Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping oil is one of the biggest products I’ve seen around blogs and youtube lately. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this product, but for those that the oil worked for, the results were amazing. I knew I had to give it a try for myself to see if the oil was too good to be true.
What is it?
The major highlight of this product is the fact it’s a retinol product. Luna has a trans-retinol ester (which is supposedly something that gives you all of the good benefits of retinol without the side effects like peeling skin) that helps fight off aging, wrinkles, clogged pores, and all that other good stuff that retinol does. In addition to that, it contains blue tansy and a bunch of different oils in it. I would go on, but you can check out Caroline Hirons’ post about this product to get way in depth ingredient details that cover both the good and less than ideal. For one, you’ll notice in that list that there is actually dye in the product. They want you to think the blue color comes from the blue tansy. Not true..
How to use:
After cleansing and toning, apply a few drops all over the face and massage in until blue color disappears. Wait 5-10 minutes before adding any other product to your face. For me this isn’t too much trouble, as I simply wash my face first, apply Luna, and then go about the rest of my evening routine (brush teeth, remove contacts, set up oil diffuser, etc) and then go back to finish my skincare. It’s less of an inconvenience than you might think.
I will always give you guys my honest to goodness opinion of what I review. That being said, this product isn’t bad, but it’s definitely not a miracle either. I found that the first 2 or 3 days I woke up with my skin looking great, but as time progressed my skin started to break out, get super dry and flaky, and simply wasn’t looking as stellar as I was hoping for the price. It turns out that I prefer the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum better than the Luna oil, which is fine with me because it’s less expensive. However, I did love the results of the first few days of use, so I’m going to play a switch it up game with my night time oils. I’m thinking of alternating between the Kiehl’s oil and putting Luna on 3 days a week. This might help me strike the balance I would like for my night time oils. I’ll let you know if it’s successful.
The price tag for Luna is pretty hefty at $105 for one ounce, which is crazy. Luckily, Sephora released a Sunday Riley Set that contained 0.5 oz of Luna as well as 0.5 oz of Good Genes (another product I had been wanting to try) for only $78, when it’s worth the $105 of the full size products. I jumped on that so i could try both products without such a commitment, and I’m glad I did because I’m not entirely sure I would buy the full size product when I can get a 1 oz bottle of the Kiehl’s Oil for only $46. Luna is not worth the price, in my opinion.
What is your experience with sleeping oils? Do you have any favorites?