so much more for it to be better. Dior worked great because my skin was really bad to start with, so this might be unfair to Kiehl’s.



This 30ml bottle retails for RM200 (I think, please correct me if I’m wrong) and you can get it at all Kiehl’s stores nationwide. Have you tried this serum? This was launched in March this year, so if you have tested it, please comment below to let me know how it works on you.


xoxo Lily


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