I think it’s about time I write a review on the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (French for: “prodigious oil”; sounds like: “hwil pro-di-JOOS”). I’ve been putting off this review for more than a month now and I feel like I’ve been doing my readers some sort of disservice in doing so because this product is so amazing, I think everyone should experience its awesomeness. I don’t know why I came to know about this product only recently when apparently, it has been a dresser-staple for a lot of women since 1991! Does Nuxe Philippines need to step up their marketing efforts? Or have I just been living under a rock? (Okay, maybe it’s the latter. After doing a little research, I found that Nuxe was launched in the Philippines only a year ago.)
What It Is
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-purpose dry oil that is supposed to nourish, repair and soften skin and hair. This Parisian masterpiece contains 97.8% ingredients of natural origin, including six precious plant oils: Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort. It also has Vitamin E and is free of silicon, mineral oils, and parabens.
Its name sounds a bit intimidating and the packaging looks “yayamanin”, but this product instantly became my humble skin’s best friend. It has replaced my night time moisturizer and I also sometimes use it as a body lotion. I like how it is instantly absorbed into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy look or feel even though it’s an oil– which is probably why they called it a “dry oil”. I have combination (semi-oily) skin, that’s why I was surprised that this product actually worked for me. On my good-skin days, I can get away with applying only this to my face. No need for foundation or highlighter to achieve a healthy glow. Those days, however, are rare.
Most of the time, I need to wear at least some concealer or a thin layer of foundation to hide my blemishes and even out my skin tone. So I mix a very small amount of Huile Prodigieuse with my foundation, and this mixture gives my skin that flawless-but-still-natural, dewy look. Make sure you do NOT combine it with oil-controlling foundations, though. I noticed that it didn’t go very well with my oil-controlling foundation, which wasn’t surprising because an oil-controlling formula will obviously counteract oil. As a body oil, I like how it softens and moisturizes my skin, without the greasy or sticky feeling.
For my hair, I just spritz some of this dry oil on to my hair to tame the frizz. I do this on those days when I’d rather skip the heavy or sticky products I normally use to define my curls. Although Huile Prodigieuse does not define my curls as well as my curling creams and sprays do, it’s good enough for ordinary days when I just want to wear my hair au naturel.
My Mom’s Experience
When my mom complained of allergy-like skin reactions – including itchiness and bumps – I told her to try out this oil. I knew it worked for her because she never returned my Huile Prodigieuse bottle until I bought her her own.
If you’ve read my previous blog, you’d know that I wasn’t a fan of the Dry Oil’s floral, vintage scent when I first tried it because I found it too overpowering. But as time went by, I came to like it. And after more than a month of using it, I already love it! I actually now feel that it’s quite a pity that the scent on the skin lasts only for a while, though it lasts longer on the hair. I also found that due to insistent public demand, Nuxe eventually came out with a perfume version of this oil, called Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse comes in a glass spray bottle, which makes it look so luxurious. My mom initially thought it was perfume, because it did look like one. I have no problem with this packaging even though the glass bottle sometimes becomes a bit slippery because of the oil. But no biggie, I just wipe it off with a paper towel.
Price: 50ml (P995.00); 100ml (P1,750.00)
Where I got mine: I got a sample from the Project Vanity Wanderlust Kit, but I later bought the full-size at Rustan’s, Alabang Town Center
Where else it’s available: Rustan’s, Beauty Bar, and select SM Department Stores, Watsons Mall of Asia, Robinsons Magnolia Kiosk, Kiss & Fly NAIA Termina 3 (Visit their Facebook for a more detailed list)
Will I repurchase? I already have… twice! One for my mom and one for me. And I absolutely will again! The last time I bought a 100ml bottle, Nuxe had a promo at Rustan’s, so I received a 50ml Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for free! I got to choose between the regular dry oil and the shimmery one, but I chose the latter because I’ve long been wanting to try it.
The Label (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil)
Bonus: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Dry Oil Mini Review
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil works just like the non-shimmering variant, only this one contains super fine golden particles that make the skin look even more radiant. I learned that the “Or” actually stands for “gold”. A few drops are enough to add just a hint of sparkle to the arms, legs, and collar bones. It can also work as a highlighter on the high points of the cheeks. A little goes a long way with this product. And you can always just add more depending on how sparkly you want to look. It retails for the same price as the non-shimmering Nuxe Dry Oil.
The Label (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil)