Wednesday Wishlist: Sunday Riley

It’s been a while time since I’ve done a Wednesday Wishlist, so today I thought I’d talk a little bit about a skincare and beauty line that piqued my interest recently called Sunday Riley. I think I first read about this brand as I was flipping through a magazine or something, and the more I researched about it, the more it intrigued me.

The brand is named after its founder, a 36-year-old Texan woman with a passion for botanical-based beauty products and a degree in chemistry to prove it. Sunday is committed to preserving and sharing the beauty secrets extracted from Native American botanicals that her grandmother shared with her since she was a child. She’s so committed to her craft that all her product formulas are initially researched and hand-written by herself! Talk about taking charge like a boss.


The most interesting aspect of her business (to me, anyway) is her attempt at producing products sourced from high-quality natural ingredients through a “clean technology” laboratory synthesis she described as “sustainable chemistry.” I’m pretty interested in the parameters that qualify the synthesis, so I’ll have to read up more on that to understand it better. Some of the Native American oils and extracts she uses in products include the blue agave (anti-inflammatory), prickly pear (tissue regeneration, antioxidant), and night blooming cactus (“provide resistance to premature aging“).

Since the brand’s launch in 2009, it has become a quiet hit among celebrities — and maybe because they’re the only one who can afford it! At the time of writing, the best-selling product on Sunday Riley’s Sephora page is the Juno Transformative Lipid Serum, which retails at USD 125 for a 1.7 oz bottle. It contains silk amino acids which claim to restore the elasticity and tone of skin while protecting from future damage. True to its credo to stay as close to nature as possible, it has been formulated without fragrances, petrochemicals, and GMOs.

In addition to a bona fide-looking skincare line, they also have a pretty fun-looking but basic makeup line. I’m interested to see how the Blush (USD 30) and Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder (USD 45) perform against other brands. Several reviewers have praised the loose powder for its oil-absorbing properties, which (if true), would do my normal-to-oily skin a lot of good.


But the one makeup item from them I’m most interested in is the Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer (USD 48), which users have lauded for its lightweight properties and the way it evens out skintone. I like how it won fans for being breathable and everything, but it does have me wondering: wouldn’t using a tinted primer mean you have to change your foundation so the pigments won’t clash on your skin? I’ve only ever used colorless primers, so I imagine you would have to use a different shade of foundation to make up for the tint already offered in the primer.

Sunday Riley products are available online. I like being cautious about buying makeup online, especially if it’s a brand I’ve never used before, so it looks like I might have to wait a while before getting Wednesday Wishlist granted.