As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed 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've likely come across Farsáli's Rose Gold Elixir ($54). 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.
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. Pumpkin seed oil, vitamin E, 24-karat gold, and rose hip oil round out the list (which seems to have been taken from my personal skincare dreams).
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.
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 oil soothed my tired skin and offered an intense dose of moisture that lasted for hours.
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.
I can say, however, that at the end of my Farsáli trial period, I'm in love. 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.