Now, this doesn’t happen to me too often. As a man with few enough man-securities to groom, admit it and write about it, there’s not too much that makes me feel like I’m living in Malibu Barbie’s dream house. Don’t believe me? Check out past posts about achieving high-end salon nirvana, applying clay masques at home, etc.
But the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector from Kiehl’s pushes the envelope for me. To be honest, it just might be a little too close to make-up for my comfort. Read on….
The Micro-Blur Skin Perfector comes in a 1-oz tube that in turn comes in a simple grey cardboard box. The plastic container is white, stands on its head with a flip-top cap, and has a tapered oval shape. The typefaces used are black and burnt orange; the font is serif (except for the Kiehl’s logo, which is cursive as always). The overall look of the product packaging is modern and functional.
The product, which contains bark and lentil extracts, is meant to be applied twice a day – in the am and in the pm – and can be used in conjunction with all your other grooming products. It’s yellow-ish, and its consistency is thick, grainy and heavy. You can feel its weight long after you apply it. (I’ve been using it on my face the past few weeks.) The Skin Perfector is meant to smooth your skin, refining its texture and minimizing the appearance of your pores as you use it over time. All of which sounds good, but fails to answer my fundamental question: Is this what the ladies call “cover-up,” or worse yet, “base,” or “foundation?” Or as manlier-than-thou hardware store junkies might say, “face spackle?”
Now, I want you to know that I’m “all in” despite my anxiety here. I’m gonna keep rolling with this product for at least a month. And if it produces results, well then, count me in, and by all means sign me up for a compact to carry around in the man-purse that I’ll also gladly sign up for. If you dare to test your boundaries, you can buy the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector from Kiehl’s at standalone Kiehl’s stores, department stores, cosmetics boutiques, and online. A 1-oz container will cost you $35, and will last a month or two, depending on which and how many areas you’re targeting.