This post for the October Beauty Heroes Discovery is shamefully late (ditto for the November Discovery) as I’ve been working through an extremely stressful situation with my blended family (#stepmomstrong) but my experience with the hero product, LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar ($110) and its sidekick, LILFOX Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum ($68), definitely warranted a post – no matter how delayed!
One of my intentions when starting this blog was to provide reviews for the products that are unavailable to test locally in brick and mortar stores and are priced just outside of my comfort range for a “buy-and-try” without feeling like I’d lost a bet if the product turned out to be a dud. October’s beauty hero is a prime example of a product I would’ve loved to have read customer experiences prior to purchasing, so I wanted to get this post up, no matter how later.
The ingredient list in the LILFOX Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar is only slightly longer than the product’s name – and I find the name a mouthful, honestly. Clearly prickly pear seed oil, with its high levels of Vitamins E and K form the base, but the product is rounded out with grapeseed, pomegranate, and red raspberry oils, each of which contains more vitamins and essential fatty acids to moisturize skin and help reduce inflammation.
The star ingredient in the Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum is a new to me oil called Kalahari oil. In LILFOX’s eye serum, the oil is “cold-pressed from African watermelon seeds that are rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9. It is blended with numerous other oils — argan, prickly pear seed, and rosehip to name a few — to deliver a potent hit of vitamins E and A, which reduce the appearance of fine lines and help protect from dryness.
The Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar comes has a dark glass bottle with a dropper applicator. It looks like LILFOX may have had a label overhaul, as the picture of it on the Beauty Heroes website shows the product name in a beautiful cursive font that I love, but the bottle I received shows the name in thin, upright (and likely easier-to-read) type.
The oil itself is heavy but not greasy, corn-colored oil that works miracles. When the weather got cold here (that’s 50 degrees for us California girls) and my skin started getting winter-dry, I used the Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar and it was instantly revived. When I started breaking out on vacation last week (I brought it upon myself by using conventional sunscreen), the beauty nectar didn’t judge me! It just cleared up the congestion in my skin, basically overnight. The oil is simultaneously moisturizing and clearing, which is a rare find in a single product.
It also smells like an animal peed on some forest moss. An adorable animal. Like a bunny maybe? But still. Pee. Forest moss.
My mom, who is also a Beauty Heroes member and received this box, loved that the beauty nectar reduced the redness in her face, but said she could smell the oil on her skin throughout the day and did not enjoy the fragrance enough to continue using it.
Ironically, my mom and I have completely reverse feelings about the Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum, which she feel head-over-heels for and I thought was simply satisfactory. Truthfully, the eye serum has a lot going for it! It uses a rollerball applicator, consistently dispenses the right amount of product, absorbs fairly quickly, and the scent is almost non-existent. However, since I had previously purchased the Cucumber + Black See Eye Butter ($58), also from LILFOX, and I prefer it to the Kalahari Eye Serum simply because it’s made with black cumin seed oil, which gives it the slightest spicy smell and a tingly feel upon application.
LILFOX’s Prickly Pear Beauty Nectar is an acquired taste, which makes it a difficult product to review. Because of its fragrance, it lacks the luxury of other products that provide a pleasant sensory experience. However, many of the products that provide an enjoyable sensory experience lack the performance of the Prickly Pear serum. It’s a tough call, but in the end, I expect to repurchase.
The true proof of my devotion? The Prickly Pear serum earned a coveted spot in my limited luggage space when my husband and I went to Mexico last month, because I knew that no matter what problems my skin gave me on vacay, the Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar would fix it faster than I could say the its name.
As for the Kalahari Brightening Eye Serum, I will not be repurchasing for myself. However, I already know it’ll make it’s way back into my shopping cart as a gift for my mother. It’s a great buy if you know you don’t enjoy any fragrance in your eye treatments and prefer a product that doesn’t feel “warm” on your skin, but I now know I prefer the tingle of the LILFOX Cucumber + Black Seed Eye Butter.
A note aboutBeauty Heroes: Beauty Heroes has completely changed the way I experience clean beauty. My love for this company is real. Each month’s beauty discovery box contains a full-size Hero product and a deluxe sample-size or full-size Sidekick product for about $43/month. Many of the full-size Hero Products retail for upward of $70 and the deluxe Sidekicks often well above$ 30, so it’s one of the most cost effective ways to explore new brands and products. Additionally, members of the Beauty Heroes Tribe receive 15% off all purchases at The Beauty Store and free shipping on orders over $75, so it’s less expensive to repurchase items you’ve discovered and loved.