Yuli M.E. Skin Fuel Review

YULI Skincare M.E. Skin Fuel Review

Before anything else, I just want to send my love to everyone who was affected by the awful events that happened in Paris last evening. My heart aches thinking about how devastating reality has been for you during the past day.

I am back with an overdue review of a skincare product that I have been using for a few months. I only took a temporary break from it three weeks ago, while giving the Kypris Antioxidant Dew* a try (which did not work for my skin at all, as I mentioned in this post). The Antioxidant Dew left my skin more congested than it had not been in a long time. After quitting the Dew, I went straight back to the Yuli M.E. Skin Fuel and my skin cleared out in a couple of days. Not a coincidence, for sure.

The M.E. Skin Fuel is a lightweight serum oil, possibly the lightest in the Yuli range in terms of consistency. The blend includes several plant oils and no essential oils at all. It does, however, have a very light jasmine-esque scent. Below is a breakdown of the key ingredients.

What’s in it

The first ingredient in the serum is Jojoba oil, which has a pretty clean record when it comes to blemish-prone skin. Most people with acne can safely use Jojoba oil as it is known to be non-comedogenic. It is also a source of fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory benefits¹. Jojoba can be used on several skin conditions, such as infections and wound healing, and has some benefits on aging skin. Jojoba oil is also know to provide long-lasting hydration to the skin².

The second ingredient is my all time favorite beauty oil, Argan. I already wrote a post (which you can read here) about some of the benefits of Argan oil, especially for combination and oily skin. Argan is known to have some balancing properties and somehow help “containing” sebum production. A more recent study³, has also highlighted the effective anti-aging benefits of Argan oil, making it a good option for mature skin as well.

The third ingredient is Apricot Kernel oil. This one is also know to be a great option for more oily skin types, as it seems to absorb very well and not leave a greasy layer on the skin. Apricot Kernel oil is also rich in vitamin E, and of course, fatty acids.

The fourth ingredient is one of stars of the game, Black Cumin Seed oil. According to several studies, Black Cumin has strong pharmacological potential in dermatology. Some of the effects that have been noted are: reduction of skin irritation, improvement of skin hydration, and improvement of the epidermal barrier⁴. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Fifth ingredient is Pomegranate oil. According to a study, pomegranate oil may reduce UVB induced sun damage, such as wrinkles and inflammation⁵, due to a compound called Ellagic acid⁶.

Next, there’s Red Raspberry Seed oil. It is high in Vitamin A and E, and like Pomegranate oil, it’s rich in Ellagic acid. RRSO is also known to provide some UV protection, although scientists don’t recommend using it as sunscreen of choice until further studies and tests have taken place (they have not determinate the spf value). This is why I consider the M.E. Skin Fuel an excellent face serum for daytime, as it does not carry the photo-toxic risks that other face oils do.

Broccoli Seed oil has gain a bit of popularity among face oils because it has a silky texture that is very similar to silicone (it has a smooth, almost slippery feel to it). It is a source of sulforaphane, which has shown some protection from UV-caused, skin photo damage.

Sea Buckthorn is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial nutrients. It was shown to promote collagen production⁸. Like Broccoli Seed oil, it has some UV protecting properties⁹.

What the brand says about it

Yuli Skincare describes the M.E. Skin Fuel as “a precisely blended nutrient cocktail for skin loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, lipids, minerals, and phytonutrients suitable for all skin types, especially for younger and blemish prone skin. This silky textured, 100% plant based bioactive facial oil is fuel for skin to optimize its condition. Precious organic key actives such as Pomegranate Seed and Apricot Kernel fend off environmental and stress induced damage while repairing, renewing and stimulating skin on a cellular level. This potent nutrient powerhouse is ideal for those with normal to combination and blemish-prone skin as it calibrates sebum levels and speeds up recovery from skin damage. The transformative, multitasking Skin Fuel acts as food for skin, delivering optimal active nutrients daily to enhance skin quality, perfect cell function, and prevent premature aging. Your skin will be left clear, nourished, rejuvenated, and velvety soft.

