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Kylie Skin

Clarifying Facial Oil

0.70 fl. oz. for $ 24.00
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Don’t count on Clarifying Facial Oil to “clarify impurities” as Kylie Skin claims, but it does do a nice job of delivering on its other promise to nourish and condition skin. If you’re only using it for those benefits, it’s a worthy formula to check out.

Housed in a frosted bottle and dispensed via dropper, Clarifying Facial Oil is on the lighter weight end of the spectrum as far as oil blends go. It absorbs well so you’re not left with a greasy-looking finish, and skin is instantly replenished with beneficial fatty acids + antioxidants via the fragrance-free mix of safflower, pomegranate, marula, and rose hip oils. So far, so good…

Where things get a bit murky are the claims that the formula’s salicylic acid, “helps to improve the appearance of texture and uneven skin tone.” While it’s true that salicylic acid can in fact provide those benefits, very particular parameters have to be in place regarding the pH of the formula in order for it to be effective. Because this is a waterless formula, it’s impossible to establish a pH, which is why we wouldn’t hedge our bets on it providing those benefits

Otherwise, skin is treated to soothing licorice root extract and vitamin E (granted, both are in low concentration, but some is better than none). Licorice can help with uneven tone to a certain a degree, so that’s at least a step in the right direction—we just wish the formula had more of it.

Final thoughts: This lightweight facial oil layers well with other skin care products and has a nourishing blend of ingredients to offset dehydrated skin.  If that’s all you’re looking to get out of it, it’s worth a try. Just don’t expect any sort of “clarifying” benefit.

P.S. Because the frosted bottle allows some light to shine through, it’s best to store this out of direct light to preserve the beneficial ingredients inside (like antioxidants, which lose their potency when exposed to direct light).

Pros:
  • Conditions skin with beneficial plant oils—without feeling heavy or greasy.
  • Rich source of beneficial fatty acids + antioxidants.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Don’t expect “clarifying” action (since proper formulary measures are not in place for salicylic acid to be effective).
  • Needs to be stored out of direct light to preserve its ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

An ultra-lightweight facial oil that helps to clarify impurities and condition the skin. Formulated with a unique blend of oils, Licorice Root and Vitamin E to provide nourishing moisture while Salicylic Acid helps to improve the appearance of texture and uneven skin tone.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Salicylic Acid, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.

As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.

Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.

To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).

Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.

The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.

Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.

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