Review: Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturizer

I purchased this Sunday Riley C+E antioxidant protect and repair moisturizer from Cult Beauty a few months back. My skin really likes Vitamin C, so I thought why not. It is a 50ml tub and it retails for GBP60. After tax rebate of 20%, I paid GBP48 for it. It comes in an orange tub, and the cream smells like orange fizz. Why must all Vitamin C skincare smell like citrus? I don’t mind… but there are many other fruits higher in Vitamin C than oranges. And I digress.

 

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The cream is heavier than I thought, and it is also not as emolient. For me, I like to use a spatula to scoop it onto my palm, then warm it up between my palms before pressing it onto my face and neck. If I massage it in, I find that I’m dragging my skin around. It also sinks in better if skin is slightly damp so I always use this on top of an essence.

 

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This is how much I use for my face and neck and I don’t usually use this much cream. The reason I use this much is because it is best used within 3 months. I think the vitamin C will oxidise and won’t perform as well, so once you opened it, use it within 3 months for best results. That means you have to use this every day and every night for about 2 to 3 months, exclusively. I like to change my moisturizer according to my skin’s needs, so having to consciously use this exclusively doesn’t sit well with me. I know many people don’t have that problem, and many just use the same skin care day in day out, but I’m really fussy with my routine. And I’m spoiled, I guess.

 

Sunday Riley CEO moisturizer review

 

There are a few key ingredients in this cream. The Vitamin C (5% THD Ascorbate) used is claimed to be the gold standard because it is powerful, stable and significantly less irritating than other forms of Vitamin C like L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C in skincare promotes natural collagen, brightens the skin while providing anti-oxidant support to fight damages caused by sun exposure.

Exopolysaccharides, derived from French Polunesian Kopara, helps protect the skin from visible effects of pollution exposure, shielding the skin from PM2.5 micropollution particles found in smog. Lime Pearl Extract, the lime pearls extracted from the caviar lime, are a natural source of AHA so skin is exfoliated very gently and subtly. Last but not least, Bisabol, derived from Chamomile, helps to calm the reactive and sensitive skin. It soothes the skin, and is often found in baby products.

 

Sunday Riley CEO moisturizer review

 

With all that said, and after using this cream exclusively the last 2 months, I can tell you that it has kept my skin bright and even. I am not using any brightening serum, and have only been depending on this moisturizer. However, after using it day and night for about 6 weeks, I find that the really sensitive parts of my face, such as the area around my nostrils, sting a little. So I just avoid that area when I use this moisturizer. I only have a few uses left of this cream, and would like to repurchase because it is effective, but I will not because of its 3-month usage window. I feel like I’m racing with time to use this cream, having to make sure I use it within the time frame. Given the price, I also want to actually use it up before 3 months is up.

However, if you’re one who can use up a 50ml tub of moisturizer easily within that time, then I suggest you look at this. It has kept my skin bright and even, and even the slight hormonal breakout disappears more quickly than usual. And just to let you know that during this time, my routine has been cleanser – essence – collagen serum – CEO moisturizer – eye cream. That’s it.

Do you like Vitamin C in your skincare? Have you tried any you like? Do you use moisturizer exclusively until you use it up, or are you like me and like to change things up a bit? I also have a habit of using different moisturizers for day and night. What about you?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • The ingredients list is so good! Too bad it’s in a jar so it spoils so soon.

    • Lily

      Yes! And that’s why if you can use only 1 moisturizer day and night for a few months, then this one is good πŸ™‚

  • The ingredient list is great however I wish this comes in an airless pump packaging and maybe that way the expiry date can be stretch to 6 months. I am too fickle to stick to the same moisturizer day in and day out, definitely not for me.

    • Lily

      That’s a great idea, changing the packaging to an airless pump. But the texture is not fluid enough so I wonder how that will work.

  • Jen Nie Phuah

    Hylamide Booster C25, 2nd bottle πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      I like the C25 too!

  • Unpaletteable

    The form of Vitamin C in this cream is actually very stable, so you could totally get away with being more flighty in your usage of it πŸ˜‰
    Of the Vitamin Cs, I think it’s just ascorbic acid that needs using up fast.

    • Lily

      Perhaps the brand is playing it safe, by indicating only 3 months on the tub. I’ll just use it within that time anyway, and guess what? I used it up!! πŸ™‚

      • Unpaletteable

        Good going! I can’t commit to one cream at a time so they always take me more like 6 months. But as much ascorbic acid serum as my face can take gets slapped on every damn day, before that sucker oxidises!