How I use it

Morning and evening, after cleansing. I first spritz some hydrating mist (I just moved onto a new bottle of the MUN No 11 Anarose Toner* after finishing a bottle of Metamorphic Elixir). Next, while my skin is still damp, I apply 3-4 drops of the M.E. Skin Fuel face serum, (which comes with a glass dropper that allows for careful dispensing of the product), gently patting it all over my face until it’s evenly distributed (even around my eyes). At night, I usually add 1-2 more drops. Alternatively, I spritz a little toner into the palm of my hand, and then dispense a few drops of serum into it and apply onto the skin. This has become my favorite method of application lately, because I avoid getting face mist into my hair, I use less face mist, and the mix goes on so smoothly, covering my entire face and neck. I could probably get away with less product, but I like to use just a little extra.

My results

Honestly, I did not expect to love this serum as much as I now do, to the point that I will get a new bottle soon (I am actually almost out of it! I probably have just another 3-4 days of use.). I had great results with the Yuli Liquid Courage Antioxidant Serum and thought that no serum could have topped that one. Instead, my skin has been so healthy and balanced while using this serum that I even had some wow! moments looking at my skin in the morning. I have plenty of skin imperfections, and some of them (my very old sun spots, for example) would probably require medical treatments to be corrected, but I think that everything that a face serum could do for my skin in terms of improvement (balance, hydration, protection), I have experienced it all with this serum. In addition to that, I find that the lightweight, silky texture of the M.E. Skin Fuel works well under makeup (better than any other face oil I have tried).

For these reasons, I absolutely recommend giving this serum a try, if it fits your budget (it’s on the expensive side; just a little below $100). However, I must say that with Yuli skin care I never feel like I am over-paying, especially when I compare them to the some other luxury, green beauty brands. I often feel like I could make some of those products myself, mixing up the ingredients in my kitchen and get the same exact quality. The quality of the Yuli ingredients is, to my knowledge, as high as it can get. The formulas are carefully tested, and they are free of the ingredients I want to avoid in my products, such as essential oils and photo-toxic ingredients.

Just a quick FYI. I was once asked if I work for Yuli, since I feature their products quite often. Not only do I NOT work for them (I have never even met anyone who works at Yuli), I have never been sent any samples for editorial consideration, nor have any of their retailers sent me free products. I only give them glowing reviews because their products work very well for my skin and have worked great for many of my readers who have tried them.

The M.E. Skin Fuel serum can be purchased at Yuli Skincare.


  • Your honesty and integrity is one of my (many) favourite things about your blog; I was going to comment this under your recent Kypris post but it is relevant here too. Kypris just came to the UK and already I see plenty of raves and no mention of the fact it has been sent for consideration. Maybe those people do genuinely like it of course, but with most blogs nowadays I find I can never tell. Not so with you! I can’t believe that anybody would question whether you worked for Yuli as you’re so honest about these things that I’m quite sure that you would mention it if you did.

    Everything I’ve tried from Yuli has been fantastic so I now want to try this too! Thanks for the great review.

    • Hi Allie, thank you so much for your kind words. I thought that by writing yet another positive review of a Yuli product I could have fueled that type of doubt, so I just wanted to make it clear that I am not affiliated with the company. Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions or requests. x

  • Jess

    So in which case would you recommend this over the Liquid Courage? Or do you think it’s just better than Liquid Courage?

    • Hi Jess, they both worked great for me, and I have slightly oily skin (I get a bit oily on my T-zone, which is where I tend to get a few spots during hormonal days). I would recommend one over the other based on your skin type. If you have blemish-prone, hormonal skin, I would try the M.E. Skin Fuel. If you have any other skin type, I would recommend the Liquid Courage, which is meant to suit all skin types. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions or requests. Thanks for reading!

