I used only a handful of face oils before. There was argan oil, rosehip oil and some mixture of face oils. For some reason, rosehip broke me out like crazy, and I could only tolerate argan oil if I used it sparingly, like maybe 2 or 3 times a week. I tried Eve Taylor face oils for congested skin many years ago, and I didn’t like it. So, naturally, I stayed away. I gave up! Bloggers talk about how great face oils are, but they’ve been bad experiences, almost all of them. That is, until now.
For those of you who are afraid of breakouts, I present to you, Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil. First, let me just say that this oil is not oily. Nope, not at all. In fact, it feels like dry oil because once you applied it, it disappears in less than a minute. Now, that, my friends, is MY type of oil. Next is the fragrance. It smells sweet. There is a fruity smell that is described as pomegranate scent. It is quite strong, so if you’re not a fan of this scent, you’d be offended. I on the other hand, LOVE it! I squeeze a few drops onto my palms, warm it up by rubbing my palms together, then gently pat on my skin. Sometimes, I’d take a huge whiff of the scent before applying. However, fragrances can cause allergic reactions on certain skin types, so you might want to test it out before purchasing.
The dropper reminds me of L’Oreal Youth Code and what I don’t like about it is, I have to be very careful with it. I don’t have to press that ‘release button’ and the oil drips from the dropper. Why don’t we just use the ANR packaging but just change the brown bottle to red, Estee Lauder? That would be a better option. Furthermore, this bottle is tall and slim. Not the lowest centre of gravity there. If I was clumsy, I’d spill the precious oil inside. I usually use the oil after my serums before my moisturizer at night. If it’s a hot evening, I’d skip moisturizer completely and use this on its own. It is moisturizing enough if you have normal combination skin. I can’t say that for dry skin though. The oil is light and runny, as you can see in the picture below. Sometimes, I also like to mix a few drops into my moisturizer.
What it does to my skin is that it keeps my skin well moisturized. Would you also believe that it helps with calming down my skin? Whenever I have breakouts, I’d use this oil day and night and the little bumps will go away the next day! If it’s a huge bump, I’d use this after using the Nutritious Two Way Treatment (a mask) and by the next morning, the bump is no more than a flat red mark. I tried this a few times and trust me when I say I was pleasantly surprised. So when previous face oils broke me out, this one keeps breakouts at bay. How awesome is that?
This 30ml bottle costs RM240 and it is available at all Estee Lauder counters nationwide. Have you tried this? Do you like this? If not, do you use face oils?