"My skin is near flawless. And that's not a thing for me." That's the exact text I sent a friend earlier this month after a lengthy discussion about my most recent skincare obsession. Let me explain. Much like my fellow Influensters, I'm a total sucker for a new product discovery. In fact, dare I say it: I live for it. And nothing holds a higher seal of approval in my book than a recommendation from a friend (I am an Influenster myself, after all).
Thus began my introduction to Maelove. I first heard of the brand while perusing Instagram per usual, but it wasn't until I got a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend that I knew I should fully take note. Now, I've had good luck with Insta-popular brands before, don't get me wrong. But to get affirmation from a friend and then to discover while doing my due diligence that one of the brand's bestsellers, THE GLOW MAKER Antioxidant Serum, has 4.6 stars and stellar reviews on Influenster, I was sold. A rec from Instagram, a friend, and Influenster, I hit the trifecta.
So, I learned about Maelove's latest launch, LOVE 31 Precious Face Oil, I thought it would a fantastic opportunity to put this Insta-famous brand to the test. And test it I did! I have used the LOVE 31 for one month, and in that one month, I've seen my skin transform in a way I've only ever seen one other time in my life after using a $185 oil. Keep reading to get the full scoop on this game changer.
What is it: Much like the other Maelove products that were born out of founder Jackie Kim's passion to create luxury-quality skincare at realistic and affordable price points, LOVE 31 is comparable to that of a face oil that's more than double it's price. (One bottle of LOVE 31 is $74.95.) Formulated with (and named for) 31 botanical extracts and vitamins, this facial oil boasts powerful players like jojoba, rose, and argan as well as buzzier ingredients like vitis vinifera and cannabis sativa. As far as claims, we're talking hydration and brightening to the max.
Our take: I'll admit I had high hope for this oil, but I gave it the same test I do with any potential new skincare BFF. To fully get the experience, I used LOVE 31 every night post cleansing and pre moisturizer and eye cream for a month. And the results were staggering. After a week, I noticed my skin looked luminous. (Me! Luminous!) The light acne scarring I had around my chin after years of teenage breakouts began to fade and the flaky skin I typically saw around my nose and forehead vanished. My cheeks appeared plumper and rosier—I even managed to skip makeup for several days. And breakouts basically were non-existent for me (minus the one or two period pimple that even a beauty editor like myself can't escape!).
Although I could go on and on about the results, I also found myself enjoying the process of applying the oil. In fact, no longer did my nightly routine feel like a chore: I was looking forward to my skincare routine because I knew I was doing something good for myself. It's a hearty oil that doesn't feel heavy. In fact, it dries down so quickly and absorbs into skin so flawlessly that I hardly feel like I just drenched myself. (Yes, I drenched myself each night.) Plus, the light scent of jasmine, lavender, and rose make for a pretty calming experience.
Bottom line: I actually had the privilege of meeting the founder, Jackie, and learned about the 90 versions of this single product she had to create before landing on the right formula. And let's just say, you can tell this product is a labor of love. This formula is velvety and luxe in every form of the word. I've tested almost every type of oil under the sun, and this one is a love letter to skin for sure. It just feels right. And the glow I saw in my skin revived my love of good, healthy skincare all over again. While I know the $75 price tag will make some skincare lovers pause, I have found that investing in one product—regardless of price—that is a good fit for you is far better in the long run than compiling a few less expensive products that are just "OK." You deserve more than just OK, after all. In fact, I can give you 31 reasons why.
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