  • Gabriela Nguyen

    Hi Lily, I discovered Yüli through your reviews and I won’t put anything else on my face. Thanks for the informative review, the M.E Skin Fuel is the only serum that has worked for my sensitive acne prone skin :)

    • Hi Gabriela, I am so glad to hear that! :) Sensitive, acne-prone skin can be a pain to deal with. I, too, had the chance to see this serum calming my inflamed skin for the past week. Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have questions or requests!

    • Cee

      Hi Gabriela,
      I am considering purchasing the M.E. Skin Fuel. What have you noticed in terms of improvement of your skin using this? I have adult acne VERY VERY sensitive skin so I have to be careful. Right now all I use is Kahina Argan Oil and that has been keeping it pretty calm but I would like to try something a bit more active. Any advice would be wonderful!

      Also, do you use the Cell Perfecto?

  • JT

    Thank you for your detailed review! I remember that you mentioned that the ME Fuel broke you out/didn’t agree with your skin in a comment some time back (I think it was the Liquid Courage review) – I was wondering what changed? Did you give your skin more time to adapt to this oil or was it the way you used it? I’m using Liquid Courage now (love it!) but I’m thinking of adding ME Fuel to my routine if it helps with hormonal acne…

    • Hi love, I am glad you mentioned that, because I wanted to write it in this post. I bought my first bottle of M.E. Skin Fuel when it first launched at Spirit Beauty Lounge. At that time, I was not testing products the way I do now. Sometimes I would introduce more than one new product into my routine, which turned out to be a huge mistake for someone like me who is sensitive to so many ingredients. Considering that with this bottle of M.E. Skin Fuel I didn’t experience any issues at all, I assume that the skin reaction I experienced (tiny red bumps) with my first bottle was caused by another product I was using at the time, or by the mixing of the two products on my skin, or my first bottle was “faulty” in some way (I really don’t think so, but I can only make guesses now, as it happened more than a year ago). I know better now, and never introduce more than one product into my skincare routine at the same time, and I give each product at least 2-3 weeks to see how it works for me. If your skin is prone to breakouts, I recommend you use a careful approach, too. Less is more. Thanks for reading! x

  • lynne

    Hi Lilly! Could you offer a quick breakdown of how the Yuli serums differ, and what skin types benefit from each serums? I always get confused by that–thanks:)

    • Hi lovely, I have tried all of their serums, except the Cell Perfecto. In my experience, the Liquid Courage is the one serum that all skin types could use and benefit from. It’s the serum that I would recommend to more delicate skin types (unless you are sensitive to an ingredient in it). The Modern Alchemist is definitely best for dry/mature skin types, and it’s the only one that I would not repurchase. Not that I didn’t like it, I actually did, but it is more rich, and I find that the other two serums suit my skin better. The M.E. Skin Fuel could also be used by all skin types, but it is especially beneficial for blemish prone skin types and more oily skin types. I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

      • lynne

        Thanks so much, that helps. I always appreciate your reviews—you are honest and detailed, and I know I can trust what you say:)

  • Karla

    Soooo happy to see this oil reviewed! I love it too and it took me a while to arrive at it. I so agree about how their quality is top of the top since they focus so much on actually growing their own plants whereas with some I know they buy from online and then mix into an oil. Compared to other oils, this is really really great, I just think it gets overshadowed when compared to the rest of the line as the other serums have pretty scientific ingredients or processes and this one is more straight forward. But I so agree with you, there is something about the way this oil seems to just address each imperfection.

  • Michaela

    I just finished my first bottle of this and I love it. I have acne prone skin and can get very red. This product has made a noticeable difference in calming my skin down. I also tried the kypris dew and it was not right for my skin.

    I have combination skin and need extra moisture at night, do you use a moisturizer on top of the skin fuel?

    • Hi Michaela, I am glad this serum has been working well for you, too. I do not use a moisturizer at the moment. I find that by mixing the face mist and the serum together I get enough moisture for my skin. Which moisturizers have you tried so far?

      • Michaela

        Lilly, thank you so much for answering! I repurchased the M.E Skin Fuel, yay! One of the first skincare products I have repurchased – which feels very adult! I just finished a pai moisturizer, I really liked it but I really want to try the Antonia Burrell moisturizer! I also just bought the soveral Angel balm…and I love it! Highly recommend it for some added moisture! I would take any and all recommendations for a moisturizer for combination skin though!

