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The Face Mask That Triggered Two 'You Look Refreshed' Compliments

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"How was your weekend? You look refreshed."

Two very different people (my new boss, who has quite the pedigree in beauty, and a skincare-clueless young man) said these exact words to me to me the morning after an application of Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. The only makeup I was wearing that day was mascara — MAC Upward Lash, which is absurdly good for long, defined lashes, FYI — so it wasn't like my complexion was aided by an exceptional application of skin tint or something.

This "masque" is powerful, man.

And I'm not even a big mask-head! Normally I find the more I mess with my skin, the more problems I create (as in I have turned down more than one free facial, please don't murder me). This formula seemed to suck all the gunk out of my face as it dried, polishing away as I rinsed it off. I immediately sent a Snapchat to a friend: "I just deleted my pores."

To answer all of your questions:

  • No, the turmeric will not stain your face yellow
  • The cranberry seeds are to exfoliate and do they ever
  • It takes ten or so minutes to dry, then you rinse it off
  • You're supposed to do it before bed, no more than three times per week
  • Yes, it smells great
  • It's $32 for a two and a half ounce pot (which sounds tiny but I've done three rounds now and have used maybe 25% of the product)

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