Where I got it: I ordered these direct from the Farsali website for USD$54.00 each. The Rose Gold Elixir also comes in 15ml. The Farsali Unicorn Essence and Rose Gold Elixir are now available in Life Pharmacies if you want to purchase them physically ($119 each!). However, the Farsali website only charges USD$14.95 for shipping. After currency exchange, both products including shipping only came down to approx NZD$170.
What I got: These are the Farsali Unicorn Essence and Rose Gold Elixir. They have been super hyped up on Instagram as a moisturising serum and a primer. They are versatile so you can apply this before a moisturiser like a serum, you can use it before foundation as a primer, you can mix it into your foundation to make it more moisturising and easy to blend. You can use the Rose Gold Elixir as a lip treatment oil or soften up hardened cream products (like cream contour, brow pomade, etc.).
Here’s what the website says about Unicorn Essence: This innovative oil-free solution acts as a dual-purpose serum, which helps protect the skin from free radical damage while preparing it for layering moisturiser or makeup application. Serums are an essential part of a skincare routine, as they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. Due to the oil-free formula of this serum, it will allow your skin to soak up the supplements, without leaving it greasy.
Rose Gold Elixir: A fast absorbing, lightweight beauty oil. Infused with 24k Gold, rosehip seed oil and pure botanicals. Gold is a natural mineral used to help skin look visibly younger and radiant. Rosehip seed oil and pure botanicals moisturise the skin, so that complexion looks supple and youthful. Beneficial for all skin types. It is widely known that products created with gold have many benefits on the skin. Among to various benefits, Gold slows collagen depletion and the breakdown of elastin to prevent sagging skin. It also stimulates cellular growth to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and provide a visible tightening effect.
How I find it:
Rose Gold Elixir (30ml). Packaging for both products is the same, just different colours. The Rose Gold Elixir (RGE) is in a white glass bottle with gold lettering and cap. Before use, shake the bottle well and pick up the product with the dropper. Then directly drop it onto the area you want to apply to not let any product go to waste. The 24k gold flecks in the serum fade as the product is blended into the skin to create a subtle glow. This serum smells amazing from the Orange Peel oil and I also love the Rosehip Oil base scent as well.
I tried using this as a lip treatment which you only need like half a drop because it is quite oily and runny. The strong scent of this does make it a little uncomfortable to wear because I constantly feel like I’m eating it and I don’t really like that.
As a facial oil, I only need like 2 drops (one on each cheek), unlike what you see on Instagram where they use about 4 drops because that is way too much for my combination oily skin. I then massage it into my face. My face doesn’t absorb it in as quickly as I would like it to so it does make my skin extra dewy after application. It will need a good 5 minutes to fully absorb.
As a mixing oil or primer to my foundation, I hardly use this for that purpose because of my skin type.
Unicorn Essence/Tears (30ml). This one comes in a really pretty purple glass bottle also in gold lettering and cap. Same dropper and the product in the bottle is in a pink colour with silvery-pink micro-shimmers. Soooo pretty! The consistency of this serum is a lot lighter than I expected and spread easily on the skin without feeling greasy. It feels really hydrating after use and it is quickly absorbed into the skin. I hardly use it as a primer, but as a serum, because I like to use a more blurring or smoothing primer for my makeup. But that is only due to my own preferences and what works for my skin and the look I want to achieve.
Overall: In summary, I prefer the Unicorn Essence over the Rose Gold Elixir on my face as an essence/primer as I have combination/oily skin. The oil-free formula Unicorn Essence feels lightweight and very comfortable on the skin. It gives hydration but not stickiness or oiliness. As a primer, this helps hydrate the skin so that it goes on smoothly and prevents from catching in dry areas. I personally don’t have many dry areas so I can’t really comment on this area.
The Rose Gold Elixir is quite emollient and feels quite oily on the skin. I like to use a facial oil, but only at night and not under makeup because by midday I get too oily anyway. Adding an oil under my foundation or in my foundation is a bit too much for me. It will be perfect for those with dry or normal skin though for that dewy-skin look. Therefore I like to use this either at night for my face, or as a lip treatment. If I were to use it with my makeup during the day, I will use one drop for the entire face.
At $119 a bottle (30ml), these are quite expensive and I much prefer my The Ordinary High Adherence Silicon Primer to locking in the foundation. As a skincare product, they are great, but there are facial oils out there that are a fraction of the price and still just as effective, like Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and Antipodes’s Divine Face Oil.
I will reach for these products, but I most probably won’t repurchase.