SPOT THE DIFFERENCE with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Masque

Hello Everyone! Kiehl’s* has sent me their all-new Brightening star (Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Masque) last week and i’ll be reviewing it in this post! Just in time as i need a mask to hydrate my skin due to the acne treatment procedure and products that i’m currently doing/using.

Kiehl’s has originated in New York during 1851 as a classic European style pharmacy which aims to fulfill the needs of every customer. Keeping this slogan “We are delighted to serve you” in mind, every employees and members launched a legendary tradition of personalized service which treats customers as their neighbours / friends. From generations to generations, this legendary Kiehl’s experience is passed down as the ‘Kiehl’s experience’ worldwide as the company continues to delight customers with its high quality skin, body and hair care products.

‘Remove My Dark Spots’ with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White!

This Spring / Summer, keep your skin clear and bright with Kiehl’s signature range – Clearly Corrective White. This range promises to give your skin spotless clarity with its clinically demonstrated multi-action formulas that will visibly correct skin tone more effectively, 24/7. This collection is clinically demonstrated to improve uneven skin tone and restore hydration levels for overall improvement in skin clarity and luminosity in as little as 8 weeks..

Following the breakthrough development in 2010 of Kiehl’s Ultimate White Line, chemists further developed the next generation 5-step range of formulations: the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective White (Now with a new addition Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Masque) which provide even faster and effective results for Asian customers for youthful clarity and brighter appearance. Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective face care collection is clinically demonstrated to reverse noticeable skin discoloration while restoring hydration levels and it now consists of the following 6 products:

Purifying Foaming Cleanser  
Skin Brightening Exfoliator 
Clarity-Activating Toner
Dark Spot Solution  (Star product)
Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream
Hydrating & Clarifying Masque (New addition)

Improve uneven skin tone, increase clarity and restore hydration levels with these 6 products

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White range is specially formulated for Asian Skin. Products are lightweight and hydrating which suits all skin types, including sensitive skin to prevent, treat and maintain an even, clarified complexion year-round will set a new standard in hyperpigmentation. The different products in the range will works hand in hand to increase efficacy for noticeably more clarified and even skin. Yay to white and flawless skin!

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White range

First Step (a): Cleanse with highly effective and Purifying Foaming Cleanser to remove skin-surface impurities gently but effectively, for a noticeably brighter complexion. Formulated with a potent complex of white birch, peony exact and Ceramides, this foam cleanser works as a part of Clearly Corrective regimen to help diminish stubborn dark spots and discolouration while illuminate skin.

First Step (b): This High performance yet gentle exfoliating Skin Brightening Exfoliator Cleanser is formulated to dramatically improve surface texture and illuminate skin by removing dead skin cells and minimize surface irregularities/dullness. Formulated with a potent complex of white Birch and Peony Extracts, this skin brightening exfoliator works as part of the regimen to help achieve brighter, clear and luminous skin

Have tried these cleansers in the past and here’s my past review:

As oily skin tends to accumulate more dead skin cells which causes more clogged pores and white bump; regular exfoliating must be done to remove pores clogging and to allow your skin to breathe. I have oily and yet sensitive skin so i will tend to avoid using exfoliator as it will often cause my skin to peel and will also leaves behind red patches. The  Skin Brightening Exfoliator Cleanser changed my mindset as i did not experience any tight sensation and peeling even after using this product every morning… This exfoliator contains very fine exfoliating bits which is gentle enough to be used everyday and i can vouch for that… No more sandpaper sensation on my skin and in return, my skin feels smoother and looks clearly… Thumbs up!

I’m using the Purifying Foaming Cleanser at night and i must say that i love the foamy texture… Personally i have tried many foamy cleanser and they will often leave my skin feeling very tight after cleansing… This foaming cleanser doesn’t and it cleanse well (i don’t see any make-up residue behind left behind after toning my skin).. It does’t cause any peeling as well and skin looks brighter after usage… As it has a lavender scent, it has a relaxing and soothing effect.

Purifying Foaming Cleanser (150 ml, $45.00) & Skin Brightening Exfoliator Cleanser (125 ml, $52.00)

Second Step: Tone with Clarity-Activating Toner (with Activated C, White Birch & Peony Extract) which gently retexturizes as it infuses skin with hydrating actives for noticeably cleaner and softer skin and an overall luminous, clarified and soft complexion

Have tried the toner in the past and here’s my past review:

To be used after cleansing to remove remaining impurities on skin, tone and hydrates the skin, twice a day. What i like about this toner will be its texture which is non-sticky and leaves behind a refreshing sensation on my skin… Toner also has a very nice lavender scent which has a soothing effect. Although this toner contains alcohol (which i will normally steer clear due to my sensitive skin), it doesn’t cause any stinging and tight sensation after usage.

