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Even if you aren't an avid stalker of beauty bloggers' Instagram accounts like I am, you've likely come across Farsáli's Rose Gold Elixir. The gold-flecked oil has been advertised on some of Instagram’s most famous accounts—Huda Beauty, Nicole Concilio, ILuvSarahii—and boasts myriad benefits as a daily moisturizer, anti-aging serum, and primer. The product was created by Sal Ali, a product developer and husband to mega-blogger Farah Dhukai. Dhukai had expressed frustration with the absence of simple, skin-loving ingredients in most of her makeup, thus inspiring this versatile oil.
Hype aside, I was quite skeptical of this product at first, like I am of 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, I was intrigued. I got my hands on a bottle, and despite the odds, I soon began my love affair with Farsáli oil.
Pros + Cons
- Vegan and cruelty free
- Absorbs quickly
- Gives you a healthy glow
- 3-in1 product – can be used as primer, moisturizer, or added to foundation
- Biggest user complaint is the scent
The Bottom Line
The Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir has made its way into my heart (and a permanent spot on my skincare vanity). It's 100 percent worth the Instagram hype and gives my skin that covetable glass skin glow.
Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir
Best for: All skin types
Uses: Moisturizes the skin, decreases fine lines and wrinkles
Star rating: 5/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: Rosehip seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, 24-karat gold
About the brand: Farsáli was founded by beauty guru Sal Ali and his wife, Farah Dhukai. Their goal is to bridge the gap between makeup and skincare with multi-use products that can be used by themselves or incorporated into your makeup routine.
This elixir has a thicker consistency than other oils I've tried, but that doesn't mean it feels heavy or greasy. It's still lightweight and absorbs into the skin pretty quickly. It also has an Instagram-ready look, thanks to the tiny 24-karat gold flecks that are infused into the formula.
What makes this elixir unique is that it's perfect texture for using on its own as a moisturizer at the end of our skincare routine, or you can mix it into your foundation like all the Instagram beauty gurus. Either way, you're left with a dewy, hydrated glow that looks super natural.
The incredible scent is 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. But be warned, one of the biggest user complaints is the scent, which some people compare to cooking oil. Pumpkin seed oil, vitamin E, 24-karat gold, and rosehip oil round out the list (which seems to have been taken from my personal skincare dreams).
- Rosehip oil: The base of the elixir, rosehip oil is one of those skincare ingredients that does nearly everything—it hydrates and moisturizes, treats wrinkles, fades scars, evens out skin tone, and even helps treat acne. It's chock full of good-for-your-skin antioxidants and essential fatty acids that both nourish the skin and strengthen your moisture barrier.
- Pumpkin seed oil: Pumpkin seed oil is jam-packed with Vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from environmental stressors like the sun, wind, and pollution.
- 24-karat gold: Probably the most "controversial" ingredient on the list, as the jury is still out on if it actually has any real skincare benefits. It's been thought that gold helps treat wrinkles, is anti-inflammatory, and also acts as an antibacterial ingredient. The reality is, there just haven't been enough studies to prove its efficacy. It does, however, look gorgeous in the formula and adds a luxe aesthetic to your skincare routine (if that's your thing).
As for application, I took the advice of several bloggers and decided to blend the oil with my foundation, a technique that promises to keep your skin glowy and hydrated all day long. I added a couple drops to my Beautyblender before applying Revlon's Colorstay 24 Hour Foundation ($14). Mixed with the oil, the texture of my foundation changed, becoming more blendable and fluid without altering the coverage. The radiance boost was immediate and significant, so much so that I opted to go sans highlighter. The glow didn’t fade throughout the 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 was a small price to pay for all-day luminescence.
Mixed with the oil, the texture of my foundation changed, becoming more blendable and fluid without altering the coverage.
Next on my agenda was to apply the oil on a makeup-free face. The oil soothed my tired skin and offered an intense dose of moisture that lasted for hours. Just like the day before, it lent my skin a healthy glow, making me slightly less self-conscience about going bare-faced.
The product also claims to reduce hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and stretch marks, thanks to the natural retinol found in rosehip oil. I can't attest to this quite yet, seeing as this product is fairly new to my skincare arsenal. But I'm optimistic.
With a retail price of $54, Farsáli's Rose Gold Elixir sits firmly in the middle of the oil product price range. It's not the cheapest in the bunch, but definitely affordable if you plan for it in your budget. And since it's a multi-use product, you definitely get more bang for your buck.
Similar Products: You have options
The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil: This is a great option for people who want just straight up rosehip seed oil without the gold flecks and essential oils. It's rich in vitamin A, an ingredient that fights aging and strengthens your moisture barrier. It's also super wallet-friendly at $10.
Wishful Get Even Rose Face Oil ($63): Slightly more expensive at $63 than the Rose Gold Elixir, this oil blends rose oil, rosehip oil, jojoba seed oil, rice bran oil (and 11 others) to create a luxuriously lightweight oil.
I can say wholeheartedly that I'm in love with the Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir and would recommend it to any and everyone. The formula is so lightweight and simple that I feel at ease using it every day. No breakouts in sight, I've continued blending it into my skin each and every morning.
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