November 11, 2015

We can all agree that facial oils are having a moment this year. So many of the big brands have been launching their take on this skincare trend, and consumers have been awakened to the benefits of adding facial oils to their skincare regimes. No, they won’t make oily skin oilier, and their benefit lies in the nourishing ingredients that make up the formulations, giving your skin a rich, well-deserved nutrition boost.

Like any skincare product category, facial oils have seen the mass-market versions, as well as the expensive, ultra-luxe ones. We picked out those that belong to the latter, and here’s a roundup to show why exactly the high price tags are justified.


SK-II Facial Treatment Oil

Of course Pitera would come in an oil form soon enough. SK-II combined the Pitera with a nourishing oils complex that helps to treat dry skin. They also claim to have blended it in a “Golden Ratio” that maximises the ingredients’ efficacies. It smells of lavender and carrot, for added aromatherapeutic properties.

$205, available at SK-II counters from January 2016.


Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil

It’s all about the honey in this one. Bee products are supposed to have “exceptional” repairing powers, so this one with specific honeys is meant to be massaged into skin to firm and sculpt it.

$204, available at Guerlain counters. 


Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil 

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We have sleeping masks, so we guess this is one of the forerunners of the sleeping oils category. This Sunday Riley oil has a cult following, thanks to a retinoid derivative in the formula that promises to do everything from minimise pores to slow down wrinkle formation. They key ingredient is something called the Blue Tansy essential oil, which soothes inflamed skin – and gives this oil that incredibly pretty blue colour.

US$106, available on


La Mer The Renewal Oil

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Yes, La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth is in their first facial oil too. The oil is formulated with the highly active oils of the Miracle Broth, and nourishes the skin with the sea-derived ferments and active ingredients to plump up the skin and give it a collagen boost. You can even use it to soothe skin on other parts of the body, and even on your hair.

$370, available at La Mer counters.


Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil

The eleven essential oils in this much raved-about facial oil promises to leave you with “supple, luminous and dewy” skin, i.e. the kind of complexion that doesn’t require makeup.

US$158, available on