        • Cee

          Hi Michaela!
          What noticeable difference did the M.E. Skin Fuel do for you? I am considering purchasing but have adult, acneic, SENSITIVE skin, lol. It is incredibly fussy and I am so tired of spending money on products that promise to work, yet don’t.

          • Michaela

            Cee, thank you for asking. The skin fuel seemed to calm everything down – if that makes sense. It didn’t cause me to break out – which is always what I’m looking for- but on top of that it moisturized well leaving my skin nice and dewy, and helped to ease redness. I was really pleased with it. I think it is expensive and I tried it on a whim, and chose to repurchase. I have tried a lot of products and it is so much trial and error, but I really liked this product. Good luck!

          • Cee

            Ok well I ended up buying it thanks to you! I appreciate the feedback :)

  • Liquid Courage worked so well for me in the past, I’m using something else now but was planning on going back to it once I finish up my current serum! Now I want to try this one, haha. I have dry blemish prone skin would you say the Liquid Courage is more suited for me?

  • Buutify3

    Lilly, I honestly enjoy your blog the most in all aspects. I hope I won’t get hate for this, Lol:) But I mean it because whenever you recommend something I always end up liking. Yuli is on my list to try since you posted about the Cocoon elixir. I wish the serum price was a little less though, It sounds great:)

  • Lena

    Lilly, I so much appreciate your honesty, transparency, and thorough reviews. I would be very interested to see you review Cell Perfecto. One thing that has always worried me about Yuli is that when Googled for reviews, a few always come up as the top search results that are too similar, seem far-fetched, and seem written by shills. They don’t ring true (particularly the claim of raising pitted scars or replacing scar tissue with new skin) and seem to be drawing on people’s desperation to fix their skin scars. The phrase “chi rally correct” used in the reviews also has no scientific basis. I would love to hear your honest review of Cell Perfecto.

    • Fiona

      Really? Because one thing I notice about Yuli is the fact that all their reviews seem to come from a very honest and thorough perspective like Genuine Glow. I dig around on the blogs that turn up through Google and do not believe any to be shills. There are some blogs where everything gets a positive review and I notice all the bloggers that write about Yuli are actually very fair with their reviews and never make me feel like they’re trying to sell everything.

      Based on your spelling of “chi rally correct” it doesn’t seem like you quite grasp what “chirally correct” is… which is really the molecular structure of actives. It’s quite literally an entirely scientific concept that is used by many branches within science not just for skincare so to just throw out that it has no scientific basis is just wrong.

      • Lena

        The unfortunate typo is not an indicator of my understanding. I should have said “scientifically relevant to topically applied products.” See here: http://www.dermascope.com/chemistry/chirally-correct-skin-care-or-is-it#.VksYXNm9LCQ

        I’ve looked through the blogs again and some *seem* potentially set up just to tout Yuli’s products. At least, they raise doubts for me. Of course I’m not alleging anything and we’ll never know for sure.

        • Jaja

          I read the study you linked and there is nowhere that says chiral correction is not valid, in fact if anything the study validates the scientific basis of chiral products. In some research the writer did it just says that some things are more important to getting good results like molecular size and stability which is not something anyone is arguing. But certainly indicates that your claim that there is no scientific basis for chiral correction is inaccurate a best. Arcona, Osmosis, Sircuit and Yuli all use chiral correction and happen to be some of my favorite lines as their Vitamin A and Vitamin C products give the results while still being gentle so I don’t think it is any coincidence.

        • Tina

          That’s funny you feel that way because I think of all lines Yuli actually has really good integrity where it comes to transparency with reviews. I read on their press page that they don’t give samples for press because it is against their policy and remember seeing on No More Dirty Looks something about how they’re one of the only lines that doesn’t try to send products in for reviews.

          I’ve seen reviews of Cell Perfecto from Beauty Idealist, Nephriticus and they both are legit writers. Nephriticus even posted photos of her skin while going through the bottle.