Clarity-Activating Toner (250 ml, $55.00)

Third Step: Treat and correct with highly efficacious dark spot solution which is targeted to reduce / remove broad spectrum of dark spots (due to age, UV exposure or hyperpigmentation). This clear and corrective formula visibly diminishes the number and intensity of dark spots and discoloration and includes an ingredient active that helps deter the formation of spots. With 100% Activated C (the latest generation of Vit C derivative), White Birch & Peony Extract, the formulate penetrates skin’s surface to deeply and rapidly correct the appearance of flaws.

Activated C has a very small molecular size and is highly stable.  This makes it a highly efficient ingredient, working upon application to deliver sustained activity.  This active has “anti-cluster” technology which will remove source of discolorations and prevents the formation of new pigment clusters.. Over time, deep-set spots will be removed without over-drying the skin. In addition, it contains White Birch and Peony Extracts, this potent combination will ensure clear, fast, correction year-round, for visibly more uniform skin tone and overall clarity.

White Birch Extract: Derived from Sugar, this ingredient is known to restore hydration and nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin.  Together with Activated C this potent active supports and facilitates the appearance of discolouration correction.

Peony Extract: A traditional Chinese medicinal antioxidant which enables protection against free radical oxidative damage to the skin and together with Activated C helps to inhibit the production of melanin, providing for enhanced skin clarity.

The Dark Spot Solution will visibly diminish the number and intensity of discolorations while deterring the formation of spots on the skin’s surface. It is customers’ favorite as it provides correction year-round, for visibly more uniform skin tone and overall clarity. To thank all the loyal supporters, Kiehl’s is pleased to introduce this award-winning product in limited edition jumbo size (50ml) this March.

Have tried the Dark Spot Solution in the past and here’s my past review:

Tried this with the aim of brightening my overall skintone and lightening post acne scars. Have stopped accutane for a few months and there’s not much breakouts (phew!) but i have to battle dull skintone (with some post acne marks). After using this serum religiously, i have observed that my skin has brightened and improved in overall texture. The post acne marks has also reduced a little but i’m expecting more! haha! Do take note that this product contains alcohol so it might sting if your skin is sensitive.

30 ml, $90.00 and 50 ml, $120.00 (Limited edition)

Fourth Step: Moisturize with Hydrating Moisture Emulsion and/or Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream (with Activated C, White Birch, Peony Extract & Ceramides) to intensively correct visible uneven skin tone while continuing to deter the formation of new discolorations.  This highly effective skin clarifying moisturizing cream intensively corrects uneven skin tone while enhancing skin barrier through all-day hydration, for a notable improvement in skin clarity. Paraben-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free, dermatologist-tested, it provides continuous 24-hour hydration while visibly diminishing dark spots and discoloration. Have not given this a try as i’m currently happy with the moisturizer that i’m using currently, will update when i come to it. 🙂

Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream, 50 ml, $75.00

Fifth Step: Indulge in Weekly Treatment with the new Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Masque to boost skin clarity, radiance, and hydration, delivering results much faster and more efficiently! 1 application of the masque offers the skin brightness improvement results equal to 3 weeks of twice a day usage of the award-winning* & top customers’ favourite Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (*Clearly Corrective Dark Spot won 10 international beauty awards in 2012)!

The secret behind the highly effective & faster result is due to the fact that Kiehl’s chemists have infused the formula with fast-acting Activated C, a powerful whitening ingredient from the award-winning Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution into its latest innovation. This new treatment masque offers noticeable, immediate results: one application of the masque offers the skin brightness improvement results equal to 3 weeks of twice a day usage of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. With continued use, 93% of women saw significant boosting effect on skin clarity, radiance and hydration in as little as 3 weeks after using this innovative masque twice per week with Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.

Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Masque

The main cause of discoloration or hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of melanin. Through numerous trials, Kiehl’s defined the right formulation in the sheet masque that is clinically tested to improve skin clarity and luminosity. Using its expertise in Activated C to battle discoloration and promote skin clarity naturally, the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Masque is created. This new masques offer immediate skin improvement and has a razor-sharp focus on improving skin clarity, radiance, hydration and dark spot reduction by working on 3 levels:

1) Intensively hydrating to enhance radiance

2) Diminishing existing dark spots

3) Activated C prevents future dark spots from surfacing

6pcs x 25ml, retails at $90

The new Clearly Corrective White Hydrating and Clarifying Treatment Masque is clinically tested to help reverse visible skin discoloration, hydrate for 24 hours and significantly increase luminosity for an overall improvement in skin clarity. It demonstrated statistically significant improvement upon application—subjects experienced a 46% boost in hydration. Consumer results showed that 94% of women experienced a significant boosting effect on skin clarity, radiance and hydration after using the masque twice per week with Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. Statistically significant improvement from baseline was also demonstrated in the following skin attributes after 3 weeks among all subjects:

 27% improvement in complexion radiance/luminosity/brightness
 22% improvement in skin clarity/transparency
 27% improvement in skin texture/softness

* Results based upon expert grading in a clinical study- tested on a panel of 50 Asian women

Kiehl’s expertise in clarifying, hydrating and natural ingredients led to the development of this innovative formula utilizing Activated C and Hyaluronic Acid.

Activated C, a vitamin C-derivative known to inhibit the activity of the Melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase and to prevent the appearance of new dark spots. It is 100% active on the skin immediately allowing for faster penetration. Activated C reduces the color intensity of existing dark spots, helps diminish the appearance of existing discolorations, prevents the appearance of new spots, and helps promote overall skin clarity.

Sodium Hyaluronate is an acid naturally present in the human body. It binds with the skin to help boost and maintain the skin’s optimal moisture balance. It enhances hydration and plumps, softens, and smoothes the skin.

White Birch, a sugar derived ingredient known for its ability to restore hydration and nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin. Together with Activated C this potent active supports and facilitates the appearance of discoloration correction. White Birch helps visibly diminish dark spots and discolorations and increase hydration to contribute to clarity and luminosity. It also helps smooth and plump the skin surface to better reflect light.

Peony Extract, a natural antioxidant used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, helps protect against free-radical oxidative damage in vitro data . Together with Activated C, Peony Extract helps to reverse skin discoloration on the skin while enhancing overall skin clarity.

Glycerin is a humectant that helps skin retain moisture. It attracts and pulls moisture from the air into the skin and continuously moisturizes skin.

The masque is also Paraben free, Dermatologist- tested, Ophthalmologist- tested and Allergy- tested. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque is appropriate for all types of skin and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. For best results, use 2 times per week (ideally at nighttime) and always follow with Dark Spot Solution and Hydrating Moisture Emulsion and/or Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream.

As mentioned, i have very dry skin due to the acne care products that i am using. Moreover, i would like to improve the radiance of my skin so i’m hoping that the Clearly Corrective White Hydrating and Clarifying Treatment Masque will help on these areas.

Upon opening up the sachet, i’m delighted to see that the sheet mask is literally soaked with serum and this has to be the ‘most concentrated’ mask that i have ever come across.. At $15 per piece, you are definitely getting your money’s worth as it contains a high dosage of fast-acting Activated C (one application of the masque offers the skin brightness improvement results equal to 3 weeks of twice a day usage of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution!). Excessive serum can also be applied to backs of hands, neck and/or upper chest, as desired.


30 mins before application of the mask, i have chilled the mask in the refrigerator as i love the extra cooling / soothing sensation upon ‘masking;. Cotton sheet of the mask is strong and sturdy so i can secure it evenly without the need to worry that the mask will tear. Since the mask was developed and tested for Asian skin, it fits just right on my face with the right tension so that it adhere to my skin better (without shifting) so absorbent of serum can be maximized.

To correct discoloration around eye area, the mask also comes with eye flaps that may be worn up or down, as preferred. Upon application, the masque doesn’t feel sticky or heavy and it conform perfectly to my face. Like the Clearly Corrective White Cleanser, the Masque also contains the same distinctive lavender scent which smells really soothing & relaxing! There’s also no stinging / hot sensation during mask application. Upon removal of mask, it doesn’t leave my skin red and sticky (so there’s no need to rinse your face and you can leave the serum overnight). Instantly, i could see that my skin became brighter, calmer and supple looking. Also, it feels softer to the touch and more radiant looking. The dry and rough patches on my skin also disappeared thanks to the intense hydrating function of the mask. Although the mask is on the pricey side, nothing beats instant results! Will certainly repurchase this mask in the future. 🙂

Left – Before Masking
Right – After Masking

If you are interested in any of the above products, do feel free to head to any Kiehl’s stores and remember to ask for a sample to try out before making your purchase 🙂

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