January 17, 2019

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum Launched and Of Course, It Has 5-Star Reviews

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Yesterday I noticed that Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum launched at Sephora.com and it had no reviews but today I came back to it and already it has 5-star rating. That was fast. I’m going to go ahead and refrain from making snarky comments about reviews and just tell you about the serum haha….!

A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum contains 6.5% stablized retinoid blends according to Sunday Riley that acts to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines while improving the appearance of skin that maybe have been exposed to UV rays.

Water, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Triheptanoin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Disiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Diheptyl Succinate, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, PPG-24-Glycereth-24, Phenyl Trimethicone, Retinol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Honey Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Algae Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract, Opuntia Ficus-indica Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phospholipids, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, 4-t- Butylcyclohexanol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Polysilicone-11, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polysorbate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris Sterols, PVP, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol

It seems like a lot of retinoid treatments and serums are currently hitting the skincare world. Drunk Elephant Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream is another that recently launched.

What do you think of Sunday Riley’s formula experienced retinoid users? Does it look promising?

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  • Renu

    I use a 0.05% prescription tretinoin three times a week now (built up). This would have been great, but any shea butter on my face breaks me out 🙁

  • Carol G

    But I love your snarky comments!
    Well if you won’t make them I will: as of this post there were only 4 reviews, 3 were 5 stars and 1 was one star. But still had a 5 star average. Whatever.
    It’s all nonsense…

      • Ksenia

        I noticed the same thing yesterday, since I got it in the Allure box , I wanted to know how to use it with best results.
        I couldn’t find any reviews on DE with “peeling” problem, it was strange too.

  • Christina

    The ingredients seem good. There are some good occlusives and fatty acids to help counter the dryness and irritation, I guess. I use prescription retin-a and am pretty satisfied with the results. Honestly, when you build up the prescription grade, it’s going to be a lot more effective than any of these over the counter products, excluding Differin, according to my derm. I know it’s fun and neat to try all these fancy products, but if you’re going to try a high concentration retinoid product that’s sold over the counter, you might as well go the prescription route because it is more effective and oftentimes doesn’t cost more (mine certainly costs less than this). Plus, you can also use a fancy moisturizer if you feel like you’re missing out on the unique ingredients.

    I think if I wasn’t using a prescription, I’d be tempted by this, though.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m a complete retinoid n00b so I always love hearing from people that use it daily and their view on these formulas!!!!!!!

    • Carol G

      Christina, I agree. I use retin-a too so I would have no need for this product. Also, you are correct in saying that the price of retin-a is sometimes less than these fancy retinol serums. And for me retin-a is the best because it absolutely 100% works. That being said, I’m sure there are people out there who can’t tolerate it. So perhaps a retinol serum is at least better than nothing.

      • Christina

        Yes, I agree. Retinol is definitely easier to tolerate, and I see that this is a retinoate blend, which should be even less irritating than a straight up retinol product while being just as effective. And like you said, it’s better to use a retinol serum than to use nothing at all. Retinoids have a cumulative effect, so even more gentle formulas should produce great results.

        Seriously, if I wasn’t prone to breakouts and using retin-a, I’d be tempted to try every darn retinol product out there. LOL! I used to test out skincare like crazy, until I learned that wasn’t a good idea. Haha!

  • Jan Kelley

    I’ve been trying out the Drunk Elephant version. So far I like it. I’m a long time Tretinoin and high dose retinol user. Both Drunk Elephant and Sunday Riley have both used HPR In their formula. That’s a good thing. It will get right to the retinoic receptors without undergoing a metabolic change in order to be effective. Plus, there is less inflammation with HPR. In short I like the formula.. That being said, those with acneic skin may have a problem with Shea butter in the Sunday Riley formula.

      • Ksenia

        I was told that it’s a good sign. But I’ve tried it 3 times 3 week in a row, with the same result. Even mixing with my night moisturizer.

        • Isabella Muse

          It’s the one thing that prevents me from using retinoid! I’m terrified of the peeling! I heard it’s good too but I’m already flaky and dry I don’t want more flakiness! 🙁

  • Sheree

    I’ve been using Differin acne gel once a week. Works amazingly and half the price of products like this.

  • Kel Berg

    i would love for the community to chime in on their results with these retinol products. muse your skin is so great you have little use for wrinkle creams but i am always on the lookout for anything that gets rid of these lines. would love to hear from others what REALLY works.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks! I’m actually interested in trying one to even out my skin tone/brighten skin, reverse any signs of aging do to sun exposure (I religiously apply SPF but I still feel like I’m prone to dark spots).

  • RLC

    So, I’m one of the people who gave it a five star review, but I included a disclaimer that I cannot rate the actual product until I’ve used it for a while, but five stars for the fact that it came with deluxe samples of good genes and Juno which were not listed in the description. I am a long time retinol user, and can say the formulation is lovely, it applies very easily, and left my skin super soft and glowy the next day.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi there! It’s great it included deluxe samples but it can be really confusing leaving five stars for that reason alone. A lot of people will give five stars for packaging or because they like the idea of the product etc and that’s misleading for people searching for a review of the actual product. That five star rating you left also counts towards the overall rating on a whole which means that if someone just purchases the item based off that rating as a whole and not an individual review because they are too lazy to read they might be getting a product that isn’t even that good as people are leaving five star ratings for packaging, samples, or other reasons not contributed to the actual use of the product! I’m glad you like the formula and I hope in your review you’ll discuss it further and your experience with it rather than leaving it a great review due to samples you got. That’s WAY more helpful to those wanting to buy this product 🙂