This Japanese Brand Formulated a Perfectly-Weighted Facial Oil

Let’s Just Get to the Point:
This squalene-, jojoba-, shea-, and cannabis-based oil is a luxurious skincare step for all skin types.

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Even in the middle of the matte moment, I’ve always loved dewy skin. As someone with acne-prone, combination skin, facial oils do the heavy lifting in creating the illusion that I’ve woken up with naturally nourished skin—an illusion I work hard to maintain.

Facial oils can be a bit of a “Goldilocks & the 3 Bears” scenario. In my illustrious career as a facial oil hoarder, I’ve tried versions that are too heavy for daywear, that barely sink into skin, and that (dear god) break me out. But Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage T3 Premium Oil ($138) is just right.

This oil layers onto skin beautifully, soaking into skin within a minute or two. It leaves behind the dewy sheen that lets you know the product is working, with none of the tacky or just plain wet residue of lesser facial oils. Just one to two drops, patted into the skin, are enough to coat the entire face.

In the mornings, I blend the drops on the back of my hand with foundation, then use a brush for makeup. With very little product incorporated into the foundation, it’s turned my medium-coverage shade into perfectly dewy and soft-appearing skin. More than once, I’ve stopped and admired my still-dewy skin midday. In the evenings, layer it atop a night cream to give extra time for the nourishing power of squalene, marula, and shea oils to sink into skin.

The oil is formulated with Koh Gen Do’s proprietary blend known as “T3 Oil” — the same magical mix of jojoba oil, olive squalane and shea butter that makes its face mist and even foundation and pressed powder so glowy and nourishing on skin.

Start with the Macro Vintage T3 Premium Oil to get a sense of just how lightweight and smoothly this oil plays with your skin. Just don’t blame us if you soon need an oil blend in even more of your skincare (and makeup!) steps.