Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer


27 reviews

77% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Perfluorodecalin, Stearoxy Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Mica, Nylon 12, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Bentonite, Steareth-20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclomethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Great primer! I actually use it on its own on good skin days and then spot conceal with the Nars Matte Concealer. I love the consistency- liquid but not runny, NOT thick and silicon-y like most primers. It tightens my pores, makes my skin really smooth, and evens out my skin tone without being noticeable at all. When I need more coverage, I mix it with The Ordinary's Coverage Foundation. The "light" shade is suprisingly dark, which is not a problem for me, but would definitely be too dark for fair complexions. It's just the right level of moisture for my oily skin, plumps my skin without making it feel tacky (after I applied snail mucin serum and light sunscreen). The only thing I don't like is how the packaging- which is quite massive when you consider there's only 30 ml of product?! I have a similar sized bottle of glycolic gel which contains 100 ml... Weird. Great product, but I wish there was more of it!


Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This was one of those that I tested at the mall before buying, I liked that the skin on one hand looked noticeably better (moisturized, finer pores and more even tone). I bought it and remember that I had felt a little underwhelmed by its coverage upon the first few usage.
But as time went by I noticed that it snuck up on me. The times when I get compliments on my skin is when I had layered this under a smidgen of Cle de peau liquid foundation. (I have acne scars riddled skin) It's very light, very unobtrusive, almost something very refined about using this under a foundation/concealer.
I have bought my fourth bottle and while I think the packaging is a bit too annoyingly bulky, I think it is one of those "special" products that makes just that bit of difference in your make up ritual. Go for it.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product is billed as a tinted primer but it didn't work for me at all like a regular primer would. It was just okay in smoothing my skin for the foundation and i didn't notice foundation longevity. The packaging is also kind of a pain since its bulky and it doesn't seem like there's a lot of product in there. The pump is tricky to use because it sometimes gives me excess product. Despite those flaws, i love this product. I'm a big fan of natural looking makeup and this product is great in blurring my imperfections. I have redness in my checks and it clears it out and just gives me glowing skin. I love this since it photographs well that's why I always bring this product with me when i travel since i'm too lazy to do my regular makeup and this is one of those quick fixes for a great picture.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

Over the past couple of years or so, I have gone through maybe 3 of the Light versions and one of the Medium so I finally feel obligated to write a review even if its no longer the hot new thing.

If no make up make up is your thing (and its certainly mine, particularly as I am getting older), this is your jam. I don't buy into the "breathable" claims, but I can attest that its perfect for my needs - to smooth pores & redness, providing an even light canvas for what's to follow. Which in my case is spot concealing and some blush. What I love about this is that because its a primer, the concealer sticks so much better than it would on other complexion enhancers that I've tried. During a hot & humid summer is truly where it's lightness and tenacity shines through - I apply this over a tenacious SS and don't have to worry about my concealer slipping off of my face during the day. And in the winter time when I am getting ready before daylight peaks through, I can rest assured that I don't have to faf about with beauty blenders and other bits and pieces to make sure that my face makeup is properly blended - one to two pumps is all I need to smooth onto my face, let it dry for about a minute & commence the rest of my make up.

I haven't actually used this as a primer before foundation because most of the time, I don't wear any. This is enough.

On its own, it doesn't make me look completed perfect, but that's not my goal - my goal is fresh even skin & in that respect, this delivers beautifully.

(My pet peeve is the size of the bottle - like all Sunday Riley products, it feels a bit ridiculous that its so big, which makes it cumbersome to travel with.)

11 of 11 people found this helpful.


Age: 25-29

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

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

After reading all the good reviews, I was determined to try this primer. I managed to get my hands on a sample tub at Mecca in Australia, since I always, ALWAYS test products on my sensitive skin before purchasing the full size.

I'm on the fence about this primer, kind of like a 'meh' feeling towards it. I'll sum up the pros and cons:

- Feels like nothing on the skin, does not give that heavy foundation feel.
- Seems to slightly even out my skin tone, but only very very slightly (the only other tinted moisturizer I've tried is the Bobbi Brown one, and this has less coverage than that)
- Somehow managed to keep my skin matte for a good couple of hours, which is a very big feat considering that I have super oily skin (I tested Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation on one side, and this Sunday Riley primer on the other, the side with Chanel was obviously showing more shine coming through)

- As mentioned above, it provides very sheer coverage, so not sufficient to cover discolorations from old acne marks
- Accentuates dry flakes for areas of my face that were dehydrated (this is a massive downside in my opinion)
- After a couple of hours, my oil still manages to come through and it seems like the effects disappear

I didn't try this long enough to know if it was clogging my pores, but given the cons stated above, I don't think I'll be purchasing the full size of this product.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have already repurchased this. I bought this because of the bandwagon, I am a sucker for a bandwagon and jumped right on and was immediately disappointed that the light shade was just that bit too dark for me, but I persevered because I could not send it back being in the UK and I rather liked the texture, a sort of elastic gel.

And on subsequent and increasingly daily use I have come to really like this. I find that it offers virtually zero coverage to my aged skin, but it does provide a layer which I have failed to achieve with the many many primers I have used in the past, from Laura Mercier to Hourglass to NARS to MAC to Max Factor, to BECCA to even the esteemed Le Blanc de Chanel. It seems to meld to my skin and enable any product that I put over the top, be it mineral, liquid or cream to stick and stay and last. It also has that instant cooling and calming feel.

