PRODUCT REVIEW: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
So it seems like most of the products I'm receiving to review here lately are moisturizers, which is fine by me... I can never get enough moisture! So bear with me as we review each and every one. I try to use the product for a minimum of one week and when I find a favorite, it's hard to skip to the next. My last review covered a Youth To The People anti-aging face cream, and I used every single drop before moving on to the next moisturizer. It's going to be hard to follow that one, but I feel confident that somewhere in this pile of 234342 moisturizers, I'll eventually find one I love... I hope.
Josie Maran is a supermodel turned skincare and beauty guru, and who better than a supermodel with flawless skin to gift us with skincare? You can buy this line at Sephora or online through various retailers. My previous experience with Josie Maran prior to this face butter wasn't so great. She has a line of argan oils in various weights and textures for skin types and textures of all kind. I tried the original argan oil and hated it. It's marketed for skin, hair and nails, but it really didn't do much for me in any capacity. I started with my hair - it's crazy dry from lots of lightening, constant toning, and almost daily use of hot tools. Even though I'm religious with my masks, creams and potions to help combat the dryness, there's only so much I can do. Most of that spawns from my overly-processed extensions - all extensions have to be lifted from a very, very dark brown or jet black, so for those of you who have ever had any type of lightening, I'm sure you can imagine the rigorous bleaching and toning required before these platinum blonde locks even end up in my hands. When I used the argan oil on freshly washed, lightly towel dried hair, I've never been more disappointed in a product. Even with only a few drops of the oil AND the extra "buffer" of wet hair, my hair became so greasy that I had to wash it again. I can honestly say that I haven't had this problem with any of the hundreds of products that I've used over the last 15 years except when using this oil. When using it on my face, it sat on top of my skin and never really absorbed. I was a greasy mess; Needless to say, I never touched that product again.
Because of that scarring experience, I have been hesitant to use any of the other products in her line, because 99% of the products are argan oil based. In the fall of 2017, they sent me a tube to try and review for my blog. It sat on my vanity for weeks before I finally just decided I was tired of looking at it. I tried it, and while I won't say I HATED it, I can definitely say that I was left underwhelmed and, not very surprisingly, disappointed. So it went to the catchall drawer in the vanity for several weeks until I decided to give it another go. Here's how it went: Upon initial application, I loved how smooth and creamy the whipped formula went on my skin. It's a great texture and the perfect "weight" - not too heavy, but not so thin that it's drippy. (Is that a word? I don't know. There's just not another word for it.... nobody wants drippy moisturizer... wait, or do they? lmk, k?) After the application, that's where the positives end. It doesn't matter how many layers I put on or how much I cover, this product just doesn't provide the skin with enough, if any, moisture. It absorbs into the skin pretty well, but even with my normal/oily combination skin, my poor skin was left parched and felt even drier than it did before application. Most moisturizers on the market, especially at this price point, have a multitude of benefits and do more than just moisturize. Unfortunately, this product completely missed the mark. If it can't moisturize, what's the point? Especially with a price tag of $40, having to put on another cream is crazy. Whether it's day or night, doesn't matter.... within 3-5 minutes after application, my skin is screaming for moisture.
Do yourself a favor and skip this product. Save your money and purchase one of the many I've previously covered (and loved!) on the jb.beautyreport. I hate writing negative reviews, but I strive to always stay transparent with you guys. Open and honest reviews only, and that includes the good, the bad, and the horribly awful. FINAL VERDICT: 1 out of 5 STARS - The only thing that saved this was the rich feeling of the cream as it goes on the skin. Even with that, it's definitely the lowest rating I've ever given a product. Would I buy it? Never. Would I recommend it? I'd rather use water. Is it going in the trash can? Yes. Have you tried this product? Loved it? Hated it? Let me know what you thought. Tag me in your post using #jillbrooksbeauty and #jbbeautyreport <3 xo- jb