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Wednesday
Feb132013

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Fair warning, I will be trying out a new anti-blemish serum after I publish this review, so don't be surprised if you see me talking about another serum just after I swear by this one! If I weren't a beauty blogger I wouldn't be going out to try new serums every time I empty a bottle. I would have stopped long ago at the Estee Lauder ANR, the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery, then Shu Uemura Tsuya, and now, the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective serum, which are all awesome products by the way. But I am a beauty blogger so I always have something new and interesting to try. 

Anyway! I'm here to talk about the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Serum (P3,000), which I have been using since late November. It's an awesome product that helped me clear out the last vestiges of my old blemishes and prevents my new ones from darkening overmuch. Yes, this stuff works! For me at least. You'll see a photo.

What I love about the product

  • Lightens blemishes with its main active ingredient which is Vitamin C. Now you don't need to put pure lemon juice on your face. :P Kidding aside this serum does lighten blemishes but it won't happen overnight - it's very gradual. I noticed lightening of my marks in about three to four weeks.
  • Brightens and somehow tightens the face. I noticed that my skin has a smoother, super-fine texture. It's more like a subtly lacquered surface if that makes sense! 
  • Helps heal pimples slightly faster because of its salicylic acid content.
  • Texture is watery. Not even gelly, it straight-up feels like water. It will feel a little tacky once applied but when it dries it's like it was never there. In other words, this serum is perfect under makeup! It doesn't prevent oil but it does feel a little like primer; it will hold your makeup together better + won't make you oilier than you are normally (unlike other oily serums). 
  • Very economical to use. I only use about 1 cm of product on the dropper; that's actually already a generous amount as in you can slather your whole face with it.

Just wearing sunscreen and eyebrow makeup. I have two new pimples (cry) because I used a new shampoo three weeks ago when I took this photo. I still break out before my period and if I'm using something new that's comedogenic to me, but at least the marks aren't as dark or large when the pimples have dried.

What I don't like about the product
  • This can be oddly drying (must be the alcohol and salicylic acid content). It should be followed through with a moisturizer.

Neutral

  • It smells like a citrusy Pagoda Cold Wave Lotion. It's not an obnoxious smell and I don't mind it, but just want you to know it's there.

Quick comparison with Shu Uemura Tsuya Serum

Tsuya has more of a satin finish than Clearly Corrective, which is like a lacquer; it also instantly brightens because of the built-in purple shimmer. It can also be used without a moisturizer if you're oily, but it would require a more generous amount. Tsuya isn't as economical as CC in terms of cost per wear even if you intend to use a moisturizer afterwards.

Both products helped me clear out my blemishes and brighten my skin considerably. :) I started using CC immediately after I ran out of Tsuya and it continued the good work!

Recommendations

I highly recommend the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Serum to anyone who needs something to help heal and fade their blemishes faster. I think it's the ideal product to sort of hasten the exit of old but already fading marks. It might just be the thing you need to shock your blemishes into surrendering once and for all!

However if you have intense blemishes that won't seem to go away, I would still recommend seeing a dermatologist first to have that checked; she will be able to recommend a better treatment plan. The Clearly Corrective is still just a serum. It's potent and effective (for me), but it's not magic. 

Please note that blemishes naturally fade completely on my skin no matter how severe they are, with or without serums. But that takes about two months or more if they're extra terrible. With the Kiehl's CC, I can get rid of blemishes (and I mean 100% gone) in one to one and a half months depending on how severe they are.

Verdict

I love it. Truly, deepy, do love it. Will I pick this over the Tsuya? Tough question. I honestly don't know. Both are great products that truly helped my skin recover from something like this. Oh, those were insane days.

So, does this look like something you'd try? What's your main skin issue anyway?

Follow Kiehl's Manila on Facebook for bits and bobs about the brand.


Reader Comments (29)

I swear I feel like you are reading my mind. I was just researching on serums because I want to get one, and here you are! I'm so confused though because you've reviewed many great serums. I really want something that can remove blemishes and anti-aging, too. What do you recommend?

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Hi Liz,
How would you compare this to the Clinique Laser something something the one that's supposed to lighten dark spots as well? I'm a bit frustrated with some dark spots from pimples and I'm trying to find something to fade them away.

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

This looks promising! Thinking of seriously grabbing this after I run out of Tsuya. If only just to try and compare the two. I'm highly satisfied with Tsuya though. Thanks for introducing us to products like this! My blemishes are so stubborn and won't go away! But with Tsuya, they really lightened and most went away. The only product I've ever tried from Kiehl's is their lip balm. Haha. Expensive kasi! But I wouldn't mind shelling out this much if it would mean clearer skin!

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana

Now this is something is must try. Although it's a bit pricey! I have stubborn pimples and they always leave marks even if I leave them alone! Will consider buying this one.

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I checked Kiehl's site and here's what they recommend:

For anti-aging, use the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate and then Midnight Recovery after.
For age/sun spots, use the Clearly Corrective and then Midnight Recovery after.

So confusing!

