As for the texture, it's similar to past facial oils I've tried — neither too thick nor too watery. It's also not tacky or slippery to deal with, which met my initial expectations.
Claims and application
According to Sephora's product description, the Phoenix Oil utilises its natural ingredients to lock-in moisture, vitamins, and antioxidants to protect the skin from dryness and heat in the environment. Reviews of the product also suggest that it's so potent, enough to deliver noticeable effects overnight. With these promising claims in mind, I endured the strong smell and went on with the testing.
I'm currently practising a simplified skincare routine where I only water-cleanse in the morning. And at night, I just do double-cleansing, toning, applying special serums, and moisturising. For my first time using the Phoenix Oil, however, I really stretched its claims and tried it out alone after cleansing. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky upon application, but it definitely takes a while to get absorbed into the skin. I highly suggest you don't use this right before you plan to hit the hay as chances are it will stain or transfer to your pillowcase.
Anyway, the next morning proved to be quite a shocker as I didn't expect I would say 'wow' out loud even at initial usage. But I did. My skin was definitely plumper, softer, and more luminous like I had a good night's sleep combined with an extensive facial the night before (which tbh, I didn't). I couldn't even remember how long it was when my skin last felt this good!
After my promising first experience, I swapped my usual facial oils with Herbivore's Phoenix Oil and started my renewed skincare journey. There are days when I leave out my Vitamin C serum out of the picture and just use the Phoenix Oil after toning to also see if it does commit to its promise of healthier and glowy looking skin with continued use and it ticked all the boxes. There are even days when I just use this alone (when I'm feeling lazy) and still wake up to radiant-looking skin.