Worth It? reviews crazy expensive items that you might have wondered about but couldn’t bring yourself to buy. Look forward to more Worth It? reviews in the future. I also just can’t keep thinking up pun-ny titles like Renee can.
At $150 for 1 fl. oz., Rodin Olio Lusso is a “luxury face oil” described as a “perfect potion” that promises hydrated and luminous skin. After seeing it repeatedly featured in models’ and actresses’ routines on Into the Gloss, I splurged (with a coupon code naturally) on a bottle of this promising elixir. Directions say to apply a few drops to a clean, moist face morning and night.
Well, I used up the whole bottle. While this is a perfectly fine face oil, I didn’t achieve better results than with a less expensive face oil. At this price, Rodin Olio Lusso better deliver something that no other product can, but other than the strong fragrance of jasmine (some might call it an odor), it doesn’t distinguish itself from other face oils. It moisturizes. The end.
I suspect that the popularity of Rodin Olio Lusso came from the insane price and the relative rareness (and thus mysterious allure) of face oils at the time it was introduced. However, in the last few years, face oils have become fairly mainstream.
For a lovely face oil that moisturizes and is relatively light, try Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil ($46 for 1.7 fl. oz.) or
Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil ($18 for 1 fl. oz.) (no longer available). For a face oil that is a little heavier like Rodin Olio Lusso, try Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil ($78 for 1 fl. oz.) or Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($125 for 1 fl. oz.; also has a strong fragrance but of herbs instead of jasmine).
Pros: Moisturizes. Doesn’t sink in completely and so provides a nice barrier on the skin.
Cons: Heavier and thicker than many other face oils. Strong fragrance of jasmine that lasts all day (to me, it smells like blooming lilies, which personally makes my stomach turn; other people love this fragrance and think it smells luxurious). Because it doesn’t fully sink in, your face might feel greasy (especially after applying sunscreen) and it doesn’t play that well with makeup. Using this more sparingly might help.