Sunday Riley Luna: Review

The brand:

‘Natural’, been around for a while. I’m doing this review of Luna with a focus on acne skin types, because I know it’s been reviewed to death.

The product:

Vitamin A (retinol) treatment oil.

Who can use it:

Best for maturer skins, but with so many of these oils, I think it would work well on anyone.

Cruelty Free Status/ Vegan?:

Fully CF, and vegan.


Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (and) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctualatus (Cape Chamomile) oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera zizanoides (Vetiver) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2)

Not in the ingredients:

mineral oil

Problematic ingredients?:

This is full of essential oils, so avoid if you don’t like those. Also, if you don’t wear SPF then you shouldn’t use retinol.


Dropper. Not ideal for travel, but most oils come in these bottles. Never leaked on me.

How to use:

In the evening after toning. Follow with moisturiser if needed. I would just leave this on last because it gives great hydration and no grease – which is sometimes just what you need. Definitely use SPF in the morning.

How much:

£85 for 35ml

The Good:

This very quickly improves the appearance of my skin. It’s not going to clear acne, but certainly its a slow release oil that gradually evens the surface of the skin. If you have wrinkles you will likely see these improved. In terms of its action purely as an oil, it sinks in beautifully and is my go to oil for making my face looks immediately alive. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I love a greasier oil, but this is just great for that ‘my no makeup face looks incred’. It’s a gentle, low % retinol, so perfect for beginners.

If you are acneic, this is not the retinol to reduce your acne. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it won’t make it worse and it will speed up the healing of scarring, but this is not that kind of retinol. This is a lovely oil for overall skin improvement, with the active ingredient of retinol to boost cell turnover and renewal. It’s a great starter retinol, and it’s perfect for more mature skin who want more ‘perfect’ skin.

The Bad:

Even though it does contain blue tansy (a lovely anti-inflammatory ingredient) there is some synthetic dye in here, to exaggerate the presense of the blue tansy. This means you’ll really have to rub it in to get rid of the blue tinge on your face. And, I still think it’s too expensive for what it is. But hey, I would use it again.


Yes, if you can afford it, and are looking for plumper skin. And like a luxury Sunday Riley bottle.


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