Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil Made My Skin Brighter (and My Bathroom Chicer)

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Best of Beauty
  • Best of Beauty
  • 2017

TL;DR:

A blend of natural oils and vitamin C that brightens skin and feels amazing

I look forward to a few things each morning: pouring my first cup of coffee; sitting with my Siamese kitty, Sam, while I drink it; and opening something pretty. Should I judge skin care by its bottle? Probably not. But what can I say, I'm sucker for nice packaging.

I think that's why I have rows of face oils on my vanity. I love how they come in chic, shiny glass bottles and how some are flecked with sparkly gold or flower petals. I have my favorites, for sure, but I could probably use a different face oil every day for two weeks and not make it through my whole stash.

Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil is at the top of my rotation. I love the simple navy-and-gold bottle (obviously), and I die for the scent. It smells like a clementine — fresh and citrusy — and that kind of bright scent is so nice and refreshing first thing in the morning. (I don't think it actually makes my face smell like an orange, but I can't say for sure because I can't really smell my own face.)

I like my face oils to be as natural as possible since I use them so often, and this one is a mix of different natural oils, including black-currant, rose-hip, sea-buckthorn, watermelon-seed, and orange oils. It's also got vitamin C, a skin-brightening antioxidant. I don't know what kind of magic they put in here, but the blend is one of the softest, fanciest-feeling oils I've ever tried. It's just rich enough that it's hydrating, but it's not greasy or heavy in the slightest, which is impressive because there's such a fine line with oils.

The longer I used the oil, the more I liked it. After a few weeks, my skin was looking a lot brighter and glowier. I'm always trying to brighten = my complexion (with moisturizers, oils, highlighters) so I was impressed by how dramatically this oil worked. I may have fallen for the bottle first, but it's the oil inside that's got me hooked.