Sunday Riley Good Genes

Sunday Riley Good Genes

3.6

124 reviews

58% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

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.

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on 5/17/2017 9:19:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I had such high hopes for this (as I always do of exfoliants, none of which, I might add, have ever come up to my expectations). (Maybe I should just take the Visa by the horns and go and get my face lasered.)

No, it didn't transform my skin. It DID exfoliate, yes - after a couple of weeks of use, I started noticing peeling round my ears and hairline. (At which point I bought a konjac sponge. I will say, the combination of konjac sponge and this seemed to bring about some slight improvements.) The texture of my skin was a LITTLE finer, perhaps, and the winter flakiness round my nose disappeared. That's about it. Little lines - still fully in evidence. Aging visibly - yes, alas.

The smell is - not great, a sharp, acrid chemical citrus. It burns on the skin occasionally, though not to any extreme degree. No adverse reactions.

For the price, it also didn't last very long. I was through the 1 oz bottle in less than a month, which is a deal too quick for something that cost $135. I will say, though, that unlike most of these pump-type bottles, this one did dispense almost the very last drop of product into my waiting fingers.

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on 5/9/2017 4:22:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

Pros: Its a gentle exfoliant that does it job well. "Gentle" being the key word. Don't expect a miracle overnight. After a week of using it, I could see my skin getting clearer. I suppose it is a good product for someone with sensitive skin that can't tolerate more aggressive exfoliation treatment.

Cons:
a. Too pricey. I purchased the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial which worked as a mask and did the same job within 30 mins, that this Good Genes took in 1-2 weeks. Plus the fact that when I am using the Good Genes, I couldn't apply anything else fancy like my repair serums before going to bed.
b. It stinks like the rehydrated bamboo shoots you get in the ramen. Or otherwise described as a strong "pee" smell. It lasts through the night. So if this is not a problem for you, go for it!

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Good Genes is the only thing that has dramatically reduced my hyper pigmentation and skin texture. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my first bottle and I'm so impressed with how my face looks. I have pretty hardy skin so I'm able to apply it and leave it on all day/night with no adverse reactions. Before using this product, it would take 6+ months for a red mark to disappear from my face. Those lingering red marks are all but gone now (I started using GG mid March). I also had pretty bumpy skin around my chin that is now 90% clear. The only downside is the price point. $150 for a face treatment is a bit steep but if it works, I'm willing to pay that amount.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I've never considered my skin product-sensitive. So I was very surprised with a couple days after using this, I had an extreme reaction and got contact irritant dermatitis all over my face. I was red, bumpy ALL over (I had no area that was smooth) and it was painful to the touch.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

I didn't want to like this because of the price to be honest, but I think I am already hooked. I have to say I've only used this for about 2 weeks, so this review might be edited in a few weeks!
It has a terrible smell!
After work I wash and cleanse my face then apply this so it can sit on my face for a few hours then I moisturizer and seriously the next day, I'd don't know my skin just look kind of nice.
It's not magic, I don't look 22 , but I have a little bit of a glow like maybe I get Botox but I don't. I plan to use this about 2 x a week.
I always kind of judge skincare by bad reactions, as long as I don't get a bad reaction I'm mostly satisfied. I am so sure I can find a lactic acid serum for a lot less,but for now I'll stick with this brand.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I rarely re-purchase pricy skin care products. My skin is so sensitive, oily, and acne prone. I just purchased a second bottle of this liquid magic. My skin looks so much better and hasn't been breaking out. My skin purged during the first week but cleared after that. This stuff is totally worth the cost. I love the lemongrass scent. It's lovely!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I always have problems with acne and acne scars..it comes and go, but these last few months have been hell! My skin have never broke out this bad before! I have uncountable scars and when one pimple dries out, another came out! I tried so many acne treatment from so many brands with no apparent improvement. I've been intrigued by a lot of rave review on this product, but the price really puts me off. But im really desperate on finding something that works on my skin, so i took the plunge and i couldnt be happier! Within the first week of using, most of the old pimple dries out and there havent been any new ones since! The old scars seem to fade and my face looks brighter. I do use this in conjunction with martian toner! Love that one also! Really recommend this product!

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is an HG item in my skin care routine. Is it pricey? Yes. Does it deliver? YES! My experience with GG did NOT start out as a pleasant one. I tried a sample when it first came out at Sephora and was NOT a fan. As a matter of fact, I spoke quite poorly of it because it stung my face and I thought it smelled terrible, plus the morning after I used it I woke up with a huge zit. HOWEVER, after reading all of the amazing reviews and seeing all of the beauty gurus sing their praises about it I wanted to try it again. I bought it and knew I could return it to Sephora if it didn't work out. Second time was a charm for me (and continued use). Day one, after using it in my evening skin care routine, I noticed that my skin was definitely brighter and tighter (not dehydrated tight, lifted tight). I continued using it nightly for a week and every single day got compliments on my skin. I also noticed a huge improvement in my skins texture, a decrease in breakouts, and a brightness to my skin tone that I hadn't seen in years. Does it smell wacky? Yes. Does it sting on occasion when using it? Yes,but most acids do. I'm a heavy skin acid fan and am used to products like LP p50 oroginal, so GG's little sting is nothing! I highly recommend this product, especially if you're over 40 and wanting to give your skin a real wake-up call, decrease in the appearance of aging, and a great exfoliation!

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

Just for some background, I have normal/dry skin that is very acne prone. Good genes has been marketed in the past as being 40% lactic acid, it's actually only 5% but SR claims because of the PH that it's as effective as a 40% LA treatment you would get at a dermatologist office. So, not a fan of that claim really, as nothing OTC will be as effective as a derm treatment. Having said that, this is one of my can't live without it products. Though insanely expensive, this gives me results like no other. Glowy skin, faded pigmentation and super soft skin. I did try and find a cheaper dupe and tested out some of Makeupartistschoice's LA treatments/serums. I went back to Good Genes because it just gives me the best result. I use this nightly, but it does not take a lot of product to get results. I use about half a pump, so a bottle lasts me quite a few months. I will definitely continue to repurchase.

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on 4/8/2017 2:16:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I've done my research as always before buying this one. I truly believe that skincare & makeup are personal so our skin may react differently. Having said that, this did nothing on my face. Used it as a mask as well knowing that I'm wasting a lot of product but still no improvements. Such a waste of money.

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