Kiehls Yerba Maté Tea Gel-Cream Review

April 22, 2010

Apologized for the long hiatus, lovely people. Gotta blame my slowmo in settling some work stuff going on. =)

Nevertheless, here's an update on my long-time purchase in Dec-09.

The Yerb-uh Mah-tay (As describe by Kiehls) gel-cream.

I don't know why they doesn't have it on their website but here's the actual stuff with details.

The color sure is striking. =)

Don't be alarm at the price though...

With expire date details at the bottom.

I'll show you Kiehl's version, only in lotion-form though.

And hopefully the pic below don't gross you out!

I've been using this for four months plus now. Everyday, night and day. Long enough for a review, kan (right)? =)

Here's how the moisturizer looks like.. (ignore the "reddish" hand though..)

Let's get down to the real thing.

Yerba maté , as in YERB-uh MAH-tay is actually a herb which is something like our green tea. From wikipedia, it is consumed either by itself or with lemonade (similar to our ice lemon tea). Also, do you know that it has antiobesity and cholestrol properties too? You can look up these things through wikipedia on these.

Here's some interesting photos from wiki..

Onto Kiehls facts:-
Yerba Maté
YERB-uh MAH-tay
A nutrient-packed botanical native to South America, contains practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life. Yerba Maté is known to contain 24 vitamins and minerals (including vitamins A, C, E, B-1, and B-2), 15 amino acids, and 11 polyphenols (powerful anti-oxidants).

Taken from their lotion version:-
With Vitamin-Infused Tea Extracts for a Healthful Skin Vivacity
Oil-Free Moisturizer
Suitable for all skin types
Helps improve skin texture, clarity and radiance
Not tested on animals

And their description:-
This oil-free moisturizer, suitable for all skin types, is formulated with an extract derived from Yerba Maté, an extraordinary South American herb, to help infuse skin with all it needs to combat dullness and maintain its healthful and youthful vivacity. Our lightweight lotion helps improve skin texture, clarity and radiance without clogging pores.

Product Size: 50ml
Product Price: RM150 ($35 for Kiehls YERBA MATÉ TEA LOTION)

My thoughts:
Compared to their Ultra Facial Cream, I love this one more.

Frankly speaking, the first impression of this cream doesn't appeal to me at all. Not only the smell is somewhat weird, the look and feel of the cream doesn't do any help as well.

I still remembered their KCR persuading me to give this a go instead of buying the full size version of Ultra Facial Cream. Well, big kudos to her for that! I literally fell in love with this after one full month of using this. I believe the longer you use this, the love will grow with this gel-like-cream. =D (sounds like I'm choosing Mr. Right.. hee hee)

But anyway, the scent of this cream grows gradually on me. It doesn't smell bad actually, just a little like raw herb kinda smell. The best thing of this is that the cream gives a matte feel and matte finish to it. Keeps oil at bay too! (*thumbs up*). I felt really bad for my all-rounder-HG-moisturizer. =P And nope, I'm still sticking to the all-rounder because Penang doesn't have Kiehls!! (if Kiehls is reading this, please do open one here.. my gel-cream is hitting the bottom soon! LOL!)

As for cons, I don't fancy the packaging. I prefer the bottle/pump type instead of the jar-types. If they would provide a spatula with this, it would be a better companion with this so we wont contaminate the cream so easily.

By the way, to use this cream, you'll need to massage the cream until it is fully absorbed. The cream doesn't able to absorb quickly maybe because of it's gel+cream texture. So it is best to take some effort to massage them thoroughly.

Will I repurchase this?
Yes! (if only there's a counter here in Penang. xD)

The ingredients:-

Click to read on some reviews from CozyCot.

PS: They are having Earth Day offer @ Kiehls (RM10 off for RM100 purchase), do follow them on Facebook to get these "hot news". =D


xin said...

i got the cleanser from the range, but over some time, i found it to be too drying for me =/

Foxy Frangipani said...

I hope they come to Penang too! :)

lavender said...

Great review. Is is suitable for very oily skin?