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FARSALI Unicorn Essence & Rose Gold Elixir | REVIEW & DUPES

Grab your beverages boys and girls – it’s gonna be another long one!

This time we are doing a review of two SUPER hyped up Insta-Famous serums – as well as some dupes that are a fraction of the cost. How do the dupes compare?? Let’s find out!

Before we get into this – I already tried these on my face on my YouTube channel! Watch below for a first impression, and don’t forget to check out my previous blog post where I compare the new Revolution Skin products to The Ordinary.

FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Serum + Primer DUPE

First up is the Revolution Beauty Antioxidant Rich Serum & Primer – which is their new skincare item that looks the least like the product it is trying to emulate….allegedly.

This to me SCREAMED that it was an attempt at copy-cating the Farsali Unicorn Essence. It claims to be a dual purpose primer and serum with superfruit antioxidants and iridescent shimmer to leave an oil-free glow. The Farsali is marketed as an antioxidant serum + primer that is also oil-free. The claims don’t mention anything about the iridescenty goodness, but the Unicorn version definitely has some gleam to it on the skin.

The first three ingredients are the same, then it all gets messy – but they do have the same “superfruit antioxidants”:

  • Açaí Berry: Helps protect the skin from environmental stressors.
  • Blueberry: Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E to maintain radiant and youthful-looking skin.
  • Goji Berry: Loaded with vitamins and minerals to improve and firm the look of skin tone.
  • Elderberry: Provides daily protection and nourishment for softer, smoother skin.

The Farsali formula contains some essential oils (formulas do not have to be free of essential oils in order to claim itself ‘oil-free’) and dyes – to make it all pink and pretty. Because Instagram. And while the Makeup Revolution version does not contain potentially irritating essential oils and dyes, it does contain fragrance, and boy oh boy does it EVER. That thing smells like a damn Yankee Candle. In a bad way.

Overall in my side by side wear test of these two primers, they performed pretty much the same. They both gripped onto makeup pretty well and didn’t increase any oil production. Do I feel like either are a primer I need in my life? No. But I would say if you like the Farsali and are curious if the MR version is up to snuff – it DOES perform the same. But I will never put that stuff anywhere near my face again 🙂

FARSÁLI Rose Gold Elixir 24k Gold Infused Beauty Oil DUPE

Makeup Revolution also carries a Rosehip Seed Oil Gold Elixir – a facial oil with subtle gold flecks to enhance the glow. I got both to try out and as you will see in my first impresh video – I actually really like the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. It smells so bright and lovely, soaks in quickly, and leaves me feeling perfectly hydrated and trendy.

The ingredient deck for the Farsali is much shorter and cleaner – when thinking about picking up a beauty oil it is best to avoid anything in the formula that is not a beneficial oil. Even the addition of gold is questionable – what does it even do?! But it sure makes it purty.

The gold in the Farsali is much larger flakes and way more noticeable, but the Makeup Revolution stays almost like a shimmer once blended into the skin.

Overall – go for the OG on this one. The scent is much lovelier and the blend is much cleaner.

Other brands copying FARSÁLI

While researching for this series, I came across the brand Nip+Fab. They have just downright copied these products – down to the packaging, names, and color of the Unicorn Essence. I didn’t get these to test out, and that is mostly because I started reviewing the comparisons in ingredient lists.

zero similarities in these formulas.
not even close, bruh

I actually had to zoom out for the second one because the ingredient list for the Nip+Fab Unicorn Essence is SO long.

After seeing this it’s very clear these Nip+Fab rip-offs are not even worth my time – and they aren’t worth yours either.

To wrap this up – be mindful of ingredients. Just because something looks like it will be exactly like a super expensive product doesn’t mean it will be made in the same way. And the same goes for expensive products – Just because a primer/serum cost $54 does not mean it has the best ingredient deck. Try things, test things, take advantage of mini sizes and free samples.

Or just tell me to try it out and I will! 🙂

You can snag the Farsali products here and here.

The Makeup Revolution knock offs are now available at Ulta! Here and here.



  • Fiona Okonkwo

    Thanks for the post! You’re right the Nip and Fab dupe is a joke! I’ll have to save up for a farsali product. The only trouble is I have oily skin so not sure it is entirely worth it.