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I Tried the Beauty Oil That's Blowing Up on Instagram


Isabella Behravan

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know-tough life).В ReviewedВ is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Even if you aren't an avid stalker of beauty bloggers' Instagram accounts like I am, you'veВ likely come across FarsГЎli'sВ Rose Gold ElixirВ ($35). The gold-flecked oil has been advertisedВ on some ofВ Instagram's most famous accounts-Huda Beauty, Nicole Concilio,В ILuvSarahii-and boasts myriad benefits as a daily moisturizer, anti-aging serum, and primer. TheВ product was created byВ Sal Ali, a product developer and husband to mega-blogger Farah Dhukai. DhukaiВ had expressedВ frustration with the absence of simple, skin-lovingВ ingredients in most of her makeup, thusВ inspiring this versatile oil.

Hype aside, I was quite skeptical of this product at first, like I am ofВ most products advertised on Instagram. I equate as-seen-on-social-media products with as-seen-on-TV products. They just seem too good to be true. However, as a genuine beauty lover,В I was intrigued. I got my hands on a bottle, and despite the odds, I soon began my love affair with FarsГЎli oil.

The incredible scent isВ what struck me first. (I wonder if they'd consider making this into a perfume?) It's delicate and citrusy, thanks to the orange peel and lemongrass oils, two of only six total ingredients. Pumpkin seed oil, vitamin E, 24-karat gold, and rose hip oil round out the list (whichВ seems to have beenВ taken from my personal skincare dreams).

As for application, I took the advice of severalВ bloggers and decided to blend the oilВ with my foundation, a technique thatВ promises to keep your skin glowy and hydrated all day long. I added a couple drops to my Beautyblender before applying Revlon'sВ Colorstay 24 Hour FoundationВ ($10). Mixed with the oil, theВ texture of myВ foundation changed, becoming more blendable and fluid without altering the coverage. The radiance boost was immediate and significant, so much so that IВ opted to goВ sans highlighter. The glow didn't fade throughout theВ day, and my skin stayed soft and moisturized. I did end up swiping on translucent powder at lunch when I noticed some shine, but it wasВ a small price to pay for all-day luminescence.

Next on my agenda was to apply the oil on a makeup-free face.В The oil soothedВ my tired skin and offered an intense dose of moisture that lastedВ for hours. Just like the day before, it lent my skin a healthy glow, making me slightly less self-conscience about going bare-faced.В

The oil soothedВ my tired skin and offered an intense dose of moisture that lastedВ for hours.

The product also claimsВ to reduceВ hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and stretch marks, thanks to the natural retinol found in rosehip oil. I can't attest to this quite yet, seeingВ as this product is fairly new toВ my skincare arsenal. But I'm optimistic.

I can say, however, that at the end of my FarsГЎli trial period, I'm in love. The formula is so lightweight and simple that I feel at easeВ usingВ it every day. No breakouts in sight, I've continuedВ blending it into my skin each and every morning.В

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