April 29, 2016

Product Review: Sunday Riley Luna & Good Genes


      Up for review today are two products that have been getting an insane amount of attention and buzz in the beauty industry - Good Genes and Luna which are both by Sunday Riley. Sunday Riley's beauty line is considered very high end with most of her products ranging in the $80-100 price bracket. Both Good Genes and Luna each retail at a whopping $105 for the full size, and since I wasn't ready to shell out over $200 for only two skincare products, $78 for 0.5oz each of Good Genes and Luna from the Power Couple set available exclusively at Sephora was a much more bearable cost to swallow.




Sunday Riley Good Genes, 0.5oz (full size 1oz)
Full Size Price: $105

Description
Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having good genes. The amazing, pharmaceutical-grade, lactic-acid-based treatment is an instant complexion booster, plumping fine lines and exfoliating to reveal brighter, newer skin. Licorice reduces hyperpigmentation while lemongrass increases circulation for immediate radiance. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and increase epidermal firmness.

Ingredients
Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Cypripedium Pubescens (Lady's Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Saccharomyses Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ppg-12/Smdi Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol And Ceteareth20, Glyceryl Stearate And Peg-100 Stearate, Arnica Montana (Flower) Extract, PEG-75 Meadowfoam Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, DMDM Hydantoin.

Review
      If my review isn't the first review you've read about Good Genes, then it will come to no surprise to you that yes, the scent is not ideal. It's not that it smells terrible or close to even "vomit inducing" like I've read from other blogs, it's just scented like many cleaning products that you commonly associate with cleaning your bathroom with. I think it may be the association to this that makes a lot of people have negative thoughts about it. That being said, it's not so intolerable to me personally to dismiss the product entirely and throw it away. The scent doesn't last forever and by the time you layer on Luna or another skincare product, the scent is entirely gone. Speaking of application, it does brighten my skin similar to how essences also brighten my skin from the inside out. The directions say to use 2-3 pumps but that's just way too much product for me personally - instead I use one full pump. Warning though, unlike essences it will slightly sting any parts of your face that are currently breaking out or healing. If that's something you're concerned about, this product may not be for you. Definitely test out Good Genes on a smaller area of your face if you have highly sensitive skin. Although Sunday Riley suggests using Luna first then Good Genes, I prefer using Good Genes first and then Luna because I feel like Luna being an oil seals in everything better.





Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, 0.5oz (full size is 1oz)
Full Size Price: $105

Description
Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains high potency, purified grade lactic acid to instantly correct dullness, plump the look of lines, and exfoliate the skin. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation, imperfections, and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthy-looking complexion. Enhanced with licorice for brightening, it helps to clarify and correct the appearance of imperfections for immediate, smooth radiance. 

Ingredients
Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (and) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanecetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera zizanoides (Vetiver) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2).

Review
      Out of the two, if I had to only purchase one it would be Luna simply because it is a retinol treatment that doesn't make my skin peel immediately (like many other retinol treatments do). Some people don't like the smell of Luna and some people like it. I actually like it quite a bit! It smells mostly of earthy notes and being that it is an oil that you're supposed to use on your face at night, the scent is quite appropriate. I've been using three drops nightly. Although it is an oil, it is clearly and absolutely not a facial oil that functions as a moisturizer. I think there is a misconception about Luna that since it's an oil, it will hydrate like a facial oil. Luna is primarily a retinol treatment. I actually use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate on top of Luna as I found that by only using Luna, my skin wasn't being moisturized enough. It does soak in fast, and it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. Unlike Good Genes, Luna doesn't sting my face. 

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Concluding Remarks

      I've been using Good Genes and Luna for about three weeks nightly, and I can visibly observe that my skin is smoother and more radiant. Since using the two products together I have seen my acne scars fade at an amazing rate and that by itself has made the entire purchase worthwhile. At the third week mark however, I do see that my skin is getting to the point where I may have to start using one product or both products every other night as small dry patches have started to appear on my face. The upside however is that since using these products my skin has gotten less oily! (it's the small victories that count right?) If you've never tried Sunday Riley products before and are curious to see how they would fare on your skin, I highly recommend purchasing the Power Couple kit first. If however you have a bit more in your budget to spend, then I would try out Luna first.

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