Yes, fighting oil with oil with great results is absolutely possible! I too was very skeptical at first, but after trying a sample, I was very impressed with the results, especially in the crazy hot weather we've been experiencing over the past few weeks up here in Canada! My face was an oily hot mess and thank God, the Lotus Oil totally fixed it up! Words of caution: first of all, if you have acne-prone skin like me, I DO NOT recommend using this product more than 1-2x/week, as you will need to maintain your regular acne-fighting routine to keep pimples at bay. I find that your regular routine, IN CONJUNCTION with the Lotus Oil to reduce oil production, is the best recipe to help you maintain clear skin. However, note that for me, the product has yet to work on reducing existing pimples (read a few reviewers who have successfully used it as a spot treatment), nor has it helped fade my existing acne scars (I've had better success with Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which I've started layering underneath). Two, applying this product properly is the KEY to its success: make sure your face is well-hydrated (your toner is NOT enough!), I use Vichy Thermal water and spray it all over my face. Then I rub the oil in my palms to warm it and gently tap with my FINGERTIPS on my T-Zone and the apples of my cheeks. No need to use it where you do not produce enough sebum, it's product (and money) wasted. Then I spray again with Th.water, wait a minute and soak off the excess with a tissue to prevent my skin from feeling tight and VOILÀ!! Should work perfectly fine :) The product's expensive, but it last a LIFETIME, so it's totally worth the investment, hence why I rated it a 2 -- the ROI on this product is off the charts! Plus, you'll use more in the summer, but far less in the winter so it works out ok. One last thing, make sure you store it away from direct light/sunlight to prevent the essential oils from losing their potency (since the jar is transparent, go figure!). I agree that the jar can get messy (hence the 2), so I kept the empty mini-jar sample and transfer the product regurlarly. You can also try dosing the product with a straw.
Unfortunately, I purchased this product before reading the numerous neutral to negative reviews on this site. It seems that I, as well, had succombed to M.Phan's recommendation of this supposed AMAZING product. Having some of the worst genetically-engineered underye circles you might encounter in your lifetime -- coupled with being dark-skinned -- has made it difficult for me to find a suitable concealer. After having tried GA, MAC, CoverFx, Dermablend, etc, I decided to give this concealer a try...big mistake. Basically, as many have noted before me, I found the packaging looking rather cheap for the steep price (43 $CDN), the tube does feel half-full and the product is too drying for the delicate underye area (feels super tight wherever you apply it). It looks cakey, feels heavy and settles into fine lines, even after using moisturizer and dusting loose powder on top. Only +++ are the long-lasting effect, the fact that its easier to use to build up coverage (because of the somewhat liquidy formula) and the full coverage. I'll go back to using the MAC concealer for half the price instead, and so should you.