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on 11/19/2015 3:31:00 AM
More reviews by liea
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
One of the best skincare products i have ever used that gives me results. These days a lot of products claim so many things but doesn't deliver good results. But good genes is seriously the one product i will buy despite the hefty price tag as it brightens, reduce the appearance of my pores and is full of anti aging properties. If you have the budget this is a must.
on 10/28/2015 3:45:00 PM
More reviews by Seasidelife
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have been using this product for a few weeks now. It works well for me. I have had. I reactions and I could see a brightness to my skin. I have no routine sometimes I use it every night and other times maybe once every 2-3 days. One thing I have found is my old acne scars and sun spots have become lighter. I really did not even notice this big change until I was tweetzing my eyebrows in a magnifying makeup mirror. I apply a Sunday Riley Oil after using Good Genes unless it is Luna oil which I use before Good Genes and my skin looks great in my own opinion. I am becoming addicted to her oils too. I am happy with her products and will continue to buy them when I run out.
on 10/26/2015 12:08:00 AM
More reviews by MUAsAlbino
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I'm sorry but this is way overpriced for what it is. Good Genes is, in short without the fancy marketing, a chemical exfoliator. The lactic acid in this is the only miracle ingredient... and you can find it in much cheaper formulations. It is an alpha hydroxy acid, proven to slough off dead skin cells. In turn you are left with lessened wrinkles, lightened hyperpigmentation, and an overall even skin tone. So will this product work? Sure. However if you heed my warning of it being overpriced, at least listen to me when I warn you that the PH level of Sunday Riley Good Genes is 2.6. That means it can be quite rough on the skin as it is more acidic than needed for exfoliation. The ideal PH levels for alpha hydroxy acids to work their magic safely is 3-4. It's not anything that will cause a chemical burn, however Good Genes did irritate my skin to the point where it turned beet red. Here is the full ingredient list: 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.Note that the NV-5 "Ageless Complex" is just gimmicky marketing. I can think of much simpler ingredients that preform much better than that "complex" formula. Also note it has a few comedogenic ingredients (Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth 20,...). All can be found on Acne.org's list of ingredients to avoid. I'm NOT saying this product will break every acne prone customer out. However I *am* noting that there's a fair chance it could. Good Genes is expensive and targets aging skin so perhaps Sunday Riley didn't take acne-prone skin into account. But hey, I'm past 21 yet still breaking out. Last but not least - lemongrass oil is what gives this "treatment" such a strong fragrance. It can potentially irritate sensitive skin... if the PH level didn't already. :PI'm not repurchasing. -----------EDITED TO ADD: Please please PLEASE wear sunscreen whenever using any chemical exfoliator. They cause the skin to become more photosensitive, meaning you are more vulnerable to UV rays. Sunscreen is actually the cheapest and smartest way to prevent further sun damage.
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
on 10/14/2015 6:27:00 PM
More reviews by hydra101
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
This is good but not enough for the price tag - and I just got it on Sept.23rd and it's almost done. It feels good, but just not enough for me to keep buying it. I tried the combo with the Ceramic Slip Cleanser and that was not a big deal. I have very dry skin so a clay cleanser is not a good idea for me.
on 10/13/2015 11:37:00 PM
More reviews by ultrapopo
Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I've been using the sample for two/three weeks now. I use it 6 days in a row for the first week and every two days the second and third week. I use it at night after I double cleanse myself with low pH cleanser as the second cleanser and I use acid toner from my dermatologist afterwards. and then I put the good genes on and nothing afterwards as I wanna see the result on its own.sometimes I wait half an hour after toning sometimes not at all. if I wait, I get the tingle a veryveryvery slight tingle like almost nothing kind of tingle? but sadly it does almost nothing to my skin.my skin is combination right now somewhat dehydrated with slight oil on my t-zone so my face is kinda dull. I need hydrating exfoliant so I thought lactic acid is the right one but maybe Good Genes is not the right kind or maybe something in the formulation idk guys I'm not good at chemistry but bear with me (and my long ass review).so many people said that they wake up to glowing skin, I don't. some people said that the result is almost immediate upon application, I only see dull skin me. I don't mind the lemony-herbaly scent as long as it works. but the thing is, it really doesn't do shit to my complexion. and considering the lack of tingle (which a lot of people said this thing tingles like crazy) maybe a bad sample? I mean with that $$$ pricetag we certainly have high hopes, right? right.oh! the first time I used it, I thought the dullness is there because it was my dead skin cell waiting to get washed away with morning cleanse. after I cleanse it..... um... I kinda glowy? not like second-coming-of-jesus-kind-of-glow but I can see it there idk maybe it's true or maybe it's the placebo effect. because you guys said you wake up to glowing skin which is not the case with me.whatever, at least it does not break my out. and eventhough it doesn't make my skin glowy, it actually helps my pimples to calm down but it doesn't necessarily help it to rapidly subsides (the pimples are without head I think it's pastule). the good genes may be helping the PIH to fade away but it's not gloriously fasten the process. because if it does, I would notice it and screams in joy singing early christmas songs. but no. nothing happened.all in all I think it's a meh product for my skin. it doesn't break me out but it also does nothing amazing to my skin but I guess it's just not for me. good thing it was a sample so I can scratch it off my lust list lol. if it works for you then good for you now you have a good genes that's compatible with your genes. but if you're like me then best of luck the search is not over yet, Godspeed!
