Monday, June 11, 2012

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate and Oil Free Moisturizer Review

It's the beginning of a new week and I'm ready to roll! In the meantime, I received some samples from the Kate Somerville line as part of our goodie bag from the Neiman Marcus Beauty Breakfast. I was so excited to see these products in our goodie bag. I was intrigued by the products when they were shown to us. I can't believe I never heard of Kate Somerville before. Apparently she is the one behind the red carpet glow on many celebrities. She has a clinic in L.A. that caters to not just us regular folk, but many celebrities as well. She has a book going over all her beauty secrets and now has an extensive skin care line. A quick search online shows nothing but rave reviews for her products. Now I was really excited to try out her products.

Of course it is almost near impossible to get a good read off of a skin care product off of one try, but I was excited to give it a go anyway. I used two of the samples I received. 

ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment. This is a gentle exfoliating treatment that is supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles right away while calming and soothing the skin. According to the product info in a clinical test, participants experienced dramatic results after just one treatment. The microbeads and fruit enzymes lift dead skin cells, Vitamin A helps fade the appearance of discoloration, the natural extracts help improve elasticity and Vitamin E helps to smooth the skin. So will just one treatment work for me?

My skin had been feeling a bit dull and drab lately. I am starting to notice more and more wrinkles, albeit just the beginnings of them (well except my forehead.) My goal in finding good skincare regimen is add that youthful glow back to my skin, tighten it up and reduce some of the wrinkles. If I can get rid of the bags under my eyes, that would be a plus. Since Exfoli-Kate says it will lift dead surface cells, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth skin, I was all for it!
The directions said to gently rub the exfoliator in circles around your face in an upward motion. Leave on for 2 minutes, then rinse. I don't know if this is normal, but I noticed a very subtle tingling sensation when I let it sit on my skin. Nothing major or painful, but typical of what one might feel with a salicylic acid treatment. Once I removed it my skin felt tighter. Almost like a drying effect. It also felt incredibly smooth. Looking in the mirror, I noticed no difference, but I felt tighter and smoother. 

The next sample in my bag was the Oil Free Moisturizer. This is supposed to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and firm and smooth. Everything I am looking for again. After patting using the ExfoliKate, I pat my skin dry looked in the mirror and applied the moisturizer. My skin felt hydrated, tight and smooth. Of course it felt tight and smooth from the ExfoliKate, so who knows. Again I didn't really notice a difference in my skin when I looked in the mirror. I had two packets of the moisturizer, so I used it again this morning. 

I got ready for the day, applied my makeup and went on my way. A few hours later, while washing my hands I looked up into the mirror and noticed my skin appeared to have a nice glow. I looked refreshed. I didn't change anything else, so I attribute it to Kate Somerville. My skin looked positively lit from within, but also dewy. I love a dewy look, but I know many who do not like that look. I added a bit more finishing powder since I myself felt it was almost too dewy. It is a day later, and the glow is still here and my skin looks smoother.

Both the ExfoliKate and Oil Free Moisturizer retail for $65 each. It seems a bit pricey for an exfoliater, but as far as moisturizers go, the price doesn't seem bad. Would I buy either one of these? I'm on the fence, I would love to get a weeks worth of samples of each of these to try to see if they would really make a difference. Neiman Marcus offers the DermaQuench treatment free with any Kate Somerville purchase and I noticed they sell some starter kits for the Kate Somerville products. This may be a great way to introduce myself to her products a bit more without a huge out of pocket expense at first. Have you tried any of her products? Have you seen amazing results? What do you think of her products?


  1. I have tried several Kate Somerville products and I looveee them. I have used her Purify Exfoliating Cleanser and one of her moisturizers and I absolutely love it. They are pricey but the moisturizer lasted me for at least 6-7 months, and that was with me using it every day.

  2. I use ExfoliKate (the regular one) and like it very much. They sell Kats Somerville's line on QVC and sometimes you can get great kits at really good prices. ..... Check then out on their website

  3. I sampled the oil free moisterizer and bought it. I wear it under makeup and it works for me. I'll buy it again.