Due to the age of this post, some of the information may be outdated. Artemis is no longer being sold by Sunday Riley and has since been 'replaced' by U.F.O.
One face. Four oils. Which one(s) would suit you best? It's no secret that Sunday Riley's oils are iconic in the beauty community. Juno has been countlessly gushed over by the likes of Vogue and Allure. It's a backstage staple. In nearly every magazine, you'll have seen Luna featured as a "must have" product from editors, experts, and industry insiders. But is this hype just that - hype? Or are these oils worth spending your hard earned dollars on? Let's face it, these guys aren't cheap. But, can we talk about the names of these oils? Ancient goddesses known for their beauty and power - I'm very here for that.
This post coordinates with a video I did on YouTube and is meant to supplement the information presented in the video!
The oils are undoubtedly beautiful. They aren't ones that are commonly used. Here's the kicker, though: With all the plant oils, you're getting cold-pressed seed oils. This translates to high nutrient content without thickness or a comedogenic quality. Cold pressing the seeds allows the omega, lipid, fatty acid, antioxidant, and vitamin content to stay at maximum potency. A month ago, each bottle of oil was a seed. All of Sunday Riley's oils are fragrance, cruelty, and paraben free - not that I feel parabens are bad 😉 Let's begin the breakdown, shall we?
ARTEMIS A complexion balancing oil that's great for congested, blemished, or lackluster skin. Most beneficial for combination or oily skin types, the lemon ironbark and lemon myrtle are sebum balancing and help improve clogging / congestion. My skin is quite dry, but I like using this if I want a more velvet finish to my skin. It leaves enough smoothness behind so the skin feels cared for, but not so much that it would make you feel like your skin was drenched in oil. I've seen it truly calm down natural sebum production almost immediately on clients before, so I'm a big believer in what it can do. I really like pressing this on top of matte foundations to bring some life and dimension back into the skin without the use of shimmer.
ARTEMIS Essential Oil Blend [Eucalyptus Staigeriana (Ethically Farmed Lemon Ironbark) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Organic Lemon Myrtle) Oil, Citrus Paradisii (Organic Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil], Nigella Sativa (Organic Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Silybum Marianum (Organic Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil
Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Facial Oil $75 for 1 fl oz, or 30 mL No longer available.
JUNO Free of essential oils, this oil is good for all skin types. I like to think of it as a "juice cleanse" for the skin. There's no thickeners, preservatives, fillers, or additives in here - just straight up seed oils. And it smells like it. I like to use this when my skin is irritated or feels compromised. The natural lipid and fat content of the seed oils helps to strengthen the skin, calm it down, and get it back to a healthy state. It's highly rich in antioxidants so it makes a great addition to any sun protection you're using. Leaves behind a satin finish that's not goopy or dense, but it certainly feels conditioning and effectively hydrating. This is a great oil to get if you want a good basic (but not basic) product that is great for most skin types and can be used twice a day. Think about this: Juno contains Wild Carrot seed oil. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A. What is Vitamin A? Retinol. Not to say that Juno contains any retinol, but a natural source Vitamin A on the skin certainly won't make your wrinkles any worse if you know what I mean.
Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Cold Pressed Blueberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Cold Pressed Chardonnay Grape Seed Oil) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cold Pressed Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Cold Pressed Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Cold Pressed Wild Carrot) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Cold Pressed Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italic (Cold Pressed Broccoli) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil.
FLORA Flora is great for dry, dehydrated, mature, or seasonally dry skin. A delicious blend of roses and nourishing seed oils. The variety of roses each provide either an anti-wrinkle, firming, brightening, and/or conditioning benefit while the plant oils serve to further strengthen the skin and soothe it immensely. It's not a thick oil, but it leaves a bit more slip behind on the skin than the other two non-treatment oils. Smells like earthy roses and is really nice when used as an overnight deep hydration oil. For whatever reason, it also works beautifully as a makeup primer. If your skin is combination, this might be a nice overnight oil to use on areas where your skin feels a bit more dry. Consider pressing Artemis in your T-Zone and you've got a balanced complexion the next morning.
Rosa Centifolia (French Rose De Mai) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose Otto) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Turkish Rose Otto) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Wildcrafted Palma Rosa) Oil], Persea Americana (Organic Avocado) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Organic Wild Carrot) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Organic Chia) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Organic Tomato) Seed Oil, Rosa Mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) Seed Oil.
LUNA Try not to think of this as an oil with retinol in it - think of this as a retinol product housed in an oil. Retinol is unstable and begins to breakdown with the presence of oxygen. Because water contains oxygen (H2O), any serum that's water based immediately begins the disintegration of the retinol. Oils don't contain oxygen and are rich in antioxidants, so Luna works out to be a pretty potent and effective retinol product to deliver the retinol deep into the skin while simultaneously soothing it. Suitable for all skin types and all skin concerns, there's a part of Luna that is beneficial for nearly every skin woe you're going through. Retinol helps to reduce acne, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of firmness. Blue tansy is what gives Luna its signature blue tint and is great at providing anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. Plant oils are conditioning and full of lipids on their own and work to strengthen the skin. Blend all these together and I like to refer to this as "and anti-inflammatory retinol product" - which is so counterintuitive to what you'd normally think . Apply Luna to completely clean skin - the oil needs to penetrate the skin without anything else in the way. Since it's a treatment product, there's no need to apply a separate serum underneath. You'll want to apply a layer of oil or moisturizer on top of Luna five to ten minutes after application for hydration because Luna isn't moisturizing enough on its own - and it's not designed to be. If you only applied serum, your skin wouldn't be so happy the next day!
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil $105 for 1.18 fl oz., or 35 mL Available exclusively at Sephora
How to use them:
Apply a few drops to the palm and then press them into the skin. You may go in with a bit more product if any area of the skin is drier than the rest, but pressing a few drops evenly into the skin ensures minimal product use with maximum impact.
These can be used as a treatment and moisturizing product in one (except Luna), or pressed on top of a serum as a moisturizer.
If your skin is quite dry or you just enjoy layering, apply a bit of the oil on top of your moisturizer... or underneath your moisturizer if that's your preference!
I do not personally recommend using Good Genes and Luna at the same time.