on 9/13/2015 8:40:00 PM
More reviews by mllemustard
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Other
Oh Sunday Riley. Why, oh why, are your products so expensive? Why, oh why, do they work so well? Good Genes is $105. And I've already bought bottle #2 because I didn't want to run out (and there was a good deal), and it's a product that provides pretty much immediate looking results. I notice when I don't use it for a few days. I'm sure there's something out there for less money that works as well, but I haven't found it and instead of wasting more money on products that don't agree with my skin (looking at you, Paula's Choice exfoliant), I'll keep using this one.I started using Good Genes about 4 months ago, and I'm now about 4/5 done with the first bottle. I'm using it about 3x a week now as a nighttime treatment (cleanse + Pixi Glow Tonic + Good Genes + moisturizer), and for that I need about 1/2 a pump. Early on I think I was slathering it on too thick-- I really don't need a full pump to get the benefits. And while it's great as a leave-on treatment, my real love for this product comes from the 'flash facial' bit: mixing Good Genes with the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser. For that combo alone, I will keep buying those two products. (I do want to try the REN 1-minute facial in hope that maybe it's a much cheaper alternative someday). When my skin looks dull or things feel sluggish, 15 minutes or so of the Good Genes/Ceramic Slip has my skin in really lovely, plumped shape. It's a magical, magical thing. An expensive thing, but cheaper than professional facials, and it has immediate and visible effects. So for me, it's worth the price and has found a very secure place in my routine.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 8/11/2015 5:06:00 PM
More reviews by Cat1104
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Wow. I like this a lot. It's another product I was hesitant to try because of its poor rating at Beautypedia. I have oily/dehydrated, sensitive, acne/clog prone skin. Most of the things I try cause irritation, clogged pores, or breakouts. Surprisingly, my skin responds well to this. Depending on how my skin is doing, I use it 1 to 2 times a week and only at night. Any more than that is too irritating. I do not use the recommended 2-3 pumps. I find half a pump is enough to cover my entire face. It has a strong fermented lemongrass scent that I find gross, but it works so well that I don't care. It makes my skin smoother, suppler, and more radiant. I do not recommend it for extremely sensitive skin or skin that has a compromised moisture barrier. Definitely wait till your skin heals before using this because it is quite acidic and could cause more irritation. If you've never used an AHA before, start slowly. Don't use it everyday or you will likely irritate/dry out your skin. While I have sensitive skin, I'm no stranger to AHAs. I've used them on and off throughout the years (Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, DDF 10% glycolic, Paula's Choice 8% AHA, Makeup Artist's Choice glycolic and lactic acid peels, Glo Therapeutics Renew Serum to name a few). Until Good Genes, I hadn't found one that worked well for me. The AHAs I tried previously were either too strong and caused a lot of irritation bumps, eventually caused constant breakouts, or didn't give me the results I was hoping for. Yes, it seems overpriced, but it's worth it to me. I get good results and haven't found anything better. It lasts a long time because I use so little.Edited to add: I'm currently not using any other actives on my skin (no other AHAs, BHAs, vitamin c serums, retinoids, etc). I can see how this could be especially irritating if one is already using other actives.
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
on 7/30/2015 4:51:00 PM
More reviews by DL78
Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Well, what can I say! Amazing, amazing, amazing. Instantly transformed the appearance of my skin. Almost like airbrushing! My pores are minimised, my skin looks brighter, people say I'm glowing. Okay, so this isn't cheap.... I honestly do think that in this case, I got what I paid for, something on a completely different level to other products. Would I recommend.... Absolutely!
on 7/24/2015 11:35:00 AM
More reviews by sabsara
Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Not Sure
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.
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 7/20/2015 5:50:00 AM
More reviews by francophile88
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm
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
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
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