Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops | Review & Swatches

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Review, Swatches

Josie Maran is the queen of natural, minimal beauty.  Her and her team combine both natural skincare and skin-tinting makeup into multi-use formulas that nourish our skin while enhancing our natural beauty.  Her latest release – the Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Primer & Highlighting Oil – is no exception.  I’ve been wearing it everyday since I first opened this little bottle of magic…

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming & Highlighting Oil

The Josie Maran Argan Oil Moonstone Drops Oil is a multi-use skincare treatment, makeup primer, and highlighter in one.  The formula features a mix of Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, her signature oil moisturizer that smooths and hydrates skin for a healthy, natural sheen.  Mixed in are multicolored illuminating pearls that prime the skin while creating a fresh, dewy ‘moonlit glow’.

Key Ingredients

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Light – Hydrates and nourishes skin with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
  • Plant-based Antioxidant PhytoVie Defense® – Helps fight against free radical damage and extends makeup wear
  • Coated Priming Pearls – Illuminate and brighten for a soft-focus, moonlit glow
  • Lavender & lemongrass essential oils – Calm redness

Full Ingredients List:  Argan Oil Isostearyl Esters**, Brassica Campestris / Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Mica**, Titanium Oxide**, tin Oxide**, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil**, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil**       **Natural

The Argan Moonstone Drops are free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and gluten.  Vegan and cruelty-free.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Review, Swatches

How to Use

The sky is the limit when it comes to the Moonstone Drops‘ uses.  But first, make sure to shake the bottle so you get an even mix of shimmer and oil. From there, I’d recommend dispensing 1-2 drops from the glass dropper on your fingers to warm the formula up a bit, then apply anywhere you want to add hydration and glow.  Here are a few ways to use it:

  • As a daily moisturizer, or in conjunction with other serums/creams (use as the last step)
  • Mixed with foundation, serums, and moisturizers to boost their moisturizing and illuminating effects
  • As an under-eye treatment to brighten while diffusing fine lines and dark circles
  • As a makeup primer
  • As a highlighter on the cheekbones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose, and corners of the eye
  • As a lip conditioner and primer, or lipstick ‘topper’ to add radiance to matte lipsticks
  • As a hair oil to add hydration and shine
  • As an illuminating body oil

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Swatch

Josie Maran Moonstone Drops swatch in natural light

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Swatch

Josie Maran Moonstone Drops swatch in natural light, blended in

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Review

Even before you open the bottle, you can catch a whiff of the oil’s herbal scent.  Although it features a mix of both lemongrass and lavender oil, to me it smells like straight up lemongrass (which I personally enjoy, however if you’re sensitive to scents, be careful as it is quite strong).  Once on the skin, the scent looses its sharpness, and then lingers for a good 1-2 hours before it fades.

The drops themselves are packed with very finely-milled, cool pink shimmer, which creates an all-over pearlescent effect on the skin that diffuses imperfections.  There are also some larger specks of white and gold shimmer thrown into the mix, but they’re far and few between, and still very subtle.

The texture feels very similar to that of Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, only I find it to be even thinner and more lightweight.  It’s exceptionally easy to spread, and absorbs within just a few seconds, leaving the skin feeling like silk – not slippery or greasy.   The argan oil instantly softens, smooths, and locks in moisture, giving the skin a healthy sheen.  Meanwhile, the super fine cool pink pearls blanket the skin in subtle luminescence without appearing frosty or glittery.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops swatch on cheeks 3

Wearing Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops on bare skin (2 drops applied all over the face)

I imagine the Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops would be great for all skin types – they do an amazing job at hydrating even very dry skin, while at the same time balancing out oily skin and preventing it from producing excess oil.  Like all of Josie’s argan oils (including her original and Light formulas), I’m able to wear these Moonstone Drops all day without my combination skin turning into an oily, shiny mess.  In fact, I’ve been noticing a decrease in oil production compared to my skin’s norm.  The only thing that could be an issue for some are the essential oils, as they may be irritating for those with sensitive skin, or a sensitive nose.  Make sure to do a patch test first if you have either.

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*Sample generously provided for review consideration.


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