Review on Sunday Riley—The Skincare Company Everyone’s Talking About

Skincare has a fun and edgy side with brand rage Sunday Riley dominating skin talk on social media and attracting a cult-like following of dedicated users. 

Clever marketing and beautiful packaging made this Texas-based skincare line a quick success. It is named after the CEO and founder, Sunday Riley.

This article will explore the company and review the products to see whether all the hype is justified or a fad. 

Sunday Riley Background

The company was formed in 2009 and has quickly become a household name for skincare lovers. Celebrities like Julianne Moore and Jourdan Dunn have sung the praises of this new, young company. 

Woman treating her skin.

The brand has a clear insight into what young consumers want in a skincare line. This is certainly not your grandmother’s skincare.

Making recent headlines for questionable “review” activities, the company settled with the FTC with no admission of wrong-doing and a simple “don’t do that anymore.” 

Fans of the brand are unfazed as sales continue to skyrocket to $2.27 million in sales. Even with questions about its founder’s educational and professional background, Sunday Riley products fly off the shelves and into homes worldwide.

What’s the Deal with Sunday Riley Skin Care?

With a bit of controversy often comes free advertisement. The “reviews” scandal did little to curb public enthusiasm about the brand. There are 18 total products to choose from in a wide range of pricing, generally in the “luxury” pricing lane.

Why are people making such a fuss over Sunday Riley products? In a market literally flooded with skin-revving promises and pretty potions, this seems a bit weird.

Skincare is a very competitive market. With industry giants like L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, and Shiseido dominating sales, how is this independent-owned company making such a splash?

Here are a few of the things we think Sunday Riley is doing right; helping them to impress consumers and earn devoted fans:

  • Sunday Riley products eliminate unpopular ingredients like parabens and synthetic fragrances (they are cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.)
  • The company advocates for humanitarian issues and promises cruelty-free products.
  • They use super-clever names for their products.
  • Great advertising and social media reach.
  • The products are whimsical and fun—opening up skincare interest to a lot more people.
  • Sunday Riley products appeal to a wide range of people—not just the traditional skincare fans.
  • The line is unisex.
  • The product line is small and easy to understand.
  • Their website is easy to read and doesn’t over-complicate the message.
  • Excellent before and after video clips on their website.
  • They advocate for sustainable sourcing of their ingredients—a big win for climate-conscious consumers.

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Top Sunday Riley Products

What you really want to know is—does this stuff work? Sunday Riley reviews by the users worldwide on trendy serums, cleansers, and other products are glowing. 

Several products stand out by way of sales and customer devotion. Here are the best Sunday Riley products.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

Sunday Riley reviews would be incomplete without addressing the company’s heavy-hitter in sales. This all-in-one lactic acid treatment for your skin is a more gentle alpha-hydroxy acid that will give your skin a polished look. 

This chemical exfoliator is somehow less scary to consumers than other AHA products. Especially for people who are looking for younger, brighter skin. The product claims to deliver fewer lines and wrinkles in “under three minutes.”

But does it work? Popular cosmetics and skincare blogger and reviewer Byrdie tested out this product. It is worth mentioning that she claimed on her blog, “I’m officially a convert.“

Even at the whopping price of $85.00 an ounce, this promise of “Good Genes” is working for many consumers to deliver the improved texture of exfoliated skin. 

The additional ingredients, including licorice, lemongrass, arnica, and prickly pear extract, make the skin smoother and clearer. Moreover, it is also soothed and radiant. 

The scent is pleasing, too, with natural citrus and floral notes.

Always remember, when using lactic acid products or any other products with AHAs, use sunscreen! They can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow

C.E.O Glow is a face oil that has Vitamin C and golden turmeric. This one is a bit lower in price at $40.00. C.E.O Glow oil helps to give your skin a radiant ‘glow’ while delivering a power-packed selection of vitamins for your skin:

  • Ginger—soothes & makes skin look less irritated.
  • THD ascorbate is an oil-form of Vitamin C that is easily absorbed by the skin.
  • Cranberry Seed Oil contains Omegas 3-6-9.
  • Evening Primrose makes skin look dewier with GLA and Omega-6.
  • Pomegranate seed oil is a natural form of conjugated linolenic acid.
  • Jojoba oil for a layer of protection for your skin.

This antioxidant-rich formula protects the skin from the pesky free radicals that speed up aging. With a botanical bang, this luminous oil is drawing lots of attention in the skincare industry.

Users love how quickly this oil absorbs into the skin and delivers smoother, luminous skin.

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Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

This is a whimsical licorice-scented blue oil that you rub on your face before you go to bed. That’s why it has the name ‘sleeping’ night oil. 

Lines in your face are visibly diminished as you continue to use this oil on your skin every night. Some great YouTube reviews on Sunday Riley Oil show the changes over the course of a month’s use. 

One of the reviews on Sunday Riley sleeping oil is by Christina Marie: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil Review.

Another hefty-priced product, this one is over $100 for 1.8 oz, which is about a month of use. 

