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Full disclosure, before I even get into the meat and potatoes of this post: This sh*t is expensive.
I wanted to put that out there before you all think I lost touch with reality. But after using a trial bottle I thought it was good enough to go and shell out the money for the full size, so I’m confident it’s worth the ‘product pick’ title. Like seriously, I’m in love with this stuff. I want to sleep with it next to me on my pillow at night and sing it a lullaby. It’s literally the only skincare product that has given me immediate visible results.
WHAT IT IS:
A night oil with retinol and botanicals that improves skin texture, and evenness.
WHO IT’S GOOD FOR:
Anyone who struggles with skin texture issues, redness and enlarged pores.
WHAT’S THE CATCH:
Like I said, it’s not cheap ( $105 US/ 1 FLoz ) According to online reviews some people seem to dislike the smell and/or the blue color of the oil, some people found it too drying. I’ll address all those topics in a moment.
Personally my biggest issue with my skin is enlarged pores and uneven texture. I always include a retinol in my skincare routine to help counteract that, but the results were always minimal and if I used it every night I started to get dry and peely. Like I’m talking full on snake face. Like shedding my cocoon and growing a whole new face…ok that’s an exaggeration.
I saw a review of Luna Oil in one of Claire Marshall’s videos and she raved about it for addressing the same issues I was dealing with, so I knew it was something I wanted to try but I was hesitant to try something so pricey without knowing if it would work for me. Lucky for me, Sephora has coupon codes every now and then for trial size luna oil with a purchase so I managed to grab one of those… and I was hooked. (keep an eye out for those codes if you want to get your hands on a trial size, they usually send out an email when it’s available with the code LUNAOIL )
I honestly wish I had taken a macro shot of my skin before I started using it so I could have done a before and after but I just never really thought it would make that big a difference. My pores appear smaller, my skin is overall a smoother texture and a lot f the redness that I have around my nose and chin has diminished significantly.
As for the smell that some people don’t like, I don’t find it offensive at all. As a matter of fact I kinda like it. To me it smells like some sort of herbal tea. It has almost a faint chamomile smell, I don’t know I don’t get the complaints I think it’s very mild and pleasant.
Others complained that the dark blue color stained their pillows, but my pillowcases are white and I haven’t had any such issues. It makes me wonder if the folks in some of the reviews were using way too much product. I usually use two drops on my forehead, one on each cheek, one on my nose and one on my chin. And when I say drop I mean it literally, just the amount you see dripping off the end of the dropper in the photo. I don’t even squeeze the dropper.
Now as for dryness, if you do not already use a retinol then I recommend starting slow. Retinol can make some people very dry and some are far more sensitive to it than others. Personally I am pretty sensitive and I can use this every single night without any dryness, so I’m willing to bet if you are the kind of person who has to use retinol sparingly then this might actually be a better option for you than most formulas. But I did start slow just in case. I did it every few nights, then every other night, then every night once I saw that I was reacting well to it.
Fun little side story, I have a friend who complained that he needed a product for large pores, uneven texture, redness etc. etc. I let him try mine before he went to bed, and after one application he went online in the morning and ordered it. That’s pretty damn enthusiastic.
He also texted me this photo…
I mean, talk about enthusiasm. Look at the joy in that face! His skin is glowing and so is his heart and soul. Also please note the bottle of Sriracha next to him, which should let you know that he is clearly a worldly and learned man of fine taste, so he knows what’s up.
On a serious note, he has seen some really tangible improvement in his skin as well, and hasn’t had any dryness either. Great success.
So basically, if you ave been looking for a product for large pores and uneven skin texture then this is definitely worth a try. If the price tag scares you don’t forget to look for trial bottles, ask for samples at the store and if you do take the plunge choose to purchase somewhere that has a very generous return policy like Sephora, just in case. I’m pretty sure you won’t want to give it back though 😉