Kiehl'sMicro-Blur Skin Perfector
1 fl. oz. for $35
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Micro-Blur Skin Perfector would rate higher if it didn't contain a potentially irritating amount of alcohol, fragrance, and the menthol derivative menthol lactate. The latter is barely present and you likely won't feel its cooling tingle on skin (which is a sign irritation is happening, not refreshment) so we're left wondering why Kiehl's included it at all!

What this flesh-toned specialty product does well is temporarily fill in large pores and fine lines, turning an irregular skin texture into one that's noticeably more smooth and even. This in turn enhances makeup application and can lend a soft, airbrushed finish to skin. That sounds enticing and it can look good, but the truth is you can achieve the same effect from similar, less expensive products, including those at the drugstore. It's up to you if you want to spend twice as much for the Kiehl's version, but all of them essentially do the same thing, and make the same claims.

As for the non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) claim, that's what many consumers want to see but as this term isn't regulated, it can be applied to any product even if it does contain ingredients known to clog pores. Whether or not any product will cause or worsen breakouts depends on so many factors it's truly impossible to state with certainty that a product like this won't clog pores. It's not likely to do so, but that doesn't rule out the possibility, so take the non-comdeogenic claim with a grain of salt.

  • Silky texture has a temporary smoothing and filling effect on large pores and fine lines.
  • Easy to use and works well under makeup.
  • Natural-looking, sheer flesh-toned tint.
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of alcohol.
  • Expensive compared to similar products that have the same result.
  • Contains fragrance.
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Instantly diminishes the appearance of pores and refines skin texture. Provides long-lasting pore and texture correction. Paraben-free, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic. Appropriate for all skin types and skin tones.


Dimethicone, Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denatured, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Perlite, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Lens Esculenta Seed Extract/Lentil Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Parfum/Fragrance, Dextrin, Dimethiconol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI, 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77492/Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, Farnesol, Limone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Aluminum Hydroxide, FMLA 685678 Code F.I.L. D163527/3

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Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehl’s has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehl’s main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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