Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is one of those products that is so popular on the internet I was just biding my time until I could get my hands on a generously sized sample (thank you Sephora deluxe sample coupon codes). I was so excited to try it. But I also put it off for a long time since I was afraid I would fall in love and never want to be without it again. Basically, I didn’t want to end up addicted to a $100+ product. Turns out I had nothing to be afraid of since that didn’t happen anyway.
This base of this sleeping oil from Sunday Riley contains a really nice mix of non-fragrant plant oils that help to nourish and hydrate skin (avocado, grape seed, blackberry, and chia oil). This blend makes for an oil that is very hydrating but also light and soaks in fairly quickly. It also contains essential oils of chamomile and blue tansy. These essential oils can help to calm skin, reduce redness, and prevent irritation. It also contains the proprietary form of retinol (hydroxypinacolone retinoate) that is apparently less irritating than traditional retinol. If that was the end of the ingredients list this product would be amazing.
However, it also contains fragrant essential oils of neroli, blood orange, ylang ylang, and vetiver. These could cause irritation or allergic reactions for those with sensitive skin. Additionally, the green and violet dye isn’t doing anyone any favours. I had hoped that the blood orange oil would be present in small enough quantities that I could get away with using this. But alas, no such luck on my part.
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).
I have been using this for the past couple of weeks, doing two nights on, one night off. At first it was making all my dreams come true. Redness was noticeably reduced within 5 minutes of application. Then the following morning, my skin would literally look like porcelain. Beautiful pale, poreless, wonderfulness. It was amazing and I loved it. But then I started to get small red dots on my cheeks a week and a half later. The telltale signs of allergic reaction on my skin.
If Sunday Riley would make a version of this without the fragrant plant oils and dyes, I would totally pay the money for this since it is really effective. I obviously can’t speak about the long term effectiveness of the retinol ester since I had to stop using it due to allergic reaction. But in the short term, this oil is magical. I wish more skincare brands would try to make a retinol face oil. I would totally pay for that. I would pay a lot. But for the love of all that is good, don’t fill it with fragrance and dye. They are unnecessary ingredients that serve no purpose except to cause allergic reactions in unfortunate people like myself.
I highly recommend this product if you aren’t sensitive to any essential oils. Yes, it’s expensive, but it can replace most, if not all, of your evening skincare products. And you only need a few drops a day. Also, don’t worry about the blue colour. Even with the green and violet dyes, it doesn’t look blue on your face. If it does look blue, you’re using too much.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is $105USD for 1oz at Sephora.