Sunday Riley Luna is an oil designed to be used only in the evening. I got a sample, but over fifty percent of it spilled due to Sephora’s new sample container design so be careful. Here is the marketing blurb about the product:
What it is:
A next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin, and help fight wrinkles.
What it is formulated to do:
With an advance retinol complex, Luna helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. Use this oil before bed to notice firmer, clearer skin by morning. Trans-retinol ester fights the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity while an essential oil complex calms and soothes skin. Cold pressed avocado, chia, and Concord grape seed oils sink into skin for quick absorption of actives while boosting radiance.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is made with organic, cold pressed oils. Advanced trans-retinoic acid ester is mixed with potent botanicals for the ultimate transformational, sleeping night oil.
What CGR Says
Sunday Riley Luna is a nice nighttime oil with a few caveats. People like to talk about how unique this oil is but in fact it’s very similar to the Sonia Kashuk oil in terms of the retinol in oil concept. The SK oil has a better variety of oils in it in my opinion and it’s a fraction of the price. I do think that Luna is better for those seeking the retinol aspect.
Sunday Riley Luna is a bright blue-green oil that smells like heaven. Mind you this isn’t the ingredients making the full color, it’s helped out with dyes which for some reason makes me a bit upset. While it’s pretty to look at, dyes aren’t something I want in a “natural” or “luxury” product. The scent is like drinking chamomile tea with honey in a spring alpine meadow without the sneezing or need for a jacket. It’s amazing. Unfortunately, my pets also think it is amazing and they will sit and sniff or lick my face for a good ten minutes post-application if I don’t shoo them away. Some people don’t like the smell, but I love it. This oil is made for night use and I personally find it’s a stand alone product.
Luna likes to be your one and only. I found when I used it on top of my Fresh Black Tea Toner, it would not absorb. I tried using it with Sunday Riley Good Genes and it either wouldn’t absorb when on top or with the GG on top, it would just roll off the skin. I tried topping it with every cream in my arsenal and they all didn’t play well. Thermal water was alright after it dried completely, but anything else seems to mess with its groove.
The good news is you don’t really need anything else! This stuff is super moisturizing and gentle. I didn’t see any powerhouse results in the few days I used it but in conjunction with the other products mentioned here, my skin looked great. My skin will be happier with Luna in the winter. It’s so very moisturizing that it’s almost too much for the summer. Some people mention this stuff is life changing with results on the first day, but my skin was in a good spot when I started using it and it did nothing but keep the trend going. I’d have to use it longer term than a week to speak of its line reducing powers. My lines are pretty much toast these days with the exception of the faint expression line on my forehead. I do feel the retinol might be a bit more potent than my SK oil just based on the type that it is.
If you are younger with oily to slightly dry skin, I’d say go for the SK oil and save your money. If you are exceptionally dry, sensitive or are in the “mature” skin category, I’d go with Luna. Bottom line, it’s a great oil, but I don’t like the dye and I think it’s slightly overpriced which leads me to give it a B+. With the SK oil being hard to find, I might not be able to keep using it and in that case, my wallet will be thinner because this is really the best alternative.
Have you tried Sunday Riley Luna? Did you like it? Let us know!