I’ve gotten a few free products so far during my year of blogging, but nothing as extraordinary as the package sent to me by Sunday Riley. To be honest, I think I signed up to test the products after seeing a random Instagram story telling people to slide into their DMs, and so I did.
I had forgotten about the package, written it off as a fake lead on Instagram or one of the hundreds of giveaways I enter, and forget about it. The package was delivered after a couple really stressful, hard days so it was even sweeter to open.
First off, Sunday Riley just has great packaging. It’s simple and clean, but luxurious, and it really makes you feel like you’re taking care of yourself. When I opened the package I almost started crying, a box full of full sized products don’t just drop on your doorstep every day.
This PR package was to promote their first makeup item with the brand, The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation. Great name, figured it would be all over Instagram, ya know… “influencer,” but there really wasn’t much hype at all. Let’s start with their tried and true products.
Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment ————— $105, 1 oz.
First off we need to immediately acknowledge the beauty of this packaging. The frosted glass, the gold accents, the minimalist text, the PUMP?! Ugh, so gorgeous, and definitely one that I like to keep out on my bathroom counter to make anyone who comes over jealous. If you know skincare, you know this is an investment. This is essspensive at over $100 for an ounce, you better believe I’m using it as home decor as well.
This was the only product of the brand’s that I had ever tried and it started my love for chemical exfoliators. I used to have somewhat sensitive skin, and it stung in the past, but with the amount of AHAs I use now my skin drinks it up and I tend to use it as an overnight mask every time I use it now. The orange, citrus-y scent is delicious and makes you feel like clean and energized. It claims to fix dullness, uneven texture, and hyperpigmentation and I do think that my skin looks more even after using this regularly. I try to use this once a week, twice if I’m feeling extra dull.
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ————— $65, 1.7 oz.
My dog Moose decided he needed to be in these shots, how could I say no? To be completely honest, I didn’t even know this existed. I haven’t really heard anything about this moisturizer, but it’s quickly become a favorite of mine. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this because I think it’s on-par with Tatcha’s The Water Cream, with Sunday Riley’s being just a couple bucks cheaper.
The packaging again is great, and it’s super leak-proof. I brought this with me across the country, in the middle of summer, in a bag that ripped and hit the floor twice in the airport and it still held tight with no product loss. You can feel how sturdy it is just by twisting the cap. It’s said to deliver a wave of hydration and it truly does. This stuff is refreshing af. It sinks into your skin immediately and feels so fresh, morning or night. When I want a lightweight, non-sticky, gel moisturizer that dries down fast this is what I reach for. I sometimes will mix it with an spf if I’m not wearing makeup just because I love the hydration this gives and don’t want to leave it out of my routine most mornings.
The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation (shade 140) ————— $42, 1.08 oz.
Lastly, the influencer. I love me a tinted moisturizer, bb cream, cc cream, basically anything I can just slap on my face without a brush or beauty sponge. The Influencer foundation, with amazing packaging similar to it cosmetics cc cream, just didn’t work for me no matter what I tried and I’m still in denial. Oily/combo ladies and gents, you might have a problem with this one. I’ve heard some people with dry/normal skin love this, so it might work if you’re in those categories.
The formula is incredibly thin and lightweight, great for every day use if you don’t love to be caked up, but it was hard for me to get decent coverage. It claims it’s medium-to-full coverage with a satin-matte finish, and honestly I’d say you’re getting sheer-light, and a satin-velvet finish on your best day. This is definitely not a foundation I would consider matte, by any means.
My biggest problem was that the “long wear” foundation slides even if I layer on powder bronzer and set my entire face. If I touch my face at all I can feel like moving. It’s kind of impossible to build up the coverage on my skin type as well because it just ends up sliding even quicker. I had patches missing with two hours of wearing the foundation and all I was doing was walking around the house. I tried everything I could: silicone-based primer to fill my pores and lines so you didn’t see it falling into my skin, oil-free primer to not clash with the silky formula of the foundation, even tried my stickiest gel moisturizer to keep it in place, and I could not get it to work. I could not get it to stick. I’d like to give it another try on cooler days or days when I know I’m not going to sweat at all, and possibly mix with an ultra-matte foundation.
I hope this helped if you’re interested in any of these products, and I want to thank Sunday Riley for sending over the beautiful package. Sephora is having their 20% sale, so maybe snag some of these while you can since they’re so expensive. I’d also like to give a quick disclaimer – I’m not bashing any of the products, some just don’t work for me, but could definitely work for someone with a different skin type and preference. Bottom line is I have a love affair with this brand and I need to try everything else they’ve got. Sunday Riley, you in?