March 14, 2016

Product Review: Sunday Riley Tidal Moisturizer


      I've been dying to try any product from Sunday Riley since I only ever hear amazing things about the brand. The Luna Oil has been on my wishlist for forever, but I couldn't justify purchasing it when I have an almost full bottle of Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate to go through. But, when I saw that the brand was releasing their first facial moisturizer, I knew I could justify the purchase and incorporate it into my beauty routine - especially since the weather is getting warmer here in NYC and I will have to transition to less thicker moisturizers.


Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Price: $65

Description
Tidal delivers an intense water drench plus two forms of hyaluronic acid for a more youthful, hydrated look. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate, while alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. Tidal significantly increases hydration within minutes and provides up to 24 hours of continuous moisture. 

Ingredients
Water, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (and) Lecithin, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Strelitzia Nicolai (Bird of Paradise flower) Seed Aril Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) seed extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Papain (and) Carbomer (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Algin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract (and) Melia Azadirachta Flower (Neem) Extract (and) Amino Esters-1 (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract (and) Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract (and) Lawsonia Inermis Extract (and) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf (Holy Basil) Extract (and) Pearl Powder, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (and) Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.





Review

      First, can we just appreciate how gorgeous the packaging is for this moisturizer? Or maybe I'm just a sucker for anything that has navy and gold on it, but I really adore all of Sunday Riley's packaging aesthetic. The moisturizer smells like cucumbers and something else slightly herbal that I can't quite put my finger on. It's not strongly scented, and I can't really smell it when I'm applying it. Keeping in line with its namesake, the color of the moisturizer is light ocean blue and it sort of shimmers because it has pearl powder in it. Yes - pearl powder and not mica which is what other brands mostly use to give their products that subtle shimmer. And no, despite containing pearl powder, you can't detect it when you apply it on your face. Although it's a "water cream" (which I think is just a fancier name for a gel like moisturizer), it feels a lot more creamier than a gel moisturizer. Compared to the Belif Aqua Bomb, Tidal is creamier in texture, more opaque in color, and isn't as initially shiny on the skin like Aqua Bomb is before you rub it in. It absorbs very fast, and your skin is left feeling perfectly hydrated and not greasy. If it is applied at night, my skin feels so smooth in the morning. A great moisturizer for those with oily skin, hydrating enough for combination skin, but probably not quite enough for those with drier skin.

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Concluding Remarks

      Tidal is available exclusively at Sephora. So far, I can see why other beauty and skincare enthusiasts rave about the brand. Of course, the obvious drawback is that all of Sunday Riley's products are pretty pricey. If you're on a budget, Aqua Bomb or the True Cream Moisturizer by Belif are great alternatives. Read my review of Belif's Aqua Bomb here.

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