First Impressions: Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask

I got a foil packet sample of this mask when I ordered something else from the Kiehl’s website recently and was surprised to find that there are just not that many reviews! Face masks are one of my favorite pampering self-care activities, but I’m not in it for the “skintertainment” – I want my masks to actually do what they say (or at least do something). The Kiehl’s website says their Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask “instantly brightens dull, fatigued skin and restores skin’s healthy, rosy appearance over time”. Well, I’ll only get 1-2 uses from this little packet, but we do already know that cranberries are an anti-oxidant and turmeric is an anti-inflammatory. My first issue right off the bat is that Kiehl’s does not list the ingredients on its own website, but let’s see how it performs.

First, the basics: I have dehydrated combination skin, which means I overproduce oil if I get too dry, and in general my cheeks are pretty dry while my “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) are a little more oily.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed, Pentylene Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylamide, Ci 77492 / Iron Oxides, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Curcuma Longa Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Laureth-7, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita Extract / Peppermint Leaf Extract, Menthol, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract – Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil. (The ingredients list has been pulled from the Birchbox website as Kiehl’s does not list product ingredients on their own website).

Product Info:

*Please note, while the ingredients in this mask do not list “fragrance” as a separate added ingredient, it does contain menthol, eucalyptus, and other fragrant ingredients that are also known irritants. For this reason, I marked it as having added fragrance.

So I am trying this mask for the first time as I write, having first cleansed my face with the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil which has been my go-to for over a year now. The instructions say to apply, let it dry for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse off using warm water while gently massaging your face to exfoliate.

One-time-use foil packet

Application & Waiting to Dry: 

Minimal fragrance, was easy to apply and spread. Can feel the menthol tingling right away, definitely feels irritating more than cleansing. What I presume were the cranberry seeds felt very slightly gritty during application, but not harsh or coarse. I always get a little nervous about physical exfoliations, but so far that aspect of this mask seems quite gentle.

I applied first to my “problem” areas – chin, nose, forehead – where I have acne, a scar on my nose, and some texture issues – before applying to the rest of my face.

Can definitely feel the clay drying, but not wholly unpleasant. Though definitely was difficult to move my face towards the end.

Waiting for the mask to dry…

Removal & After Thoughts: 

Pretty easy to wash off in the shower, did not need a wash cloth. One cranberry seed got stuck on my nose and I had to use my nail to pick it off, but took no effort.

Skin feels very smooth. A little too dry on my cheeks where I am naturally already dry, but oilier areas like forehead, nose, and chin feel great.

I was expecting a lot of redness from the menthol and eucalyptus, but the redness is mostly limited to my cheeks which is pretty standard for me after using a clay mask.

After removing the mask, before applying other skincare

Morning After: 

For the purposes of reviewing the mask, I skipped the actives (retinol, AHA) in my nighttime skincare routine and only used my moisturizer and oil. In the morning, my skin still felt very smooth, and surprisingly it does actually feel a bit firmer, but not tight.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, I actually quite liked this mask – much more than I thought I would. It is a bit too intense for my cheeks and dryer areas, so I’m not sure I will purchase a full size, but I would definitely use it again. In particular, I’d be interested in trying it again as part of a multi-masking routine and/or only applying it to targeted areas like my T-zone. I still really dislike that Kiehl’s does not list product ingredients on their own website, but it was not overly difficult to find that information.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to write this, nor were any items provided to me free of charge or in exchange for a review. I receive a one-time referral  bonus when you sign up to earn cash back through Ebates using my link. Kiehl’s products are available for cash-back purchases through Ebates. Kiehl’s is not a cruelty-free brand.

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