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Gorgeous packaging, decadent textures, and intoxicating fragrances give skincare an added appeal, but there’s only one thing that really matters: results. That’s exactly what cult-favorite Sunday Riley offers, too—visible, quantifiable, instant results. The creation of cosmetic chemist and formulator Sunday Riley, the eponymous line provides both immediate and long-term payoff, tackling skincare issues ranging from aging, to acne, to dehydration. Marrying clean, botanical ingredients with cutting-edge technology, the brand stands at the intersection of nature and science, transforming complexions without playing dirty.
Oh, and don’t think Sunday Riley is lacking in aesthetic and sensorial appeal, either. The packaging is practically MOMA-worthy, and the textures are nothing less than luxurious. Sunday Riley skin care ticks all our boxes, and is more than deserving of its five-star reputation and legion of devoted fans. We tried all of their products firsthand (rough job, we know), and rounded up a few of our faves. Read our Sunday Riley review below:
Good Genes is far and away the most famous—and beloved—Sunday Riley product, and for good reason. The aptly-named formula brightens, smooths, plumps, and evens skin tone without irritation, making your complexion look like a better version of itself. Apply it before bed as a serum and wake up to fresher, smoother skin, or use it as a treatment mask for an instant boost of radiance.
Note: Due to the high concentration of lactic acid, it does tingle a little upon application. Also, don’t forget to add a layer of sunscreen into your skincare routine when using an acid treatment!
There’s a reason this serum is called C.E.O—it works like a boss to brighten, tighten and plump skin in a flash. The cheekily-named product also speaks to its key ingredients—vitamin C, vitamin E, and a blend of antioxidants—which work to smooth fine lines, fade dark sparks, and give you an all-around glow-y complexion. What makes this serum extra-special is the type of vitamin c it uses, too: THD ascorbate. In this form, the vitamin is both stable and oil-soluble, and can penetrate deep and fast into your skin, giving you immediate — literally, immediate –results. Over time, your skin will look brighter, bouncier, and more even-toned, too. Talk about taking care of business!
Why is this green, blemish-fighting oil called U.F.O., you ask? Well, probably because it straight-up abducts acne. Infused with 1.5% salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and black cumin seed oil, the purifying oil calms redness and clears out congested pores, blackheads, and zits. It also brightens and reduces post-acne discoloration with the help of hexylresorcinol and licorice. And while it might seem illogical to put oil on acne-prone skin, U.F.O is suitable for all skin types—even the oiliest and most sensitive complexions. The best part? The out-of-this-world serum is so dang effective, you only need to use it a few times a week to see dramatic improvement in your skin’s texture, tone, and clarity.
Skin feeling a bit parched? The aptly named Tidal will bring a wave of hydration to your complexion, quenching its thirst with a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract. Tidal is so moisturizing, it increases hydration by a whopping 68 percent in just fifteen minutes. Phew! And if next-level hydration isn’t enough to hook you? This H2O-based cream also brightens, busts dark spots, and exfoliates the skin’s surface with a little help from highly purified alpha-arbutin, wild banana extracts and papaya enzymes. Basically, Tidal is the perfect lightweight moisturizer for any and all skin types.
Breakouts are a lot like secrets—everyone has them, and they can be very, very embarrassing. When blemishes rear their ugly heads, fight back with this zit-zapping mask. Boasting a potent 10% dose of sulfur—a mineral famed for its antibacterial, breakout-banishing properties— it heals blemishes and prevents new ones from forming, all without drying out your skin. In addition to sulfur, the bright green formula boasts five other blemish-busting ingredients: bentonite clay, tea tree oil, manuka oil, turmeric, and neem. These additions help heal acne and calm inflammation, so you experience less redness and more clarity.