          Anyway rather than cast baseless accusations why don’t you give the product a try and see if it works for you? No one is forcing you to buy something so not sure where the negative energy is coming from. I’m also not certain why Lilly would need to review Cell Perfecto to make you happy about the entire Yuli line considering it may not be a product she needs and peoples skin react differently. She did however write a really descriptive review of Skin Fuel and of many of their other products on her site *linked in this post* so if you’re still “concerned” about the line despite pretty full coverage on this site which you so “appreciate for honesty, transparency and thoroughness” maybe it’s not her problem.

  • Catherine Crain

    Well you’ve sold me on this product! (I mean if we’re honest, you do on everything you review…) I agree with you on the Kypris AD…It didn’t have a bad reaction with my skin, more of just NO reaction. I really like your point that you feel like you’re not over-paying for YULI since it is such a good brand & works so well with your skin. I definitely agree with that, not only for YULI but whatever may be pricey but works! have a lovely week!

  • Hi Lily, I’m glad to see your review on the M.E. Skin Fuel. I’m actually using Kypris’ Moonlight Catalyst and Beauty Elixir III at night (it’s been about 2 weeks) and I’ve been enjoying it so far. I think my sister might have had a breakout due to the Moon Catalyst, so it just shows that everyone’s skin is different even if a product has many “rave” reviews. I was considering picking up a Yuli serum for the day time and possibly for my sister to use if she continues to break out from the Moonlight Catalyst. I really love Yuli and every product that I’ve tried has been great so far. I’ve only tried Halcyon, the Cocoon Elixir, and the Panacea Elixir. :)

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  • Cee

    Ok well it should be arriving soon. Thank you so much!

  • Ifah

    Hi, just curious, why wouldn’t you want essential oil as one of the ingredients in the skincare product? Is it harmful to the skin? Thanks :)

    • Hi Ifah, thank you for your question, and sorry for the delay. Essential oils (not all of them, but many of them) may be harmful to the skin, as they are known to cause irritation, sensitization, and phototoxicity/photosensitization (causing your skin to become more sensitive to UV rays, and therefore, prone to sun damage). I plan on writing an in-depth article about it, as I have realized that many people are unaware of the potential risks associated with skincare use of essentials oils. In particular, most citrus-derived essential oils, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, thyme are known to be dermal irritants and sensitizers. Not all plant-derived ingredients are safe, unfortunately. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions, x

  • Nick

    Hi. I just have a quick question. So I’ve been using the panacea elixir and the skin fuel for almost a month now to give it a fair shot. But I’m not sure it’s for me. I read your initial thoughts where you got tiny red bumps after using it. Well am having the same issue. Usually at night I have a slight itchy feeling then in the morning I awaken to an angry red bump where I felt the itching… I’m wondering if you had the same experience. The only thing I could think of is that further down in the ingredients it says jojoba oil infused with dandelion. I have ragweed allergies so not sure.

    I have a trial size of the liquid courage to try but I’m a bit afraid to use it now based on the bumps from the skin fuel. Any thoughts ?

    Thanks for taking the time to read.

    • Vivi

      I agree. Me skin fuel broke me out. I really wanted to love yuli because I like what they stand for, and the serums do smell so great and feel so luxurious. Unfortunately, my skin doesn’t quite like the oils. Why? :( I am back to oil free moisturisers. (I have oily, congested skin.)

      • Clarissa

        Some people’s skin just don’t take to oils. If you need to go back to oil free moisturizers and have oily, congested skin, it may not have that much to do with Yuli as a brand but rather just that you have to stay away from face oils.

    • Clarissa

      If you have a specific allergy to an ingredient it can throw everything off but if you already know it is dandelion, just using the other products like Panacea Elixir and Liquid Courage which do not have dandelion can actually make all the difference and get your skin on track.

  • Kim

    What is your typical routine morning and night? Are you consistent with what you use? Just trying to find products for my skin. Cleanser, toner, serum. Would love to hear yours.