All that this review does is underline that fact that with every product that one puts on one's face, one has to kiss a lot of frogs before one finds their prince - in this case Sunday Riley is mine, but it may or may not be yours.

8 of 8 people found this helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This product functions more like a skin enhancer than a traditional primer in my experience, so I'll review it accordingly. It doesn't pro long the wear of my foundation, not does it make it adhere better or anything like that. I quite like it.

SHADE: I am approximate NC30 and I got this in Medium. This product is very forgiving when it comes to shade matching as it is very sheer. Medium is a touch too dark but it's not very noticeable once blended in.

TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY: This feels like a very lightweight gel/lotion hybrid. It's not runny or siliconey and it's not thick like a cream either. It spreads easily and is quite moisturising. It blends in effortlessly and you can build as many layers as you like without it looking cakey.

COVERAGE: Very sheer. Sheerer than a tinted moisturiser. It's definitely not a foundation, nor is it marketed as one. I experimented with it by using a lot of it and was almost able to achieve light coverage. It doesn't cover anything but it gives the appearance of nicer looking skin as it blurs skin tone unevenness and textural imperfections out very well. If you have problematic skin, this product isn't for you, unless you mix it with or layer a foundation/concealer over it.

FINISH: Natural, skin-like and dewy. You can't tell you're wearing it at all. You'll just look like you have very healthy, glowy skin.

LONGEVITY: Very average. It's not a tenacious product but it doesn't make my skin look super oily either. Nor does it become patchy or settle in lines throughout the day.

PRICE: $58 at Mecca for Australians.

FINAL VERDICT: The effect of this product is subtle but definitely noticeable. It's perfect for days when you want to skip foundation and just need something to enhance the look of your skin. It's meant to benefit your skin as well, but I haven't noticed it. It doesn't make me flakey or anything either. Sadly, I can't use it as it breaks me out. Your mileage may vary, of course. For the purposes of skin-enhancing, I would rate it a 5. As a primer, well, I'd give it a 4 since primers are meant to enhance your skin and prep it for foundation.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have tried a few items from Sunday Riley's skincare line and have been quite impressed, so when I read about the primer being tinted and can be use on its own, I went out and bought it.
My intention of getting this wasn't for the primer part, but rather for the tinted part. I also wasn't looking for a foundation, I was after something that can make me look neat, but weekend natural if you know what i meant.
Unfortunately this didn't wow me, i don't hate it, but it doesn't quite do what I thought it would. The pigment is so light its near non existent. I normally have okay skin, but once its on, it doesn't really do anything, not even out skin tone or anything. its like i put moisturiser on, but every single even slight imperfection is still there, basically if you are hoping it will blur something out, well, it doesn't.
Though i will say this feel really comfortable to wear, i don't particularly find it prolong the life of my foundation, so i am not even sure about the primer part. But since i have bought it, i need to use it.
The packaging is good, not luxurious but practical, plastic pump which i like. It is however quite deceiving in the sense that the bottle is massive but there is only 30ml of product in it so its just a normal size product.
I personally think that bourjois' 10 hour sleep effect is a better option for weekend casual natural look.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have this in light, and I will say that right now its a little too dark for me. I am around N15. But I do like it for days where I am not too worried about matching, and days where I don't want to wear full foundation. It evens out my skin tone enough, although blemishes will have to be covered with concealer. It does look nice on the skin - a satin finish. Its got a siliconey texture and feels like silk on my skin. I have dry skin so do have to use a good moisturiser underneath but I still feel like it is drying my face out over the course of the day. I can't use this as a primer though. Oddly, it doesn't like most of the foundations I own - so like I said previously I tend to wear it on my own. I do like that it has no SPF in it and find it has played well with sunscreens I use so far. But, I do think its overpriced and I use about 2 pumps on my face so I am using it up quicker than I hoped to.

3 of 4 people found this helpful.

Age: Unknown

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

2 points: 1) I've been wearing this only for a week and 2) the rating should really be a 3.5

I bought this primer for what every one else has described - the "no makeup makeup" days where you are too lazy but also too vain to either not wear any foundation vs slap-dash placement of your regular go-to fdtn.

This actually does the job quite nicely. My skin is not perfect, and it has its odd bumps, redness, discoloration, and areas of flakiness. Combined with some oiliness around the forehead and nose, and you've got yourself a face that feels uncomfortable just going bare (unless Im so sleep deprived, I don't give a damn). This smooths out most of the discoloration on my face, not completely, but tones it down to a point where its not the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. it makes my face look velvety clean, and that's always nice.

I am about an NC20, perhaps a whee bit lighter during the winter, and this matches me very nicely. Yellow based overall, but sheer enough that can be used on range of skintones. With a bit of concealer, I can wear it easily without any other additions to my face.

The bad: The price is a bit much for what it is. The company claims that it has a lot of "good stuff" in it for your skin, and yada yada...but $45 for a tinted moisturizer is a bit steep. I found mine for a bit cheaper with a coupon, but again, for that price you can get a solid HE foundation.

Also, this doesn't last all day. My face will eat this stuff up in about 4- 5hrs and I am not doing anything strenous or sweating a lot. But it does disappear nicely instead of clumping or cracking like foundation tend to do.

So in total: I like it, but for the price and the longevity, its not a MUST HAVE. However, given how its performed thus far, I'd get another one if a good coupon came around.

9 of 10 people found this helpful.

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