When I saw in a magazine that Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite skincare product is a face oil by Rodin called Olio Lusso ($140), I wondered if this was responsible for what celebrity gossip website Hollywood Life called her “beauty blunder”, an oil slick of a face at – no kidding! – the Shine On Awards. There was only one way to find out, so I bought a bottle.

Right out of the box, Rodin Olio Lusso, looks as if it was designed for Gwyneth Paltrow. It is slim, minimalist chic and golden. It looks so much like bottled sunshine that even my inner cynic that wants to trash all celebrity endorsed beauty products on principle was silenced.

I confess to more than a little trepidation when it comes to oils. I have a tendency to shine as well (I am going to be less embarrassed about this now that I know that I am in such good company) and my oily T-zone can break out if not taken care of. But my prediction for 2012 (remember you read here first) is that facial oil is going to be a bit of trend, and so I need to get over it. Or at least try, and Rodin looked like a good place to start.

I find Olio Lusso a little on the pricey side, but it does look and feel like a good quality product. There are 11 oils in this simple formula, although the jojoba and sweet almond oils are not much more than carrier oils. However, apricot kernel is a great antioxidant, while evening primrose is rich in (omega-6) fatty acids including gamma linoleic acid (GLA) shown in studies to enhance the epidermal barrier. Rosehip and argan are also a good source of fatty acids, while calendula and arnica are anti-inflammatory. Arnica extract is widely used as a treatment for bruising although it should be noted that prolonged use can lead to skin irritation (source).

I found the directions a little confusing as it says to use on moist skin. I’m not really sure what that means or what the difference is with damp or wet skin. Less so, perhaps? I decided to splash water on my skin and then patted it with a towel, leaving it a little, well, moist. Olio Lusso absorbs easily, leaves skin feeling soft and, best of all: look Ma! No shine!

I'll play around with it for a few weeks and see if I can achieve the promised dewy skin.

Ingredients: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Benzyl benzoate, Linalool