Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil Review

Last fall I received the much-touted Luna Sleeping Night Oil by skincare line Sunday Riley. It contains a serious retinol, suspended in luxurious cold-pressed oils, and has a unique blue-green tint. Multiple beauty bloggers and youtubers were raving about this stuff last year, and I was really intrigued. So many people claimed to see practically instant results! Waking up to reduced pore size, less redness, and softened wrinkles sounds like a dream come true, right? Maybe those results will make the high price tag worth it, right? Unfortunately after using it for almost a year, I have not seen such miraculous results. Read on for my full review and thoughts on Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil.


Product Overview

"A next-generation retinoid oil that improves skin plumpness and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly clearer, younger-looking skin. Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging: fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—visible redness and the signs of sensitivity are neutralized for a calm, even-toned complexion."


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, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanecetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctulatus (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).

Let's Talk Details

The Application Some people seem concerned about the dark blue color, but I had no issues with it. It totally fades as your pat it into your skin and was never a problem for me or my white pillowcases. I felt a little bit disappointed when I saw the artificial colors at the end of the ingredient list, because the product packaging suggests that the color comes from the plant ingredients. Why bother adding the unnecessary colorants, Ms. Riley? Just make the bottle blue instead... Very lame. The scent is very earthy and natural - created not by perfume but by all the oils and flower extracts. The product feels nice going on, kind of in between coconut oil and a dry oil. My normal-to-dry cheeks seem to soak it up, while the product seems to just sit on my oilier T-zone. Since it's a nighttime product this isn't a problem. It does contain retinol, and it tingled a bit under my eyes the first few times I used it.

The Packaging I first got this stuff while traveling, and it leaked. I ended up keeping it in its box to soak up any more accidental spills. I'm not sure why, no matter how much I tighten the dropper cap. Even with the seepage that occurs if the bottle ever gets tipped over, the product has lasted a LONG time. You only use a few drops. The bottle design itself is very heavy glass, very sophisticated looking on your bathroom shelf...except for the leakage. The box Luna comes in is also poorly designed, as the bottom and product fall out easily if you don't hold it carefully at the bottom.

The Results I did not notice a difference after the first several times I used it, or long term. I have not seen any decrease in the fine lines forming around my eyes and forehead. I do not notice a difference in the larger pores on my nose - manual exfoliation does a better job at that. I have not seen any significant decrease in morning redness or blotchiness. I have not noticed any reduction in small freckles or dark spots.


How It Rates

That is a pretty impressive ingredient list - avocado, grape, blackberry, chia, chamomile, sunflower, and more. Vetiver, ylang-ylang and orange oils are very relaxing scents. All those cold pressed, skin-loving oils are high grade and do explain part of the high price. The EWG has not rated most Sunday Riley products yet, including Luna. Due to the potentially irritating and unnatural inclusion of artificial colors, I am guestimating a rating between 2 and 3. Not bad, but not the best.

Final Thoughts

I wonder if some people just respond better to retinol treatment than my skin does. I really wanted this product to do all it claims. Or at least do some of what it claims. But for me, Luna Sleeping Night Oil is not a miracle product, nor one I would repurchase or even highly recommend. It leaves no more visible results than retinol-free Sonia Kashuk facial oil, which is a fraction of the price and contains plenty of luxurious oils itself (I guess I need to review that soon!). It's also possible Luna is a purely preventative product, I suppose. But for me, the added sensitivity to sun that retinol creates in the skin is not really worth the price or lack of results I've seen over the past year. If you are still interested in this product, I highly recommend tracking down a sample on eBay or even splitting the bottle with a friend or two before taking the $105 plunge.

Have you tried this or any other Sunday Riley products? What did you think?