In the June 2019 Ipsy Glam Bag plus subscription box, I received a full sized jar of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream. While I gave my first impressions when I did my review of the subscription box after opening it and trying the product for the first time (smells like a yummy creamsicle and felt good against the skin, comes in a pretty glass jar), one or even two applications of a skin care product rarely gives you any real information about it. Because of this I used this product as my sole moisturizer for two weeks to gauge its effects.
The product description said it could be used both in the morning and in the evening and this is what I did for the two week test. I did use less in the morning than I did at night. Partially because I naturally use less moisturizer in the morning and because I am used to using a sleeping mask a couple of times during the week. These two weeks I left off the sleeping mask. Also I have combination skin and with my increased exercise level and subsequent sweat, anything that clogs the pores tends to leave me with break outs.
One final bit of information, I am currently living in Tennessee. I know that is a somewhat strange thing to add for a skin care review, but I have moved around a lot in my life. I have found that what works on my skin in New York did not work on my skin in Texas and that my Wyoming skin care regime was different enough from the one I followed in Louisiana that It could have been for an entirely different person. So me and my skin are currently slogging through Summertime in Tennessee which is not only hot but with the frequent rains and subsequent evaporation, the air is thick enough that a deep breath with a wide open mouth should actually count as drinking a full glass of water.
So to the pictures.
One (labeled Before) was taken before I used this particular product. The one (labeled Two Weeks Later) was taken of me after using the Sunday Riley Moisturizer for two weeks. I am freshly scrubbed in both photos and the only thing I did to my face was to pat it dry with a towel to remove the excess water from washing. The photos were both taken in the same place (and clearly with the same smirk, sorry about that, I just can’t help myself, when facing a camera I either looks smirky or like I’m plotting evil, sometimes both oddly enough).
Okay, now with the sans makeup photos before you, we will start with the list of claims this product makes. From the product description on the Dermastore Website:
- Helps to calm the look of surface redness
- Provides natural beta hydroxy acid (BHA) for deeper pore cleansing
- Pollution protection
- Moisturizers: Face Moisturizer
- Ideal for these Concerns: Aging Skin, Free Radical Damage, Dryness and Dehydration, Redness, Hyperpigmentation, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Crepey Skin
- Ideal for these Skin Types: Oily Skin, Dry Skin, Combination Skin,Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin, Mature Skin
- Preferences: Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Gluten-Free, Fragrance-Free,Clean
Now some of those claims I have no way of actually evaluating or mean little to nothing to me. I do not know if it fights pollution or how one even tests for that. And to be honest I find the fact that someone puts gluten free on a topical cream a little on the ridiculous side. Unless the cream is being eaten by the spoonful or pressed into open cuts, I don’t think gluten can be absorbed topically, although I could be wrong. I’m going off the info from the National Celiac Association’s Ask the Dietitian section of the website for this one (https://nationalceliac.org/celiac-disease-questions/using-gluten-free-skin-body-products-someone-celiac-disease/).
I would also think that if you are eating your moisturizer and/or slathering it on cuts, you might have other issues. But if this is an issue for you (the gluten, not the eating of moisturizer) then apparently the cream is gluten free, so bonus.
I can tell you that what I look for in a moisturizer is that it is not overly greasy, absorbs quickly into the skin so I can get on with my morning routine at a regular pace, doesn’t break me out and keeps my skin from drying out. If it does some good on the emerging crow’s feet I see fanning out from my eyes, then even better.
I have to say, on all of the items on my above list, it performed well. In addition, my skin feels soft and smooth and even though it might be wishful thinking, I think it is a little brighter.
So now for the big bugaboo I didn’t mention: Price.
The retail price for a jar of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream is $65. So it is a bit on the pricey side, but not as bad as some of the creams I’ve seen out there. I did notice that after two weeks, there was still a substantial amount of cream left in the jar. So I did some math. Don’t worry, this will be quick and relatively painless math. I promise, there will be no quiz.
So when I got the jar, I weighed it before using any of the product. The jar with contents weighed in at exactly 8 ounces. There are 1.7 ounces of product in the jar. (I did not scoop it out and weigh the cream separately, so I’ll just have to trust the company for that number. ) So the jar weighs 6.3 ounces. Now as I use the product, the weight of the jar itself stays the same. Makes sense so far right?
This morning as my two weeks came to a close, I weighed the jar again. This time it weighed 7.3 ounces. So 7.3 minus the weight of the jar (6.3) leaves exactly one ounce of cream left. So in two weeks I used 0.7 oz of product from the 1.7 listed volume, or 0.35 ounces per week. 0.35 goes into 1.7 a little more than 4.8 times, so used at this rate, the product will last for just under five weeks. Since in my normal routine I replace my night time moisturizer with a sleeping mask 1-2 times a week I am going to round up and say this will last about five weeks.
Okay deep breath, the math is done.
The final cost is $65 for five weeks’ worth of product. (or $13 per week)
So is this worth the price? Well, it isn’t a miracle time eraser, but that is really too much to ask from any face cream. (Admittedly, I have my fingers crossed that one day one daaaay…I will find such a magic unguent). It is a good product though and on my personal rating scale I would rate it a nine. It worked well with my skin in the environment where I am currently living, it performed more or less as expected and didn’t cause problems. I have a few darker spots on my skin near the hairline I was hoping it would fade more, but otherwise I can’t fault this product. I will use it until the product is gone. As for purchasing it again, I have to say it is going on my list of possible purchases for when I run out.