Sep 10, 2014

[Save or Crave] Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream vs Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Hey there! Here's another series on this blog. Let me introduce you to the Save or Crave topic where I will compare two products that very close to its functionality but very distinct in terms of the prices. That way you can decide whether to splurge or to save up your money and get the cheaper product. I find topic like this more helpful for you to make decision on which product to go for. Not to mention, sometimes it is just the branding that cost a lot, whereas you can get similar product for lesser money.

To start off, I will be comparing the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream against the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.

Hada Labo Kiehl's
Product description - Contains two excellent ingredients,
Hyaluronic Acid and Super Hyaluronic
Acid that deeply penetrates the skin
(epidermis) to nourish and helps
restore skin's barrier to prevent
moisture lost.

- Helps soften epidermis, leaving skin
smooth and hydrated.

- Light and non-greasy cream that
infuses your skin with continuous

- Skin pH balanced. Low irritation.

- Free of fragrances, mineral oil,
alcohol & colorant.
- Helps reduce moisture loss while
drawing and absorbing moisture
from the air.

- With continuous moisture
replenishment throughout the day,
leaves skin smooth, soft and
Texture Slightly stickier than Kiehl's but the
difference is super minute. A bit
thicker and you can feel it once you
spread it on your skin.
The cream feels melted into the
skin once applied on the face. The
texture is a bit watery.
Product efficacy Keeps face moisturized throughout
the day without any irritation. Skin
feels hydrated. To some people, there
might be a slight annoyance that the
product mixed up with the natural face
oil, it feels slightly stickier.
After a long wear (especially
when you apply it overnight), you
might feel that the product just
disappear and leaving your skin
bare. I didn't have that problem
with the Hada Labo product when
using overnight.
Price RM59.90 for 50g

(Approximately RM1.20 for 1g)
RM100 for 50g

(Approximately RM2.00 for 1g)

RM150 for 125g

(Approximately RM1.20 for 1g)

My comments:

When comparing moisturizer, I always wish I have the moisture level test machine to find out which product works better. In terms of efficacy, I wouldn't be able to tell which one gives better moisture without the machine. Both are equally good, according to my layman observation. 

I've completely use up the Kiehl's UFC and enjoying the Hada Labo for now. At the same time, I went on to stock up the 125g Kiehl's UFC. I'm so indecisive which is better.

I find both of the products are very similar. Both have no fragrance, colour, alcohol, and mineral oil. And in terms of product efficacy, both do a very good job as well. If you blind-fold me, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, unless I get to touch the texture. The Hada Labo one is slightly thicker than the Kiehl's one. I love both of the products and if price isn't a factor, I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite.

In my humble opinion, if you don't wish to spend too much on a moisturizer, the Hada Labo one is pretty adequate. It is always nice to save some bucks for rainy days, moreover the Hada Labo one is almost half the price of Kiehl's. If you are lucky, you might bump into sales at Guardian or Watson that offer lower price. If you are looking for moisturizer for night use, Hada Labo is better choice because of the thicker texture.

On the other hand, Kiehl's one is nice to have if money is the least of your concern. Once a year Kiehl's will feature the bigger jar (125g) for only RM150 and the proceeds will go to charity. If you have the chance to grab the bigger jar, do purchase it for their charity drive. It might be an overrated campaign, but at least you know that your purchase will help someone that really needs the money. When I break it down per gram, the 125g jar cost about the same price as the Hada Labo one. If you are looking for moisturizer to keep you hydrated during the day, Kiehl's is a better option because of the watery texture.

Opinions are based on my own observation. It is up to your own decision which one you want to go for. Do comment below which one you would purchase and why.

Let me know if the "Save or Crave" post is useful. If it is I will do more of such post for other skincare, makeups and bath & body products too.

P/S: If you know where to get the moisture tester machine, do let me know. I'm desperately looking for one.


Rin said...

The brand names caught my eye, this seemed like the ultimate showdown to me, as a loyal customer of the two brands. haha. ^^

Thanks very much for this "VS review"! It's always great to read up on these so that we'll know that we're getting more bang for the buck. =) I found this incredibly useful, especially now since my skin has been drying out recently. Thanks very much!

xoxo Rin
Fuurin Diary

Constance Ant said...

i love the ultra facial cream! normally i use it at night cos im sleeping in aircond room and if i have zits pop up, i'll dab some on them and it always miraculously dries my zits overnight!