Kate Sommerville Skincare

I worship at the altar of Kate Sommerville and their air tight jar-pump dispenser is da bomb!

My impressions.

1.My HG exfoliator is the ExfoliKate Intensive treatment.I am NOT a ‘grainy bits in facial scrubs’ kind of a gal because I don’t believe in scratching my skin. I prefer chemical exfoliation in the form of AHAs and BHAs. The ExfoliKate is the only ‘grainy bits’ exfoliator I will invest in. The ‘grainy bits’ are gentle, formulated without plastic micro beads or crushed nut shells. It also contains a good cocktail of AHAs and BHAs.  I put an ingredient list end of this post because I am so impressed with this. (scroll down to see ingredient list)

2. The Dermal Quench got the nod from a few beauty editors, so have invested in a full size (after trying 2 minis before). I used it as a serum. I went on to invest in multiple re-purchases of this. I really enjoyed it. I now have my eye on her new formulation that has the added Retinol in it.

3. The Goat Milk is greasy and I didn’t like how it felt, so used it as a night cream. It’s the lactic acid in it that keeps me excited to keep using it. Will I re-purchase this one? Not sure.

Update 2018: I moved from a more humid Hong Kong to a relatively drier climate of Seattle. My skin has also aged and seems dryer. I am now thinking of investing in this again but continue to will use it as a night cream. However I need to rethink what AHA & BHA products I have in my PM routine and what can be replaced with this.

4. The Line Release eye cream. I have re-purchased this one over and over again. Its a light cream. I dab what’s remaining between my eyebrows and around my lips. It has silicones so you get that ‘soft/spongy/smooth’ feeling, which I am not that keen on, but it’s doesn’t have that pronounced slip which I detest.

Ofcourse the lines I have will remain and there is more to come. However a good eye cream keeping that area hydrated and strengthened is a MUST. No faffing around here.

I received a whole lot of samples (a very RARE sample landslide for Hong Kong. Probably because Kate Sommerville is trying to establish her brand here)


a. I am impressed with the IllumiKate CC cream. Its shade 3, looks light, but settles to look just…. amazing  on my NC40 skintone ! I like the luminosity. I don’t like the MAC cc cream, and the Clinique left me meh.  A definite ‘what would you like for Christmas darling?’ from my husband.

b. The Deep Tissue Repair moisturiser is a Caroline Hirons’ favourite. The sample feels lovely on the skin, absorbs quickly and great as a light day cream (wear your SPF separately please) But is it really deep tissue repair ? I doubt it. So while it feels lovely I am sure any light day cream is fine.

c. Kate Sommerville Daily Deflector SPF sachets. I absolutely love it. It has a very light consistency and while it applies white it soon disappears. I also love the fact that it is an SPF 50+ PA+++

Update 2018: I am now torn between the Daily Deflector™ Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen and the Murad Environmental Shield City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 / PA++++. hmmm I just might go for the Kate Sommerville one 🙂

ExfoliKate Intensive exfoliating treament: –Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes: Naturally exfoliate dead skin cells, without over-drying. Lactic Acid: Acts as a natural AHA skin exfoliator.
Rosewood and Cinnamon Extracts: Combine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe Vera, Honey, and Vitamin E: Smooth and soften skin.
Water, Lactic Acid, Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Alcohol Denat., Sorbic Acid, Cinnamal, Honey/Mel/Miel, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eugenol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Bromelain, Papain, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Acetic Acid, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.


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25th March and I am a year older. And what better way to celebrate that advancing age than a free trial offer of Kate Sommerville products from Lane Crawford (HKG). Caroline Hirons swears by Kate, so win-win. IMG_0295 The Goat Milk moisturiser was the only thing I bought, but at 50% off. This is the HOLY GRAIL for a lot of women out there, but I am meh! It’s too greasy for me and a wee bit grainy. The Lactic Acid moisturiser feels exactly how my face used to feel when my mom used to apply a thin layer of fresh milk cream on my face when I was a kid.

Difficult to describe. Try it in your kitchen one day and let me know. I prefer my Bobbi Brown Extra Repair.

The packaging ROCKS though ! Its a Jar yes, but its sealed and only dispenses as you press down on the seal. Paula Begoun should be pleased. ALL JAR packaging should be like this from now on.

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My favourite Kate Sommerville is ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.  I love it ! Instant clearing up. Especially for skin that looks rough and bumpy. Ugh I hate that. This works so well. A definite re-purchase !



Green-roughish texture. Smells herbal.  Damp skin, rub for 30 secs and then leave on for 1-2 mins. No plastic microbeads !

Dermal Quench Liquid Lift I am not sure about.2015-05-24 11.57.40People swear by this one. The Oxygen is pumped into your face and works against wrinkles and lines. But then I also understand something like this needs regular use.

I am noticing fine lines around my lips/mouth so I am thinking of buying the full size and using it regularly to see what happens.

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It dispenses a foam that you massage in. Avoid Eyes and Mouth it says.  I was irresponsible and sprayed it near my lid and it burned. No visible reaction but it did burn!

My verdict on Kate is I need to use her products more regularly to have a clearer and a more educated opinion.  Her Line Release under eye cream is also the other thing I want to try out.



Line Release under eye cream

Dermal Quench Liquid Lift.