Tested on animals:No
Beautycounter's Lustro Face Oil 3 with Ylang Ylang is essentially the same product as Lustro Face Oil 1 with Calendula, save for the namesake ingredients. Unfortunately, the ylang-ylang makes this the lesser choice of the two because ylang-ylang can be a potent skin irritant.
For the most part, this oil has a fantastic ingredient lineup, with antioxidant-rich and emollient oils like rosehip, grapeseed, and sea buckthorn. This even contains marula oil, which research has shown can improve hyperpigmentation. The chamomile oil included might have moderate antioxidant properties, but serves mainly as a moisturizing ingredient that is great for skin.
The issue is that this also contains two fragrant oils—rose oil and ylang-ylang oil—both of which can serve as skin irritants. Beautycounter makes a point of saying that ylang-ylang oil promotes more "balanced looking skin," but that means absolutely nothing (it's merely marketing lingo) unless by "balanced" they mean a risk of irritation.
A facial oil can be a worthy addition to your skincare routine, but not this one. We recommend instead one of the many options on our Face/Body Oils list in Beautypedia.
- Contains a good mix of emollient and antioxidant oils.
- Contains marula oil, which research has shown can improve hyperpigmentation.
- Contains rose oil and ylang-ylang oil, both of which are skin irritants.
Liquid luminosity (with a touch of calming ylang ylang and wild chamomile). A luxurious blend of seven radiance-boosting oils—including organic argan nut, organic grapeseed, organic marula, meadowfoam seed, rosehip, rose otto and sea buckthorn—deeply nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins. This concentrated, yet lightweight elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into skin for lasting moisture (and making it the perfect primer for makeup). Ylang ylang oil provides a creamy, delicate aroma—plus it promotes more balanced looking skin. Wild chamomile soothes and improves the skin’s texture with a fresh herbal scent.
Rosehip Oil, Virgin Grapeseed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Virgin Argan Nut Oil, Marula Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Otto Oil, Wild Chamomile Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil.
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.