Sunday Riley Good Genes
3.0Overall Score

After much deliberation I picked up Sunday Riley’s Luna retinol oil. I’ve never regretted it. It’s the most expensive skincare product I’ve purchased and despite looking longingly at all the reviews of their other cult products, I pushed them from my mind. That was until I got given the Sunday Riley Good Genes serum from a friend with sensitive skin it didn’t agree with.

There’s a lot of hype around these products but I rate them both. I thought I would follow up my Luna review with my thoughts on Sunday Riley Good Genes.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Claims

This treatment is designed to exfoliate the skin, getting rid of dull skin and making it look younger through clarifying and brightening. Long term It claims to improve mild to moderate hyper pigmentation. Short term it plumps skin, reducing the harshness of wrinkles and fine lines.

I’m probably not the target market for this product. I have some very slight fine lines on my forehead and in the corner of my eyes. However on the whole I use this product preventatively and for it’s redness reducing qualities.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

This treatment can be used either before moisturising or as a mask. As with Luna it’s a potent product so I prefer to use it carefully as part of my AM skincare routine.

I have noticed a few negative points with this product. For one, there’s a strong medicinal scent which takes some getting used to. Also I have found it can make my skin oily if too much is used.

Now I have the hang of how to use it, I am finding it’s reducing the redness on my cheeks. Skin appears brighter and plumped after using, which makes this perfect for using in the morning.

As Sunday Riley Good Genes does make my skin slightly oilier, I find makeup doesn’t apply as well over it. If I’m in a rush in the morning I avoid using this treatment. Although as it’s an exfoliating product I only use it a few times a week anyway.

Would I repurchase?

All the Sunday Riley products come with a hefty price tag. As my skin currently isn’t reaping the full benefits of this product it’s not one I will be repurchasing. It’s another great product from the brand though and one I’ll be reaching for in future.

In conclusion I love the reduction in redness I’ve achieved through using this product. If it were a more affordable product I would keep it in my arsenal permanently.

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  • It sounds amazing claims wise but the price is insane xx

    • Amy

      They are super expensive. I love Luna though and would repurchase, but besides retinoids which are all extortionate I wouldn’t splash out so much.

  • Sounds like it’s been mostly good for you. I would love to try it. Gemma x
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    • Amy

      It’s worth trying for sure!

  • I totally agree with you, the price is just to much. Xx

    • Amy

      Their range is really expensive, but effective x

  • This is a brilliantly honest review, thank you so much, the price tag is just too much for me, I have been using some really affordable but really amazing products recently for a tiny percentage of the price xxx

    • Amy

      Those sound fab! x

  • I do love my Good Genes and have been using it for 6years +! My skin seems to love it better than yours which is why I can justify the price – I don’t use it every day, maybe once a week for a boost. I try and use one bottle a year so not tooooooo bad!! xx

    • Amy

      That’s my logic with Luna, as it worked really well but lasts SO long. It’s not so bad when you look at it that way x

  • leah rachel

    This does sound really good but based off the fact you said it causes oil skin I don’t think i get this myself. Ir does sound like a lovely product though!

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    • Amy

      It did for me at least, but I think to be honest you’re too young to see any real benefits for now! Enjoy your lovely skin and spend the money on more awesome outfits 🙂

  • I would love to try this, but expensive! X

    • Amy

      Yeah I don’t think I would have jumped in and purchased x

  • I wish the Sunday Riley range wasn’t so expensive. It’s a shame this makes your skin a little more oily than usual, otherwise it sounds like a great product.

    • Amy

      It is a shame!

  • Makeup Musings

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this xx

    • Amy

      I think it’s a much loved one 🙂

  • Ela

    My favorite Youtuber Stephanie Nicole keeps talking about these Sunday Riley products, and I have never wanted a skincare product more in my life. Sadly, these are not available where I live. I’m still on the hunt for a great, affordable retinol.
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    • Amy

      I love Stephanie Nicole but haven’t seen her SR videos! Ah that’s a shame, I hope you find one you love!

  • I would love to try Sunday Riley but it’s the price tag that puts me off, because I’d be worried it wouldn’t perform for me!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    • Amy

      They are at the pricier end of things!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I love the sound of this especially the redness part but a product has to wow me if I am to splash out x

    • Amy

      Yeah same here x

  • Georgia Hathaway

    This sounds great, I love the sound of the brightening effect!

    Georgia x
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    • Amy

      Can’t beat bright skin!

  • I always hear great things about Sunday Riley products. I just wish I could afford them! I just worry that I will like an expensive skincare product too much and then have to keep buying it haha x

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    • Amy

      Ha, I kind of wish I hadn’t enjoyed Luna as much for that reason!

  • Karen Williams

    I would love to try this brand. Shame about the scent.

    Karen x
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    • Amy

      They are great! It was a bit of a strange one.

  • Makeup Musings

    I have heard such good things about this!

    • Amy

      It’s a cult product for sure <3

  • Amy

    I love the products I’ve tried x