Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum Review

Kiehl's Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum Review

Retinol is trending. And thanks to its incredible anti-ageing abilities, it’s no surprise why. Whenever we see a new retinol product launch at Escentual, I know it’s going to prove an instant hit. But one of the latest retinol skincare launches in particular has caught my eye: the new-for-2022 Retinol Fast Release Night Serum from Kiehl’s.

It harnesses the power of 0.3% retinol to reduce the appearance of ageing skin – 100% of testers saw a reduction in wrinkles! More than that, it’s specially designed to create visible results quickly. There’s a reason why it has the word ‘fast’ in the title…

Desperate to learn all about it? Read on for my Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum review…


The Most Important Thing About This Serum Is…

The Fast Release Night Serum is an advanced retinol serum that’s designed to offer extreme anti-ageing benefits, especially when it comes to reducing wrinkles. In fact, fine lines are reduced in as little as 5 days, while it creates a visible reduction of wrinkles in just 2 weeks.

The thing that sets this Kiehl’s serum apart from other retinol serums is the way you activate it. The retinol powder needs to be mixed into the serum before the first use; this means that the retinol is as fresh as possible, so it can offer maximum benefits thanks to its powder-to-serum technology.

Kiehl's Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum Texture

What Skin Type Is It For?

All skin types can enjoy the Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Serum’s anti-ageing benefits.

Kiehl's Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum Review

You Will Love This If…

If you’re already a fan of retinol and your skin has built up a safe level of tolerance to it, you’ll love the Retinol Fast Release Night Serum, which has a concentrated 0.3% retinol formula for intense skin cell turnover. The wrinkle-reducing benefits are impressive; it adds a youthful glow to your skin so, if you’re in the market for some wrinkle-busting skincare, the serum is for you.

Not sure whether retinol is for you? Our retinol guide will answer every question you have on this anti-ageing active, so you know whether to add it into your routine and where to start if you want to:

Retinol 101: Every Question You’ve Asked, Answered!


Hero Ingredients:

The 0.3% pure retinol penetrates up to 15 layers of your skin, increasing your skin cell turnover gradually yet effectively. Fresh, new skin helps to reduce the signs of ageing for a smooth, youthful finish.


What Does It Feel Like?

The serum has a liquid-gel texture that glides over your skin smoothly. Your skin should feel smooth and not irritated after use.


What Does It Smell Like?

There’s no added fragrance here, but it does have a medicinal scent due to the ingredients within.

Kiehl's Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum Texture Review

How Do You Use The Product?

The formula needs activating before the first use. Remove the cap off the bottom and replace it with the included retinol capsule. Press the button to release the retinol powder into the liquid serum and shake the bottle vigorously – you’ll know it’s been correctly mixed when the serum has a slight green tinge to it. Replace the empty retinol capsule with the original lid at the bottom.

Now your retinol is mixed, press the black button to release a pea-sized amount of retinol. Apply to cleansed skin at night and follow with your moisturiser. You must apply SPF every day when using retinol to protect your skin.

Kiehl's Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum How To Use

What’s Special About The Design?

The powder-to-serum technology ensures the retinol stays fresh, so it can offer the best results. Dressed in the iconic purple Kiehl’s bottle, the pump bottle helps you to control the amount of retinol you use and keeps it mess-free.



The formula is made without parabens, mineral oils or silicones, and it has no added fragrance.


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