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Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser

Hey folks! Before I start with the review of my new favorite facial wash, I want to share a lovely comment that I received from Kim, a new Project Vanity reader (say hi!):

Hi Miss Liz! I'm a new follower of Project Vanity and I'm loving my stay here as a reader so far. Before I'd be a silent follower who would read every post religiously but never leave a comment. Your makeup reviews are very detailed and helpful but what I love most is the feedback section. It's a refreshing change from other blogs where comments sections are usually reserved for compliments and praises and whatnots for the blogger. Yours is very interactive and the comments have legit helpful content as well. :) Smart bloggers attract smart readers, eh? ;)

This is quite true. I am not able to reply to all comments unfortunately but I read everything as soon as I get them, and learn so much in the process. Like dupes of certain high-end products, application tips, and just general feedback on a product the commenter has tried. I also get ideas on what to post next time! So thank you, guys, for helping fellow beauty enthusiasts with your practical and unique insights.

On to the review! The Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser (P1,200) is formulated for oily-skinned girls who are also prone to pore blockage (blackheads). This promises to neatly absorb and sweep off all traces of sebum on your skin without actually stripping off its moisture barrier. Kaolin Clay, the public enemy #1 of oil, is its main ingredient.

The thing with kaolin clay is that it's so effective in absorbing oil that it ends up sucking your skin dry (at least in my experience). It's more commonly used in facial masks for deep treatments. How does it fare in a facial wash? 

This Kiehl's cleanser has a gritty feel to it, as in I can feel bits of superfine soil in the cream. This might be the clay! It's great because it helps exfoliate my skin while washing off the oil at the same time. It just feels a wee bit rough as I'm spreading it on my face, but these particles dissolve and foam as you massage them all over.

After washing, my skin feels smooth and fine and bright immediately. However it can feel a bit tight, but that's easily solved with a lick of moisturizer. I've been using this for two months and the effect still stands - my blackhead problem is practically non-existent and my skin is better than ever.

Tip: Maximize your cleanser by focusing your application on your problem areas (these are usually the nose and the area around it). Make sure that you massage the product in for a few minutes so that you can draw out all the dirt that's stuck there.

Of course, I'm on a great skincare routine right now, so the other products I'm using helps along. But cleansers for me are important in rooting out dirt and oil from the pores. Toners can't really do that, and I'm too lazy to exfoliate/ mask up for real every week. A facial cleanser that exfoliates gently and deep cleans after every use is a godsend.

I have to note though that I got bumps within the first week that I first started using the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore cleanser. I would get them along the bridge of my nose and cheeks! My skin felt blah and gray so I stopped using it for a week or so. My favorite cleanser then was the Etude House Wonder Pore but it was out of stock so I had to try a bunch of other cleansers but none of them worked for me! In utter desparation, I went back to Rare Earth to see if it would still give me bumps. Thankfully my skin has stopped reacting and it has been amazing since then.

I know you'll ask - which is better, this Kiehl's cleanser of Etude House's Wonder Pore? I find they do the same thing even though the textures are vastly different. They both help lessen oil and blackheads, while brightening skin overall. Wonder Pore is cheaper at P678, but my bottle lasted me for only a month and a half. A tube of Rare Earth is P1,200 but I've only used up 30% of it in the last two months. I think it can stretch up to 5-6 months of daily use so it actually ends up cheaper than Etude.

The Wonder Pore is still wonderful (and finally back on stock!) but I think I'll be purchasing the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser when I run out of cleanser. I can't predict which one will work for you (indeed if any one of them will), but at least you have pretty good choices if your problem is oily and clogged skin. :)

Soooo you know the drill. Let me know what your favorite pore product is, and if you've tried this particular cleanser already!

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Reader Comments (24)

i'm truly inspired with your skin care routine. i'm having problematic skin right now and seeing how much your skin looks right now i'm so envious hehe.. kidding aside kiehl's out of my budget so i'm thinking of trying the EH wonder pore instead. i hope it will help me get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads.. thank you for giving us helpful ideas ms. liz :)

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen

This seems like a good buy. I've also read somewhere that one could also use kitty liter (unused) as a face mask for a deep cleaning facial because it also uses clay as it's main ingredient.

If i want to get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads fast, i use the Iwhite nose pack. It really gets all of the ugly stuff out of my pores. :)

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Yay! On-stock na anh EH wonder pore! :) thanks for the info Liz!

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Thanks for this review! I will try Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser next time. I've been using the Etude House Wonder Pore Cleanser. It gets rid of the oiliness, in fact, I may have to use a stronger moisturizer now. However, it does not seem to help get rid of or prevent pimples :(

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

freakin' needing this. blackheads are really a problem. and so far, i still haven't found a way to at least keep them at bay for long.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRiza P

excuse me guys did i read that right kitty liter or kitty litter? hmmm anyway i used to use proactiv mask wch has kaolin clay as the main ingredient, it dried up my zits but den zits wud stil b der. i now swear by beauche eexfoliating scrub, much cheaper at 200 pesos n dries up d zits overnyt. i also jst use their soap or any pf d snoe beauty bars. nonetheless ill chek out eh face wash u mentioned above n convince myself to shell out 600 for a face wash. i think 600 is quite steep

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Is it really good for the skin na everyday magcleanse with kaolin clay? I've been using the St. Ives clay mask prior to the Daiso mask for removing whiteheads/blackheads, and my skin feels really tight after the clay mask. I wonder if you have any recommendations for whitehead removal as well? Thanks!

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Mari

I am a super duper oily girl. Maku-ups does not stay long on my face because of my oily skin. In the afternoons, my powder and everything applied on my ace becomes cakey. Huhuhuhu my pores are really big probably because nagmana ako sa dad ko. I tried many products but none of them worked for me. Soooo excited to give this as tryyyyyy!

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

*litter haha my bad, stuck with fever all day.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD

Ahhh, this is something I really really need. I have really oily skin and the hot, humid weather in the Philippines doesn't help. I bought the Clinique cleanser ages ago based on your reviews and it amazingly brightened and made my skin smooth but I feel like it doesn't do much for oil control. With this smashing review, I think I'll give this a try when I run out.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

Whenever I try a new product on my skin, it always starts off by showing promising results, but more times than not, the results doesn't last that long. I don't really know how to explain this, it's just that somehow, after a few continuous use, my skin becomes "immune" to it and stop reacting to that certain product. That's the reason why I rarely buy high-end skincare, nakakahinayang kasi tapos most of them don't sell products in smaller portions pa. :'(

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

I use Dove exfoliating wash w microbeads. Its cheap and works plus I dont get the tight post plastic surgery feel after washing. But this looks so promising!I might want to check this out after im done with my current face wash. :)

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

Yey, EH wonder pore is back. I use St. Ives facial scrub and Laneige Multiberry Yoghourt Peeling Gel as well, but the Laneige , I will not be repurchasing that since its more for those who are looking for a more gentle and subdued exfoliation or sensitive skin. If this Kiehl's can last up to 5-6 months then the price is not so bad, I usually finish cleansers in 2 months tops.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Clay is really amazing for blackheads and clogged pores. I've been using the "Snoe Vitamin C-rich Calamansi Whitening Detox Clay Mask" (I bought it for the kaolin clay, completely missing that it has whitening ingredients) once or twice a week and the many blackheads on my nose have retreated! I'm hesitant to use anything clay-based daily because it really sucks the moisture out of your skin, but this looks mild enough to use everyday. Your skin *has* been looking great lately, thanks for sharing your routine.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Interesting product from kiehl's. Pricey But totally worth it.
Thanks for sharing this.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFashionerza

I think I might try this one but I'm a bit scared because my skin might break out all of a sudden. Thank you for the information! =)

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrystal Pearl

I got a sample pack of Kiehl's Rare Earth Minimizing Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and the Lotion because I was looking for new cleanser to replace my Pond's Black Cleanser. Since I was on a Kiehl's binge with MRC, I got this line to help with my oiliness, unforntunatly after using the line for only a few days, I had red splotches on my face. I went back to Kiehl's on my problem on the samples, the SA, told me, it might be that my skin is reacting negatively to the clay, so she gave me the Ultra Facial Oil-free Cleanser and Gel Cream instead, I am so far happy with the how it is faring with my skin. My 2-cents worth :)

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm torn! Haha. I really want to get rid of my blackhead problem as well. Pero I'm leaning more towards the Kiehls cleanser. I hope it works for me! :)

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

I have oily yet uber sensitive skin which reacts to cleansers. The only facial washes my skin is accustomed to is Krave's Cupine AloePa facial wash, Clean&Clear facial wash, Cetaphil and Neutrogena facial wash. All of which are almost gel type which works great for me. But with your review of Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser, I think I might just give it a try. Ms.Liz can you please discuss the differences of liquid, cream, gel types of facial washes? Which skin type will it suit? Thanks in advance!

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheng

Lovely comparison of the two products! I have dry skin so I can't really relate lol but I do notice that expensive products tend to last more despite the minimal difference in quantity of the product. Might it be that cause it's fairly expensive we end up being careful with the amount we use (tinitipid) or maybe the active ingredients is so concentrated on high end products we end up only needing a little bit? Whatever it is. it definitely makes it more worth your money in the long run!

I have dry skin and I use Physiogel cleanser, when you have dry skin how you wash your face is crucial cause you don't need any more oils and moisture stripped from your face. Physiogel is super gentle, its a lot like Cetaphil but for me it's better at keeping my skin moisturized after! It's also a pretty awesome makeup remover if you put it on a cotton pad heck you don't even have to rinse it off, you can just wipe it off! want to try it out first? You can! I forgot how much a small bottle is but a sachet of it is less than P25 at most Mercury drug stores! If you cant find it on the shelves ask at the counter :] I also use their moisturizer :D

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCam

wow this is great, eversince i've heard raves regarding kiehl's product,i do really drop by on their store whenever I go to mall. And i think my skin alos loves's really a must try product.^_^

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereloisa

Hi Kim! I'm a newbie and I share the same feeling of enjoyment when I read Project Vanity. I'm in the process of backtracking because I still find previous posts very useful. I learn a lot from this blog.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

I've been contemplating for months whether to get this, or something from Etude (Wonder Pore Cleanser or the Baking Powder foam cleanser) and I've had a few fail-attempts of purchasing this during my trips to Manila. Now that I'll be in the city again for a week next week, I'm definitely gonna get this! I've been looking for my HG cleanser and I hope this will be the one. :)

Ms. Liz, you sure do have convincing powers. :)

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNerys

@nerys I just bought one last week! Haha. Like this better than EH wonder pore althought EH is pretty good as well.

March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

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