Farsali Unicorn Essence

FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence is a unique product in that it is a serum (like most essences are), but then it is also a lightweight water-based “primer” that may help the skin retain makeup for longer.


I mean, I’m not going to draw this one out: FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence has four superfruit extracts. And, as I say on this skincare blog nearly everyday since the natural/organic trend took flight, fruit extracts are a mixed bag. Some fruit extracts have properties that are beneficial for the skin, whereas others are just seen by the skin as “protein and carbs I can’t break down to get to the nutrients within.” 


That said, in FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence, only blueberry has been proven to have effects for the skin when topically applied. Blueberries predominantly have antioxidant-based anti-inflammatory effects when used topically. A study with mice found that the Pycnogenol in plants like blueberries reduced the inflammation reaction after UV exposure (Journal of Pathology). 

👍More than that, blueberries help to improve and strengthen collagen in skin. They stop collagen breakdown, stabilize the collagen matrix, work against oxidative stress, and improve microcirculation.In a study of women aged 45-61, scientists found “that the topical mixture significantly improved cracking, creping, and thinning of mature skin when [blueberry extract] was applied daily for three months” (Life Extension Magazine). 

Of the other three remaining superfruit extracts, goji berry and elderberry have not definitively been proven to have effects for the skin when they are topically applied. Furthermore, both goji berry and elderberry have been associated with allergenic potential when they are topically applied (Photodermatology, Photoimmunology and Photomedicine, 2011; Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 2003). 

Are these allergies significant enough to make me say, “Don’t use this product”? No, but the allergenic potential is high enough for me to say to those with particularly sensitive skin to be careful. 

As for the last superfruit extract, açaí berry, there isn’t likely to be much of an effect. Topical products only contain a modest amount of açai, because a high concentration of it would stain the skin and hair. Unlike turmeric, of which the active components have been extracted so there is no staining of the skin, there is no extraction of the non-colored active components of açaí berry for topical skin care to date. So, again, not a fan here.

👍👎So, look, FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence isn’t a bad product. If you already use a potent vitamin CE serum and are looking for a makeup primer, FARSÁLI Unicorn Essence is solid for that. But if you’re looking for an all-in-one super antioxidant serum and lightweight primer, I’m not about to recommend this product. Sorry, just not enough nutrients your skin is proven to know how to use.

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