If you’ve never seen or heard of this product before, chances are you don’t follow enough beauty gurus on instagram because everyone and their chachi seem to use this stuff- Its literally EVERYWHERE.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Farsali is owned by beauty guru Farah Dhukai -who is known for her crazy (and somewhat absurd) DIY’s on instagram- and her husband Sali . She is also a successful youtuber (I’ve been subscribed to her for YEARS) and does lots of makeup and hair tutorials.

Now the thing with instagram guys is that it sucks you in. It pulls you in and makes you want a product that you probably wouldn’t look twice at if you hadn’t see it on social media. You get influenced and you get influenced QUICK by all these beauty bloggers with millions of followers using it saying its amazing and you think, ‘Well if they love it, surely it must be good’- Right? And you see the thing is, I’m one of those girls. I fall into the hype. I always do. Partly because I’m curious and love trying new things and a part of me (if I’m being dead honest) does it because everyone else is doing it too.


Developed in the USA, by a team of cosmetic scientists, this beauty oil is a effective lightweight moisturizer with added anti-aging benefits (for all skin types). Use the Rose Gold Elixir as a daily moisturizer, to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. The pure 24k Gold flakes absorb right into your skin, leaving your skin glowing and naturally radiant. The base of this luxurious Elixir is Rosehip seed oil. Rosehip seed is made up of 77% fatty acids. High in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol); all essential for skin health. Rosehips have been found to regenerate tissue and reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks.

I bought my Farsali Rose Gold Elixir last year in September, so I’ve had it for several months and finally I feel like I can give my true genuine thoughts. I’m not one of those people that hypes something up for no reason, and best believe I give you all my honest opinions because frankly you can’t fake the passion I have for some of the products I love (Me and that holland & barratts vitamin e oil LOOOL- if you DM me, chances are I’ve recommended that to you at some point).

I bought mine directly from the Farsali website, and it was $54 dollars for a 30ml bottle. Shipping was an additional $7.95, so in total it cost me roughly $62 dollars which at the time was just over £50. I was prepared for customs, but I didn’t get any and it came all the way from Canada in just 3 days.


I’m gonna jump straight to the point and answer the most common question ‘Is it worth it?’. And my honest answer is no. Its not. £50 is STEEP for this product. You are essentially paying a premium price for an insta famous product.

Well does it work or is it a load of rubbish? YES. It works. It does make your skin glow. It does blend cream products out well. It does moisturise your lips. It does what it claims to do. But hear me out.

I was fully gassed when I received it because I had the highest hopes for this product. I was a supporter of Farah Dhukai and had always trusted her recommendations so I was surprisingly quite content with spending so much money on a facial serum – which in my eyes would be the facial serum of all time.

When I first got it, I was in LOVE. I mean LOVE. Like it had little specks of ‘real’ 24k gold in it and I was legit dripping it in and out of the tube just to look at how pretty it was. It really is PRETTY. I actually liked it so much that it was my first ever Instagram post. And as soon as I applied to my skin I was singing the hallelujah chorus like YASSSSS I LOVE THIS. It sunk right in. It moisturised my skin well. It smelt pretty good too. And it blended my cream contour like a boss.

At this time, I hadn’t really dived into the world of facial oils. I’d used them for skincare purposes but I hadn’t really crossed that boundary of the skincare meets makeup world where I used facial oil on my lips for example to prep them for liquid lipstick, or use it to help blend out my foundation? That was all new to me, so when I started using it for these purposes it was like a revelation for me and I was legit OBSESSED.

As time went on, I started to notice that although this was ‘moisturising’ my skin- I was using it more as a makeup product rather than a moisturiser. I was reaching for it only when I wanted to wear makeup rather than a skincare product. I was using it to hydrate my lips and blend out my cream products and under my highlighter and it was doing wonders.

I wasn’t really reaching for it at night when I was doing my evening skincare to prep my skin for the night. I just felt that other products moisturised my skin better and I didn’t want to waste it – so I stuck to using it as a ‘makeup’ product and neglected it as ‘skincare. But then it occurred to me like ‘hold on, this cost me £50. FIFTY POUNDS. Is it even worth that?

Now I’m not saying don’t buy this. If you’re ok with the price of it, then honestly its fine you’ll love it. The Farsali Rose Gold Elixir does its job, and it does it well. You can use it revive dried up products, you can use it to moisturise and prep your skin before makeup application, you can use it under your liquid lipsticks, you can use it for that extra glow. It has so many uses. BUT, it is not worth that price tag. It’s really really not.

Honestly, if it was between the £20-30 price range, I’d be buying it in bulk. But the price puts me off, and thats my honest opinion.  I just think its SUPER pricey for what it is. Guys I’ve used other facial oils and it does the same thing. Pop a facial serum on your lips (any other one) and it’ll still moisturise it. Dab a bit of it on your cheekbones and apply a highlighter on top – your highlighter will still pop. Try blending your contour with a tiny bit of facial serum on your brush, girl its still gonna blend. Its oil. It serves the same purpose.

The ‘gold’ flakes in it, honestly I find to be slightly gimmicky. I have no idea whether its actually beneficial long term, but I’ve been using it for like 4 months and haven’t really noticed much.

I’ve not found an ‘exact’ dupe of this as the Farsali is pretty lightweight, but I really really like the Pixi Rose Oil Blend for the same purpose. Its thicker in consistency and doesn’t sink in quite as quickly as the Farsali- but its like half the price. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Facial Oil – Another one that can do the same thing if you work with it and again.. Its a lot cheaper.

I’ve been and done that sort of ‘obsessed’ phase with this product and now I’m kind of at the meh stage. I still like it, and I still do use it. It makes my highlighter pop like theres no tomorrow. But £50 just to make my highlighter pop? Nah. Sorry.

I’m a pakistani LOOL its in our genes to save money, and I just don’t think this is as amazing as its made out to be. To me, its just another facial oil. It does the job but its nothing to like rave about and go crazy for.  And honestly LOOL I’m not a cheapskate. I’m happy to invest my money in skincare products. I spend loads on skincare, but this just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

My advice to you guys- try a facial oil you already have in the same way. If its not working for you and you really want something similar to the Farsali- then take the plunge and purchase it. I can’t bash the product itself- its really good. Its just pricey & not worth it in my opinion.

But please let me know your thoughts on the Farsali and what you think of it! Do you guys agree with me or is it your holy grail? Do you think its worth £50?

4 thoughts on “Is It Worth The Hype? – My Thoughts On The Insta-Famous Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

  1. Louise says:

    I’ve always seen this oil on Instagram and thought it was overrated and overpriced, it does seem very gimmicky! Especially when there’s other oils out there that will do the same thing for much cheaper, as you mentioned.
    I do thoroughly enjoy your reviews and honesty so I’m glad to hear that it’s not worth the money to be honest haha! £50 is a lot.
    No thanks Farsali, I’ll take my money somewhere else!

    Louise | Non-Fiction Beauty

  2. Irham says:

    I agree with your post, it’s hyped up but it is essentially an oil that has gold flecks in it. I could buy pure facial oil from Amazon and have the same result.

  3. Sara says:

    I enjoyed the review but I would like to mention that she is now selling smaller bottles for around 35 USD for anyone who is like me and still wants to see the product for themselves! I couldn’t help but order it. I just have to know! However, I ordered all three of her facial oils. Who knows? Maybe one is better for some than it is for others. It seems totally possible (and likely) to me that the Rose Gold Elixir might not be the best one let alone for EVERYONE. It seems to me that it is just the prettiest one and therefore very easy to advertise. We shall see how I feel about these products when I receive them in a couple of weeks.

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