Happy Thursday everyone!
I’m excited for today’s post as about a little over a month ago I received confirmation that I was part of the SEPHORA Beauty Enthusiast community. They sent me a deluxe sample of Sunday Riley’s Luna Night Sleeping Oil and while I had tried a small sample of this before, I gave another test run. Let’s take a look at what this highly talked about oil is all about.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Described as, “a next-generation retinoid oil that improves skin plumpness and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly clearer, younger-looking skin.” It’s supposed to help reduce pore size, improve the appearance of damaged skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and moisturize and calm the skin.
Retinol as an ester
Antioxidant oils such as cold pressed chia oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil
Improves skin texture
Provides excellent hydration
Includes chamomile which helps soothe irritation
Can be mixed in with your moisturizer for added benefits
Essential oils might be irritating for some people
May be too moisturizing for acne skin types
A bit pricey
Inclusion of dyes (albeit small)
Overall: The first thing I noticed is that even before I opened the box, I could smell the product. The scent is laced with chamomile that while it smells nice , it’s fairly strong. Once this is applied though, the scent quickly dissipates. The star ingredient is hydroxypinacolone retinoate, a trans-retinoic acid ester. According to, The Skin Care Ingredient Handbook, hydroxypinacolone retinoate is a mild retinoic ester that decreases effect of sunlight-induced aging and can improve the appearance of acne-prone skin. An ester is a compound formed by a reaction between an acid and an alcohol, significantly reducing the risk of irritation; it’s perfect for people that have experienced irritation with retinol. As I’ve stated before, my forehead has textural issues and I noticed it was smoother after using this for a few days. This inclusion of the above mentioned oils and chamomile left my skin feeling very nice and hydrated but unfortunately because I have combination skin, it made me breakout on my jawline. I would recommend this oil if you have normal to dry skin but if you have acne prone skin or are have sensitive skin, I would tread with caution. I found that I had better luck with Sunday Riley’s Good Genes.
What are your thoughts on Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil?