So here it is!
I bought the brightening serum in the end as I thought it was the better option comparing to ANIA, both in volume and cost wise. And I was given 3 other sample items to try from Kiehl's.
Out of the 3 samples, 2 of them also comes from the same Clearly Corrective series, which is what my serum is. The staff told me to try these together to see a better effect in brightening my skin. The first sample I got is a brightening moisturiser, and the other is a gentle exfoliating facial cleanser. The last sample I got, is a eye serum that helps tackle dark circles. When I was looking around, I was kind of torn between getting the brightening serum and the eye serum, so the lady gave me a sample to test it out as well.
I really like the serum in the end and I do think I will include it in my skincare routine from now, including my ultra facial cream. It has improved my skin condition a lot and I really like how "stable" and well balanced my skin is. It feels really great. And as for the other samples. I'll probably get some of them when the samples are finished :D In terms of brightening my skin, I sure definitely see some difference and improvement, and I believe using the products together helped a lot.
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Serum
When I first started using the serum, my skin wasn't very well adjusted to it so my skin was getting a little oily. But I did see my skin getting shimmery under the light and I loved it so much! I find that using 2 drops is just nice to cover my skin sparingly, if I add too much my skin will become too oily. I also got complimented that my skin looked really dewy and moisturised ever since I started using the serum so I was really happy with the result!
Now that I have used it for 2 - 3 months, the glow effect is not as strong though I didn't mind. Because I noticed an improvement on my skin's condition - smoother and more well balanced.
Clearly Corrective Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment
This moisturiser is gel based, and has a faint herbal scent which I find pretty calming. Just like the serum, my skin took some time to adjust to it. This moisturiser still feels a little oily for my skin, so I use much lesser of the product than I would, in comparison to my Ultra Facial Cream. The good thing is when I use the correct amount, I could feel my skin really moisturised; especially together with the serum. Probably because they are from the same series. So they'll naturally work better together. My skin would look more dewy and shimmery, which is reaaaally nice hehe However nowadays I only wear this on alternate nights, almost like a rejuvenating skincare routine as I thought the oil could help "repair" the skin when I sleep. Wearing it in the day makes me skin too oily and I don't really like how that feels. I still prefer my ultra cream because well, less oily lols
I don't think I'll get this moisturiser after I've finished the sample though, it's nice to have but not really necessary for me.
Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser
This is a very gentle exfoliating cleanser. I only use it once every 1 - 2 weeks to exfoliate my skin. It also has the same scent as the moisturiser. It is a gel based cleanser, with small sandy exfoliating bits (not sure what they are though). My skin feels very clean every time I use the cleanser and I could feel my pores cleaned out pretty thoroughly without feeling dry. I'm not too keen about getting it now, but I may consider in the future when I have more purchasing budget. Since I don't use it all the time, I suppose getting a tube could last me pretty long too(:
Powerful-strength Line-reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
This eye serum is really special. I know my dark circles are forever doomed, because they'll always be there due to my sleep routine. I still think this serum helped lighten the darkness a little after using it twice everyday for about 1 month straight? It's really good. What I like about the serum is how it warms up around my eyes during application. It is concentrated with vitamin C which is what helps with lightening the dark skin. The serum has a nice scent to it too. I am considering whether to get it in the future.
I tried to compare this with Clinque's Corrective Dark Circles, but I think each have different benefits so it's hard to say which one is better. The price is about the same, gave the same lightening effect in the same time, etc. Perhaps they are on par? haha
That's all I have to say about these products!