June 7, 2018

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil Review

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4 stars out of 5

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil review

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil ($13) is one of two new facial oils that launched on the brand’s website early last month that contains a blend of vitamin c, sunflower, apricot kernel, sweet almond, and crambe abyssinica oils which act to hydrate and brighten skin.

I actually find it interesting how many drugstore brands seem to be venturing into skincare lately. Physicians Formula has really jumped head first into it and released a number of different skincare products earlier this Spring. But it wasn’t something I expected to see from Milani. I do wonder if this is a one off or if they have plans to extend their skincare options. We shall see.

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil is $13 and 1 oz in size. It arrives in a frosted glass bottle that’s pale pink in color (as is the oil) with a rose gold topper and a dropper for easy application. The packaging is elegant and very pretty for display but you’ll have to keep it out of direct sunlight as the contents could spoil if subjected to the sun.

It deserves to be mentioned this isn’t a straight up rose hip oil (Rosa Canina) it’s actually a combination of different oils and other additives and it does have a light rose fragrance which may or may not upset sensitive users. It does contain some very good hydrating oils such as sunflower, apricot, sweet almond, and jojoba. The formula is very lightweight and absorbs very easily into skin. I don’t typically endorse facial oil as something I’d personally use in the day but this is a formula you might just feel comfortable using a few drops of in the AM since it absorbs so easily without leaving that greasy, oily, heavy feel behind that many facial oils do.

If you’re looking to reap the best rewards for your skin you might want to seek out the cheaper 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from the Ordinary as that is simply rose hip oil. Nothing more, nothing less. This isn’t to say Milani’s formula is bad by any means. It’s actually very good with some great ingredients. It’s just that the Ordinary’s version is very simple and straight to the point it doesn’t add in any excess ingredients such as fragrance.

On that note I will say this was a nice hydrating formula that wore well under makeup. I did use it as a sealant and I will say it doesn’t quite play nicely with other skincare. Typically facial oil is the last product I use in my nightly routine. You don’t want to put facial oil before other products as it’ll be harder for those products to absorb into your skin with an oil already in place. Typically I use facial oil to seal my moisturizer but this formula seemed to pill a fair bit when I applied it over a variety of night creams I used it with. It seems to work best on bare skin. I took note of this and started using it in the day versus the night since my day routine is far less complicated than my night one.

I have used it for several weeks now and I’m unsure if I’d go so far as to say it brightened my skin. I don’t think it restored any glow or brightened my complexion but it did hydrate very well.

Overall, Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil is a nice, lightweight facial oil that may make you rethink your choice about using facial oil in the day. This doesn’t make you greasy or shine but still delivers plenty of nourishing hydration to your skin!

At the moment it’s only available via Milani’s site but hopefully it launched soon at drugstores or perhaps Ulta.com.

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil is $13 and 1 oz in size and available on the brand’s website exclusively at the moment. It’s a lightweight, easy to absorb formula that isn’t solely rose hip oil based as it does contain an assortment of hydrating oils. Aside from fragrance the formula on a whole has some very good, nourishing ingredients that left my skin hydrated and smooth but I experienced no brightening or glow effect.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil,Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil,Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Fragance (Parfum), Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Lawsonia Inermis(Henna) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Geraniol, Citronellol, Amino Esters-1, Tocopherol, BHT


  • Anyone seeking a lightweight facial oil that can be used in the day.
  • Fairly inexpensive.


  • Not available to the mass market yet (online on their website and sold out).
  • Anyone wanting to restore their glow and brighten their complexion.
  • Those seeking a rich facial oil to restore moisture overnight that plays nicely with other skincare.


Anyone who hates using facial oil in the day but really wants that extra boost of moisture will enjoy this lightweight, quick to absorb formula that wears well under makeup. It provides just the right amount of hydration without being too heavy or greasy for daily use.

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  • kimkats

    Hope they put this out in stores soon. Does it have a rose fragrance? I see fragrance listed about halfway down the ingredients (I wish they’d skip added fragrances!!) I can’t abide rose fragranced things – they stuff up my nose! But I like the smell of roses, so go figure….

      • kimkats

        ARGH!!! I must be going blind. I even read it twice to see if you said something about it; missed it; then saw it after you said it was mentioned…

        Sorry Muse! Apparently it’s time to get the ol’ peepers checked… Sheesh…

  • Christina

    I have been seeing this at Walgreens for a couple of weeks. That being said….. I haven’t pulled the trigger.

    • Isabella Muse

      OH AWESOME! I haven’t yet! Seemed like it was on their site but not quite popping into stores yet! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Maria Esposito

    I just got This in the mail when they had their 30 percent off sale. I did not use it yet

  • Yesi

    Oooh, this sounds nice and I’ve never met an oil I don’t like. Will have to put on my to try list. Thanks for the review:)