I first met with Curel when I was searching for mini-sets for a trip to Bali. The set was quite minimalistic (cleansing gel, foaming wash, lotion, and milk), and it had eucalyptus extract in its contents – very good if one needs to calm down her skin disturbed by salty water, sun, or insects.
The cleansing gel and the foaming wash didn’t impress me so I won’t elaborate on them here. The gel, well, does its cleansing job but I prefer a hydrophilic oil instead. The gel is a good thing for a trip; but I wouldn’t buy it for everyday use at home. As for the foaming wash – it’s good but it quickly runs out. I even bought a full-size refill and gradually refilled the bottle; but it runs out just crazy fast. I liked its utility though: you don’t need to whip it up, it goes out of the bottle already whipped. That’s when I realized how much I hated that manual whipping chore 🙂 And one more thing: I like airy foams, and that wash was a great match in that respect. So I just bought a foaming wash of another brand (which, by the way, takes much longer to сonsume).
Now let’s get to KAO Curel Moisture Lotion II (normal skin).
The words of the producer:
- Thanks to eucalyptus extract the lotion gets in the skin’s corneous layer, moistens, calms down the skin;
- Enhances barrier functions of the skin, prevents exfoliation;
- doesn’t contain alcohol, hypoallergenic.
I felt the lotion to be very comfortable for high summer temperatures. It very quickly sinks in. This is both its advantage and disadvantage – it sinks into my hand before I take it to my face. So I use a cotton pad to apply it.
The texture is very light, watery. Compared to the lotion from Hadalabo (used by many), Curel is much lighter and less sticky. I’m more comfortable with it in summer; now it’s autumn and I feel it’ not enough moisturising. I gave it another chance and bought the stronger variant III. But it doesn’t sink in so nicely and leaves a sticky feeling on the skin. So I’m going to switch to something else once this one ends.
Size (original): 150 ml
Price: 1944 yen (about 19$)
KAO Curel Moisture Facial Milk.
Compared to the moisturising lotion, with its 3 variants, there’s only one option for the milk. And it’s the best milk I ever used!
The texture is ideal, the milk sinks in quickly, feeling very nice on skin. Very light, no stickiness, can be applied equally well by hand or by pad. I usually pass on using milk in summer for morning care because it leaves a feeling of film over my skin. But not this milk.
Regarding Curel, I have to write a few words about packaging. I liked its moderate design but most important – I loved its usability. Those applicators completely conquered me: 3-4 presses are just enough for my face and neckline area. You need not meter anything, or turn it over when there’s just a bit left on the bottom; there are no sudden spills. Even Shiseido Elixir should be tumbled over when it’s almost out.
But – the producer doesn’t make refills for the lotion and for the milk. So when a bottle ends, you have to buy another one, paying for the package besides the product. Of course, a refill is usually not much cheaper than a normal bottle but I’m quite picky about these things. And I like when I use up less plastic.
Overall, the moisturising line of Curel has left mixed feelings. It’s so balanced in its up- and downsides that I end up with a neutral opinion. I don’t plan using it further though, as I wouldn’t want to compromise on the lotion’s texture.
Size (original): 120 ml
Price: 1944 yen (about 19$)
Have you tried Curel?