This is one of those skincare items that very strongly divided the YouTube and blogging community, with some people finding it completely pointless, to others calling it the best thing since sliced bread!!

It claims to ‘visibly improve skin clarity, appearance of dark spots, discolouration and hyper pigmentation, containing vitamin C, white birch and peony extracts’…

So sure enough, my curiosity finally won over common sense (as it very often does…) and I was ready to test this invention on my own face.

I have a quite extensive discolouration from excessive sun exposure (read. being stupid and not using strong enough SPF). It covers both sides of my forehead, close to the hairline and going down to my temples. I guess you could say I have a permanent bronzer tattooed on my face, except…it does not look pretty.

So there I was ready either for an epic fail or groundbreaking discovery.

I am not going to keep you hanging. It was an epic fail. You can see that I am getting to the bottom of the bottle and at this stage I see no improvements whatsoever.

It did big fat nothing to brighten up my complexion, even out the skin tone or address the dark patches.

My skin is relatively spot prone (it has its moments) and inevitably I was able to test the product ‘working’ on brightening post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which it also claims to do. After using it twice daily I am skeptical if it was this product or simply the fact that the discolouration eventually faded naturally, as it normally does.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

The application feels very nice, it has slightly sticky consistency until it completely absorbs into the skin, the scent is very pleasant. It has a handy dropper applicator, which I really like. I would normally take about 4 drops per use and found it just right amount. Overall experience of using it is very positive.

That’s where the positivities end. I really wanted to like this product. I was prepared to take the before and after pictures to ‘document it’, but all I could show you now is the before and …..the before. There is no after.

Also for the time of using it I have put away all other products that I thought may affect the final decision, just letting it do its thing. And it did. Nothing.

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Open

I love the brand and I am faithful to some other products from Kiehls, but this was just simply not meant to be for me. This is not to say that it won’t work for you, it just didn’t for me.

The product retails at RRP £36 and is available here.