Ingredients that deliver results:

  • Trans-retinol
  • Chia Seed oil with Omega 3
  • Avocado seed oil for plumping out those fine lines
  • To help with redness: blue tansy, German chamomile, and Cape chamomile essential oils with azulene

Brennan Kilbane with Allure Magazine shared that this oil made her a “glowing baby overnight.” She also praised the product for quick results and rapid cell turnover while lamenting a bit about the price. Despite the cost, she’s convinced this product works.

Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

This is the ultimate lavish, rich hydration for your skin. A thick and creamy formula, ICE is packed with skin-protecting ceramides to bathe your skin in moisture while protecting it from the environment. 

Other soothing and moisturizing botanical ingredients include Vitamin F, coconut extract, beetroot extract, pomegranate sterols, and red algae extract. 

Following the other popular Sunday Riley moisturizers Tidal and C.E.O., ICE was warmly received amongst fans of the brand. However, as luxurious as this product is, it is a bit heavier and contains a few ingredients that may be too much for acneic skin types. 

No BS Beauty did an excellent presentation and review of this cream shortly after it launched.

Still, we love the lightly scented “cherry-vanilla” kind of flavor this cream has. Also, we love the price. 

At $65.00, this moisturizing cream is comparable or even cheaper than some other luxury moisturizing creams. Just make sure your skin is of the normal-dry types or just use it as needed when your skin needs extra moisture and protection.

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

This is powerful acne-busting face oil. Yes, acne products can work well in oil form, depending on the type of oil involved. 

Tea tree and black cumin seed oil work together to distribute skin-clearing ingredients and ones that reduce inflammation and redness. 

At a reasonable $40.00 for a 15 ml package, this oil is a beautiful green color and comes in a nice glass jar with a dropper for easy application. Moreover, it is also available in a greater size of 35 ml at $80. 

Clearing congested pores never got more luxurious and trendy at the same time. You can avail all these without the clinical and teenager-focused acne treatments we’ve seen for decades. All skin types and ages can have acne.

Clarifying ingredients:

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

It is an advanced and oil-free lightweight brightening and refining treatment by Sunday Riley. It gives a dewy skin with an instant glow.

Having two kinds of hyaluronic acid, this formula performs a moisturizer’s job efficiently by attracting water to the skin. Moreover, the combination of exfoliating papaya extracts and brightening alpha-arbutin digs in deep to make the skin free of undesired spots and hyperpigmentation.

Although it is suitable for any skin type, the cream works best on normal or oily skin textures.

The main ingredients of Sunday Riley Brightening Cream include:

  • Cucumber extract
  • Allantoin
  • Sodium hyaluronate
  • The seed extract of horse chestnut
  • Alpha arbutin

The product is available in two sizes, 15 g and 50 g, priced at $22 and $65, respectively.

So, if you want to get rid of your dried-up skin and clogged pores, this cream by Sunday Riley is your go-to.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

Although it may seem simple, this facial cleanser is the epitome of skincare. Lacking any unnecessary ingredients, it is a more economical and efficient product from the brand’s entire range.

The cleanser contains three different clays, namely French Green Clay, Bentonite, and White Kaolin. This enables the product to cancel out the septum formation and keep the skin hydrated. Resultantly, you get a cleaner, livelier, and more radiant skin tone.

Available in a 30 ml easy-to-carry size, this cleanser has a $35 price.

Cruelty-free Products

Since its inception, the brand has constantly been making efforts for animal rights. To add to this motto further, Sunday Riley has a priority not to conduct animal tests of its products.

In recognition of its policy, Leaping Bunny, and PETA, has certified the brand as cruelty-free.

Although most of the company’s products are vegan, some may also have beeswax, honey, lanolin, and pearl powder. However, for making them easy-to-spot for customers, Sunday Riley labels its vegan products properly.

Sunday Riley Return Policy

The brand has a clear goal to provide its customers with the best of products and customer support. Therefore, they also offer their valued users the freedom to return the products as they may like.

You can return the products within 30 days of the purchase. However, you first have to mail your query at “” Upon the receipt of mail, the company will send you a return label and address to which you can ship the product to return.

After inspecting the product at the warehouse, Sunday Riley will send you either a full refund or a merchant credit as per your choice.

Where Can You Buy Sunday Riley Products From?

Primarily, the straightforward way to buy the brand’s products is from their official website. There you can find extensive collections without anything missing.

However, it is not the only source to buy them. Some retailers also sell Sunday Riley products, including:

Moreover, there’s a store locator on the brand’s official website with which you can locate a nearby store to buy products physically.

Final Verdict on Sunday Riley

This is a company worth watching. Consumers rave about the products even after any negative publicity. This means the products work well for people and they come back for more. 

We’d classify Sunday Riley as trendy but on-point with messaging that will carry over time and not just wane with the seasons. Though pricey, you can save a little dough by buying kits or gift sets

We fully expect Sunday Riley products to continue the upward growth it’s seen in the past half-decade, and then some, thanks to fans’ support and some pretty targeted marketing.

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