[REVIEW] Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review:

First, let’s get a bit of our knowledge on the history of the brand.
Kiehl’s is one of the most prestagious brand name when it comes to high-end skincare products.
In 1951, there was a store founded to serve patrons in East Village, Manhattan. Until 1894, John Kiehl purchased the store and renamed it Kiehl Pharmacy. In 1921, Irving Morse – apprentice to Kiehl bought the pharmacy. This marks another remarkable developing stage of the brand. During the 70s, Kiehl’s gained great popularity as a luxurious cosmetics brand with safe ingredients and especially, the launch of the renown Calendula Herbal extract Alcohol-free toner. The distinct marketing method of Kiehl’s during this time is based on word-of-mouth and giving free samples to customers. Later, Kiehl’s is purchased by L’oreal Group and now, Kiehl’s has more than 250 stores and showrooms all over the world. Until now, Kiehl’s has gained the reputation for their wide range of products: haircare, skincare, fragrance, bodycare and men’s grooming. All of the products from Kiehl’s are well-known for their natural-based and safe ingredients offered via sophisticated formulations.

To celebrate my bachelor graduation, I decided to get something a bit fancy and Kiehl’s masks came first in my mind. Moreover, the Spring weather in Vietnam is getting so hot and humid. Everyday in the period from early January to March, the temperature would rocket from 28oC to as high as 34-35oC at noon and then “calm down” back to 27-28oC in the evening. Usually, my skin would lose immense amount of hydration and produce a lot of sebum if left unattended.

Combining all of the conditions, I would opt for something that offers refreshing sensation, helps control my sebum production and clears up my congested pores. Up till this point, you may know what I was about to get: yes, you can tell by the title already haha. It’s the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. My summary review for this product is: I love it x 10 times.


+ This facial mask instantly brightens dull, fatigued skin and restores skin’s healthy, rosy appearance over time.

+ Formulated with Cranberry Extract, an antioxidant packed superberry rich in resveratrol and anti-inflammatory Turmeric Extract, this unique mask also contains micronized Cranberry seeds that can be used to gently exfoliate the skin while washing the mask off after use.


Water, Kaolin, Sorbitol, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylamide, Ci 77492 / Iron Oxides, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Turmeric Root Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Laureth-7, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Menthol, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract – Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil.

Kiehl's Turmeric Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review

Volume: 75ml

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How to use:

A rinse-off formula to be used after cleansing and toning skin, allow mask to dry for 5-10 minutes. Recommended for daytime use.

My Skin Type: Oily skin

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review:

After 1 month of using the product with the frequency of 2 times/week, I will come through my review following 6 main bullet points: packaging, texture, fragrance, ingredient analysis, application experience and product efficacy.


Kiehl's Turmeric Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review

The vibrant and “radiant” orange color caught my eyes firstly. I think the manufacturer has their intention into deciding that the color and the name goes with each other as “Energizing Radiance Masque”. This mask comes in a jar and with every time I took the mask out, I will use a little spoon or just with my clean hand. I took this picture right at the time I remove the seal from the jar.



The mask comes as a thick yellow cream with a great amount of cranberry seeds. If applied, this cream will spread easily onto your skin.


It has no overpowering smell. Just a buttery pleasant scent and also a bit of cooling sensation thanks to the peppermint leaf extract.

Ingredient analysis:

To sum up the ingredients used in this mask, I would say: a combination of clay, herbal extract and UV filter (!) I am quite confused why would they add UV filter like Titanium dioxide  into this mask, since after about 10 minutes, you are going to wash the mask off.

Kaolin and bentonite presented in this mask is one of the main ingredients and what it does is to wash away the excess sebum and clear your pores.

I believe the expected “Energizing and Radiance” effect of this mask must come from peppermint extract, menthol and the turmeric root extract. Turmeric root extract has long been renown for the healing efficacy. In terms of aesthetically speaking, it might leave a prolonged yellow stain on your face after removed. The turmeric extract brings the distinct yellow color for this mask and surprisingly, it leaves no stain after I wash the mask off. This, I believe is a huge plus for the mask.

Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review

One last feature that makes this product stand out is the cranberry seeds. The seeds are well-mixed together with the clay. I managed to get some of the seeds separately for you to see. They are quite small and does not make any irritation to your skin. Just offer your skin a mild physical exfoliation.

Application experience:

Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review

You can either apply the mask to your whole face or just the T-zone, where sebum tends to be excessively produced. I personally apply the mask during my morning shower, which gives me extra boost to start my day fresh and radiantly.

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Only few seconds after I lather the mask on my skin, I am awaken by the refreshing mint extract. Then, I feel a mild heat all over my skin. Notice that it is not burning, but it is as if your skin is being treated and the ingredients are working.

After 5-10 minutes, I rinse everything off with lukewarm water (as instructed) and gently moving my fingers in circular motions, so that the cranberry seeds can perform their exfoliating job. The seeds actually quite hard to be removed. They love your skin so much that they would like to remain on the skin as long as possible haha.

Product efficacy:

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Please check the image for my jar’s status to know how much product I have used. I have noticed the instant radiant effect of my skin right after every time I apply the mask. With consistent use, I think I have partly brighten my skin and prevent the skin from looking dull.

However, it has done little to fade my pigmentations and dark spots. With all of that combined, I still think it is worth what you paid for cause it is really relaxing and hence, prepare you for the lovely day ahead.

Conclusion: 4/5

1 – I would never repurchase this and I would recommend everyone not to. It even did not perform its primary job.
2- It caused me many problems. I would not repurchase this.
3- Neither good nor bad. (I may only use this in case of emergency. If anybody gives me as a gift, I would use it. I will not buy it myself hehe)
4- Pretty good. I will buy again unless I find some better option.
5- I’ll repurchase this. I will even buy extra ones as I do not wish disruption because the product is used up.

Where to buy:

Sephora | eBay

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