This is one of the most exciting launches in recent memory. It has a lot going for it and it's not afraid to tell you, and I love that. Here's the thing: everything you need to know about this product is written in its name. Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. Clever, right? Here's an "official" booklet that explains the key ingredients:

It's interesting to note that one of the forms of hyaluronic is actually the same molecule that Juvederm uses. While it's not the same as an injectable (obviously), but you will still get the topical plumping effect. The other form of hyaluronic is a sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, which will secure the hyaluronic in the skin and prolong the effects. Tamarind extract is naturally super rich in hyaluronic, so it supports what the salt forms of hyaluronic are doing. Beyond that, most of the plant extracts that are used have a water-binding quality.

This is designed to be a product that does multiple things at once - which most Sunday Riley products tend to do... As I'm sure most of you can attest to. Aimed at fixing dehydration, discoloration, and rough texture, Tidal is a non-sticky gel cream formula that sinks in quickly and leaves a smooth and plump texture behind. Side note: I (used to) work for Sunday Riley. I've been responsible for training a good portion of the Manhattan Sephora cast members (sales associates / artists / etc.) about this product. I've had multiple weeks to play with it, learn more about it, and see how it works for different people with different skin types and lifestyles.

As someone with chronically dehydrated and dry skin, I can attest to the hydration factor of this product. Even on its own, it provides a nice amount of moisture to my skin - and does so quickly. However, I think if your skin tends to be extremely dehydrated, I'd throw a hydrating serum underneath it for good measure. That's what I usually do.

For someone with more combination to oily skin, you might find that this is enough. It's not creamy in texture, so you certainly won't feel like you're applying something that's too heavy, either. You feel a bit of moisture and plumpness left on the skin in the morning, but you certainly don't wake up with a greasy film.

The formula is (pure) silicone and oil free and I really appreciate that. Most gel creams are loaded with silicones and film formers that make the skin feel a bit tight and tacky - and makeup doesn't glide over that as easily as it should. There is lauryl dimethicone, but it's an emulsifier and it's not necessarily the same as pure dimethicone. There are two forms of hyaluronic acid, papaya enzymes, tamarind, alpha-arbutin, and bird of paradise - at least those are the ingredients advertised on the forefront.

However, I did a bit of research. It turns out that many of the plant extracts in Tidal come from India, where they have been used for centuries as skincare treatment. Holy Basil - Super anti-inflammatory and has been used to treat eczema and skin irritation Coccidia Indica - Also known as ivy gourd or baby watermelon is classified by EWG as a skin conditioner Neem - Frequently used to treat acne and psoriasis because it reduces the skin's inflammation and bad-bacteria content. Eggplant - Has shown that it can brighten the skin and fade discoloration

Don't analyze Tidal purely at face value! Aside from the interesting blend of ingredients, Tidal works in multiple different ways depending on what you pair it with. In practice, here's my favorite ways to apply it:

AM Artemis (or whatever oil you love), then Tidal smoothed on top. This will create the feeling of smooth and plump silkiness on the skin, and foundation practically floats over the skin afterward. The water content of Tidal will help to push the Artemis in, so you can have a lighter base for your makeup to sit on top of.

PM Tidal, then a bit of Juno or Flora (or whatever oil you love) on top. I do this because the oil will seal in the hydration factors of Tidal, and you can have a nice nourishing element to finish off your face before it hits the pillow. Even though suggests layering this over Luna, I wouldn't. Why? The whole point of Luna is that it's water-free to keep the retinol stable. If you throw on a moisturizer which is purposely water-binding, it negates the purpose. I'm sure it would't do any harm to your skin, but conceptually, it's counter-intuitive. If you apply this over Good Genes, your skin will be as plump and bright as humanly possible, and it will stay that way throughout the day.

If you have Kate Somerville Nourish, Belif Aqua Bomb, Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, AmorePacific Moisture Bound Gel, or Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme, use Tidal in a similar context and you'll love it.

Something to point out about this product in comparison to those other products I mentioned is that Tidal is designed to be multi-effect. Most other gel-cream formulas are designed for hydration and hydration alone. While that's great, some people might prefer to have a formula that chess multiple boxes.

I've heard that a few people found the scent to be utterly disgusting, and I'm not sure they're smelling the same product I am. Sure, with Artemis or Juno, I can easily see how the scent could be off-putting. Tidal smells like a combination of aloe, cucumber, and fresh herbs. It's incredibly light and refreshing, and hardly nauseating as some people claim it to be. If you like to keep a simple routine, this could be great for you because it does multiple things at once - hydration, brightness, smoothness, plumpness, and antioxidant protection. If you like a complex and thorough routine (me), then you'll appreciate just how supercharged one step of your routine can be. And let's face it, we have no tolerance for products that are ineffective and average.


Water, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (and) Lecithin, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Strelitzia Nicolai (Bird of Paradise flower) Seed Aril Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) seed extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Papain and Carbome 1, 2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Algin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract (and) Melia Azadirachta Flower (Neem) Extract (and) Amino Esters-1 (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract (and) Lawsonia Inermis Extract (and) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf (Holy Basil) Extract, Pearl Powder, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Sunday Riley Tidal $65 for 1.7 fl oz, or 50 mL Available exclusively at Sephora, Demstore, and SpaceNK


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