Product Review: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser
Disclosure: I received complimentary press samples products or services for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. I only ever accept products I truly love or believe in.
A huge part of my skincare regimen is cleansing. I’m a double cleanser (I use both an oil cleanser and a foaming cleanser every day) because I find this process gets my skin super clean. As an eczema sufferer though, I always have to be careful about the cleansers I use because most foaming cleansers tend to be drying on my skin.
I was sent the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser by Influenster earlier in the month. I was really excited to try it because I had heard such great things about the Sunday Riley brand in general. This is actually where I’m sort of beating myself up over the fact that I wrote this post so late. It has recently been discovered that Sunday Riley encouraged their employees to write fake reviews of their products on Sephora.com (you should see the actual email that was sent out to their employees too). I wanted to acknowledge I know about this before I start my actual review.
I want to disclaim that I am obviously not an employee of Sunday Riley. This cleanser is actually the very first product of theirs I tried. I had a lot of things to say about this cleanser after the few weeks I’ve had it but after finding out about their fake reviews, I was rather hesitant about writing this review at all. That said, I did promise to write this review so I just want to be absolutely clear that my opinions are my own and are not bought.
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According to the Sephora website:
-Blend of French Green Clay, Bentonite, and White Kaolin: Cleans pores without stripping the skin of its essential moisture.
-Rice and Olive Oil Esters: Help to balance and soften sensitive skin for a healthier-looking complexion.
-Neroli Extract: Brings a soothing, bright, and zen-like experience to your skin.
Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Octyldoecanol, Polyacrylate-33, Propanediol, Polygyceryl-2 Caprate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Montmorillonoite, Kaolin, Olive Oil Polyglyceryl-6 esters, Rice Oil Glycereth-8 esters, Phospholipids, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Bisabolol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phytate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydeoacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Linalool, Farnesol
what it claims to do
This balancing, foaming gel cleanser pulls out impurities (while pulling in clean hydration) for smaller looking pores and baby-soft skin. Made with plant-based soaps that naturally purify skin and remove makeup, Ceramic Slip is formulated to clean and balance even the most sensitive skin.
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There’s nothing really significant about the packaging. It’s a squeezable tube (pretty standard). I like the coloring of it on the outside but it doesn’t really scream anything new to me. 3/5
The truth is, I like it. I would have had no problem saying this before I found out about the fake review thing but now that I know about it, I almost wish I didn’t like it. I honestly do like how this product worked on my skin. It was gentle without drying. Paired with my Foreo LUNA 2, it managed to get off all my makeup from the day. It actually worked a tiny bit better than my First Aid Beauty Cleanser! I just felt clean and clear-skinned. Apparently, the cleanser I tried is their new formula of the Ceramic Slip Cleanser and when I went on the Sephora website, most of their negative reviews (yes, I’m giving those more credence now) were those lamenting the new formula, wanting the old formula back. I have obviously never tried the old formula so I can’t tell you how they compare. I just know that for me and my eczema, the Ceramic Slip Cleanser worked will and did not add to my problematic dry skin. The cleanser is kind of milky and runny (not really a problem for me, but just an FYI) and slightly green in color. The consistency felt nice on my skin and there’s no scent! That said, I have noticed it does a good job cleansing only when I use my Foreo LUNA 2. When I use just my hands, the effect is significantly noticeable - it definitely does not get all the rest of the dirt and grime. If you have, say, a Clarisonic, a Foreo LUNA, or any other electric face cleanser, I recommend using that with this cleanser for real results. 4/5
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The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser is $35 at Sephora. My First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (which I use regularly) is only $20 so the price hike is noticeable. While I do concede that the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser does work better, or at the very least feels better when I use it, I don’t know if it’s $15 worth better than my FAB cleanser. That combined with their shady fake review situation, I am not sure if I’d ever purchase a Sunday Riley product now. If you’ve used a Sunday Riley product before and loved it, by all means, keep using it and repurchasing if you’d like. If you’re in my position or have never used a Sunday Riley product, I may just skip it and get yourself something more affordable that works just as well. Might I recommend the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser? 3/5