SOL, a ColourPop sister brand, launched a Body Glow Oil in 6 glistening shades with Kabuki Brushes for application last July, and I can still see the glitter from here. SOL’s website actually says “for sunkissed skin and a healthy glow, this sh*t is next level”. But is next level wearable?
Price: Glow Oil $15, Kabuki Brush $12
Tested August-September 2020
In my mind, I am just one product away from being J-Lo if I can find the perfect shimmering bronze to make my body gleam like a million (toned and flawless) bucks. It’s good to have goals, right? I can’t be the only makeup-lover with this dream because body glow products are certainly having a moment. Fenty Beauty, Sol De Janeiro, KKW Beauty, and many more have been dropping shimmery formulas for the skin left and right. Here’s hoping SOL’s Glow Oil is a solid luminous option at a super-affordable price point.
I had two very high hopes for Glow Oil: make me look like J-Lo and do it for just $15. I chose the Glow Oil in shade Golden, over SOL’s Shimmering Dry Oil because based on other reviews and pictures, the Glow Oil looked like it would have smaller shiny particles…more shimmer, less glitter please. Unfortunately, wearing this I felt less like J-Lo and more like the Tin Man’s cousin, Penny from Miami. I imagine she waits by the bar for guys to buy her the drinks she can’t afford (if she could, she would have bought the Patrick Ta Major Glow Body Oil for $52). When I racked my brain over who might find a use for this over-the-top product, that’s all I could think of: beach-bound Spring Breakers without clothes for this to rub off on. Because truthfully this is WAY too much for everyday anything. The glitter is chunky, the bronze is streaky, and the oil takes almost an hour to absorb to the point of not getting everywhere.
The overall effect, as described by my husband, is “attention seeking”. If this oil didn’t have the bigger chunks of glitter, I could dilute it with lotion to be wearable, but those bits are just too much in any amount. The chunks of glitter also got all over the black shirt I was wearing. Not cute. Check out the way my hand looked after rubbing this in vigorously. See what I mean? A very shiny penny.
To SOL’s credit, I think this would work on many skin tones (they also have other shades both darker and lighter) and the formula is waterproof. Even after a thorough, soapy hand scrub I was still gleaming and fairly moisturized. The scent is another of SOL Body Oil’s strong points- it’s tropical coconut without being artificial or overpowering. I wish they made a clear oil with this scent because I truly liked the way my skin felt and I wouldn’t mind smelling like that all the time.
I tried applying this Glow Oil by hand and with the suggested Body Kabuki Brush. While the kabuki brush is adorable (I’m a sucker for rose gold) it actually made things worse. Most of the product I applied disappeared into the synthetic bristles and what it did spread around looked streaky and took forever to buff all over. For argument’s sake, I used the kabuki brush on a separate occasion to apply my beloved ST. TROPEZ SELF TAN DARK BRONZING MOUSSE (read that review HERE) and it made that go on streaky as well. This brush has since become a shiny, soft $12 toy for my toddler.
So the hunt continues for the J-Lo glow. I didn’t totally hate this; indoors, I smelled nice and the glitter wasn’t as obvious. But who needs bronzing body oil indoors as a moisturizer? I’m searching for perfection and this definitely missed that high bar.