I've honestly ummed and ahhed over ordering myself a few products from Sunday Riley for a long time, however for January it's Brand of the Month over at Cult Beauty, so I was kindly sent over some things to to try. You can get free worldwide shipping on Sunday Riley this month and, for a limited time you will also receive a deluxe Good Genes Treatment if you spend £75! Let's take a closer look at the products I've been using and whether I think they're worth the hype...
- BRAND BACKGROUND -Sunday Riley launched her skincare brand 10 years ago, and she isn't only the founder but she formulates the products too. As we all know, this is definitely high-end skincare and the products are focussed on fast results and anti-ageing. I think the Luna oil (which we'll get into later!) is what really put this brand on the shelves of every Instagram skincare junkie. Most of her range features an active ingredient that's going to pack a punch within your skincare routine.
- THE PRODUCTS -Ceramic Slip Cleanser* | £26 | This is definitely one of the more affordable products from the range and one that was recently reformulated. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to try the original version, which I'm kind of gutted about because people seemed to prefer that! This is formulated with French clay, neroli oil and rice oil and has quite a runny consistency, which can be hard to control the flow of when it's in a squeezy bottle like this. It does foam very gently but not in a way that's soapy or that strips my skin. It's designed to purify the skin and give it an injection of antioxidants. I like this cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I personally find this is best as a morning or second cleanse, as it doesn't work on my sensitive eyes for makeup removal! It hasn't changed my life but I like it and will use it until it's done. I just don't think I'd buy it myself when it does, given how many amazing cleansers are out there that get me a bit more excited.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil* | £45 (15ml) | This is the product I was most excited to try! It was on my list anyway for when I finished off some oils I already have. This is a blue-toned retinol oil treatment that also contains blue tansy, avocado, chia and grape seed. I really like the texture of this oil - it absorbs nicely without leaving a greasy excess on my skin. If you aren't familiar with this active - retinol is one of the few proven anti-ageing ingredients you can apply topically and see amazing results from, as well as being great for acne-prone skin. The results I saw with this product were pretty impressive, right from the off! It's really helped to smooth my skin and improve its overall quality and texture. It's hydrating and has helped reduce some of the redness I've noticed in my skin this winter. It just gives my skin that glow and that 'extra something' that makes me think 'wow, I'm having a great skin day' the following morning when I'm putting on my makeup. I'm really hoping that over continued use this might help the appearance of some of the fine lines I notice on my face.
Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment* | £85 (30ml) | This was definitely a standout product of the bunch for me. It's a gorgeous cream-based serum that's actually incredibly hydrating, along with chemically exfoliating the skin with glycolic acid. I don't get any sort of sensation using this product, though you may if you've never used an acid exfoliator before. As well as softening, smoothing and hydrating my skin, this just gives my complexion a healthy, glowing appearance. It's great for tired, lacklustre skin that's in need of a bit of an overhaul. It is pricey but it's a product that I saw instant results with, which is what I want if I'm going to invest in something! Over time, glycolic acid can also fade scars and even out the tone of your skin, so I'm hoping to see some of those effects when I've used this over a longer period of time.
- FINAL THOUGHTS -Overall I'm really pleased with the products I tried that contain active ingredients, which is what this brand is all about. I love that you can now get sets of minis and smaller sizes in most of these products, because they are very high-end and skincare is so subjective; it really helps to be able to try something like the Luna oil for £45 before dropping £85 on the larger bottle. I really love Good Genes and will definitely be reaching for it on those lacklustre skin days and the Luna oil will be part of my skincare routine for the foreseeable future!
Have you tried Sunday Riley skincare?
Disclosure - products marked * were gifted to me as unpaid advertisement for the brands / websites mentioned. All opinions expressed are my own. Please read my disclosure page for more information.
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