Sunday Riley Good Genes

3.8

56 reviews

67% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$

INGREDIENTS

NV-5 Ageless Complex (Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Cyripeedium Pubescens (Lady’s Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Tuna Fruit, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract), Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalene, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth 20, Glyceryl Stearate and PEG-100 Stearate, Arnica Extract, PEG-75 Meadowsol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract, Lemongrass Extract, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin.


on 7/24/2015 11:35:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've struggled with hyperpigmentation (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation if you want to be precise ) since my late teens. I would get a smattering of acne on my chin and the marks would stay there for years, as the same area would keep breaking out, it eventually became patches of discoloured skin that I would cover with Estee Lauder's full coverage foundation. I tried all the whitening/lightening products (shiseido, lancome, clinique, obagi clear- this caused a horrible reaction) and nothing worked. I just accepted that this is the way it was. Until Sunday Riiley's Good Genes, this is an amazing product, yes it's expensive, and I had to think long and hard before I took the leap, but this ,in conjunction with Facial Radiance Pads, lightened my hyperpigmentation considerably in two months. I don't have to wear super thick foundation all the time. It's changed my life. It smells like lemongrass, which I have grown to love, and it started working in a couple of weeks , which I adore. I am on my second bottle , this is HG for me.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.



Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This stuff has worked miracles on my skin. I have struggled with acne for a couple of years now (in my mid-twenties - thanks, hormones) and nothing had really helped. In January, I got some samples of Good Genes and I can honestly say I saw a difference overnight. I've continued to use it since then, originally every night and now alternating with Sunday Riley Luna (which I would also sell my soul for), and my skin has continued to get better and better. Rather than fighting several active blemishes at any one time, I've been able to focus more on removing acne scars, improving my overall skin condition, and dealing with the odd one or two spots that appear at key times of the month.

Yes, it's expensive, but it's worth it. For reference, I used half a pump every night for most of my last bottle and it lasted me around 6 months - I now alternate it with Luna so expecting this new bottle to last a year!

And if, like me, you're nervous to shell out before you see how your skin gets on with it - I emailed Sunday Riley directly and they sent me about 10 days' worth of samples (5 sachets, more than enough for 2 applications in each one). That's what really sold me!

Edit: I only ever use this as a treatment, not a mask - it makes me want to cry to think of washing it off! Let it work on your skin overnight for best effects


on 6/27/2015 9:55:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product instantly brightens my skin and my pores seem minimized overnight. While the $105 price is high, I would rebuy this because it actually works. I have very oily, very sensitive, very acne-prone skin. I usually can't use most skincare products because some ingredient in most formulations make me break out. This doesn't break me out and makes my skin better! As far as the price, it is less expensive per ounce than other products.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 6/25/2015 2:34:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This stuff is great the only thing for me to complain about is the price. It also has a strong scent of lemongrass which unfortunately isn't my favorite but it wouldn't stop me from using it . This is a 40% lactic acid peel which is actually pretty hard to find. Great formula great ingredients highly recommend .

I would also just like to note this is one of my favorite skincare lines I've tried tons and I find this one to be pretty effective . Luna and Juno are amazing I'm waiting for Bionic to become paraben free

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Okay.. I have to say that i just can't understand how this got so many good reviews. Ordered this from net-a-porter and used it for about two weeks, sometimes as a mask and other times as a night serum. This was seriously the worst thing I have ever done to my skin. I have very dry skin och a lot of uneven texture and skin tone. But it has got so much better since I started to use Zenmed's microdermabrasion scrub. I thought this would be the perfect final step to get the last stubborn scars away but no! It dryed my skin out to bad that my skins texture look so horrible again. Like I literally been trying to repair the damage this product did for two weeks now. It made my texture so bumby and even more scared, at least it looks that way. For the first days it made my red marks fade a lot, but only when I used it, when I stopped they were back to normal again. It also clogged my pores so bad!! Never again. My skin is so damaged and inflamated from this so it will probably take a month to repair, even longer maybe.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

In just one night, this turned my relatively clear, acne-free skin into the texture of an orange peel with tiny bumps everywhere. I took a few day break from tretinoin to patch test this but what a mistake. Even my 14% glycolic acid serum doesn't irritate my skin like this did. My forehead is covered in little whiteheads that itch horribly. On the plus side, I'm glad a $$ product didn't work for me.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 5/24/2015 10:51:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm going to return it because it makes my face dark. I've been using it on and off for a while because I thought it's a coincidence but it's not, makes my face look greasy so it can only be used at night, and I agree with Paula (Paula's choice) that is nothing more than an overpriced exfoliant. I'll just stick to my Tatcha enzyme peel and Diorsnow.


on 5/4/2015 1:42:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I started using this a week before I went on vacation. Before vacation I would need to exfoliate 2-3/week to keep my skin, especially along the jawline, smooth. While I was on vacation I was too lazy/tired to exfoliate but was using Good Genes every night. As my vacation ended I realized that my jawline was still pretty smooth and have cut back on my exfoliation time per week.

Been using in conjunction now with Luna and Bionic each night and I really like the combination.

Some people have complained about the smell. It's not bad at all. Kinda maple-y. Compared to Juno/Artemis this is heavenly.

Highly recommend and will definitely repurchase.


on 5/3/2015 9:04:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I love this. I always have problem with occational acne and acne scars/marks. This solves all this. It is very uncommon for me to finish a product either it doesnt work or im bored waiting for it to work on my skin. This is the best ever. I bought the Luna after finishing the bottle coz so much rave about it. I hope the negative effects of Luna will subside over time.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/5/2015 4:46:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is definitely the star product from Sunday Riley. Have used up two bottles of this already and it has made a difference to my skin in terms of the the texture, clearing up acne scars and other marks. However I found that I had much more significant results from the first bottle I used. It could be that my skin was just getting used to the chemical exfoliants so the effect wasn't so visible. Am currently just using this once every few days to give my skin a break. However I still think its a great product and would continue to purchase this.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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