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When a beauty product causes hordes of people on your TikTok For You page to break out in wide-eyed bewilderment, you know it just has to be good — and that's the exact wave of reactions Revlon's Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller has caused in recent weeks. I can't count, off the top of my head, how many looks of pleasant surprise I've witnessed as this rollerball has transformed skin from shiny to matte in a matter of seconds with the flick of a wrist. Naturally, I had to have it. Immediately. And I was not disappointed.
Here's the basic low-down on the Oil-Absorbing Face Roller: it's pretty much just a rollerball made of volcanic stone. There's no powder stowed away inside; all its oil-absorbing properties come from the tiny ball alone — and that's not a marketing gimmick, if you can believe it.
"Volcanic stones have little pockets of porous holes to trap oils," cosmetic chemist Ginger King confirms. Does that mean the product actually works, though? Much to my surprise, yes.
Here’s my skin pre-rollerball. As you can see, my forehead, nose, and cheekbones are most shine-prone.
Just like all those TikTok users I watched roll their oiliest patches into smooth, matte ones, I witnessed my own oily spots (mostly located on the center of my forehead and in the crevices around my nose) disappear after passing the rollerball back and forth over them a couple of times. Like any oil-absorbing product, how long that mattifying effect lasts depends on your specific skin type and how much oil it produces. I'm not very oily, so I can go a few hours before needing the rollerball after using it once — it's a throw-in-my-bag-just-in-case product for nights out and special occasions.
Despite its convenient portability and seemingly magic ability to keep base makeup intact, there is one important downside to consider with the Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller. As King points out, "even if you can wash it, if it traps oils, it will be harder to clean," she explains. You can wash the Face Roller by unscrewing the very top of it, removing the ball, giving it some soap and warm water, then leaving it out to dry. The more you use it, the more frequently you should wash it.
It’s hard to capture just how much with indirect lighting, but the Volcanic Face Roller does, indeed, soak up oil for a matte finish.
Even so, King recommends oil-blotting sheets as an alternative (anything single-use is automatically more sanitary, after all), but you could also just keep an eye on how oily your stone gets and, worst-case scenario, buy another one when you think yours has reached its oil-absorption limit — I mean, at $14 a pop, why not?
Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller
The Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller retails for $14 and is available from ulta.com.