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Wow your skin looks super nice na :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLor

Oohhhh I'm drooling. Anything from Kiehl's makes me drool. lol. I think it's a perfect product to supplement your derma-prescribed medications. And I agree that Kiehl's serums are economical. Thanks for sharing, Liz! I used to slather my face w/ lemon juice when I was younger. I mix it with milk! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Oohhhh I'm drooling. Anything from Kiehl's makes me drool. lol. I think it's a perfect product to supplement your derma-prescribed medications. I agree that Kiehl's serums are economical. Thanks for sharing, Liz! I used to slather my face w/ lemon juice when I was younger. I mix it w/ milk! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Ooohhhh I'm drooling. Anything from Kiehl's makes me drool. lol. I think it's a perfect product to supplement your derma-prescribed medications. I agree that Kiehl's serums are economical. Thanks for sharing, Liz! And I used to slather my face w/ lemon juice when I was younger. I mix it w/ milk! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

wow this is very helpful to me Ms. Liz!I wonder if how much it will cost and how long it will lasts.
Thanks now I have an idea for this dark spots..dyahe!:D

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

I'm going thru my in-to-serums phase right now. This sounds like a great suggestion. Thanks!

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

Ooohhhh I'm drooling. Anything from Kiehl's makes me drool. lol. I think it's a perfect product to supplement your derma-prescribed medications. I agree that Kiehl's serums are economical. Thanks for sharing, Liz! And I used to slather my face w/ lemon juice when I was younger. I mix it w/ milk! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Ooohhhh I'm drooling. Anything from Kiehl's makes me drool. lol. I think it's a perfect product to supplement your derma-prescribed medications. I agree that Kiehl's serums are economical. Thanks for sharing, Liz! And I used to slather my face w/ lemon juice when I was younger. I mix it w/ milk! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I have been praying for ages that you would review this! I've been eyeing this for quite some time, but like I always do, I don't buy stuff until you say it's worth buying. HAHA.

Just a quick question po: Is there any particular moisturizer that you recommend to be used on top of CC?

Thank you! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

As much as I'd like to try this, di kaya ng budget! Maybe kapag kaya ko na.
I seldom have pimples, and kung meron man, laging malapit sa hairline. Tapos they leave super dark marks talaga. Madami din ako moles sa face, kaya minsan napapadami ang bilang. *wink* But it's not something a little concealer can't fix.

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

Ang mahal pala nito! Haha My friend kindly gave me 10 samples of this, and yes, I agree super winner siya.

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

wow your skin has greatly improved as compared from that "mug shot" you linked. will make a mental note of this as future purchases since I still have loads of skincare products to finish. Btw, Ms. Liz do you use this for night time routine only or even during daytime under your make-up?

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

I need this in my life right now! Huhu. Love that it somehow acts as a primer! :) Read your House of Obagi Blue Peel Diaries just now. Your skin has gone a loooooong way since then. Props to amazing skin care products! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Wah I need this because I've had these blemishes for around 2 months na rin. I don't use just anything like soaps for lightening because I think a proper product like this serum would do the job faster, better and safer (at least that's what I think). Gotta save up! I strongly believe that good skin comes before all makeup items because makeup will look better on already nice skin! Self-imposed makeup shopping ban muna! Thanks for this review, now I know what to get! :)

P.S. for on the cheap products to help lighten blemishes, do you have suggestions? Question goes to all of your lovely readers as well! :)

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

I'm using this now, I just started yesterday. But I use about 1-2 drops each on each cheek, forehead, chin and neck. Then spread the left-over on my nose and lip area. I read from another blog that Kiehl's recommends to use this for 12 weeks for best results. :)

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaan

Saving up for this because I have stubborn blemishes that have been sitting on my skin for a few months now, I don't use lightening soaps kasi as I deem serums and the like more effective and "safer" (just my opinion). I believe good skin makes a good base for makeup and sometimes you can even forego makeup if you have smooth, blemish-free skin!

P.S. still, I'm open to on the cheap suggestions for lightening blemishes. Hope your lovely readers could share their secrets to getting rid of nasty pimple marks! :)

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Comment still not appearing. Have I been labeled a spammer because of the link I posted in a comment a week ago? :'(

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Trying again to post. :)

I want to try this one because I have nasty blemishes that have been sitting on my skin for a few months now. I don't use lightening soaps kasi as I deem serums and the like to be more effective and "safer" (just my opinion). I believe good skin makes the best base for makeup and we can forego painting our faces if we have clear, healthy skin to begin with! Your review strengthened my resolve to invest on this. :)

P.S. would still like suggestions of on the cheap effective blemish lightening products you and your lovely readers have tried!

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Trying again to post. :)

I want to try this one because I have nasty blemishes that have been sitting on my skin for a few months now. I don't use lightening soaps kasi as I deem serums and the like to be more effective and "safer" (just my opinion). I believe good skin makes the best base for makeup and we can forego painting our faces if we have clear, healthy skin to begin with! Thanks to your review, I'm now planning to invest on this. :)

P.S. would still like suggestions of on the cheap effective blemish lightening products you and your lovely readers have tried!

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Yeah, your skin looks great nga lately Liz! I wonder if this works for leg scars. Har har.

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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