I purchased the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil this spring after perusing the Sunday Riley skincare section of Sephora and seeing that it contained retinol and other ingredients to repair damaged skin and help fight wrinkles. I went home and read a multitude of mixed-reviews on the product, but finally decided that it was worth a try and shelled out the $105.00. (I’m still choking over that price).
I have sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts when I use products with harsh ingredients, along with fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Given my skin woes, I figured I would be a great candidate to test this out.
Just around the time I purchased it, it seemed to become all the rage around the YouTube community, which made me a little nervous to be honest. When a product is alllll over the place, I tend to not really trust the reviews. That’s just my personal opinion, of course, and sometimes these hyped-up products do end up being quite amazing. But in general, I get a little wary. And some of the reviews I watched or read stated that Luna Sleeping Night Oil made a huge difference overnight. That’s a pretty hefty claim, and if it were true I knew I would be hooked! So that made me want to try this even more, and share my honest opinion with you.
So… let’s discuss. Is Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil worth the hype?
Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains a blend of organic, cold-pressed oils, botanicals, and retinoids and claims to reduce pore size, calm inflammation, improve the appearance of sun and environmental damage, fight wrinkles, hydrate and reduce redness. It is packaged in a sturdy plastic bottle with a dropper for ease of use, and the product itself comes the form of a dark bluish-green oil.
First, the dark color of the oil does not transfer to the skin. It disappears once applied. So that is nothing to freak out about (although it made me hesitant at first, myself).
I used this product every night over a span of two months, but for the first week I began with every other night just to get my sensitive skin used to the retinoids. If you’ve tried Retin-A in the past, you will know that it can cause redness and irritation if the skin isn’t given a chance to first adjust to the product – this is similar.
Each night, I applied 4-5 drops onto my skin after cleansing. I really wanted to see the effects, so other than an eye cream, I didn’t use a serum or any other treatments with the Luna Sleeping Night Oil.
As I mentioned above, some reviewers said that they noticed a difference overnight. The only difference I noticed the first morning after using this product was that my skin was definitely more radiant and glowing. But my breakouts hadn’t healed, I still had an uneven skin tone and texture, and really, the majority of my skin problems were still there. This was no overnight miracle worker, albeit I did have a very nice, healthy glow after use.
Usually retinoids take about two weeks to really start working, so I kept using this nightly to see if I would see a difference. After two months, my skin did appear a bit more plumped and firm-looking, but I was still breaking out and didn’t feel like the product was calming or soothing my skin. It wasn’t irritating my skin, but I wasn’t seeing amazing results either.
As an anti-aging oil, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is pretty good. But it didn’t clear up or soothe my breakouts or inflammation, so I just can’t justify the $105.00 price tag. I’d rather just use Retin-A. So, I’ll be giving this to my mom, who I think will really like it. However, there is another Sunday Riley product I’ve been using for a while now that IS worth shelling out for! Stay tuned for a review on that one, coming soon!
Have you tried Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil? What are your thoughts? Comment down below and let us know!