Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate Review


Hello beauties, and since this is my first post for 2018, Happy New Year! May all your whishes come true this year !
Today I have for you a review featuring Kiehl's hydro-plumping re-texturizing serum concentrate.
I bought this serum in late June last year (2017) after receiving few samples of it at the Kiehls counter. One thing I love adore about Kiehls, they are always lovely, helpful and generous with their samples. No matter where in the world I was visiting one of their counters it always was a pleasant experience.
Kiehl's serum hydro plumping is available at any Kiehl's counter, in their online store or at Sephora.

What is it
Kiehl's serum hydro plumping serum concentrate is a hydrating serum containing 15% plant-based glycerine and Shiso Leaf extract. Also has antiaging properties.

Who is it for
Dry skin
Please be careful if you sensitive, it contains citric acid which can  be a  trigger
Also, Butylene Glycol and  Dimethicone  can be comedogenic

How do you use it?
Kehl’s recommends
Apply Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate into the palm of your hand and then smooth over entire face and neck.
I use it after the cleanser, toner/mist, and the eye cream.

How long did I test it
Six months
Other products I used at the same time with
Cleansers Midnight Recovery Cleanser,  Garnier Micellar water, Sukin Super Greens Facial Cleansing Oil
Tonner  Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel, Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist
Serums Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum, Matrixyl 10% + HA, Subq Anti-Age, Recharge Serum with colostrum oil
Moisturisers Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil, Predermine


Claims
A serum concentrate that gives new life to dull, tired skin
•    Utilizes next generation liquid-to-serum technology to hydrate skin’s deepest surface layers intensively
•    Clinically demonstrated to help correct the signs of age-related dehydration
•    Youthfully plumps skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines & rough texture
•    Formulated with a potent complex of 15% plant-based Glycerin and Shiso Leaf Extract

Ingredient list
kiehl's retexturizing serum ingredients as presented on their site
AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, SODIUM CITRATE, p-ANISIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ADENOSINE, PERILLA OCYMOIDES EXTRACT / PERILLA OCYMOIDES LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID

What’s formulated without
Paraben-free
Sulfate free
Alcohol-free

Natural
Man-made

Cruelty-Free
Khiel's products are not cruelty-free,  Khiel's is part of  L'Oreal Group, they do some testing on animals

Vegan
Yes

How does it smell?
Very light almost no smell, fresh

Can it be taken around the eyes
Yes

What did I like about:
While as itself this serum won’t give me enough hydration, layered with other products this serum is absolutely brilliant. It was literally supercharging any other serum I layered with it.
My skin type is dry going to very dry and dehydrated; I think for a healthy skin type this will provide a right amount of hydration by itself and probably won't be needed to layer other serums and oils. Another thing that I like it was the packaging, light but sturdy, pump dispenser, very hygienic  and the spreadability of it, a little goes a long way; I needed less than recommended  amount ( parts because I layer it with other products)


What I didn’t like about
The so claimed ’72 hours of hydration’, like really who is going to try that! I must admit it crossed my mind for a second*grin to not wash my face for three days to test that but then I’m normal I have a life and a job so.... sorry I haven't tested it that way ...Mission impossible.
Claims like these make me giggle– how would one really know that this was delivering on these claims without skipping the cleanse/shower. Yes, there are fancy tech tests for that, but the product is designed for people, not fancy tech tests. I  mean don’t get me wrong  I love Kiehls, and my bank account is a testimonial for my love, but still, that’s a funny claim.
Now back on the serious matter, unfortunately for my dry-dehydrated skin, this serum is not enough on its own unless I am using quite a hydrating moisturizer. If I want to skip straight to the makeup after using this serum,  and I'm not talking here about a full glam face but just a tiny bit everyday kinda makeup, my skin would be so dry that will literally drink up my base and leave my make up so patchy.
Price:
$58.00 1.7 oz

Would I repurchase?
Yes,  just because if I layer it well  it looks absolutely superb under the make up